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Writers in Hollywood just finished voting on whether they should strike. The vote is expected to be in favor of a strike. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll walk off the job. We get the details. We also find out what happened with the strike 10 years ago, and how it changed the industry.
Congress has until Friday to approve a new spending bill to keep the government from shutting down. President Trump wants money to build the US-Mexico border wall included in that bill. He’s said the wall would keep out drugs, gangs and illegal immigrants. But Democrats say they will block a budget that includes money for the wall. Some Republicans are skeptical, too.
In his first public appearance since leaving office, Former President Barack Obama led a panel discussion at the University of Chicago, where he once taught. The panel included six student leaders from the Chicago area and focused on civic engagement and community organizing.
Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times
In 1995, email was a relatively new and exciting way to communicate. In Elif Batuman’s first novel, ‘The Idiot,’ it’s through email that a Harvard freshman finds her first love -- and the limits of digital communication. As she navigates her feelings, she stumbles over herself, as we all do on the path to self discovery.
Elif Batuman is author of the novel “The Idiot.” (photo by Beowulf Sheehan)
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen knocked out France’s establishment candidates Sunday in the first round of that country’s presidential election. They will now go head-to-head in a runoff on May 7th. Le Pen is isolationist, anti-immigrant, and anti-EU. Macron favors the EU. He’s not a member of any party, and his ideas come from across the political spectrum.
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Some undocumented immigrants consider self-deportation The Senate voted on four immigration bills this week, but all failed. We get reaction from an El Segundo-based woman who used to be a DACA recipient, but got a green card a few years ago. Her cousins are DACA recipients, and her brother and parents are undocumented. She says her parents are considering self-deporting.
What we know about the mass school shooting in Florida On Wednesday, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. The Anti-Defamation League says he was affiliated with a white supremacist group. We learn about this group, hear what politicians have to say about the incident, and remember those who’ve died at school shootings since Sandy Hook.
California DACA recipient fights for permanent fix This week, the Senate is debating and voting on an immigration bill -- or bills. We talk about what might come out of it. We also get a personal story of one DACA recipient, who quit her job and spent her savings to travel to Washington DC to advocate for a permanent DACA fix.
How common is domestic abuse? White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last week after his two ex-wives and a former girlfriend accused him of physical and emotional abuse. Domestic violence affects women across the board. We talk with a wealthy, Harvard-educated woman who was married to an abusive man.
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