Daily Jump Start

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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
110) Monday May 21st
President Trump’s treasury secretary said Sunday the U.S. will not impose $150 billion in threatened tariffs on China while the two countries negotiate a deal to reduce America’s trade deficit with its economic rival. “We’re putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday. 
 
109) Friday May 18th 
Most money from the Trump tax cuts is going to investors and not workers. Companies like AT&T, Walmart and Bank of America announced one-time bonuses of $1,000 for eligible employees as a result of tax cuts. But, a survey by Morgan Stanley predicted that workers would get 13% of the tax windfall – compared to 43% that was expected to go to investors in the form of stock buybacks and dividend increases.
 
108) Wednesday May 16th  
North Korea has threatened to abandon planned talks between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in June if Washington insists on pushing it "into a corner" on nuclear disarmament. A statement published by the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said North Korea would never accept economic assistance from the US in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear program.  
 
107) Tuesday May 15th 
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a compromise on the controversial employee head tax proposal that aims to help the city's affordable housing and homeless crisis.  Any company with $20 million in gross revenue a year will pay a tax of $275 per employee.  This is expected to generate between $45-$49 million yearly with a sunset clause in January of 2024. 
 
106) Monday May 14th 
The White House and senior Chinese officials are discussing a targeted economic deal that would relax severe penalties on ZTE, a major Chinese telecom company, in exchange for unspecified demands from President Trump.  Many believe these trade concessions are part of a plan to gain China's cooperation in enacting sanctions against North Korea and Iran. 
 
105) Tuesday May 8th  
President Trump will announce his decision on whether the US will pull out of the Iran nuclear accord at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, he wrote in a tweet. Trump is weighing whether to continue waiving sanctions on Iran's energy and banking sector that were lifted as part of the 2015 agreement in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program. 
 
104) Monday May 7th  
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are gearing up to release more than 3,000 Facebook ads connected to Russian actors, according to The Wall Street Journal.  The release could provide further insight into how much Facebook was exploited by Russian actors during the 2016 presidential election.
 
103) Thursday May 3rd  
The slow but steady recovery from the Great Recession just hit a milestone: It's tied for the second-longest economic expansion in American history. The recession ended in June 2009, which means the recovery is 106 months old through April of this year. That matches the expansion from 1961 to 1969, an era of big government spending under Presidents JFK and LBJ.
 
102) Tuesday May 1st 
The Treasury Department announced Monday that the government borrowed a record $488 billion in the January-March quarter, but officials expect borrowing needs will decline sharply for the current April-June quarter. Treasury is facing the need to finance government operations at a time when annual deficits are heading to record levels. 
 
101) Monday April 30th 
T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) and Sprint Corp (S.N) said on Sunday they had agreed to a $26 billion all-stock deal and believed they could win over skeptical regulators because the merger would create thousands of jobs and help the United States beat China to creating the next generation mobile network.
 
100) Tuesday April 17th 
Regional banks could reward shareholders with up to $53 billion if Congress rolls back Dodd-Frank. The Senate recently passed a banking bill that would shield large regional banks from tough scrutiny that requires them to sit on extra cash to weather the next financial storm. The bill now goes to the House.
 
99) Monday April 16th  
The US, UK and France have bombed three government sites in Syria in an early morning operation targeting chemical weapons facilities. The move is a response to a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma last week which killed dozens. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he condemned the Western strikes "in the most serious way". 
 
98) Friday April 13th  
President Trump has formed a task force to study the finances and operations of the U.S. Postal Service, just 10 days after he blasted online retailer Amazon for making the USPS its "Delivery Boy."  "The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout," the executive order released Thursday night reads. 
 
97) Thursday April 12th 
House Speaker Paul Ryan is not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress after this year, the Wisconsin Republican announced Wednesday.  Ryan's departure is a blow to GOP members who saw the Wisconsin Republican as a stable and policy-oriented leader that was instrumental in the passage of their tax reform bill. 
 
96) Wednesday April 11th 
The Justice Department raid on the home of top Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday is, one expert says, likely a telltale sign that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have found significant evidence regarding a payment Cohen made to Stormy Daniels.
 
95) Tuesday April 10th  
President Donald Trump said Monday he will make a decision as early as this evening on the US response to what he called an "atrocious" chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria and warned that he will hold the responsible parties accountable. "We cannot allow atrocities like that. Cannot allow it," Trump said. 
 
94) Friday April 6th  
President Trump is taking a lot of heat for his decision to deploy the National Guard to America's southern border, but he is repeating a move made by many of his predecessors.  Former presidents, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Woodrow Wilson and William Howard Taft, all issued orders similar to those Trump made in a proclamation Wednesday. 
 
93) Thursday April 5th
President Trump on Wednesday formally ordered the Pentagon and Homeland Security to deploy National Guard troops to the Mexican border to stem illegal crossings and drug trafficking.  It is unclear how this plan will work since National Guard troops are typically deployed under the control of a state's governor for disaster response. 
 
