Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Jan. 16-22
Donald Trump’s inauguration to take place this Friday
President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President on Friday, Jan. 20th in Washington, D.C. This is the 58th Presidential inauguration, and will feature performances from the Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Talladega Marching Tornadoes and Jackie Evancho. For more information on the inauguration, click here.
2. President Obama brings in new policies during final days in office
With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on the horizon, President Obama is taking the last of his time in office very seriously, bringing in many new policies he hopes will make a difference when he is no longer in office. In the past week alone, his administration has forged two agreements addressing racial bias in big-city police departments and unexpectedly approved a cut in mortgage taxes for low-income and first-time home buyers. To learn more, click here.
3. Mike Pence says that Trump Administration has no contact with Russia
In interviews Sunday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence denied any and all rumors that the Trump campaign has had contact with Russia. He said that the rumors were distractions in an attempt to delegitimize the election results and question the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency as a whole. To read more, click here.
4. United Kingdom rumored to make a hard break from the European Union
British Prime Minister Theresa May is scheduled to deliver her long-awaited speech on her plans for Britain to leave the European Union on Tuesday. Speculations say that she is planning on making a so called hard “Brexit” by choosing to leave Europe’s single-market-and-customs union. To read more, click here.
5. Ringling Bros. Circus to close in May
Executives of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus announced Sunday that they would be shutting down forever after 146 years in late May because of a lack of ticket sales, which have been at an all time low since they began phasing elephants out of shows in 2015. The show closing is a victory for animal rights activists, who have been protesting the cruel treatment of circus animals for decades. To read more, click here.