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Month: September 2019

The White House has shared the whistleblower’s complaint with members of Congress

President Trump at the UN.
via https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/9/25/20883238/white-house-trump-ukraine-whistleblower-complaint-release-call-zelensky

The Trump White House on Wednesday released a version of its recollection of the presidents call to the Ukrainian president. Later in the day, the White House shared the whistleblower’s complainant to members of Congress.

Previously resisting calls to release the complaint the White House decided to send the document directly to Congress. Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois said “it reinforces our concerns” and it’s “deeply disturbing” after reviewing the document. While Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said: “Republicans ought not to be rushing to circle the wagons to say there’s no there when there’s obviously lots that’s very troubling there.”

The administration may allow the whistleblower to speak to congressional committees Despite the complaint being reviewed by members of Congress. It’s still unknown what the complaint contains as it is still classified.

Reports by The Washington Post, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal found that the complaint included concerns about a phone call President Trump had with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

This is a major news story that keeps developing day by day. Instead of creating a new article the writer of this article Sean Collins has updated the article several times since its original post. I think that it is written well. The author uses several quotes in the article from both sides of the isle. So it seems unbiased even though there is mounting evidence shifting in one way.

Quick Reflection Article 1

The task that I spent the most time on was looking at different sources and deciding what I wanted to use from each one. There were some articles that I decided not to use just because I didn’t feel like there was anything critically important or interesting that would help the article. The one area that I want to spend more time is going into more detail on my next article.

While gathering different sources I had a difficult time deciding on what I wanted to include and what to disregard. I didn’t have a major issue with writing this paper. The thing that I need to work on is practicing my grammar and punctuation. I have word check software on my computer but I need to become less dependent on that.

Scavenger Hunt: Caterina Vanderploeg​

When I entered Louis Hall Caterina was at the front desk. She asked me if I needed any help with my scavenger hunt. I was surprised to find out that she was working on an assignment for another journalism class. My first objective was to ask for a favorite motivational quote. Caterina said, “life is ten percent of what happens to you ninety percent of how you react.” I was also required to take a selfie with Caterina which is pictured above.

The polls are in: here’s who won-and lost- last weeks debate

Democratic presidential candidates Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a break in the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University’s Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019, in Houston, Texas.
via https://www.vox.com/2019/9/18/20872216/warren-biden-yang-democratic-presidential-polls

With the third round of the presidential debates over, the ten democratic candidates battled on the stage. The spotlight is more intense than ever leading up to the democratic presidential nominee.

With the frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden leading in five national polls, while four poles show Elizabeth Warren in second place, with Senator Bernie Sanders in third. As with any poll, there is a margin of error. However, it was California Senator Kamala Harris that received the worst news.

The latest polls show Senator Harris clearly falling behind the pack. Looking behind the top five candidates you have Andrew Yang, Beto O’Rourke, and Cory Booker all of which all have around three percent nationally since the debates.

With Iowa being a critical state on the campaign trail, the Ann Selzer’s Des Moines Register poll is well respected. The results of that poll will be released soon. Therefore a more clear path through Iowa will be set.

This article is important as it pertains to the 2020 presidential election. Something which affects all American citizens. The audience is much broader as opposed to my previous article about Brook Lopez which had a more narrow target audience. The audience for this article is nationwide as it concerns the United States.

Article 1 Final Draft

            With Hurricane Dorian spiraling towards the coast, President Trump is defending a NOAA map that appeared to be modified with a black sharpie. The map showed a questionable projection of the storm hitting Alabama.

 The President tweeted the following Monday: “The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit.” Adding, “This nonsense has never happened to another President.” 

            After being mocked by major news outlets and social media, the President originally claimed that he was provided with outdated forecasts. While some of the earliest models for the Hurricanes path had the chance that Alabama could be affected by the storm. However, by the time Trump tweeted there were already more accurate forecasts that showed Alabama was no longer in danger said a top NOAA official. 