92) Wednesday April 4th  
The Trump administration on Tuesday published a list of about 1,300 Chinese exports that could be targeted for tariffs.   The United States plans to apply the tariffs to about $50 billion worth of goods to punish China for its theft of trade secrets, including software, patents and other technology. A 25% tariff would be applied to all the products.
 
91) Tuesday April 3rd  
On Monday, Oklahoma teachers went on strike after getting a $6,100 raise. Teachers demanded that lawmakers match the initial demands of a $10,000 raise for educators, along with a $5,000 raise for other school personnel and $75 million in education funding after the Legislature only granted about $50 million, according to the Associated Press.
 
90) Monday March 19th  
Vladimir Putin is set to extend his power in Russia for another six years after winning Sunday's presidential election with a projected 76.6% of the vote, a state-run exit poll shows.  Putin was widely expected to win his fourth term as President, with no meaningful opposition in the running and his fiercest opponent, Alexei Navalny, barred from the race. 
 
89) Friday March 16th 
President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.
 
88) Thursday March 15th  
Toys "R" Us is going out of business in the U.S.  The iconic chain announced early Thursday that it's seeking bankruptcy court approval to start closing its 735 U.S. stores and liquidating their inventory.   Some 33,000 employees will lose their jobs as a result. 
 
87) Wednesday March 14th  
Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery service across the US this year, the company announced Wednesday.   The service, which offers same-day delivery in as little as three hours, will be expanded from six metro areas to more than 100, ultimately reaching more than 40% of US households by the end of the year. 
 
86) Tuesday March 13th  
President Trump has blocked Singapore-based Broadcom's proposed $117 billion takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm for national security reasons. In the order released Monday night, Trump cited "credible evidence" that the takeover "threatens to impair the national security of the United States."  
 
85) Thursday March 8th 
The Florida House sent the state’s first gun control measures in 22 years to Gov. Rick Scott on a  67-50 vote Wednesday. The measure also creates a school marshal program to arm classroom teachers, includes a three-day waiting period for buying most guns, raises the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, and gives police more authority to confiscate weapons.  
 
84) Wednesday March 7th
President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning. Cohn, who had been rumored just weeks ago as a potential next chief of staff, will leave the White House in the wake of his fierce disagreement with the President's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. 
 
83) Tuesday March 6th
White House economic adviser Gary Cohn is summoning executives from U.S. companies that depend on aluminum and steel to meet this week with President Donald Trump in a last-ditch effort to halt steep tariffs announced last week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
 
82) Monday March 5th  
West Virginia public school teachers will strike for an eighth day Monday because the state legislature didn't meet their demand for higher pay and better benefits over the weekend. All 55 counties announced school closures for Monday. About 20,000 teachers walked out February 22, keeping almost 277,000 students out of class.  
 
81) Thursday March 1st 
Twenty states have asked a federal court in Texas to hold the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate unconstitutional because the tax that penalized anyone who did not carry health insurance has been repealed.  This penalty was largely the reason the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare as constitutional orginally. 
 
80) Monday February 26th 
Not long after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, regime military aircraft hit targets in the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, activists said Saturday night.
Earlier, after the ceasefire vote, Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said the regime would continue to go after what it deemed terrorist groups. "We practice a sovereign right of self-defense, and we will continue to fight terrorism wherever it is found on Syrian soil," he said, according to SANA 
 
79) Thursday February 22nd  
Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft. 
 
78) Wednesday February 21st 
President Trump signed a memorandum instructing the attorney general to regulate the use of bump stocks, effectively banning the use of the devices that can allow rifles to mimic automatic weapons.  “We must do more to protect our children,” Trump said, promising that school safety is a top priority of his administration. 
 
77) Tuesday February 20th 
The US Navy is ramping up its presence in the Black Sea as part of a bid to counter Russia's increased presence there. On Saturday the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney joined the USS Ross in the Black Sea to "conduct maritime security operations."  It's the first time two US Navy warships have been in the Black Sea since July 2017.
 
76) Friday February 16th 
An Irish drugmaker has jacked up the price of a painkiller to nearly $3,000 a bottle. The drug is 22 times more expensive than when the company acquired it in late 2013. The sticker shock for Horizon Pharma's Vimovo drug is magnified by the fact that the painkiller's two main ingredients can be purchased separately -- for just $36.  
 
75) Thursday February 15th 
A former student went on a shooting rampage at a Florida high school Wednesday, leaving 17 dead while panicked students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and frantic parents raced to the scene. The 67 school districts in Florida share $64.4 million to pay for school security, including resource officers.  This is $10 million less than it was a decade ago.
 
74) Wednesday February 14th  
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Tuesday "there should be no doubt" that Russia sees the 2018 US elections as a target.  Coats and the other top national security officials told the Senate Intelligence Committee that they still view Moscow as a threat to the 2018 elections, a stance that appears at odds with President Donald Trump's repeated dismissals of Russian election meddling. 
 
73) Tuesday February 13th 
The Senate voted Monday 98-1 to begin a debate on immigration.  Many Republicans back President Trump's plan offering possible citizenship to 1.8 million young "Dreamers." He's also seeking $25 billion for security and limits on legal immigration.  Democrats want citizenship for "Dreamers", but are unlikely to support immigration limits.  Passage of a bill would need 60 votes in the Senate.
 
