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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump declares national emergency, will redirect federal funds to border wall

  • Workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois, leaves 6 dead, including suspect

  • Mueller interviewed Sarah Huckabee Sanders

  • Pope Francis defrocks Cardinal McCarrick over sexual abuse charges

  • Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL

President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency and signed a funding bill Congress passed Thursday to avert a partial government shutdown. He aims to obtain an additional $6.5 billion to build a border wall, and will redirect money from a Treasury Department drug forfeiture fund and a Defense Department drug interdiction program, in addition to using military construction funds. The military construction funds are only available with Trump's declaration of a national emergency, White House officials say, though the declaration will likely face a legal challenge. Lawmakers on both side of the aisle criticized Trump's decision to declare a national emergency, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would support the move. The bill passed by Congress includes $1.75 billion for border fencing.

Source: The Washington Post, The Guardian

Six people were killed, including a shooting suspect identified by authorities as a man named Gary Martin, in a workplace shooting at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday afternoon. Martin was a 15-year employee of the Henry Pratt Company and was scheduled to be let go from his job Friday. In addition to fatally shooting five people, he wounded six police officers, all of whom are in stable condition. Though initial reports said the suspect was taken into custody, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Source: NBC News, CNN

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, Sanders said in a statement Friday. "The president urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel," Sanders said. "I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them." The interview took place in the fall of 2018, around the time Mueller's investigators spoke with other current and former senior administration figures, including then-Chief of Staff John Kelly, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Source: CNBC, CNN

Pope Francis has expelled former Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick from the Catholic priesthood, the Vatican announced Saturday. The decision came after a church trial found McCarrick guilty of sexually abusing three minors and harassing adult seminarians and priests. It is believed to be the first time the church has defrocked a U.S. cardinal. McCarrick is also the first priest of his standing to be dismissed for sexual abuse. "Bishops and cardinals are no longer immune to punishment," Kurt Martens, a professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America, told The New York Times.

Source: CNN, The New York Times

The NFL and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced Friday that they have reached a settlement over Kaepernick's collusion lawsuit, in which he said he was blacklisted from playing football due to his protests during the national anthem. While the terms of the settlement were not revealed, NFL columnist Mike Freeman reported that "team officials are speculating to me [that] the NFL paid Kaepernick in the $60 million to $80 million range." Kaepernick has been out of the sport for the past two seasons. Separately, a similar lawsuit against the NFL by Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid also reached a settlement.

Source: The Washington Post
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