Learning Goal/Content Statement for Jump Starts
1. Analyze and evaluate the credibility of primary and secondary sources.
2. Develop a thesis and use evidence to support or refute a position.
 
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Daily Jump Start
55) Thursday December 14th  
The Federal Reserve agreed to raise its key interest rate Wednesday and maintained its forecast for three hikes next year despite sluggish inflation. As widely expected, the Fed’s policymaking committee lifted its benchmark short-term rate by a quarter percentage point to a range of 1.25% to 1.5%.  
 
54) Wednesday December 13th 
Doug Jones on Tuesday became the first Democrat in a generation to win a Senate seat in Alabama, beating Republican Roy Moore amid a firestorm of allegations that the GOP candidate had abused teens.  This is the first Democratic senator elected in Alabama since the early 1990's.
 
53) Tuesday December 12th  
More than 20 Internet experts want Congress to prevent the FCC's vote to overturn the 2015 rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking and slowing online content. The group, which includes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf, often called "the father of the Internet," sent a letter to Senate and House tech leaders seeking a cancellation of the FCC's vote. 
 
52) Monday December 11th 
Firefighters battling a massive blaze near Santa Barbara expect to face ongoing difficulties as temperatures are forecast to stay in the low 80s for the first part of the week. The fast-moving Thomas fire had scorched 230,000 acres by early Sunday evening, making it one of the 10 largest wildfires in state history.
 
51) Thursday December 7th
President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there, a move expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace.
 
50) Tuesday December 5th  
The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed the newest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban to take effect pending appeal. This is the first time justices have allowed any edition of the ban to go forward in its entirety. 
 
49) Monday December 4th  
CVS is buying health insurance giant Aetna, the companies announced. If approved, the $69 billion acquisition would greatly reshape the health care industry. CVS Health is a massive drugstore chain and prescription drug insurer, while Aetna is one of the nation's largest health insurers.   It would go down as the largest health insurance deal in history.
 
48) Friday December 1st  
A fast-moving Senate Republican effort to overhaul the tax code unexpectedly stalled Thursday evening over concerns about the federal deficit. Several senators have rejected the plan, including Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who has led a small group of colleagues in demanding that the bill not drive up the nation's debt. 
 
47) Thursday November 30th 
The U.S. trustee in the Toys R Us bankruptcy case has filed a strongly worded objection to the company's plan to pay between $16 million and $32 million to its 17 most highly paid executives.  "It defies logic and wisdom," the objection by trustee Judy A. Robbins states, that Toys R Us is proposing multimillion-dollar bonuses for their senior leadership.
 
46) Wednesday November 29th
North Korea claimed the entire United States mainland was within reach after “successfully” testing a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile, which it called the Hwasong-15, and said could carry a “super large heavy warhead.”
 
45) Tuesday November 28th 
The 2,147-mile Keystone pipeline leaked more than 210,000 gallons of oil Nov. 16, forcing a shutdown. More than 44,000 gallons of oil had been recovered as of Sunday, the company said. The leak came as regulators in Nebraska debated the approval of the KeystoneXL pipeline, a different project restarted when President Trump issued a long-delayed permit.
 
44) Monday November 20th  
The average American household carries $137,063 in debt, according to the Federal Reserve's latest numbers. Yet the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median household income was just $59,039 last year. The cost of living in the U.S. rose 30% over the past 13 years, yet household incomes only grew 28%. As a result, more Americans are using credit cards to cover basic needs like food and clothing.
 
43) Friday November 17th  
House Republicans on Thursday passed a bill along strict party lines that would revamp the U.S. tax code. Passage of the bill comes just two weeks after it was first unveiled . The House bill would mean tax cuts on average for all income groups in 2018 and most income groups in 2027, but the biggest benefits go to those at the top, according to the Tax Policy Center.
 
42) Thursday November 16th 
The decades-long grip on power of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe appeared to be over on Thursday, as a military takeover of the African nation went unchallenged and efforts apparently began to form a transitional government. While tanks have been seen in the streets there has been no reported violent acts during this takeover. 
 
41) Wednesday November 15th
A gunman killed four people in a remote Northern California community on Tuesday morning, but a much bigger death toll was averted when the killer was unable to break into an elementary school.  As gunfire was heard, the staff at Rancho Tehama initiated their lockdown drills before classes even began.  As a result, one student was wounded but in stable condition. 
 
