Welcome to the Morning Scoop for April 16, 2018. There was tons of news this weekend, from a Syria military strike by the U.S. and its allies to the NBA playoffs. And today marks the 11th anniversary of the Virginia Tech Massacre.
Weekend Roundup: Comey, Syria, NBA, ACM
A weekend filled with big news started late Friday night when an unusually somber President Trump announced that U.S., French and British forces were in the midst of carrying out airstrikes against Syria as punishment for a chemical weapons attack. Close Syrian ally Russia reacted angrily to the military action, but many experts do not expect a military response.
Seven inmates were killed and 17 injured in a riot at a South Carolina prison early this morning, while many were still dissecting the flurry of statements from former FBI Director James Comey (more on that below).
Ex-FBI Chief Comey Unloads on Trump in Interview
Former FBI Chief James Comey said in his first interview since President Trump fired him that removing special counsel Robert Mueller would be a massive mistake and that he thought it was possible that the have compromising information on the president.
CNN reports, “The comments came during a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. The media appearance is the first time Comey has sat for a televised interview since Trump fired him last year. It also kicks off a promotional tour that the former FBI director is embarking on to promote the release of his new book, A Higher Loyalty.”
Comey added that he believes Trump is “morally unfit to be president,” while Trump took to Twitter to rage that Comey “will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”
Schools Making a Difference During Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Before there was #MeToo and Time’s Up, there was (and still is) Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Colleges and universities have been at the forefront of action over the past few years and students are now regularly calling out their campuses for mishandling cases.
Today in a Tweet
It’s going to be a cold and rainy Boston Marathon today, marking the 5th anniversary of an attack on the historic race…
Last But Not Least: Pass the ‘Mayochup’
Heinz created a Twitter poll this week asking users if they would want to see Mayochup in U.S. stores. The company agreed to sell it if 500,000 people voted in favor of the condiment. The poll now has nearly 850,000 votes in total.
While it’s still only a potential product, Mayochup is a blend of Heinz brand mayonnaise and ketchup to be sold in a convenient bottle. It’s already sold in some middle eastern countries, but the company is gauging U.S. interest.
This rainy Monday Morning Scoop was compiled from contributions by Natalia Kolenko,
Sign up for the Morning Scoop
Michael Bloomberg To Spend $80 Million on Midterm Elections
Democrats want to win the house majority; this could be the push they need.
Trump Signs Executive Order to End Family Separation
President Donald Trump signed an executive order this afternoon to end this separation.
Celebrities Speak Out About Immigrant Families Being Torn Apart, as Trump Might Sign Something
It might have made President Trump realize he should do something.
Canada Senate Passes Legalization of Recreational Marijuana
Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Canada, being the second country to do so.