5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump says he would be 'proud' to shut down the government

  • At least 2 dead, 11 injured after shooter opens fire in France

  • White supremacist gets life in prison for killing Heather Heyer in Charlottesville

  • Britain's May visits with EU leaders to salvage Brexit deal

  • Poll: More Americans get news from social media than newspapers

President Trump on Tuesday told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a meeting that he is willing to shut down the government over border wall funding and take the blame for it. "I will be the one to shut it down," Trump said, also saying he'd be "proud" to do so. The two top Democrats met with Trump in an attempt to avert a partial shutdown next week. The biggest sticking point is the $5 billion or more Trump is demanding for his proposed border wall with Mexico. While this meeting was originally intended to take place behind closed doors, the surprisingly heated exchanged played out in front of television cameras.

Source: CNN

At least two people are dead and 11 are injured after a shooter opened fire in Strasbourg, France, French National Police reported Tuesday. The shooting happened near Strasbourg's Christmas market, which was being held under tight security measures after terror attacks in recent years. A shooter, who has been identified as someone on a terrorist watchlist, fled after being shot by an Operation Sentinel soldier. The market banned unauthorized vehicles in the area and checked visitors' bags upon entry, in an effort to avoid an attack like the 2015 attack in a Paris concert hall and the 2016 incident in which a terrorist drove a car into vacationers in Nice, killing more than 80. France's counterterrorism prosecutor has launched an investigation into the Strasbourg shooting.

Source: Reuters, NBC News

Self-proclaimed neo-Nazi James Fields, 21, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after driving his car into a group of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year. The sentencing comes days after Fields was convicted of first-degree murder for killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer in the crash. Fields also hit dozens of others protesting against the "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last August, for which a jury quickly convicted him of murder and nine other charges. The first-degree murder charge amounted to life in prison, and his counts of malicious wounding and leaving the crash scene totaled another 419 years in jail. He also has to pay $480,000 in fines.

Source: The Washington Post

British Prime Minister Theresa May traveled to the Netherlands on Tuesday, one day after calling off a planned vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal because she didn't have the votes. After meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, May travels to Germany to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel before huddling with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels. May is trying to salvage the deal she negotiated for Britain's exit from the EU, but Juncker repeated Tuesday that "there is no room whatsoever for renegotiation." There is "room enough for clarification and further interpretations," he added. British lawmakers want wiggle room on the "backstop" agreement ensuring no hard border between Northern Ireland in the U.K. and Ireland, which will remain in the EU. Juncker signaled that's unlikely.

Source: The Associated Press, BBC News

A Pew Research Center survey published Monday found that adults in the U.S. received more news from social media than newspapers in 2018. This is the first time news consumption via social media surpassed print newspapers since Pew started asking these questions. However, social media and newspapers are still the least common means of discovering the news. Television continues to be the most popular medium for news consumption, with 49 percent of adults looking for their headlines on TV, followed by websites with 33 percent, and radio with 26 percent. Those between ages 18 and 29 are about four times as likely to receive their news from social media than people 65 years and older.

Source: Pew Research Center, The Week
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