The Wider World

Compromise immigration bill fails

A COMPROMISE bill offering some protection for “dreamers” failed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

A compromise plan that would offer a path to citizenship for 1.8 million “Dreamers” – people who came illegally into the United States as children – was rejected by the U.S. Senate on Friday.

The vote came after President Donald Trump warned that he would veto the bill if it passed Congress. The tally was 54-45 in favor of the bill, but 60 votes were needed in order to be enacted into law.

Some Democrats opposed the plan because it would have included $25 billion to build a wall between Mexico and Texas; some conservative Republicans felt that the plan was too generous to illegal aliens.

Eight Republicans and three Democrats co-sponsored the bill.

Shooter had white nationalist connections

The 19-year-old man accused of fatally shooting 17 people at his former high school in Florida on Wednesday had taken part in paramilitary drills with the self-styled private militia of the “Republic of Florida,” according to the Associated Press.

Nikolas Cruz, who was arrested after his deadly rampage in Parkland, which wounded others as well, was reportedly a member of the group.

School officials also say that he was having problems in his romantic life. Cruz had been expelled from the school earlier for a variety of misconducts.

The AR-15 (similar to the military M-16 rifle, but not fully automatic) he used in the shootings had been purchased legally, said law enforcement officials. A late news report states that Cruz has confessed to the shootings.

Cheezit … no, we’d better not

The company that made the cheeseburger a staple of the diet of many millions is pulling that item from the menu of its kid-oriented Happy Meals. Also getting a shove is chocolate milk.

Parents can still order those items, but they won’t appear on the menu. It’s all part of an effort to cut calories, fat, sodium and sugar from their offerings for the kiddies. Sugary sodas were eliminated from the Happy Meal menu four years ago.

We’re Number Five

The U.S. Olympic team at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea is in fifth place as of midday Thursday. Norway is in first. Here are the leaders:

  • Norway (17 medals, four gold)
  • Germany (15 medals, nine gold)
  • Canada (13 medals, four gold)
  • Netherlands (12 medals, five gold)
  • United States (eight medals, five gold)







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