1.2020 USA ELECTION
Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, TX and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration, Announces His 2020 Presidential Bid. Two days after announcing his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, Julián Castro made his first campaign stop in Puerto Rico. Julián Castro has already made his first campaign stop outside of his home state, only two days after announcing his intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Castro is building on a firmly progressive platform.
2. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner ‘walked out’ of Dick Cheney biopic Vice screening
Ivanka Trump, first daughter, and adviser to President Donald Trump and her husband and fellow advisor Jared Kushner have apparently walked out of a screening of controversial biopic of Dick Cheney ‘Vice’ before its conclusion. (Christian Bale, who portrayed Cheney, thanked Satan for giving him inspiration for the role.) Why did they go see a movie that portrays Republicans as, at best, bumbling idiots, and at worst evil? Who knows?! The pair is thought to have seen the majority of the satirical film by Anchorman director Adam McKay but left before it was over.
3. Melissa Arnot Reid stepping towards equality after Conquering Everest
Melissa a mountaineer by profession working On Equality, said “When I started guiding, there were 80 guides and two were women,” Arnot Reid said. “That was in 2004. I was young and small. I was 5’3 and 21 and middle age professional men wouldn’t want to work with me.” Now she is best known for summiting Mount Everest a whopping six times, the most out of any American woman. She’s also the first American woman to summit and descends Everest without oxygen.
4. Start getting your paperwork done as this is Tax Season in the USA
Tax season is nearly upon us, and this means it may be time to start getting your paperwork together to make sure you can file as effortlessly as possible. There can be a lot of number crunching and chasing down paperwork, and plus it sometimes feels like the government has designed it to be as confusing as possible. If you are a freelancer or an independent contractor, you will likely be poring over your expenses and figuring out deductions, and trying to get a hold of your 1099s. If you’re a salaried employee, the process may be a bit more straightforward, and you may only need a W2 from your employer.
4. Los Angeles Teachers Set for First Strike in 30 Years on Monday
More than 30,000 teachers were expected to walk off the job in public schools across Los Angeles on Monday, staging their first strike in three decades after union leaders said they were “insulted” by the latest contract offer from district officials. The decision, described by union officials Sunday as a “last resort,” came after nearly two years of failed efforts to negotiate a new contract for educators in the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as a flurry of offers made by the district last week that the union described as inadequate. “We have not received a proposal over the weekend,” United Teachers of Los Angeles secretary Arlene Inouye said in a Sunday news conference. “We will be striking tomorrow.”
6. Steve King Removed From Committee Assignments Over White Supremacy Remark
House Republican leaders removed Representative Steve King of Iowa from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees on Monday night as party officials scrambled to appear tough on racism and contain damage from comments Mr. King made questioning why white supremacy is considered offensive. “White nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization – how did that language become offensive?” he said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” Mr. McCarthy, who conferred privately with Mr. King for an hour before the vote, did not say why the most recent comments were a breaking point given Mr. King’s long public record of similar remarks. “Maybe I did not see those, but I disagree with these.”
7. A Winter Storm Has Killed At Least 9 People in California
On Sunday, powerful winter hit California and leaves behind a trail of deadly car crashes and widespread power outages in its wake. Hundreds of thousands without power has moved on from the Midwest and is pulverizing the mid-Atlantic and East Coast, dumping inches of snow and prompting governors in the region to declare states of emergency. The storm, which began Friday in the Midwest, slammed North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, covering the nation’s capital with between 4 and 7 inches of snow and forcing the three main airports in the region to cancel hundreds of flights.