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Trump Signs Proclamation Sending National Guard to Mexican Border

Mural on the Mexican side of the US border wall in the city of Heroica Nogales, Sonora. (Image: Jonathan McIntosh, Flickr)

President Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday that will send National Guard troops to the southwest U.S-Mexico border to aid Border Patrol efforts to impede the entry of illegal immigrants.

He wrote in a memo to administration officials that “situation at the border has now reached a point of crisis.”

The president tweeted on Wednesday morning that the Congress needs to immediately rectify the United States’ “very weak” border laws, asserting his intention to “take strong action today” against the influx of immigrants attempting to illegally cross the border.

Trump has been focusing on the issue in part because the spending bill he signed last month includes only a fraction of the money he needs to build what he calls “a big, beautiful wall” along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Rachel Chan summarized the situation for CMN. 

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White House Moves to Soothe China Trade War Fears As Stock Markets Freaks Out

White House officials worked Wednesday to calm fears of a potential trade war with China, saying the administration’s tariffs were a good “threat” that will help the U.S. economy. Hours later, China retaliated by saying they would punish American products with similar tariffs.

The New York Times reports, “The administration’s insistence that a trade war was not imminent came as the United States and China traded tit-for-tat penalties that caused wild swings in stock markets from Hong Kong to New York.”

China and the U.S. are locked in a face-off that could disrupt global economic recovery, mess up global supply chains and hurt debt-ridden China even more.

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Colorado State Goes All in for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Colorado State University’s Women and Gender Advocacy Center is taking a stand in support of victims.

The Rocky Mountain Collegian reports that “This year’s calendar has projects “honoring survivors’ experiences and celebrating their healing,” said Kristy Kumar, Assistant Director of Education Programming at the WGAC.”

“Some folks when they think of Sexual Assault Awareness Month they can land in different ways,” Kumar said. “It’s either too close to home or it seems so far away.”

Erin Whitten has more in her CMN report. 

Last But Not Least: Krispy Kreme Made A D’ohnut!

Simpsons fans rejoice!

It’s now possible to purchase the pink sprinkled donut that has long been Homer’s favorite. Krispy Kreme has teamed up with the creators of The Simpsons to make the D’ohnut (inspired by Homer’s catchphrase), a pink glazed donut with rainbow sprinkles that is straight out of the long-running TV show.

The catch, however, is that the D’ohnut is currently only available in Australia. Get more details in Caitlin Wills report for CMN. 


This Thursday Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia KolenkoCaitlin WillsRachel Chan and the CMN Staff. Is it just us, or is this week flying by? 

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