Good morning and Happy Kwanzaa to all. Have you been able to get outside and enjoy the wintry weather so far this season? Hopefully, you haven’t been in violation of any laws – just be sure to avoid Wasau, WI, where snowball fights have been illegal for over 50 years, though city officials are in the process of repealing the archaic ordinance.
“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”
Guns & Walmart (Sept. 4)
Yesterday, Walmart announced it would discontinue the sale of handgun and short barrel rifle ammunition. It will also be ending the sale of handguns, which were previously sold only in Alaska stores.
This comes just three days after a shooting in West Texas that killed seven and injured more than 20, and less than a month after a gunman killed 22 inside a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
A deep dive… To dig further into the numbers on gun violence, check out this recent guide from the Pew Research Center. And to get a closer look on where public opinion lies on the issue, take a peek at Gallup’s guide to its recent polls on gun control and policy.
So… what are people saying?
Texas Is a Leader in Mass Shootings. Why Is the Governor Silent?
On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Pelosi said the president had violated the law by asking a foreign leader to help him damage a political opponent. Yesterday morning, the White House released a memo summarizing a call in question between President Trump and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. Yesterday afternoon, the full whistleblower complaint was provided to lawmakers and acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will testify in front of Congress today.
So, what happens now? Six House committees will investigate the president on impeachable offenses and send the results to the Judiciary Committee, which will decide whether the evidence meets the threshold for impeachment. If so, articles to impeach the president would be reported to the full House for a vote. If those passed by simple majority, the House would appoint members to act as prosecutors during a trial in the Senate which would determine whether the president stayed in office.
Has this ever happened before? Only two presidents have ever been impeached – Bill Clinton in 1998 and Andrew Johnson in 1868 – but neither were removed from office by the Senate. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted last week, only 36 percent of registered voters support impeachment.
Three major wildfires– the Tick, Kincade, and Getty – are currently burning in California. TheTick Firenear Santa Clarita was82 percent containedyesterday according to firefighters, but both the Kincade Fire in Northern California’s Sonoma County and the Getty Fire in Los Angeles are still causing mandatory evacuations.
How big are these fires? The 4,600-acreTick Firestarted Thursday, destroying 29 structures and damaging 46 others. TheKincade Fire, started last Wednesday, burned over 75,000 acres, and is 15 percent contained. So far, 124 structures have been damaged and 23 destroyed in that fire. The 650-acre Getty Fire– just 5 percent contained – started Monday, and has destroyed eight homes and damaged six.
What’s PG&E got to do with it? Pacific Gas & Electric, a major California power utility, has scheduledshutoffsto reduce the risk of sparks along power lines that could start more fires during high winds and dry conditions. The planned outages are expected to affectnearly 600,000 customers – or an estimated 1.8 million people. In Los Angeles, Southern California Edison – another power utility – is also shutting off power to customers, but has only imposed blackouts on116customers so far and is considering about 200,000 more.
So… what are people saying?
Climate change has set California on fire. Are you paying attention?