Editor’s note: This story was updated on Sunday, January 21 to include new information.
As the government shutdown enters its second day, President Trump waded into the fray on Sunday morning via his preferred method of communication, Twitter.
Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2018
The president is referring to that fact that Republicans could vote to change laws to require just a simple 51-vote majority to pass a spending bill, but both sides seem to realize that would bring widespread scorn from voters.
Under the Congressional Budget Act, fiscal work is to proceed in an orderly, systematic manner every year. When funding for bills expire and Congress and the President fail to pass a new bill by a deadline, a government shutdown occurs. That deadline was Friday night. Without the 60 votes needed to advance the bill, the United States government has officially shut down.
The constitutional basis for this decision can be found in Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that,”No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” This is enforced by the Antideficiency Act to prevent making expenditures in excess of amounts available in funds.
Until Congress is able to agree on a bill for the federal budget, the government will remain shut down. So what does this mean for everyone else?
Thousands of federal employees that are considered non-essential will be furloughed. However, being part of the essential group of workers does not necessarily mean you get paid. The military is considered essential, but members of the military will potentially be working without pay depending on how long the government will remain shut down.
Other essential services such as Social Security, air traffic control, and the Transportation Security Administration will also continue to operate.
National parks, zoos, and museums may be closed during the shutdown.
The opinions of the government shutdown vary greatly. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, accused Democrats of shutting down the government in an attempt to tarnish President Trump’s reputation on his inauguration anniversary. Rep. Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Michigan, states that, “We just want a seat at the table.”
Of course, opinions on the shutdown is making its rounds on the internet as well.
The President said he was going to run America like his businesses. Apparently we have reached the part where he would usually just declare bankruptcy and run away. #TrumpShutdown
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) January 19, 2018
The Dems can’t take it that President Trump had such a fabulous first year & created a roaring economy for the American ppl.
They can’t undo his successes so they throw a tantrum over people here ILLEGALLY & shut down services for our kids & armed forces.#SchumerShutdown
— Linda Suhler, PhD (@LindaSuhler) January 20, 2018
The pressure is on to bring the government back into action as soon as possible. The shutdown of 2013 only lasted 16 days, but it resulted in federal workers collectively missing 6.6 million days of work, costing the government about $2.5 billion in lost productivity. How long this shutdown will last depends on how long it takes for Congress to get it together.
Viewpoint: There is No Problem with the #MeToo Movement
#MeToo is here to change America: Empowering survivors and giving their voice a platform.
Her first point was that it covered too much as it “descends the ladder from rape to bad dates making it a category big enough to be meaningless.” But there is an obvious difference between rape and a bad date and there is a huge gray area in between and the line is drawn with consent. I know too many men and women who are survivors of sexual violence. But I also know people who have had bad dates (myself included). A bad date is someone who’s rude or narcissistic or just not someone you’re interested in, Rape and assault are crimes. The difference is clear and no one tweets #MeToo over a bad date, they just “girl me too” to a friend.
Flanagan also mentions men who are unfairly caught in the crossfire among accusations of powerful men being brought to justice. She cites Matt Damon who said “groping someone’s butt was different than sexually molesting a child.” While Damon was correct from a legal standpoint, and that these two acts are different, both acts are acts of sexual assault or violence.
There is no excuse for assault or violence on any scale. The fact that Damon doesn’t realize this is a perfect example of how microaggressions find their way into our common media. Any act of unwanted sexual advances made by anyone is unacceptable.
To Flanagan, Damon is misinformed and part of the problem. But most of that comes from the fact that he was misinformed.
She criticizes women for thinking male power structure is part of the problem and suddenly smashing the patriarchy being added to the list of goals for the #MeToo Movement. You can only do so much good targeting individual offenders who have taken advantage of the unfair power structure stacked in their favor. Soon enough you need to address the root of the problem, and it often lies in our history of male centered power structures.
While we can’t undo history, we can work towards equal representation and allowing each individual to be able to thrive under a power structure instead of allowing the people at the top take advantage of everyone below.
Flanagan notes, “It seemed as though almost every woman had some sort of goal she wanted to add to the agenda. No problem was too small or too vague to be included–So long was a man was to blame.”
Have you stopped to think that there actually is a problem? If every woman can identify at least one time in their life where someone has made unwanted passes at them this is clearly a problem that needs to be handled.
Perpetrators needs to face justice and survivors need to heal.
This isn’t just a women’s issue: sexual violence affects everyone: More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
The #MeToo movement is about bringing those guilty to justice. Not attacking men.
Student Jailed for Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Frat Brothers Shown No Leniency
The former Albright College student argued that his sentence should be reduced.
A Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Friday that a student who committed multiple acts of sexual assault on his fraternity brothers while they slept does not deserve a break on his sentence.
Robert Convery Jr., a former Albright College student, was sentenced to 13-to-30-years behind bars in 2016. He had argued at his trial that the sex was consensual, but a jury disagreed.
PennLive reported that the assaults were committed in 2013 and 2015:
Both of the victims were his friends as well as his Pi Kappa Phi frat brothers… Convery assaulted one of them twice, and apologized afterward.
All three assaults followed the same pattern. The victims fell asleep after drinking and awoke to find Convery performing oral sex on them.
Convery appeared in court seeking a reduction in his sentence. His attorney argued that his harsh sentence was a punishment for taking the case to trial instead of negotiating a plea deal or admitting guilt.
Judge Mary Jane Bowes found there was no evidence that Convery was punished for going to trial.
There’s Another iOS bug Crashing iPhones, iMessage and Other Apps
Looks like we’ve got a few new bad Apples.
A bug discovered earlier this week is capable of crashing iPhones, iMessages and various messaging apps, like Facebook messenger and WhatsApp. The news was first reported by Italian blog Mobile World,
The bug is an Indian language (Telugu) character that can be sent through messaging platforms on any Apple product that runs iOS 11 or macOS. Apple users will be unable to open their message app once the bug has been sent.
According to The Verge, the only way for users to recover their message app is to have someone send another message, try to access messages and delete the thread of messages with the special character.
This discovery comes after Apple found multiple software issues before the end of 2017. Apple plans to address the new bug with a new iOS update before the spring release of iOS 11.3. While the bug crashes iMessages with iOS11 or 11.2, those with the beta version of iOS1.3 are immune to the issue.
Apple products encountered similar problems in past experiences thanks to other special characters, links or videos. 2015 brought a small string of text that would shut an iPhone down, in 2016 there was a 5-second video that crashed iPhones and 2017 had a link that would freeze an iPhone completely.
Apple will address these issues soon with an updated version of iOS 11.2.
I forgot to update my iPhone and someone bricked it with the Indian character bug.
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) February 15, 2018
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High School Student Arrested After Grandmother Finds Journal Detailing Massacre Plans
Plans for a school shooting were thwarted just a day before the massacre in Parkland, Florida.