40) Monday November 13th 
Tens of thousands of nationalist protesters disrupted Poland's independence day events Saturday.  Demonstrators carried banners that read "White Europe, Europe must be white."  Some wore masks and waved red and white Polish flags, chanting "Death to enemies of the homeland," and "Catholic Poland, not secular." 
 
39) Thursday November 9th
AT&T was set to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion dollars.  However, the Department of Justice was put a halt to this merger.  The DOJ insists Time Warner must sell CNN before allowing the merger to take place.  Time Warner owns HBO, Warner Brothers, and CNN. Another solution proposed is AT&T selling off DirecTV.
 
38) Wednesday November 8th
Richard Dana, Rick Ardnt, and Jamie Ortiz won spots on the Geneva School Board.  The Geneva Schools levy failed with 68% voting no, city of Geneva levy failed with 76% voting no and Ashtabula County Developmently Delayed levy failed with 53% voting no.  
 
37) Tuesday November 7th 
Massachusetts is the first state to ban bump stocks, the gun accessory used by the Las Vegas shooter last month to increase his rate of fire. Beginning in 2018, penalties for possession or use of a bump stock or trigger crank in Massachusetts will range from probation to life in prison.
 
36) Monday November 6th 
A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.
 
35) Thursday November 2nd 
The White House has notified Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell that it will nominate him as the next chair of the central bank, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Powell will replace Janet Yellen whose term expires in February 2018.  
 
34) Tuesday October 31st 
George Papadopoulos, A former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI after he lied about his interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government -- the campaign's clearest connection so far to Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were arrested for money laundering and conspiracy. 
 
33) Monday October 30th
A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources.  The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
 
32) Friday October 27th 
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that CVS Health is in talks to acquire the health insurer Aetna for $66 billion. If the merger is approved and goes through, it would reshape the health care industry. CVS Health controls a massive drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits management system, while Aetna is one of the nation's largest insurers. 
 
31) Thursday October 26th
Touted as the world's most technologically advanced fast attack submarine, the USS South Dakota is set to join the US Navy fleet amid a growing threat to American undersea dominance from several foreign rivals. It is a Virginia-class submarine that currently costs $2.7 billion each. 
 
30) Tuesday October 24th
An emerging theory among U.S. military investigators is that the Army Special Forces soldiers ambushed in Niger were set up by terrorists, who were tipped off in advance about a meeting in a village sympathetic to local ISIS affiliates, three U.S. officials who have been briefed on the matter told NBC News.
 
29) Monday October 23rd
President Trump said Saturday he intends to allow the release of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy "subject to the receipt of further information." Trump faces an October 26 deadline set in law by Congress mandating the public release of the still-secret documents.
 
28) Friday October 20th 
The Senate approved the Republican-backed budget Thursday night with a 51-49 vote. The budget opens the door to expanding the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who believes the budget ought to reduce the deficit, was the only Republican to vote against it.

27) Thursday October 19th
Sen. John McCain argued Wednesday that the Trump administration is not being forthcoming about the attack in Niger that left four US soldiers dead and two wounded. 
McCain, the chairman of the Senate armed services committee, thinks Congress should launch an investigation into the attack.
 
26)Wednesday October 18th
There have been no domestic ISIS attacks carried out by individuals from the travel ban countries since June. About 91% of the people arrested for ISIS-related offenses in the US since 2014 have been American citizens and immigrants/visitors from non-travel ban countries, according to a review of DOJ.
 
25) Tuesday October 17th
The Philippines city of Marawi has been liberated from ISIS-affiliated militants following a five-month standoff, President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday."I hereby declare the liberation of Marawi," Duterte was quoted as saying.
 
24) Monday October 16th
Paul Manafort has much stronger financial ties to a Russian oligarch than  previously reported. An NBC News investigation reveals that $26 million changed hands in the form of a loan between a company linked to Manafort and the oligarch, Oleg Deripaska. That totals $60 million in dealings in past decade.
 
23) Thursday October 12th
Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection  said they have yet to determine the cause of the wild fires, which have killed at least 23 people. About 4,400 are in shelters and will not be able to go home for many days. 285 people have been reported missing.
 
