Here are the top five trending stories that are the most talked about in politics for today – you don’t want to miss these!
The Supreme Court is allowing the Pentagon to restrict military service for transgender individuals while the policy which would ban in their service by the Trump administration is litigated in the lower courts.
The court’s decision does not apply to the legality of the policy or the authority of the President issuing the ban. The court’s decision only concerns the enforcement of the policy while the case continues to go through litigation in the lower courts.
The 5-4 ruling occurred along a conservative-liberal split, which reversed orders implemented by lower courts which had prevented the Pentagon from proceeding with the plan.
Even though the Trump administration recalled thousands of furloughed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees last week in order to process tax refunds during the government shutdown, many staffers are still skipping work.
The administration had ordered the IRS employees to work without pay, but many have been granted absences due to financial hardship. The union for IRS employees has said that an organized protest could also make additional workers stay home.
“Federal employees are about to miss their second paycheck and they are growing increasingly desperate,” National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said in a statement. “The suffering of thousands of middle-class working families has to end, and it has to end now.”
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) is making headlines this week – but not all of it is in a good way. The freshman congresswoman and self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” has made some stunning statements about billionaires, taxing the rich, climate change and the end of the world in 12 years among other things.
Besides her stunning statements, she has recently been named to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, a coveted spot on a high-profile committee with broad authority to investigate the executive branch.
This positioning, given some of her recent statements, has some of the wealthy who are attending the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, worried.
Ocasio-Cortez has recently proposed placing a 70 percent tax rates on earnings above $10 million. More concerning, a recent poll found that 59 percent of voters were in favor of her proposal.
Ocasio-Cortez has responded to criticism of her proposal by saying: “It’s wild that some people are more scared of a marginal tax rate than the fact that 40% of Americans struggle to pay for at least one basic need, like food or rent.”
A few of Ocasio-Cortez more outlandish statements are:
“The world is going to end in 12 years” if laws aren’t passed to address climate change.
She told an interviewer that millennials view climate change as “our World War II.”
She said it was “immoral” how the economic system in America “allows billionaires to exist.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed any effect Ocasio-Cortez may be having on the administration.
“I don’t think we’re going to listen to [Ocasio-Cortez] on much of anything,” Sanders said. “particularly not on matters we’re gonna leave in the hands of a much, much higher authority.”
“And certainly, not listen to the freshman congresswoman on when the world may end,” Sanders added.
Twitter has taken down the account of user –@2020Fight that released the viral video that helped spread the encounter involving students from Covington Catholic high school in Kentucky, Native American marchers and black activists in Washington, in the wake of additional videos emerging showing a different side to the story.
A Twitter spokesperson, in a statement, the account was removed because “deliberate attempts to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter by using misleading account information is a violation of the Twitter rules.”
The high school is reopening this morning after it had previously remained closed due to safety concerns and amid “threats of violence” against its students. The school also announced it plans to launch a third-party investigation into the matter
President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”
John Kerry, former Secretary of State, and who lost a bid for the presidency in 2004 and is a potential 2020 candidate, called on President Donald Trump to resign during an appearance at the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland.
At the summit, Kerry was given a hypothetical question: “What his message for Trump would be if he were sitting next to him?
“Resign,” Kerry replied. “He doesn’t take any of this seriously.”