News Brief (4/2 to 4/8)

Tuesday, April 2

  • Chicago made history as it elected its first black female and first openly gay person as mayor. Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot defeated Toni Preckwinkle in a runoff for Chicago mayor; with over 91 percent of precincts in, Lightfoot led Preckwinkle 73.7 percent to 26.3 percent, according to the Chicago board of elections website.

Wednesday, April 3

  • Democrats and President Trump seemed to be heading toward another altercation, as House Democrats make an request for the last six years of Trump’s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As concerns and issues over Trump’s personal finances continues to heat up between Democrats and the Trump administration, it is very much expected that this battle will end up in the courts.
  • AMC Theaters announced that starting on April 23, all AMC locations will be showing all 22 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies in a 59-hour marathon.
  • New Mexico became the latest state to sign into law legislation that would prevent a presidential candidate who has less of the popular vote from becoming president. The piece of legislation would also give the state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote. The legislation will only go into effect if enough states sign the legislation to compromise the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidential election. 14 states, along with the District of Columbia have signed the piece of legislation, compromising 189 electoral votes out of the 270.

Thursday, April 4

  • President Trump warned Mexico to clean up its act and put a halt to the flow of migration and drugs into US. If in one-year no progress has been made, Trump threatened to enforce tariffs on products from Mexico and close the southern border.

Friday, April 5

  • The Supreme Court once again intervened in an issue concerning gun policy, denying request to put the Trump administration’s bump stock regulation on hold. A bump stock is a device that fits on a semi-automatic rifle, increasing firing speed.

Saturday, April 6

  • According to the FBI, a New York man has been arrested for threatening the life of U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Sunday, April 7

  • Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned from her position.

Monday, April 8

  • Director of the Secret Service, Randolph “Tex” Alles, removed from his position.
  • Federal judge blocked a Trump administration policy that would force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases make their way through the US immigration court system.
  • U.S. declared elite Iranian guard a ‘terrorist organization’.