22) Wednesday October 11th
North Korean hackers allegedly stole classified military documents from a South Korean Defense Ministry database in September 2016, according to Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's National Assembly. He said the document stolen included plans to "decapitate" the North Korean leadership. 
 
21) Monday October 9th
The United States lost 33,000 jobs in September as the economy took a hit from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. It was the first monthly decline in jobs in seven years.The jobless rate dropped to 4.2%, the lowest since 2001.
 
20) Thursday October 5th
Three members of the US Special Operations Forces were killed and two others were wounded in southwest Niger near the Mali-Niger border when a joint US-Nigerien patrol was attacked Wednesday, two administration officials reported.
 
19) Wednesday October 4th
An epic and historic data breach at Yahoo in August 2013 affected every single customer account that existed at the time, Yahoo parent company Verizon said on Tuesday.That's three billion accounts -- including email, Tumblr, Fantasy and Flickr -- or three times as many as the company initially reported in 2016. 
 
18) Tuesday October 3rd
Late Sunday night, a man opened fire into 22,000 concert-goers in Las Vegas killing 59 people and injuring 527.  The man fired from the 32nd floor of a hotel near the concert.  Authorities found 23 weapons and ammonium nitrate in this person's room. This is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
 
17) Monday October 2nd
Twelve days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, officials said only 5% of the island has electricity and its schools are not close to reopening.  The island's Secretary of Education said classes might not resume until October 16th. 
 
16)Thursday September 28th
A Kentucky federal judge struck down an anti-abortion law that required women to receive an ultrasound before they can legally have an abortion.Western District of Kentucky Judge David Hale ruled the bill violates First Amendment rights, according to the court ruling.
 
15) Wednesday September 27th
At least a half-dozen top Trump administration officials used private email accounts to communicate about White House business. That group includes family members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner and departed top aides Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon.
 
14) Thursday September 21st
Puerto Rico is already in an 11-year economic recession. Now it must start rebuilding after Hurricane Maria left the island knocked out flat.The island was completely without electricity Wednesday "This is total devastation," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor. 
 
13) Wednesday September 20th
With its bankruptcy filing late Monday, Toys R Us bought itself $3.1 billion in new financing that will allow it to stock and operate all of its stores through the crucial holiday season. But after the holidays are over, store closings are inevitable, bankruptcy experts say.
 
12) Tuesday September 19th
US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.
 
11) Monday September 18th
In a major show of defiance to the international community, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday.The launch is the second to fly over Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test and new United Nations sanctions on the country.
 
10) Wednesday September 13th
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued three Texas businesses on Tuesday for alleged price gouging tied to Hurricane Harvey.  Under Texas law,  businesses are not allowed to charge excessive prices for essential goods such as food, medicine, water and fuel during a declared disaster.
 
9) Tuesday September 12th
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea on Monday. The resolution will cap North Korea's oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, and suppress smuggling efforts.
 
8) Friday September 8th
Equifax says a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans.Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information -- including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver's licenses. 
 
7) Thursday September 7th
President Donald Trump bucked his own party Wednesday and sided with Democrats to support a deal that would ensure passage of disaster relief funding as well as raising the debt ceiling and continuing to fund the government into December.
 
6) Wednesday September 6th
The US military has ordered the evacuation of over five thousand personnel from a Naval Air Station in Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Irma is now a Category 5 storm and one of the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic.
 
5) Tuesday September 5th
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "begging for war" as she urged the UN Security Council to adopt the strongest sanctions measures possible to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.
 
4) Friday September 1st
Wells Fargo now says it has found a total of up to 3.5 million potentially fake bank and credit card accounts, up from its earlier tally of approximately 2.1 million. In other words, there are two-thirds more fake accounts than previously realized.
 
3) Thursday August 31st
President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered his opening pitch on tax reform, framing the effort in populist terms saying Republican plans to overhaul the tax code would be a boon for lower- and middle-class Americans.
 
2) Tuesday August 29th
North Korea launched a ballistic missile Tuesday that flew over Japan, escalating already heightened tensions with the United States and its allies over the rogue nation's nuclear and missile weapons development.The Pentagon confirmed the missile launch, saying it is still being assessed.
 
1) Monday August 28th
Hurricane Harvey has devasted Texas and the damage will continue.  The storm is expected to bring up to 50 inches of rain to upper Texas by the end of this week.  Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and is dealing with a great deal of flooding.  
 
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