By Stephen Boyer
On Friday 15th, Donald Trump, in a move to Bypass Congress, declared a National Emergency at the Southern border. This gives him the money he needs to build a wall, one of his central Campaign Promises. He announced this in a televised event in the Rose Garden, claiming he is protecting the country from drugs, criminals and, Illegal Immigration from Mexico.
The declaration gives the President 3.6 billion from military construction and 2.5 billion from counternarcotics programs. Combined with the 1.3 Billion Congress authorized for Trump on February 14th he has 8 Billion Dollars to work with, more than 2 Billion more than his original demand of 5.7 billion.
However, this move has faced some backlash, mostly from Democrats, who believe it is an unconstitutional move. “This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed president, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try and get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process,” Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer said in a joint statement. The 2 pledged to overturn the decision and asked for Republicans to join them. House Democrats plan to introduce a bill to reverse the presidents move but to reverse it would require getting passed in the Republican-controlled Senate.
But legislation isn't the only way Democrats plan to fight against the Declaration. Its expected some Democrats and activists will take it to courts. The white house can make arguments to justify its decision, but the court can decide they are stretching the intent of the law. White House Officials have rejected the idea that this creates a precedent for future presidents to ignore Congress. “It actually creates zero precedent” the White House chief of staff told reporters Friday morning. “This is an Authority given to the president in law already. It's not as if he didn't get what he wanted and waved a magic wand to get some money.” Previous Presidents have declared National Emergencies 58 times and 31 of these remain active. Trump was among many Republicans who criticized Former President Obama for abusing executive Authority after failing to win over Congress.
Hey what's going on everyone Its Bradley here for WPPB News! Recently there has been a grand snowstorm wreaking havoc in the northern parts of the United States. This snow storm has caused travel plans all over to change drastically simply to avoid any injury or death that may occur. It is predicted to be in the 20s and 30s this coming week. In other news Mr. Oreo, the real life model for the best Guardian of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon, has passed away from sickness today at the age of 10 years. This poor adorable raccoon will rest in peace with an immortal legacy. Also there has been an upsurge lately in fake accounts from Iran on Facebook. Facebook has recently taken down hundreds of fake accounts just this week and works to get rid of more as the surge of fake scammers accounts gets worse. That'll be it for WPPB News. See you next time!
Post written by Abby Hopkins
With YouTube changing their guidelines, many are usually affected by them. In one of the most recent guideline changes, big YouTuber Shane Dawson was one of the few affected. With the upload of his almost two hour long video all about conspiracy theories (featuring stuff about Deep Fakes and Apple), it took a huge hit but why?
It isn’t new for YouTube to demonetize videos for clips that are in them and no matter how long they are, YouTube will take action if it doesn’t meet their community guidelines. As stated in an article by The Verge, “Dawson’s video has since been remonetized, but it was originally cut off because it included a clip of footage showing a dangerous prank. YouTube recently altered its community guidelines to specifically tackle dangerous pranks — especially in wake of potentially harmful stunts like the Bird Box Challenge, which had creators like Jake Paul driving around blindfolded. Since Dawson included footage of the prank, YouTube’s system assumed that the video was promoting harmful and dangerous activities, and it removed monetization privileges.”
Even just a single clip brought Dawson to having his hard work not being monetized which I personally think is crazy but when you actually look into how much money he could have earn through this video, you really start to see the craziness. He had multiple ads throughout the long video and not to mention the sponsor he had as well. In all, Dawson could have earned around $2 per 1,000 views and at the time of this article being written he had a little over seven million views so just imagine how much he could have gotten.
In conclusion, what do you think about this whole situation? I would love to hear what you think!
Post written by Joshua Caldwell
Resident Evil 2—and let's talk about the original 1998 game first—is where things begin to go off the rails, even as it cemented the series as one of the best things in video game horror. It did all of the things that a game's sequel could possibly do: It was bigger, it was scarier, it was more complex, and it opened the world of the game up, going long on the biological warfare conspiracy-mongering that the first reserved for its final act. In the way that it chose to not walk itself back, Resident Evil 2 indulged in an impulse that the series never really shook—the desire to go bigger, always.
So now Resident Evil 2—and this is the new game, the remake out today—finds itself in the strange position of having to continue the franchise's decision to walk itself back that began two years ago, by reimagining the series's point of divergence. The plot is very much the same—Leon S. Kennedy, reporting to his first day of work at the Raccoon City Police Department, arrives to find the city overrun by zombies. On his way there, he runs into Claire Redfield, a college student looking for her brother, Chris—one of the two protagonists of the first Resident Evil, missing since the events of that game. As Leon and Claire, the player investigates the police station and the surrounding area in the hopes of finding help and making it out of the city alive.
Post written by Bradley Reber
Hello everyone! It's Bradley From Chilling at the Mic here to bring you the news. First off, I would like to give you the update the GoFundMe of Trump's wall has gone to twenty million. Anyways, I'm sure some of you have already heard about the current government shutdown. In the Speech, Trump was quite concerned about the drugs coming across the border and sexual assault that occurred during the long trip the migrants took and he is determined to fix the immigration system, “As a candidate for president I promised I would fix this crisis and I intend to keep that promise one way or the other. Our immigration system should be the subject of pride not a source of shame” He said today at the conference he promised to hold. He gave us the outline to his proposal which in his own words includes “800 million in Urgent Humanitarian assistance
805 million for Drug Detection Technology to help secure our ports of entry
an additional 2750 border patrol agents and law enforcement professionals
And 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the courts backlog” he wishes to stop the shutdown soon, this being the longest government shutdown in history most people want it to end before tax time. He will also be making another speech later this week as well. Well that will just about wrap it up for now. Until next time!
