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Who Can Help The Rohingya?

Aug 28, 2018

A UN report released Monday says that top military officials in Myanmar must be investigated for crimes against the Rohingya people.

Is Inmate Labor Modern-Day Slavery?

Aug 27, 2018

Fighting wildfires in California is a tricky and dangerous job — and some make an average of just $2 a day to do it.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, low-level offenders in the California corrections system are put to work as firefighters, making an average of one dollar an hour.

As far as getting a job as a firefighter upon release from prison, most former inmates wouldn’t qualify for the job, even though they have key experience.

Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain passed away Saturday. The Arizona Republican was 81. He was suffering from a brain tumor, and last week, his family announced that he was discontinuing medical treatment.

Many considered McCain a maverick. He pursued campaign finance reform and criticized the use of torture, even when it went against the Republican Party platform. He also cast an influential vote that doomed a bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the summer of 2017.

Friday News Roundup - Global

Aug 24, 2018

The fallout from the grand jury report released in Pennsylvania about sexual abuse by priests within the Catholic Church has international repercussions.

The Pope will meet with abuse survivors in Ireland, after he released a statement responding to the report in which he said the Church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Aug 24, 2018

The week began with a flurry of court activity.

On Tuesday, President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges, including campaign finance violations.

And Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes.

President Trump made his allegiances known on Twitter.

The 1A Movie Club Sees "Crazy Rich Asians"

Aug 23, 2018

Last week, “Crazy Rich Asians” soared above box office expectations – grossing $35 million in its first five days. It’s the most successful rom-com debut in nearly three years and a sequel is already in the works.

Executive Power: Laws And Limits

Aug 23, 2018

On Tuesday, a set of jaw-dropping legal developments turned up the heat on President Trump.

Former personal lawyer and known fixer for Trump, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations regarding the payment of two women who said they had a sexual relationship with the president.

Also on Tuesday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on 10 other charges, and the judge declared a mistrial.

If you think you've seen more teenagers vaping, it's not a coincidence.

Vox reports that "e-cigarettes have quietly eclipsed cigarette smoking among adolescents." They also report that "in 2017, the e-cigarette market expanded by 40 percent, to $1.16 billion, with a lot of that growth driven by [e-cig maker] Juul."

What does it even feel like to hit a vape?

Cohen And "The Candidate"

Aug 22, 2018

President Trump's former personal attorney pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and a campaign finance violation Tuesday.

Michael Cohen's plea seems to implicate President Trump, although he told prosecutors that he made payments in at the "direction" of an unnamed candidate for federal office.

On the same day, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of financial crimes.

Trump said Tuesday that Manafort is a "good man" and that none of his trial has anything to do with Russian collusion. (He did not mention Cohen.)

In July, 12 members of the Russian intelligence agency, formerly known as GRU, were indicted for continual efforts to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Now, the agency is preying on a new group: conservative think tanks.

On Tuesday, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to unlawful campaign contributions. Also on Tuesday, Paul Manafort was found guilty of financial crimes including fraud.

The Equal Rights Amendment In 2018

Aug 21, 2018

Back in May, Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA.

It could now, conceivably, become part of the Constitution if just one more state ratifies it — either Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah or Virginia.

But what, exactly, is the ERA promising?

From Glamour

Catholics around the country are reeling and reflecting after the release of a sweeping grand jury report that implicated 300 priests in the abuse of more than 1000 children in Pennsylvania.

The report contains searing details about minors who were victims of rape, assault, molestation and other abuses. And it articulates how the church’s hierarchy covered it up over decades.

Read the full report here.

Americans In Combat

Aug 20, 2018

Journalist C.J. Chivers doesn’t sugarcoat the American war effort in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The New York Times reported a scoop Saturday night that White House counsel Don McGahn is cooperating with the Mueller investigation.

From the article:

We got several updates on the Mueller probe this weekend. And the president’s lawyer responded on NBC’s “Meet The Press” this Sunday.

As moderator Chuck Todd and Giuliani went back and forth about whether the president should sit down with Muller’s team to bring the investigation to a close, regarding the president’s testimony, Giuliani suggested that “truth isn’t truth.”

The Future Of For-Profit Colleges

Aug 16, 2018

Higher education facilities like the University of Phoenix and Capella Universities have been heavily scrutinized by journalists and the federal government alike.

That’s because they are for-profit colleges. But under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, regulations around them may change.

On Friday, DeVos’ administration moved to eliminate a rule that required for-profit college to demonstrate that enrolled students can be gainfully employed.

Lies My Teacher Told Me

Aug 16, 2018

“The American Journey” is a classroom staple. The textbook has been described as a ‘superb, readable presentation of American history, from pre-exploration to the present.’ It is read by millions who are often tested on its contents every year.

But sociologist James Loewen discovered that the 2015 edition of the book contained passages like this one, about The Civil War.

Bo Burnham isn’t afraid of awkwardness. In fact, he’s built a career on it.

The 27-year-old comedian and musician achieved accidental fame on YouTube over a decade ago. At 18, he became the youngest comic to have his own special on Comedy Central.

Through his self-deprecating style, Burnham explores and parodies subjects like love, anxiety, and the internet. So it’s no surprise that his latest project, a full-length feature film, deals with those subjects, too.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a new report revealing shocking levels of sex abuse in the Catholic Church across six dioceses.

The report lists over 300 clergy members accused of abusing more than 1,000 children.

Read the report in full here