Van Rams Crowd in Barcelona Tourist Area
Multiple fatalities and injuries occurred when a van was driven onto a sidewalk into a crowd of pedestrians in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday. Spanish authorities describe the incident as a terrorist attack. Read the story from The Atlantic.
Trump Decries Removals of Confederate Monuments
In a series of tweets on Thursday morning, a defiant President Trump stood by his defense of Confederate monuments, calling efforts to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson “foolish.” The president’s tweets come as he faces heavy criticism for his response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Read the story from The AP.
Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
...can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
...the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Trump Disbands 2 Advisory Councils After String of CEOs Quit
Eight executives resigned from President Trump’s business advisory councils this week, after Trump failed to condemn racism sufficiently in his response to white supremacists and deadly violence in Charlottesville. The president announced that he decided to disband the two councils on Twitter on Wednesday. Read the story from NPR.
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
NAFTA Negotiations Heat Up
The U.S., Canada, and Mexico kicked off renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Wednesday, but the U.S. is demanding significant changes, setting the stage for tough talks. Read the story from The AP.
Apple Plans $1 Billion Investment in TV Shows and Films
The tech giant will create original content, with up to 10 streaming shows in 2018, in an effort to compete with Amazon and Netflix. Read the story from Ad Age.