            According to Craig McLean NOAA’s acting chief scientist Trumps claims were “political” and a “danger to public health and safety.” By giving the public false information Trump is overselling the danger affecting people’s lives.  According to the Washington Post Mclean is “pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity” McLean wrote. The Associated Press reported the head of the National Weather Service defended forecasters who challenged the Presidents claim that Dorian threatened Alabama. Trumps Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allegedly threatened top employees at the NOAA after the agency contradicted the president in a tweet. NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs told the staff that they would be fired if they contradicted Trumps Alabama remarks. The National Weather Service almost immediately debunked the presidents claim, but he repeated the assertion that the map was not doctored twice more that day. 

President Trumps tweets come as Hurricane Dorian advanced to the coast of the Carolinas, making landfall in North Carolina overnight as the Bahamas continued recovery efforts. At least 30 have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas so far, and at least four have been killed in the Southeastern coast. 

            I used sources from Politico, CBS News, Newsweek, and the Presidents Twitter account. The Politico article “Trump drags his Alabama hurricane claims into the 6thday.” This article by Caitlin Oprysko is certainly is written with a neutral perspective in mind. It uses several quotes from the President and other agencies. The article from CBS News “NOAA chief scientist reportedly investigation agency’s backing of Trump’s claims about hurricane.” It focuses on the exchange between the President and NOAA chief scientist Craig McLean. It contains great information about the potential ramifications of violating the NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity. The final article from Newsweek “Trump Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross Threatened NOAA to Agree with President’s Alabama Hurricane Tweet.” This article main focus is Trumps Secretary of Commerce threatening NOAA scientists to agree with Trumps Alabama Hurricane blunder.

Sources:

Oprysko, Caitlin. “Trump Drags His Alabama Hurricane Claims into 6th Day.” POLITICO, 6 Sept. 2019, www.politico.com/story/2019/09/06/trump-hurricane-dorian-tweets-1483586.

CBS News. “NOAA Chief Scientist Reportedly Investigating Agency’s Backing of Trump’s Claims about Hurricane.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 9 Sept. 2019, www.cbsnews.com/news/noaa-hurricane-dorian-statements-president-donald-trump-claims-being-investigated-by-chief-scientist/.

Fearnow, Benjamin. “Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross Threatened to Fire NOAA Employees for Disagreeing with Trump Alabama Tweet, Report Says.” Newsweek, Newsweek, 9 Sept. 2019, www.newsweek.com/commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-threatened-noaa-employees-hurricane-dorian-alabama-trump-1458391.

Trump, Donald J. “In Addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, Will Most Likely Be Hit (Much) Harder than Anticipated. Looking like One of the Largest Hurricanes Ever. Already Category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!” Twitter, Twitter, 1 Sept. 2019, twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1168174613827899393.

Baker, Peter, et al. “Trump Pressed Top Aide to Have Weather Service ‘Clarify’ Forecast That Contradicted Trump.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 11 Sept. 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/us/politics/trump-alabama-noaa.html.

Struggling Lopez needs to make a splash for Team USA

via https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27584152/struggling-lopez-needs-make-splash-team-usa

Last season the Milwaukee Bucks new acquisition center Brook Lopez had the best season of his career. Shooting a career-high 37% from 3pt range and averaging 2 blocks a game. Lopez which was playing for the Bucks had the best record in the NBA at 60-22.

The Bucks never lost more than two games in a row were dominate during the regular season then loosing four games in a row in the eastern conference finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Lopez, which has had limited playing time for team USA during the FIBA tournament. Team USA which will be playing in the championship game against France which is no easy feat. The French national team has one of the best if not the best defensive player in the world. All NBA center Rudy Gobert.

Gobert, plays for the defensive minded Utah Jazz, has won defensive player of the year. For the last three years. Lopez, which has had limited playing time on a roster with plenty of holes already is looking to go home with the FIBA championship.

This is a great article. Brian Windhorst is an accredited NBA journalist that has been around the league for years. The article uses quotations from other players. My favorite is from Donovan Mitchell when talking about Gobert “He’s a hell of a player.”

