YOUR WEEKLY POLITICAL ROUNDUP

Written by Sofia Colombo

What has been going on these past few weeks? Is the world in more chaos than usual, or is it just more apparent? What stories have been distractions, and what stories are you being distracted from? Well, here’s what you really need to know:
 

Healthcare

There has been much talk as of late about the state of the U.S. Healthcare system. As you probably know by now, many members of the Republican Party, including Donald Trump, want to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This past week two efforts were made at that goal; both in the end resulting in failure. The two attempts were, first, a complete repeal of Obamacare, to be accomplished with no back up healthcare plan. Meaning that the now estimated 32 million people on Obamacare would be left insurance-less for an indefinite amount of time. The second attempt, called the "skinny repeal," and most certainly not a diet fad, was a mild, forced form of petty compromise that left the Medicaid part of Obamacare, geared towards low-income Americans, untouched. Both votes required a simple majority of 51 votes, a rule coming into play as there are 48 Democrat senators who were joined in voting against repeal and replace by the brave souls of Senators Murkowski, Collins, and McCain.

Silent Parade

July 28, 2017 commemorated a century since 10,000 African Americans marched in complete silence to protest the lynching, burning, and endless abuse of the African American population and the lack of support from the then current administration, Woodrow Wilson’s White House. The Silent Parade reminds us that the past is very close behind us, and although we have accomplished much, there is still a lot of work to do.

Image via Delish

Image via Delish

Chipotle

Reports of mice in restaurants and the spreading of a norovirus linked to the food has put Chipotle, loved by many, back in the news. Why can’t Chipotle get away from food scandals? In better news concerning Chipotle, reports of the arrival of queso to the menu and the addition of drive-thru’s to restaurants are rising.

Transgender Ban

Once again Donald Trump backtracked on a promise, this time to the LGBTQ community, something we should have and actually did see coming. Dear Donald promised to be a friend to the community, even better than Hillary Clinton, which he oh-so-clumsily backed out on by suddenly announcing that the federal government would no longer support transgender personnel in military service in “any capacity,” citing large medical costs as the reasoning. It appears dubious to many, and sadly is most likely a diversion from the Russia investigations, at the expense of the transgender community. And it seems to be working.

Democratic Republic of Korea

Kim Jong Un threatened to launch a missile at the United States, and on July 28 they performed successful military tests launches. It landed about 1,000 miles short of Japanese naval space. Despite the feat this raises in many, it is important to remember the DPRK's constitution openly states that they are not first-offense aggressors, and will only use force if first acted upon. 

Tunisia

Last week, Tunisia passed a landmark law called 'the Law on Eliminating Violence.' The law allows for women to seek help in cases of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Over half of all Tunisian women are estimated to endure some form of sexual harassment or violence over their lifetime, and this is the first law passed that recognizes domestic violence as a punishable act.