Happy Friday, gnomi Nation! The sun is shining and the snow is finally thawing here in Minnesota (sorry to our friends across the country battling those nasty blizzards!). Regardless of how Mother Nature has been treating you, we can all agree that it has been an active, and somewhat turbulent, week in politics. From the sentencing of Trump’s former lawyer to a high-profile college admissions scandal (involving some notable executives and celebrities), both sides of the media have been abuzz.
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Now, without further ado, a look at the top headlines* you may have missed this week.
*based on gnomi app analytics.
1. Paul Manafort Sentenced
President Trump’s former campaign chairman was sentenced Wednesday to 43 additional months in prison for an illegal foreign lobbying conspiracy. The sentence follows the nearly four-year sentence he received last week for tax and bank fraud, leaving him with more than 7 years in prison.
Top read article (grade R2) from The Hill.
2. Pelosi on Impeachment
Speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, stated this week that she is not in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. Her remarks on impeachment come after declaring the president as “unfit” for office.
Top read article (grade R5) from RedState.
3. College Admissions Scandal
On Tuesday, 50 high-profile executives, including 2 Hollywood actresses, were charged by Federal Prosecutors in a scam to secure their children’s admissions into elite universities through bribery and other forms of fraud. The scandal is the largest college admissions scam to date to be prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Top read article (grade L3) from CNN.
4. California Death Penalty Suspended
President Trump is not thrilled about the decision that the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, announced earlier this week: the suspension of the death penalty in the State of California. This order grants reprieves to a total of 737 inmates currently on death row.
Top read article (grade L3) from NPR.org.
5. Senate Blocked National Emergency
On Thursday, the Senate passed a resolution to overturn Trump’s national emergency declaration, with a total of 59 senators, including a dozen Republicans, voting to block the emergency order. This is still 8 votes short of what is needed to override a presidential veto.
Top read article (grade R3) from The Blaze.
6. O’Rourke Announced 2020 Run
On Thursday, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced that he will be running for president in 2020; campaign to kick off in Iowa.
Top read article (grade R1) from Fortune.
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