Post written by Jaylen Robinson
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 2 years you might not have heard of the rapper J.I.D. who has been rising in the rap game. In 2017 J.I.D. dropped his first studio album titled The Never Story. When I first listened to the album I generally didn’t pay attention to J.I.D’s great wordplay at first. So it caught me off guard when I gave The Never Story another listen and ended up loving it. Not only does it have great instrumentals but J.I.D was delivering some heavy bars. J.I.D is also signed to J.Cole’s label Dreamville, which makes him like him even more because Dreamville is one of the best labels out there now. J.I.D continued his great album run when he dropped his second studio album DiCaprio 2, and I gotta admit it’s one of the best albums of 2018. J.I.D also got chosen to be an XXL Freshman and delivered a skillful freestyle. His cipher verse that he performed with ski mask the slump god is one of the best XXL ciphers in my opinion. 2019 is looking good for J.I.D. I expect him to do a lot of features for other upcoming artists since he’s dropped two albums in the past two years. Since his debut album though, J.I.D has gathered a heavy following, so seeing that he has got a lot of fans already, I don’t see J.I.D falling off from the rap game anytime soon.
Post written by Joshua Caldwell
Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation through 21 months, according to The NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. From its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units, outpacing U.S. sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.
Nintendo is also the overall top-selling U.S. software publisher so far for 2018, according to NPD data through November. This performance should receive an additional boost from the December release of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, which has become not only the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, but also the fastest-selling game in the Super Smash Bros. series, with U.S. sales of over 3 million units in just 11 days, according to Nintendo’s internal sales data.
“We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond.”
The following data from Nintendo of America is specific to the U.S. only:
Nintendo hardware unit and dollar sales for 2018 are at their highest annual totals since 2011.
Nintendo eShop sales have grown 105 percent over 2017.
Evergreen Nintendo Switch games have set new milestones, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling over 4 million and 5 million units, respectively. Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 4.7 million units.
In addition to the fast-selling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, other recently released games that continue to make a splash include Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! , which together total 2 million units, and Super Mario Party at 1.4 million.
Post written by Abby Hopkins
YouTube has been putting out videos rewinding the year for a couple of years now. This year, however, has to be one of the worst for the platform.
It has over 10 million dislikes, beating Justin Bieber’s Baby in the most dislikes on Youtube. Some have seen this video being a huge brand video just to show the investors the “Good” bits and not the real things that are happening on Youtube like Pewdiepie’s struggle to stay number one. He wasn’t even included. As stated from an article by The Verge, “Since YouTube Rewind was first published on December 6th, the backlash has been loud and constant. Creators who starred in it, like Marques Brownlee, have addressed the controversy, while other YouTubers work on their own versions of Rewind they view as more authentic. The backlash directed at YouTube for this year’s Rewind boils down to a growing disparity between the platform’s true creator culture and the polished version that YouTube wants to present.” Even the creators who worked so hard for YouTube see them as vultures in this situation. Many people see the rewind as YouTube milking out only the prettiest things and stuff that is kid-friendly.
However, Youtube is bigger than that. At least I’d like to think so but that isn’t quite true. Youtube is drifting further and further away from its roots, leaving the best people in the dust. I really dislike the way Youtube has been over the past year and I hope this company treats its creators better in the new year.
Post written by Bradley Reber
Hello Everybody! It's Bradley for WPPB News and I have a special post for today. Something recently caught my eye when I was scrolling through my Facebook Feed. It seems as though a Young Air Force officer made a GOFUNDME page to build the famed Border Wall. In just the 3 days as I write this the page has raised $7,617,676 for this. I found this quite impressive. It's complete goal is One Billion USD. “My name is Brian Kolfage, I have a verified blue check facebook page as a public figure and I’m a Purple Heart Recipient triple amputee veteran.” This is written on the GoFundMe page underneath the makers profile. I find this to be quite a surprise,but a welcome one. People have made themselves useful and believe so much in this philosophy that they are dedicating their own money that could be used in this Holiday Season to build the wall that they hope will decrease illegal immigration. This seems to be a very good use of the site GoFundMe and an even better use of activism via the internet. This page is rapidly gaining funds and will probably raise it's funds completely fairly quickly. If you believe in this cause the link to the page is https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall.
I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays for this Solstice Season.
Post written by Joshua Caldwell
The Affordable Care Act could be headed back the Supreme Court for the third time after a federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the law is unconstitutional.
Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued the opinion in a lawsuit brought in February by Republican officials in 20 states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Those officials contended that the entire law should be stricken because Congress earlier this year repealed the fines known as “shared responsibility payments” that people without health coverage had to pay under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. O’Connor agreed. If the ruling stands, the Affordable Care Act’s insurance regulations would disappear and, along with them, the health coverage for millions of people who gained private insurance or Medicaid coverage under the 2010 law signed by President Barack Obama. Specifically, the law’s guarantee of coverage for people regardless of their pre-existing conditions, financial assistance for private insurance, rules establishing a basic minimum set of benefits insurance policies must cover and more would vanish.
In short, this ruling would deal severe damage to the American health care system. It also would eradicate one of Obama’s most significant accomplishments. According to an analysis by the Urban Institute, eliminating the Affordable Care Act would increase the national uninsured rate by 50 percent and lead to more than 17 million people losing health coverage.
President Donald Trump celebrated the ruling in a pair of Twitter posts Friday night. “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions,” he wrote in one post. In another Trump wrote, “Great news for America!”