72) Friday February 9th 
The Senate passed a budget bill 71-28 and now send this legislation to the House to end a second government shutdown. Rand Paul (R-Ky) objected to the bill and gave a lengthy speech on the Senate floor to cause the shutdown.  Paul said, "When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party, but when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty."
 
71) Thursday February 8th 
Senate leaders unveiled a massive two-year budget deal Wednesday, a major victory for both parties that could prevent a government shutdown at the end of this week and increase the federal government's spending. The plan would boost military and non-defense spending by $300 billion over the next two years.
 
70) Monday February 5th  
An FBI special agent says he's turned in his badge so he can publicly voice his concerns over the politicization of the bureau by Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration.  "FBI agents are dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds," former FBI special agent Josh Campbell wrote in a New York Times op-ed. "But to succeed in their work, they need public backing. Scorched-earth attacks from politicians with partisan goals now threaten that support, raising corrosive doubts about the integrity of the FBI that could last for generations." 
 
69) Friday February 2nd 
President Donald Trump is expected to signal to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday that he wants a memo written by GOP staffers faulting the FBI over the Russia investigation released. The memo allegedly shows that senior law enforcement officials abused surveillance laws in obtaining a warrant to eavesdrop on Trump campaign foreign policy aide Carter Page.   
 
68) Wednesday January 31st
The Cleveland Indians are finally parting ways with their Chief Wahoo logo. Beginning in 2019, the team's jerseys will no longer feature the Native American caricature, which has been widely characterized as offensive and racist. The change was announced Monday by Major League Baseball.  
 
67) Monday January 29th 
The U.S. government is considering a federal takeover of portion of the country's mobile broadband networks. A National Security Council official presented senior member of President Trump's administration with a report suggesting that the U.S. needs to centralize its 5G network as a safeguard against Chinese cybersecurity and economic threats.  
 
66) Friday January 26th 
The US-led coalition fighting ISIS killed approximately 150 ISIS fighters in a Saturday airstrike, Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the coalition, said Tuesday.  Dillon said the strike took place in the Syrian town of As Shafah, located in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, an area where remnants of ISIS continue to operate.
 
65) Tuesday January 23rd  
President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday night ending the government shutdown, capping off a nearly three-day deadlock and reinstating funds until February 8. A deal was reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding assurances related to immigration.
 
64) Monday January 22nd 
The federal government shutdown Friday at midnight. The Senate is scheduled to have a key vote at noon Monday on a bill to reopen the government, though it's unclear if this plan will win over enough Democrats to pass.  Democrats have voted against a funding plan unless Congress addresses Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 
 
63) Friday January 19th 
Apple just made a bunch of big promises to the American economy. The company said Wednesday that it will pay $38 billion in taxes on cash it has been keeping overseas. It also pledged to create 20,000 jobs and invest $30 billion in U.S. facilities over the next five years.
 
62) Thursday January 18th  
Republican leaders in Congress have abandoned efforts to reach a broad budget agreement before federal funding runs out on Friday, and they’re now simply hoping to pass a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown. House GOP leaders are crafting legislation that would keep the government funded through Feb. 16.
 
61) Tuesday January 16th 
Ford Motor Co's plan to double its electrified vehicle spending is part of an investment tsunami in batteries and electric cars by global automakers that now totals $90 billion and is still growing, a Reuters analysis shows.   That money is pouring in to a tiny sector that amounts to less than 1 percent of the 90 million vehicles sold each year.
 
60) Wednesday January 10th 
Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to President Trump, has stepped down from Breitbart, the far-right website he returned to over the summer as executive chairman after being ousted from the White House.  He has drawn criticism from the president after his recent comments in the book "Fire and Fury."
 
59) Thursday January 4th 
America could be crowned the oil world's new king in 2018. The United States is poised to ramp up crude oil production by 10% in 2018 to about 11 million barrels per day.   Surging shale oil output should allow the United States to dethrone Russia and Saudi Arabia as the planet's leading crude oil producer, Rystad predicted in a recent report.   
 
58) Wednesday January 3rd  
North Korea and South Korea established contact for 20 minutes on a hotline that's been dormant for almost two years Wednesday, a major diplomatic breakthrough following a year of escalating hostility that could pave the way for future talks. Kim Jong Un gave the order to open the line at 3.00 p.m local time, according to state media,
 
57) Tuesday January 2nd  
For the first time since 2015, Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, began a new year by tumbling, extending its slide from a record $19,511 reached on Dec. 18. The virtual coin traded at $13,440 as of 3:55 p.m. in New York, down 6.1 percent from Friday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. 
 
56) Monday December 18th 
Bitcoin is a digital currency that is gaining further legitimacy in financial markets. Bitcoin's price (XBT) hit a record high earlier Sunday before the futures trading started on CME. It climbed to within a few hundred dollars of the $20,000 mark before slipping back. By early Monday, it was trading around $19,000. 
 
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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