• In a move that is angering a number of conservatives around the country, Armed Services Committee (ASC) chairman, Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island), has introduced an amendment to the newest Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require women, aged 18 to 25, to sign up for selective services just like men. This means that women would become eligible for the draft in the case of an extreme military conflict where the US had to reinstate the draft. The amendment is currently being stonewalled by Republican senators on the ASC, particularly by rising political stars Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas). 

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    Olympics Weekend Round Up

    by JBullock

    The delayed 2020 Summer Olympics have begun and the US has set records both in competition and out of it. With Japan still battling the COVID-19 pandemic, spectators and tourists, who would normally provide much needed revenue to the host country, are banned from attending events. This alone has worried Japanese citizens as well as the government as they scramble to figure out a way to pay for one of the most expensive Olympics in history.

  • The NFL has mandated that all Tier 1 staff for professional football teams be vaccinated or provide a legitimate exemption to receiving the vaccine. The players themselves are not classified as Tier 1 staff but coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers, and scouts are all considered to be Tier 1 staff. Thus far two coaches have lost their jobs due to the new rules, the first is Rick Dennison the assistant head coach for the Minnesota Vikings and the second is the New England Patriot’s co-offensive line coach, Cole Popovich.

  • The long awaited 2020 Summer Olympics have finally begun in Tokyo, Japan. US athletes are expected to perform extremely well in many events. However, the US team failed to earn any medals whether gold, silver, or bronze, on the first day of competition. This result is the first time since the 1972 Summer Olympics that the US has failed to achieve any medals on the first day of events.

  • Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicles have taken the US by storm in recent years with the development of the world’s first effective electric vehicles. In the aftermath many major automobile manufacturers are looking to break into the market now that Tesla has achieved such success. Mercedes-Benz is the latest manufacturer to follow Tesla’s lead as they have pledged to have all of their vehicles become fully electric by 2030.

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    2021: The Year of Wild Weather

    by JBullock

    If 2020 is known as the year of COVID-19 then 2021 is the year of wild weather. Across the globe weather has been behaving in abnormal ways and in some cases setting records. Across the US temperatures have hit historic highs in places used to the heat as well as places in the north where homes do not even have A/C units. In addition, meteorologists and hurricane trackers are predicting a longer than normal and more tumultuous than normal hurricane season. Throughout Europe torrential rain has brought deadly and destructive flash floods which have generated land slides. Finally, in Asia and the Middle East countries are adopting measures to produce rain that seem to come from science fiction novels.

  • There is increasing concern that the recent surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the US may cause government officials to reinstitute prevention measures that America has just begun to rid itself of. The Delta strand of the virus is much more resistant to medical treatment, including the Pfizer vaccine, and is also more infectious than the original base virus. It is now the dominant strand of the virus around the world and accounts for over 80% of new cases in the US which are rapidly rising.

  • Under former President Trump’s administration in 2019 the US Senate reached a bipartisan agreement whereby the US debt ceiling would be suspended until July 31, 2021. That date is quickly approaching and Senate Republicans are indicating that they will refuse to raise the debt ceiling in order to combat current President Biden’s plans to spend an astronomical amount on his infrastructure bill. However, if the debt ceiling is not raised by July 31st then the US would likely eventually default on its debts resulting in a catastrophic economic panic and collapse around the world.

  • The most recent weekly unemployment claims increased last week despite the growing desperation by employers for new employees. Approximately 419,000 new individuals filed for unemployment insurance for the week ending on July 17, which sits at almost 100,000 claims higher than the week’s estimate. In the meantime, employers, especially in the service and retail industries, are becoming increasingly desperate for employees as they hope to re-open and increase business.

  • California law makers passed a new budget for the state on Thursday. In that budget they include a record setting $4.8 billion to be spent combatting homelessness across the state. California represents the fifth largest economy in the world with a whopping $3.2 trillion gross state product (GSP) in 2019. While this amount is historic, it is proportional to the economy that California commands.

  • As tensions between China and the US continue to rise, the US Air Force is sending at least 25 F-22 Raptor fighter jets to the Pacific region. This move is being taken as a part of Operation Pacific Iron 2021 in order to shore up the US presence throughout the Pacific. It is also intended as a clear and direct message from the US to China that do not plan on ceding ground in the Pacific region whatsoever.