Kanye Declares Trump Love, Obama Shuts Down Arctic, Trump University Settles
Donald Trump has confirmed that Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn will be his national security advisor. Additionally, the president-elect is nominating Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director. While many Republicans are pleased with the announcement, there have been quite a few Democrats saying we should be wary of Trump’s picks, especially considering Sessions’ and Flynn’s views on both immigration and Muslims. Trump said he was happy to have Flynn “as we work to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, navigate geopolitical challenges and keep Americans safe at home and abroad.” Yesterday, Trump met with Mike Huckabee and Sen. Tom Cotton, the former being considered for an ambassadorship to Israel, and the latter up for a spot as defense secretary. Today, Trump has meetings with Mitt Romney (possible secretary of state), Michelle Rhee (former D.C. public schools chancellor), Todd Ricketts (Chicago Cubs owner) and Gen. James Mattis, who may also be up for the defense secretary spot.
Regardless of who Trump picks, he’ll always have Kanye. West announced to a crowd on Thursday that he didn’t vote, but that he was a huge supporter of Donald Trump. The crowd responded negatively, but Kanye kept going, as per usual.
During all the election hoopla, it seems Trump’s university fraud trial is being forgotten. The president-elect was able to delay the trial until after the election, but is now saying he’s too busy preparing for his inauguration to attend. Thankfully for him, yesterday, New York's general attorney announced that Trump would settle the lawsuits and pay $25 million, just days before the trial was set to begin in San Diego Nov. 28.
"Donald Trump fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university. Today, that all changes. Today's $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university," said Eric T. Schneiderman, New York Attorney General.
Yesterday, the Obama administration banned offshore Arctic drilling. The decision is part of a five-year plan which will temporarily end exploration off the coast of Alaska. In addition, the act will prohibit companies from drilling for oil and natural gas off the shores of four Atlantic states. The administration is receiving high praise from environmental groups for the decision. Jacqueline Savitz, senior vice president, Oceana, said the action “demonstrates a commitment to prioritizing common sense, economics and science ahead of industry favoritism and politics as usual. The decades-long push to drill in the Arctic has put this unique and diverse ecosystem at risk, cost tens of billions of dollars and created significant controversy without providing the promised benefits.”
The world’s top 47 poorest countries have pledged to generate all future energy needs from renewables. The announcement comes on the last day of the climate conference being held in Marrakech. Countries such as Haiti and Ethiopia are promising to update their national plans on carbon use before 2020. Additionally they will “strive to meet 100 percent domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible, while working to end energy poverty and protect water and food security, taking into consideration national circumstances.”
The “alt-right” community is up in arms after Twitter began suspending many accounts associated with prominent alt-right leaders. The social media site said that any suspensions were related to policy violations related to threats of violence and harassment. Richard Spencer is the head of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute, and he said that his personal Twitter account and those for the institute and his magazine were all suspended this week. He said he feels the suspensions were a coordinated attack and that he is “alive physically, but, digitally speaking, there has been execution squads across the alt-right and it is something like the Night of the Long Knives.” Spencer continued his rant in a YouTube video, in which he continues to reference the Night of the Long Knives, a purge of the Nazi party that took place in 1934. He also calls Twitter’s actions “corporate Stalinism” and is demanding a formal apology.