Thousands of businesses slowed down on A Day Without Immigrants, a protest in response to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Several restaurants in the Pentagon, including Sbarros, Taco Bell, and Qdoba, closed their locations. Rick Bayless and Jose Andres closed their respective restaurants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.7 percent of the workforce are foreign-born people working in the United States. An estimated 11.1 million undocumented immigrants lived in the United States in 2014. Forty percent of Forbes 500 companies were started by immigrants and 47 percent of the workforce expansion from 2004-2014 was due to immigrants.
Trump's national security adviser resigns
1. National security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned from his position in the Trump administration after Flynn offered potentially-illegal assurances to the Russian ambassador and gave false accounts of that conversation to White House officials. Russian lawmakers called Flynn's resignation the result of American paranoia toward Moscow and a campaign by Trump's opponents to damage relations between Russia and the United States.
2. However, House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz said his committee has no plans to investigate the conversations or how Flynn briefed White House officials about them. According to Chaffetz, further investigation falls to the House Intelligence Committee instead. But Intelligence Committee Chair David Nunes said his committee won't investigate either, citing executive privilege. This is a privilege that is usually claimed by the president as justification for withholding information that may be of public interest.
3. So should Congress investigate the circumstances leading to Flynn's resignation?
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About 188,000 residents in and near Oroville, California were forced to evacuate after a hole in an emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the area. Highways were clogged leading out of the area Sunday night through early Monday. By early Monday, the water level in the man-made Lake Oroville had dropped to a point where water was no longer overflowing. Water flows over the emergency spillway at 901 feet. The level reached its peak at 902 feet early Sunday morning and dropped Monday to 898 feet. Northern California received 228 percent more than its normal rainfall for this time of year. The area's average rainfall of 50 inches per year has been broken with 68 inches just in the first month and a half of 2017.
Should Facebook be more transparent with advertisers?
1. Facebook is notorious for keeping trade secrets. Even though the social media site is one of the biggest online advertisers out there, Facebook has always been hesitant to share detailed statistics or any algorithms with its advertising partners. The company claims that this is to prevent publicizing its intellectual property with potential competitors, but it has also created a big headache for advertisers. Especially since almost all of Facebook's revenue comes from these advertisers.
2. Online advertisers want to know how many people see their ad and why Facebook decides some people should see that ad over others. It is also useful to any advertising campaign to know how long a potential customer interacted with the ad or if they shared it with their friends. This week, it seems Facebook is willing to share more data with advertisers. The company said they will tell advertisers down to the millisecond how long someone watched a sponsored video and whether or not they actually unmuted the audio. Facebook is also giving advertisers the option to only pay for the ad when the audio is unmuted by the viewer.
3. So, should Facebook be more transparent with advertisers from now on?
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In a unanimous decision by a panel of three judges, a federal appeals court denied the reinstatement of President Donald Trump's immigration order. The executive order temporarily blocked people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. It also blocked any refugee relocation to the country. The ruling means that the ban is on hold and cannot be enforced. The court ruled that the Justice Department had not shown that keeping the ban on hold would cause "irreparable injury." On Twitter, Trump said, "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!" It is likely the case will be appealed by the federal government to the Supreme Court.
Should the United States create a school voucher program?
1. Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as secretary of education, after a historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. DeVos became the subject of controversy because of her position on school vouchers. She supports allowing federal funds to follow students wherever they go, even if they decide to attend a privately run school. Vouchers have been supported by many elected officials on the right because many public schools are currently failing at properly educating students.
2. Opponents of school vouchers argue that the money should go to making public schools better, rather than shipping students to a private option. Additionally, many private schools are also religious in name and curriculum. That situation presents an issue when considering the First Amendment. In DeVos's confirmation, two Republican senators voted against her. Both are representing rural states. Vouchers tend not to help children in rural areas because there is often not another option outside of the local public school.
3. So, are school vouchers the solution to America's public education problem?
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The Northeast is expecting around 12 inches of snowfall. Many parts of the Northeast experienced unusually warm weather Wednesday, but temperatures are expected to drop quickly by Thursday morning. A snowstorm is expected to hit areas from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. Some cities are expected to receive as much as 2 inches of snow per hour throughout the day. The snow isn't expected to stick at first, but as more and more of it falls, commuters can expect to face the snowfall during their morning drive Thursday morning.
