5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump signs short-term spending bill to delay shutdown

  • EU leaders set Brexit demands

  • North Korean ballistic missile test fails

  • Trump deems first 100 days 'just about the most successful in our country's history'

  • Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia

President Trump signed a one-week spending bill Friday night after both houses of Congress voted to approve the measure just hours before the midnight deadline to avert a government shutdown. "I'm disappointed that it doesn't go quicker," Trump said of working with Congress earlier Friday. "It is a very tough system." The stopgap measure had been put in jeopardy by a White House push to pass health-care reform before the administration's 100th day Saturday, but House leadership chose to delay a health-care vote until at least next week, paving the way for the bipartisan spending bill. The federal government is now funded through May 5, by which point lawmakers expect to pass a $1 trillion spending bill financing Washington through the end of September.

Source: The Associated Press, The Hill

Leaders of the 27 nations remaining in the European Union after the United Kingdom's forthcoming Brexit on Saturday agreed unanimously to the terms of the exit process. Formal negotiations will begin this summer, and the guidelines approved Saturday set March 29, 2019 as an end date. Among other requirements, the terms specify negotiations must address the U.K.'s financial obligations — Brussels seeks tens of billions of Euros from London on its way out — as well as creation of an EU-U.K. border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. "We are ready," said Michel Barnier, the EU27's chief negotiator. "We are together." The guidelines are available online here.

Source: Reuters, BBC News

North Korea unsuccessfully tested a ballistic missile on Friday, South Korea's military confirmed. The missile was reportedly fired from a site north of Pyongyang, landing in the Sea of Japan. President Trump tweeted in response, "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!" Trump on Wednesday hosted all 100 senators at the White House to offer an update on the "major threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program. North Korea's missile test earlier this month also failed.

Source: BBC, Reuters

President Trump hit the 100-day mark of his presidency Saturday, a milestone he enthusiastically hailed in his weekly address the afternoon before. "I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country's history," Trump said in the brief video. "Our country is going up, and it's going up fast. Our companies are doing better. They just announced fantastic profits all because of what's happened in this rather short period of time, and that's just the beginning." While other assessments of Trump's first 100 days have been rather more mixed, Trump is indisputably leading by one metric: He has signed more executive orders so far than any president since Harry Truman. Trump will spend his 100th day signing yet another order, this one ordering a study of the effects of current U.S. trade agreements, including the World Trade Organization.

Source: ABC News, The Hill

The Turkish government has blocked access to Wikipedia, watchdog organizations said Saturday. "After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651 [governing the internet], an administrative measure has been taken for this website," said a statement from the Turkish Information and Communication Technologies Authority, which did not provide a reason for the block. The law the statement cited permits the government to ban websites deemed obscene or threatening to national security. This move comes two weeks after a referendum vote gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expansive new powers.

Source: BBC News, Reuters
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