Story 1 Draft

With Hurricane Dorian making landfall this week President Trump is defending a NOAA map that appeared to be modified with a black sharpie. The map showed a projection of the storm hitting Alabama. The President tweeted out the following “The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit” adding “This nonsense has never happened to another President.” 

            After being mocked by major news outlets and social media. The President originally claimed that he was provided with outdated forecasts. While some of the earliest models for the Hurricanes path had the chance that Alabama could be affected by the storm. However, by the time Trump tweeted there were already more accurate forecasts that showed Alabama was no longer in danger. 

            According to Craig McLean NOAA’s acting chief scientist Trumps claims were “political” and a “danger to public health and safety.” According to the Washington Post “I am pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity” McLean wrote. The Associated Press reported the head of the National Weather Service defended forecasters who challenged the Presidents claim that Dorian threatened Alabama. Trumps Secretary of Commerce threatened top employees at the NOAA after the agency contradicted the president in a tweet. NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs told the staff that they would be fired if they contradicted Trumps Alabama remarks.

            The National Weather Service almost immediately debunked the presidents claim, but he repeated the assertion that the map was not doctored twice more that day. President Trumps tweets come as Hurricane Dorian advanced to the coast of the Carolinas, making landfall in North Carolina overnight as the Bahamas continued recovery efforts. At least 30 have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas so far, and at least four have been killed in the Southeastern coast. 

            I used sources from Politico, CBS News, Newsweek, and the Presidents Twitter account. The Politico article “Trump drags his Alabama hurricane claims into the 6thday.” This article by Caitlin Oprysko is certainly is written with a neutral perspective in mind. It uses several quotes from the President and other agencies. The article from CBS News “NOAA chief scientist reportedly investigation agency’s backing of Trump’s claims about hurricane.” It focuses on the exchange between the President and NOAA chief scientist Craig McLean. It contains great information about the potential ramifications of violating the NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity. The final article from Newsweek “Trump Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross Threatened NOAA to Agree with President’s Alabama Hurricane Tweet.” This article main focus is Trumps Secretary of Commerce threatening NOAA scientists to agree with Trumps Alabama Hurricane blunder.

Sources:

Oprysko, Caitlin. “Trump Drags His Alabama Hurricane Claims into 6th Day.” POLITICO, 6 Sept. 2019, www.politico.com/story/2019/09/06/trump-hurricane-dorian-tweets-1483586.

CBS News. “NOAA Chief Scientist Reportedly Investigating Agency’s Backing of Trump’s Claims about Hurricane.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 9 Sept. 2019, www.cbsnews.com/news/noaa-hurricane-dorian-statements-president-donald-trump-claims-being-investigated-by-chief-scientist/.

Fearnow, Benjamin. “Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross Threatened to Fire NOAA Employees for Disagreeing with Trump Alabama Tweet, Report Says.” Newsweek, Newsweek, 9 Sept. 2019, www.newsweek.com/commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-threatened-noaa-employees-hurricane-dorian-alabama-trump-1458391.Trump, Donald J. “In Addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, Will Most Likely Be Hit (Much) Harder than Anticipated. Looking like One of the Largest Hurricanes Ever. Already Category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!” Twitter, Twitter, 1 Sept. 2019, twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1168174613827899393

Gun laws were loosened in Texas the day after the state’s​ second mass shooting in a month

Via https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/9/1/20843797/texas-shooting-gun-laws-loosened-odessa-el-paso-greg-abbott

This week I have decided to cover another Vox article. The author Anya Van Wagtendonk. The main point of this article is not just relating back to the recent shootings that happened in Odessa Texas, but talking about several new gun laws that were reccently passed.This article also includes a twitter post in the middle of the article which I find disorienting. Also, it includes various quotes from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

I find it sadly ironic that Texas passed several gun laws recently that weakened gun control. According to the article there are nearly 1.4 million gun owners in the state. I feel that Vox is prehaps left leaning, it isn’t near as bad as Fox News or CNN.