Michael Kors took a dive in the stock market Tuesday. Shares fell 6.9 percent in the third quarter and on Tuesday, that number reached 7.7 percent. The apparel and accessories lifestyle brand raked in just $1.35 billion in the most shopping oriented quarter. Current-quarter revenue is expected fall in the $1.04 billion to $1.06 billion range. Michael Kors isn’t the only retail company experiencing a drop in revenue. Ralph Lauren’s stock value has dropped more than 20 percent in the last six months. Macy might be sold to the Hudson Bay Company after a 20 percent decrease in stock value. Despite a brand overhaul, Abercrombie and Fitch’s third quarter net sales fell to $358.3 million.
Should Facebook filter for fake news?
1. Facebook has launched a fake news filter in France. The social media giant has partnered with eight media companies to fact-check articles ahead of the country's presidential election. Facebook launched a similar filter for the United States after the 2016 election. "Fake news" refers to sensationalist articles that are often completely untrue or spread conspiracy theories. Facebook has launched these filters after receiving a lot of criticism for allowing the false articles to spread like wildfire on the site.
2. However, it was Facebook's algorithm that led to the spread of fake news articles. The algorithm gives users more of what they want based on what the read and interact with on the site. It is this algorithm that made Facebook so popular and successful. After the presidential election, Facebook received a lot of criticism for its algorithm and how it can enable the spread of conspiracy theories and false stories. But the company still cannot reasonably control how any user interacts with the site.
3. So, should Facebook be held responsible for the media diet of some users?
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President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries has come under more criticism. After the courts temporarily blocked the implementation of the order, two former secretaries of state and nearly 100 Silicon Valley tech companies have come out against the ban. John Kerry and Madeleine Albright joined a six-page statement that said Trump's order "undermines" national security and will "endanger U.S. troops." Hours earlier, 97 tech companies — including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Uber — filed a "friend of the court" legal brief against the ban. Additionally, several national polls have found that the majority of Americans disapprove of the immigration ban.
More than 100,000 visas revoked due to immigration ban
1. More than 100,000 visas, according to a Justice Department lawyer, have been revoked due to the implementation of President Donald Trump's immigration ban on seven majority-Muslim countries. This figure was later lowered to 60,000 by a State Department official. Visas are temporary permits to enter the country. No legal permanent residents, or green card holders, have been denied entry. Trump and his administration have argued that the immigration ban is to prevent terrorists from being let into the country. Also, the ban is temporary and is planned to only last 90 days while the administration reviews the vetting process.
2. However, opponents of the immigration ban argue that the nationalities being blocked from entry have no recent connection to terrorism in the United States. Visas have been revoked for people already in the United States, with no notice to the visa holder. Additionally, many people with long-term visas like a work visa or a student visa have likely already been living in the country for several years. Others have also said the implementation of the immigration ban has been messy. Some have even labeled the process as "chaos."
3. So, do you think Trump's immigration ban is effective?
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French soldiers shot a man who was wielding a machete and shouting "Allahu akbar" as he attacked them in Paris Friday. The attacker was seriously wounded and has been hospitalised. The incident took place at the Carrousel du Louvre, which is an underground shopping center that connects to the famous Louvre museum. A police union official said the attacker was carrying two backpacks and two machetes and attacked a soldier when he was told he couldn't bring his bags into the shopping center. French President François Hollande said there is "no doubt" that the attack was of a "terrorist nature."
Military convoy flew a Trump flag
1. A Navy Special Warfare unit was seen flying a Trump flag in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday. A Navy spokesperson said the flag was "unauthorized" and a command inquiry is underway. Military regulations stated that personnel should avoid implying Department of Defense sponsorship or endorsement of any "political candidate, campaign or cause." Some said they were alarmed by the military convoy flying the flag of a national leader rather than the country, reminding them of fascist practices.
2. However, others said that Donald Trump is now commander-in-chief, therefore no longer a political candidate, and they saw nothing wrong with supporting him in this way. Navy Special Warfare Units include SEALS, but also have various support staff. The occupants flying the flag may not have been SEALs, according to a Navy spokesperson. If the inquiry determines there was misconduct, the unit commander will "make a disposition decision as to the appropriate administrative or disciplinary action."
3. So, do you think the convoy should have flown a Trump flag?
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President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch graduated from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford. He has clerked for two Supreme Court justices, including Justice Anthony Kennedy. Gorsuch also worked for a time at the Department of Justice. He attended Harvard Law School with former President Barack Obama. If confirmed, Gorsuch would be the first justice to serve alongside a justice he had clerked for. However, in response to Republicans refusing to even hold a hearing for Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, Democrats are planning to block Gorsuch's nomination.