If you weren’t able to keep up with week full of news, here is a recap of what you missed.
1. Trump Declared Jerusalem As Israeli Capital
President Trump announced to the U.S. that Jerusalem is to be recognized as the capital of Israel, most likely disrupting peace further between Israel and Palestine. The current Israeli U.S. embassy, which is located in Tel Aviv, would enter a process to begin to it’s move to Jerusalem over the next few years.
Although Israeli officials are rejoicing in light of the recent decision, other leaders in the Middle East are calling for caution as relations in the area are fragile. The United Nations has condemned the move, claiming “The United Nations has repeatedly declared that any unilateral decision that seeks to alter the character and status of Jerusalem or that may alter these long-standing principles could seriously undermine current peace efforts and may have repercussions across the region,”
2. Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics
The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, announced on Tuesday that Russia would be barred from the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. The ban comes after a 17 month investigation that deemed the country guilty of running a secret doping operation during the 2014 Olympic competition that was held in Sochi, Russia.
“This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport. This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system,” said Mr. Bach in his announcement.
3. Wildfires Engulf Southern California
Six major wildfires emerged in Southern California recently and are continuing to burn throughout the weekend as the flames are stoked by unusually long-lasting Santa Ana winds, and an over abundance of dry vegetation due to increased rainfall earlier in the year.
Thus far an estimated 170,000 acres of land are being affected by the fires forcing 200,000+ residents to flee their homes in search of safety
4. Trump Family Discredits CNN After False Reporting
CNN, who President Trump and his son would later take to Twitter to discredit, inaccurately reported that the Trump campaign had access to leaked DNC files before anyone else. The false reporting provided the President and Donald Trump Jr. reason to open fire Fake News propaganda on Twitter.
The two journalists who published the incorrect information will not face disciplinary action as they have verified that the standard process and approval guidelines were followed in order to use anonymous sources. Despite CNN’s confidence in their reporters, The Trump father and son duo said otherwise, calling for their firing.
5. Al Franken’s Career Crumbles As Roy Moore’s Pieces Itself Back Together
Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken stepped down to the senate floor on Thursday, giving an 11 minute promise to resign from the job he claimed to have been “the great honor” of his life. The U.S Senator of 8 years vowed to leave his post after facing urges from his colleagues to leave legislation after being accused of sexual assault by a 6th woman.
The news of Mr. Franken comes just 4 days after Mr. Trump officially endorsed Mr. Moore’s campaign, who’s popularity is back on the rise, and only 4 days before the Alabama special election takes place on December 12th. Beverly Young Nelson, one of Mr. Moore’s accusers, admitted to lying on Friday during a Good Morning America interview that she wrote the note above the Senate hopefuls signature, which contradicts her initial statement claiming Mr. Moore wrote the note himself.
6. CVS Health Agrees to Buy Aetna For $69 Billion
After weeks of speculation, CVS Health announced on Sunday its decision to purchase Aetna, one of the nations largest health insurance companies, for $69 billion dollars. The merger of the two companies signals a start of a new era in the healthcare industry that has already been changing at a rapid pace. According to CNN, the deal is seen as one of the largest in healthcare, surpassing the acquisition of Medco by Express Scripts in 2012. Larry Merlo, the CEO of CVS Health, stated in an interview that “We think of it as creating a new front door to health care in America,”
The groundbreaking deal came at a time of anticipation that Amazon would enter the pharmacy market, a move that would shake the healthcare industry for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM’s) like CVS Health.
7. 58 Representatives Vote in Favor of Trump’s Impeachment
Lastly, On Wednesday, United States representative Al Green forced Congress to vote on whether or not to impeach president Trump. The final vote came to 58 in favor of impeachment and a substantial 364 against.
Although it seems that an overwhelming majority voted to shoot down the impeachment proceedings, it shouldn’t be ignored that 58 sitting U.S. congressmen voted to remove the president.