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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump signs order imposing new 'hard-hitting' sanctions on Iran

  • Migrant children relocated from 'inhumane' Texas facility

  • Watchdog to testify on Kellyanne Conway's 'unlawful' behavior

  • Bernie Sanders unveils $1.6 trillion plan to eliminate all U.S. student debt

  • U.S. moves on to quarterfinals in Women's World Cup

President Trump on Monday announced he is imposing new "hard-hitting" sanctions on Iran. Speaking in the Oval Office before signing an executive order, the president said his sanctions will deny Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and others "access to key financial resources and support." It follows what Trump referred to as a "series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks," including Iran's recent shooting down of a U.S. drone. Iranian navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi on Monday described the drone being shot down as a "firm response" that "can be repeated." Trump on Monday also said, "We can not ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon."

Source: ABC News, NBC News

Almost all of the children who had been staying at a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, have been removed from the facility, following reports that the kids were hungry and living in filthy conditions. The Associated Press reported last week that lawyers visiting the detention center were shocked to learned children weren't given access to showers and were complaining of hunger, while some of the older kids were taking care of sick toddlers because there weren't enough workers. More than 300 children were housed at the facility, described by Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) as being "inhumane," but only 30 remain. Migrants are not supposed to stay at Border Patrol stations longer than 72 hours, but some of the kids had been there for three weeks.

Source: USA Today

A government watchdog will criticize White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's "unacceptable" and "unlawful" behavior while testifying before Congress this week. The Office of Special Counsel recommended earlier this month that Conway be fired for "repeatedly" violating the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities federal employees can engage in, and Special Counsel Henry Kerner will discuss this while testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday. In an opening statement released on Monday, Kerner criticizes Conway for her "egregious and repeated Hatch Act violations," as well as her "unrepentant attitude," which he says are "unacceptable from any federal employee." Conway has denied that she violated the Hatch Act. Trump has said he has no plans to fire Conway.

Source: The Daily Beast

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday proposed eliminating all $1.6 trillion of U.S. student debt and making all public universities, community colleges, and trade schools tuition-free. His plan is broader and more expensive than those offered by fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Julián Castro. Sanders says he will pay for it with a tax on stock transactions and bonds. Whereas competing plans would help only lower-income Americans, Sanders proposes to cancel all student debt, including for private colleges and graduate schools. Critics say the proposal would primarily help educated Americans who typically earn more.

Source: The Washington Post

The U.S. conceded their first goal of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Monday when Spain's Jennifer Hermoso scored in the 9th minute during the knockout stage contest. The U.S.'s Megan Rapinoe converted two penalty kicks, giving the U.S. a 2-1 win. The U.S., the tournament favorites, infamously pounded Thailand in their group stage opener, 13-0, before shutting out Chile and Sweden, 3-0 and 2-0, respectively, to clinch the group. Spain, though, gave the U.S. their toughest challenge of the tournament in a win-or-go-home situation. The U.S. will now move on to play France, who beat Brazil 2-1 on Sunday, in the quarterfinals.

Source: ESPN
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