Should Democrats skip Trump's inauguration?
1. More than 24 democratic members of the House of Representatives have decided to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. For many of them, this is more than a political disagreement. Some of the democrats believe Trump to be an illegitimate president in light Russia's involvement in the election. Others cited Trump's previous insulting remarks about women, Mexicans, Muslims and others.
2. However, attending the inauguration of a president is a time-honored American tradition. Tickets to the event are limited and the peaceful transition of power is crucial to the government of the United States. Some find the boycott very disrespectful to the office of the president. Boycotting Trump's inauguration could also set a precedent of the opposing party skipping out on the ceremony for future presidents.
3. So, should Democrats boycott Trump's inauguration?
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Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found that New York City's 14,000 fleet of taxis could be replaced by 3,000 Uber or Lyft vehicles. Using data from 3 million New York City taxi rides, researchers created an algorithm that shows 3,000 four-person cars could serve 98 percent of the city's taxi rides. Riders would only have to wait an average of 2.3 minutes — but they would have to share. The algorithm "works in real-time to reroute cars based on incoming requests." Carpooling would be a necessity to making this theoretical system work. This algorithm also lends well to self-driving vehicles as they are easier to reroute quickly.
Everyone’s mad at 2016. And guess what? It’s sticking around for one extra second. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (say that five times fast) said 2016 needed a “leap second” at the end of December. The leap second will bring the world’s atomic clocks in sync with the Earth’s rotation. At least everyone will be in sync for 2017. That’s the way to wrap up 2016.
Should president-elect Donald Trump tweet everything?
1. Donald Trump is famous for his zealous use of his Twitter account. Many of his tweets have become top headlines and have shaped political debate. About a week ago, Trump complained on Twitter about the price of a new Air Force One plane from Boeing. The company's stock experienced a small dive as a result. The same occurred Monday when Trump took to Twitter to criticize the cost of an F-35 jet contract with Lockheed Martin. Given the results of the president-elect's tweets, some are wondering why Trump isn't attempting to negotiate these deals privately.
2. But other people fully support Trump's use of Twitter. It is a very direct way of communicating his plans and goals to the public. In decades past, the only way to get information out was through the press. Now, the digital age has presented many new avenues for communication. Many people would rather hear Trump's views and policies direct from him via Twitter than through any news outlet.
3. So, do you think the president-elect should continue his Twitter habits?
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Pope Francis has extended priests' ability to grant absolution for abortion. Traditionally, the church considered abortion a sin. A year ago, Francis announced a year of forgiveness, allowing the church to forgive abortion for that period of time. The Vatican's announcement makes this policy permanent, allowing priests to give absolution for it — not just bishops or special confessors.
The Bataclan opened Saturday night for the first time since the Paris attacks. Sting opened the show after a minute of silence for the victims of the coordinated terror attacks that left 130 people dead. Three gunmen open fired and killed 90 concertgoers at the Bataclan during an Eagles of Death Metal show November 13, 2015. The Bataclan has been closed until the Sting concert. Sting plans on donating the proceeds from the concert to Life for Paris and 13 Novembre: Fraternité Verité, which are organizations that provide support to victims of the attack and their family.
Election Day is just a week away. Polls are showing a tight race. The Real Clear Politics average has Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump by about two points. Clinton is ahead in several polls taken during the last week of October, but narrowly. Not many polls have been taken since the FBI has found new emails that might be related to its investigation into Clinton's private server. Later this week, we'll know more about how this news story might be affecting the voters.