Three takeaways from the news this week 12/7/19-12/14/19
December 14, 2019
This week had many shocking revelations come forth in the news. Here are three huge stories from this week
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Rapper Juice WRLD dies unexpectedly
On December 8, 2019, the world was saddened with the news of rapper, Juice WRLD’s (age 21) sudden death. Rapper Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Higgins, landed at Chicago’s Midway International Airport and was soon rushed to the hospital due to a sudden medical emergency. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of death is still unknown but is rumored to be both a seizure and a heart attack.
Higgins first rose to fame with songs “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams”. He started his career on popular music platform, SoundCloud, under the name “JuicetheKidd.” He later changed his name to “Juice WRLD” and signed with the ‘Internet Money’ collective.
It is very well-known that Higgins struggled with drug addiction throughout his life. He used his music to express his struggle and to help others know that they’re not alone. His mother, Carmella Wallace, hopes that her son’s music will help those who also struggle with drug addiction.
Higgins’ career was just taking off, and everything was looking good. This death has shocked the world. Higgins, Juice WRLD, has left his mark, and he will be greatly missed by many.
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The House of Representatives opens two articles of impeachment
This past Tuesday, in a milestone development in the impeachment proceedings, House Democrats have revealed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this.
According to CNN, he is being charged with obstruction of justice and abuse of power. This announcement shows an accelerating investigation into the President’s conversations and dealings with Ukraine.
After being introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, the six investigation-leading House Democrat chairs unveiled the impeachment articles with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the President of the United States Donald J. Trump with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,” Nadler said.
The charge claims that Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to analyze his 2020 political rivals while withholding a White House meeting and $400 million in US security from Kiev. Democrats also cite Trump’s widespread blockade of subpoenas and testimonies related to his impeachment as an obstruction of justice.
This revealment sets forth an impeachment vote on the floor of the House of Representatives next week, following the debates in the House Judiciary Committee that will begin on December 12.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff noted the evidence against Trump as “overwhelming and uncontested,” and claimed that the Democrats look forward to the judicial branch’s ruling on the witnesses and legal documents the Trump administration is blocking on the basis of executive privilege.
The White House responded to the introduction of the impeachment articles and contested the basis of them.
“The announcement of two baseless articles of impeachment does not hurt the President, it hurts the American people, who expect their elected officials to work on their behalf to strengthen our nation,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The President will address these false charges in the Senate and expects to be fully exonerated, because he did nothing wrong.”
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The Screen Actors Guild announces their award nominees
The Screen Actors Guild announced their nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. There are a considerable number of controversial picks for a number of categories. Some of the major film nominees are as follows.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale / Ken Miles – “Ford v Ferrari”
Leonardo DiCaprio / Rick Dalton — “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
Adam Driver / Charlie Barber – “Marriage Story”
Taron Egerton / Elton John – “Rocketman”
Joaquin Phoenix / Arthur Fleck – “Joker”
These picks were fairly controversial because Robert De Niro was left out for his performance in “The Irishman.” Many feel that he should have taken Taron Egerton’s place in the running.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo / Harriet/Minty – “Harriet”
Scarlett Johanson / Nicole Barber – “Marriage Story”
Lupita Nyong’o / Adelaide Wilson/Red – “Us”
Charlie Theron / Megyn Kelly – “Bombshell”
Renée Zellweger / Judy Garland – “Judy”
These picks are largely uncontroversial. The general consensus is that all of these nominations were earned.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
Most of these picks were to be expected, but “Parasite” came in as a sleeper hit, with most completely blindsided by this choice.
Many also felt that “Little Women” deserved a nomination, as it did not receive a single nomination.
“Knives Out” also received zero nominations. With the overwhelming star power in the film, many were blown away by the missing nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast.”
Though many feel that specific films did not get their fair share of nominations, this year has been largely uncontroversial in comparison to past years. It seems that the general population is satisfied with these picks.
It will be interesting to see which stars take home awards on January 19, 2020, at 7:00 CST.