Trump’s Anti-Muslim Tweets, Project Veritas, Proposed Repeal of Net Neutrality, and North Korea’s Latest ICBM in: 60


Trump Shares Anti-Muslim Tweets

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump shared videos from the Twitter account of British-ultranationalist party Britain First that purported to show Muslims committing acts of violence. But, despite claiming to show an attack by “Muslim migrant,” one of the videos showed a teenage boy born in the Netherlands, according to Dutch authorities.

The other two videos took place in Syria and Egypt in 2013, but the tweets did not mention the political unrest taking place at the time. Defending the tweets Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Whether it is a real video, the threat is real.”

In addition to many American politicians speaking out against Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the tweets, saying, “It is wrong for the president to have done this.”

Project Veritas Attempts to Sabotage Roy Moore Investigation

This week, the Washington Post published a story in which it described how a woman pretended to have been impregnated by Roy Moore while she was a teenager. The woman was a part of Project Veritas, a group dedicated to exposing corruption in the media. According to the Post, she asked them several questions about what effect her accusations could have on Moore’s candidacy. They did not answer these questions.

Since the Washington Post first published accusations against Moore, conservatives have argued that the newspaper is biased and that they seek to swing the election in favor of Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones. The Project Veritas incident is only the most recent in a string of attempts to discredit the paper.

Proposed Repeal of Net Neutrality Causes Uproar

Last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai published a plan to partially repeal regulations from 2015 that ensure an open and free internet. The regulations prevent internet service providers from favoring certain websites, slowing connection speeds, and even blocking content.

Protests have erupted in response to the proposed repeal. Congress has received more than 200,000 phone calls objecting to the plan, and there have been more than 500,000 comments left on the FCC’s website.

Those favoring the plan see it as decreasing regulation and bringing back a free market to internet. A vote on the plan by the five FCC commissioners is expected on December 14th.

North Korea Fires New Missile Capable of Hitting US Mainland

On Tuesday November 28th,  North Korea fired a new ICBM that it claims is capable of hitting the United States mainland. The state media announced  that the missile had reached the highest altitude ever recorded, and according the US Defense Secretary Mattis, could reach “everywhere in the world basically.”

However experts acknowledge that the payload of the missile is unknown, so there’s a possibility the ICBM couldn’t carry a nuclear warhead the same distance.

Concerning the launch, President Trump responded with threats of sanctions. Trump additionally called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-In in an effort to reaffirm the United States’ commitment in facing North Korea.

In Other News…

President Trump and Republicans are close to passing tax reform, which would be the administration’s biggest legislative accomplishment to date.

Today Show co-host Matt Lauer was fired from NBC on Wednesday amidst accusations of sexual misconduct.

It was revealed on Wednesday that a computer glitch had caused American Airlines to grant vacation to too many pilots during the holidays, leaving an estimated 15,000 of the flights scheduled during the period with no pilot.

Jared Kushner, son-in-law and advisor to President Trump, reportedly met with the prosecutors of Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this month to discuss his meeting with the Russian ambassador.

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