El Chapo: 8 Things to Know About the Mexican Drug Lord’s Extradition

Jan 20, 2017, 3:09 pm EST

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is facing American justice. Source: Flickr

The Mexican drug kingpin is being extradited into the U.S. today, where he will face a number of drug-related charges. Here are eight things you should know:

    Mexican authorities claim it is purely coincidental that El Chapo’s extradition is taking place the same day as Donald Trump’s inauguration. U.S. authorities said they were prepared for the extradition, but they did not know it was happening today. He was taken to New York this morning. Extra measures were taken to ensure he doesn’t escape (he escaped plenty of times in Mexican prisons, including building a tunnel) through intense security measures, such as closing down the Brooklyn Bridge. El Chapo is facing 17 counrelated to the operation of a continuing criminal enterprise from 1989 to 2014, including corruption, murder conspiracy, drug importation, firearms distribution and money laundering. He is facing at least a sentence of life in prison. The drug lord will not receive the death penalty. U.S. authorities are also seeking to hit El Chapo with a $14 billion criminal forfeiture.

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Inauguration Day 2017: Who Is Performing at the Inauguration?

Jan 20, 2017, 11:40 am EST

Inauguration Day 2017 is finally here and InvestorPlace has a list of who is performing at the inauguration.

Here is a list of who is performing at Inauguration Day 2017, as collected from Mirror.

    DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums King’s Academy Honor Choir Republican Hindu Coalition Morman Tabernacle Choir Talledega College Tornado Marching Band Toby Keith Jon Voight Michael Flatley 3 Doors Down Radio City Rockettes (Minus three members) The Frontmen of Country Lee Greenwood The Piano Guys Jackie Evancho DJ Ravidrums Sam Moore Erin Boheme Tim Rushlow Lexi Walker Chrisette Michele Big & Rich Tony Orlando Travis Greene

You can learn more about the performers that will be at Inauguration Day 2017 by following this link. Read 

Inauguration Day 2017: Who Is Boycotting the Inauguration?

Jan 20, 2017, 10:55 am EST

Today, Jan. 20, is Inauguration Day 2017 and several members of the U.S. government are boycotting the election of President-elect Donald Trump.

So, who is boycotting the inauguration? You can check out the below list collected from Atlanta Journal Constitution to learn just that.

    Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.) Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich) Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio) Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) (due to wife’s hospitalization) Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) Rep. José E. Serrano (D-N.Y.) Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.) Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.) Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kty.) Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kty.)

You can follow this link to learn more everyone who is boycotting Inauguration Day 2017. Read 

Trump Team — Agriculture Secretary: 8 Thing to Know About Sonny Perdue

Jan 19, 2017, 5:46 pm EST

Sonny Perdue has been unofficially appointed as the Agriculture Secretary.

President-elect Donald Trump has yet to officially announce his cabinet, but it is believed Perdue will take up this role. Here are eight things to know about him:

    He is the former Governor of Georgia, taking up the role in 2003 and serving until 2011. Perdue believes the U.S. should do more to have fair international agreements related to agriculture and trade. Before taking up office, he served as the head of a grain and fertilizer business. Many are criticizing the selection of Perdue because of the fact the he ran such a business due to the fact that fertilizers can pollute our drinking water, so he may not put the necessary regulations in place to combat this. He led a prayer in 2007 where he asked God to forgive Georgia for being wasteful with its water. The former Governor is another rich, white man in Trump’s cabinet. Perdue is also being criticized for siding with large chemical companies and agriculture conglomerates in federal farm subsidies that hurt small farmers and the environment. He would hold a $150 billion budget with the Agriculture Department.

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Donald Trump Is Locked Into Autos and Trade (GM, F)

Jan 17, 2017, 10:46 am EST

President-elect Donald Trump set the tone for 2017, and it’s still his in-your-face Twitter diplomacy that provides instant heat for his intended targets. Last week, he set his sights on the auto industry — General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) in particular — with a tweet that read, “Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!” Source: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (Modified)

The threat was in regard to the company importing some of its Chevy Cruze compact cars from a plant in Mexico for sale in the U.S.

However, GM quickly released a statement pointing out that the majority of its Cruze cars are made in a factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Only the hatchback versions of the car are manufactured in Mexico because the Lordstown factory is not equipped to build it. Read 

U.S. Ends ‘Wet Foot Dry Foot’ Policy With Cuba

Jan 13, 2017, 12:52 pm EST

President Barack Obama is putting an end to the United States’ “wet foot dry foot” policy for Cuban immigrants.

The “wet foot dry foot” policy made it so that Cubans that attempted to enter the United States could seek citizenship if they managed to make it to the country. However, it turned away those that were that were trying to immigrate if they were caught while still at sea.

The “wet foot dry foot” policy was put in place by former President Bill Clinton. The decision to end the policy means that Cubans will now be treated the same as all other immigrants trying to enter the United States. Read 

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