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Bursting the Bubble (Bringing news from DC to Ithaca, hoping to burst the "Cornell Bubble" with a weekly newsletter about events other than prelims going on in the world)


Friday, March 24, 2017

Here are six stories you may have missed








Rex Tillerson: 'I didn't want this job...my wife told me I'm supposed to do this'

| March 22nd | The Guardian | Read Time: 5 minutes | The Secretary of State is generally considered to be one of the most influential people in the President's Cabinet. Knowing that even Secretary Tillerson was surprised to be offered the position provides a possible explanation for his passive actions since accepting the role.

Student Contributor: Michela, The Congressional Office of Senator Schumer

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CBO: Latest House GOP health-care bill would mean as many uninsured by 2026 

| May 23rd | The Washington Post | Read Time: 5 minutes |  President Trump and Rep. Paul Ryan have been scrambling this week to gain enough support for the passage of their new healthcare legislation, the American Health Care Act, which has left many parties remaining unsatisfied. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the law would leave 14 million more people without insurance next year and 24 million more by 2026.  

Student Contributor: Olivia, Health Security Partners 

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Inside the White House




Ivanka Trump getting White House office but no official position: report

| March 20th | The Hill | Read Time: 5 minutes | After already participating in many meetings by her father's side, Ivanka is now receiving security clearance and an office. Though she will hold no official title and the ethicality of this decision has been questioned, Ivanka will be able to have a more legitimate role with this administration.  

Student Contributor: Charlotte, Democratic National Committee 

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Trump Repeal of Climate Rules Means U.S. Paris Target Now Out of Reach

| March 20th | Inside Climate News | Read Time: 10 minutes | At the 21st Convening of the Parties (COP 21) in 2015, the U.S. committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to below 2005 levels by 2025. Trump's budget would cut Obama's Clean Power Plan, methane regulations, vehicle standards, and energy efficiency programs, resulting in the U.S. falling 54% short of its COP 21 goals.

Student Contributor: Isaac, BlueGreen Alliance

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Civic Activism



Science march on Washington, billed as historic, plagued by organizational turmoil

| March 22nd | STAT News | Read Time: 10 minutes | With so many minds contributing to the movement, there have been numerous internal conflicts over the messaging of the event.  

Student Contributor: Aiden, Politico 

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International Affairs




London attack: what we know so far

| March 23rd | BBC | Read Time: 5 minutes | As the direct result of the terrorist attack in London this past Wednesday, 4 people are dead and 40 others are injured. Police have released the name of the attacker while also arresting 8 people believed to be connected with the attack.

Student Contributor: Molly, Green Peace  

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Other Interesting Reads:

Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination 

The 11 questions you probably have about Rep. Nunes and Trump Surveillance

Rex Tillerson Allegedly Used An Email Alias at Exxon to Discuss Climate Change

100 HIV/AIDS organizations sign letter urging Congress to oppose American Health Care Act