Every month since President Trump’s inauguration there have been hundreds of protests across the country, most of them in opposition to the new administration and its policies, according to the Crowd Counting Consortium. The White House is not sitting idle, they are fighting back in the courts where 194 protesters face up to 60 years in prison after being rounded up during the inauguration day riots and charged under the federal statute.
Hundreds of women have come forward to accuse dozens of America’s most powerful men of sexual harassment. Now, many of the accused have been forced to justify or make a statement regarding their actions and several have even been fired or forced to step down from their positions.
After Maricruz Abarca’s mother brought her into the United States illegally as a teenager, Abarca began building a life. She’s now a mother and business owner in Baltimore, she recalled during a Wednesday demonstration organized by immigrant rights advocates in the shadow of the Capitol. But the life she’s settled into was upended in September after President Donald Trump reversed Obama-era provisions that insulated from deportation people who, like her, were brought to the country illegally as minors.
2018 is on the horizon and it’s the perfect time to look back at beauty and fashion trends that shook up 2017. The comeback of Vans, the introduction to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line and long braids gave people a new style that set the year of 2017. From the sidewalk to the red carpet, these were some of the hottest trends that rocked this year.
In October, a man fired indiscriminately from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas into a crowd of country music concertgoers, killing 58 people. The massacre at the Route 91 Harvest music festival marked the single deadliest mass shooting in recent memory. Authorities found 23 guns in the gunman’s hotel room, about half of which were equipped with bump stocks that allowed for rapid fire, according to the Washington Post.
The 115th session of Congress has passed more laws than other sessions in the last two decades, despite not yet having any major legislation to show for it. GovTrack keeps a record of all legislative activities, and the current session of Congress, now closing in on its halfway point, is on track to pass several former sessions in some indicators.
The FBI is about to release more than a year of animal cruelty data that law enforcement officers have entered into the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Police and animal control officers in some areas have recorded animal cruelty incidents since 2015 when they were reclassified from a misdemeanor to a felony, making it a serious criminal offense to harm an animal. Former FBI Director James Comey agreed to make animal cruelty a separate, reportable category of crime in 2014, a win for both law enforcement and animal advocates.
There were whispers of Russian collusion at the beginning of President Donald Trump’s campaign. Adding to the list of controversies, there are three failed travel ban attempts, complaints about his comments to a military widow and issues with the way he responded to a neo-Nazi rally with counter-protestors.
The North Atlantic hurricane season lasts from the beginning of June to the end of November, and it reaches its peak from late August throughout September. Superstorms Harvey, Irma and Maria claimed more than 250 lives across the nation. While each hurricane caused severe damages to surrounding areas, celebrities, good Samaritans and local organizations reached out to help. The impacts were critical – thousands of people were left needing emergency assistance. Although the storms have long passed, their aftermath prompted many developments.