by Countable | 11.18.16
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
"U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday agreed to settle three fraud lawsuits linked to Trump University for $25 million. The settlement ends a dispute" between Trump and students at the “now-defunct school” who claimed in the lawsuits that they were swindled out of thousands of dollars. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the settlement “includes restitution for students and $1 million in penalties to the state. .. The deal doesn't require Trump to acknowledge wrongdoing. Trump has strongly denied the allegations and said during the campaign that he wouldn't settle.”
Read more at Fox News.
Trump spoke with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday in a phone call in which both discussed the treaty’s "enduring importance," NATO said. The call comes after Trump repeatedly criticized NATO on the campaign trail, arguing that unless other countries stepped up to the plate to spend money on defending all NATO nations, he would renegotiate or even "withdraw funding" from the treaty as president. “There was no immediate comment from Trump's side.”
Read more at Reuters.
"The Obama administration on Friday banned offshore drilling in the Arctic, setting a likely collision course" with Trump, “who has vowed to ‘unleash’ new energy production in the United States by rolling back restrictions on oil and gas companies.” The temporary ban affects “the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off the Alaskan coast,” which are currently “considered by big oil companies to be too expensive to explore.” It won’t be easy for Trump to overturn the ban, if he so desires, as that will require a new report, which “could take as long as two years” to complete.
Read more at the Washington Post.
"The World Health Organization declared an end to its global health emergency over the spread of the Zika virus on Friday, prompting dismay from some public health experts still wrestling with the epidemic. An agency advisory committee said it ended the emergency … because Zika is now shown to be another dangerous mosquito-borne disease like malaria or yellow fever, and should be treated, like them, as an ongoing problem, not an exceptional situation."
Read more at the New York Times.
— Sarah Mimms
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Wow a fraud we've elected, great way to start the presidency, how much will he owe all of us in the end?
...and Dawn...our country needs to be saved from him.
Settling the lawsuit was in his best interest...like buying steel from China because it was cheaper than buying from American steel mills, like taking advantage of tax loopholes rather than paying what he owed, like hiring workers then not paying them when the work was completed...and the list goes on...
Wow, totally didn't see this coming. Trump not doing what he said he was going to do, totally didn't think that would happen at all.
But Hillary was "crooked." His hypocrisy is just one more slap in the face to every marginalized group victimized by his position as president-elect. I hate this man with everything in me. 😡
Glad to hear about the ban on arctic drilling and that Zika is no longer a threat. Offshore drilling can be disastrous and as someone who has lived in Alaska I know firsthand how vital it is that those ecosystems are protected, for a while from the President-Elect's plans for "energy expansion". Also not the first lawsuit that he has settled and probably won't be his last.
He settled because he has more important things to do now like save our country
25 million is it enough! Will those affected be compensated?
Just another way for Trump to get away with illegal practices. I just hope they anyone who lost their money gets it all back. In addition, since this isn't the first incidence of this type , in the future he should never be able to do any business related to education.
You people act like he's the first businessman to ever settle a lawsuit. I'd take someone doing that over someone who sells out her own country. He could pave your driveways with gold and you'd all bitch that it wasn't platinum. So biased; he's the president-elect; give him a damn chance to do his job.
I would have liked to see it go to trial, but at this point it's a distraction. Better he spend his time doing his new job.
He knew that he was going down in flames so what do you do when your corruption is discovered and you face the court? throw money at'em, that'll quiet them quickly!
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