BOTTOM OF THE HOUR NEWSCAST WITH REBEKAH WARD
WARD 1: From Columbia Radio News in New York, I’m Rebekah Ward.
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency today. He is bypassing the legislative branch to fund his proposed border wall.
TRUMP1: It’s a great thing to do. Because we have an invasion of drugs, an invasion of gangs, an invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable….Whether it’s 8 billion, or 2 billion, or one and a half billion, it’s gonna build a lot of wall. We’re getting it done.
WARD 2: This, after the government narrowly avoided its second shutdown in less than a month. Yesterday, Trump signed off on a budget negotiated by a bipartisan committee, which included some border fencing. Today’s speech undercuts that agreement.
The US Supreme Court will hear arguments on a plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The government is appealing a January 15 decision by a lower court to block the addition.
And justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in the court today. Bader Ginsberg had been working from home after undergoing surgery for lung cancer last December.
Former 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick settled in his case against the NHL. He had accused the league of colluding to keep him off the field. Kaepernick made headlines in 2016 for protesting racism and police brutality by kneeling during the pregame national anthem.
President Trump has his first Republican challenger in the 2020 presidential race. Bill Weld is a former governor of Massachusetts. In his announcement, Weld claimed that the US is in “grave peril” under its current leadership.
World leaders discussed Syria today at an international security meeting in Munich. The US has plans to withdraw troops from the country. But some European officials say they left the closed-door meeting with few details on America’s plan. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says that the US will remain “steadfast” against the Islamic State.
SHANAHAN1: We will maintain our counter-terrorism capabilities in the region and we will continue to support our local partners’ ability to stand up to the remnants of ISIS.
WARD 3: Tensions between India and Pakistan are running high after a suicide bomber in Kashmir killed 44 Indian paramilitary police. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan of a “strong response” to the bombing, but Pakistan denies involvement in the incident. Kashmir has been a disputed zone ever since the two countries split in 1947.
In Europe, more young protesters have joined school strikes for climate change. Their movement has involved tens of thousands of children since starting in Sweden last September. Today, kids in London skip class to march outside of Parliament.
13-year-old Laila Bury is one of the teens demanding a generational wakeup call.
BURY1: They think that some genius is going to help us but I want to be the voice of the generation, I think just sitting down and doing nothing is not going to help.
For Columbia Radio News, I’m Rebekah Ward.