Midwestern Flooding Bursts Arkansas River Levee

Source: USA TODAY, CNN, Daily Mail   The Arkansas River ripped through a 40-foot section of a levee around 75 miles northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas early in the morning of Friday, May 31. This prompted flash-flood warnings and evacuations in rural areas around Dardanelle and Holla Bend. The flash flood alert warned that some […]

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Chicago Moves Closer to Marijuana Legalization

Source: Curbed, ABC7, Chicago Tribune   Illinois could become the latest state in America to legalize marijuana as legislators consider a bid to make the drug recreationally legal. A flurry of last-minute proposals is set to move through the Illinois House of Representatives Friday, May 31. If the proposal passes, Illinois would become the 11th […]

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Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider Nears Closing

Sources: NPR, CBS, ABC   The state license at a Planned Parenthood in Missouri, the last abortion provider in the state, will expire at midnight on June 1, 2019. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a law last week criminalizing most abortions after eight weeks. The law has yet to take effect; instead, the dispute between […]

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Investors and Retailers Continue to Shrug Off Lower Sales Numbers

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News reports from multiple outlets tracking back to a 6-month period suggest that retailers and investors may be too quick to attribute declining sales numbers to external factors. Consider the following news reports as evidence: In October of 2018, the Wall Street Journal suggested that it was all too common […]

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Anonymous Op-Ed in NYT Causes Chaos

Source: The New York Times, The New York Times    On Wednesday evening, the New York Times published an account by an unnamed member of the Trump administration about resistance figures operating from inside the government. In the piece, the official claims that “many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions […]

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Hungary is Intentionally Denying Food to Asylum-Seekers

Source: NPR, Al Jazeera, Newsweek  Hungary’s government has stopped providing food to adult asylum-seekers who have appealed their denied cases. Authorities have both refused to provide food and denied individuals permission to purchase their own food. The government is also blocking attempts by outside groups to donate food, according to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights watchdog group based in Hungary. […]

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Chicago Mayor Will Not Seek Re-Election

Source: Chicago Tribune, FOX News    Two-term mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election. He abruptly dropped his bid for a third term as mayor, stating instead that he wanted to begin a new chapter in his life.   Rahm Emanuel has spent 23 years in politics, making many personal sacrifices […]

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What Happened with EU Approving Aid to Iran to Offset US Sanctions

Source: The Hill, Reuters UK  The European Union has agreed to appropriate 19 million euros to Iran to help offset the impact of sanctions imposed by the United States. The announcement is part of the bloc’s effort to support the nuclear agreement that United States President Donald Trump abandoned in May of 2018; it is part of a wider package of […]

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Deadly Earthquake Hits Japan

Source: BBC, Al Jazeera  A powerful earthquake has hit Hokkaido in northern Japan, damaging towns and cutting power to millions across the island. Three reactors at the Tamari nuclear plant were running on backup generators, and landslides were triggered in a dense forest on the mountainside of a rural town, covering homes. One day after the quake, some 1.6 […]

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Hurrican Lane Poses Massive Threat to Hawaii

Source: CNN, The Washington Post  Hurricane Lane, a dangerous, Category 4 storm, is pushing closer to Hawaii. The islands have already begun to experience excessive amount of rainfall, exceeding 30 inches in some places, and waves as high as 25 feet tall are beginning to crash down on the south side of the state. The resulting flooding […]

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