While You Were Away: A Spring Refresher

Apr 6, 2018

Words by Alexander Kamczyc 

Well, Spring Break is over.

It’s time to get back to the grindstone, back to focusing on finishing out the spring semester. While that may seem like an obstacle, it may be even harder for some to stay up to date with the daily circus that is American politics. So to get you back in the swing of things or to just keep you updated on what’s going on in general, here are four stories that happened last week while you were away.

 

U.S. EXPELS RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS

President Trump ordered the expulsion of more than 60 Russian diplomats on March 26. It was a move to punish the country for the poisoning of an ex-Russian agent in the U.K. allegedly carried out by the Kremlin. It is currently the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats of its kind.

 

TRUMP ENDS DACA DEAL ON EASTER

In a series of tweets on Easter Sunday, President Trump declared that a possible DACA deal was off the table. He also threatened to end NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), a trade treaty between Canada, Mexico and the United States, if Mexico did not secure its borders.

 

DIAMOND GOES ON SALE AFTER 300 YEARS

In a bit of nonpolitical news, the Farnese Blue Diamond, a 6.16-carat diamond, will go on sale for the first time in its history. The diamond has been around for 300 years, being passed down from generation to generation by European royalty. It was originally a gift to the Queen of Spain in 1751. It is being held for auction at $5.71 million. Yes, you read that correctly.

 

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

A compilation video made by Timothy Burke of Deadspin showcased news anchors across the country reading a script denouncing “fake news,” on social media sites. All the videos used in the compilation come from the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a heavily conservative media outlet that owns 193 local news stations across America, reaching over 40 percent of American people. Many people are outraged at this move, calling it a new form of state-run media. Trump has gone on record defending the company through Twitter saying:

“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”

And there you have it: if you were hoping things would get better or be a little bit different by the time you got back, sadly, you were wrong. The circus is still going strong, and there doesn’t really look like there’s an end in sight. At least you’re (mostly) caught up.

So until we start getting our acts together (if at all):

Keep grinding, the semester’s almost over.