Weekly News Roundup August 1st - August 7th

Medina Dasayev - Teen Aspect - August 7th, 2022
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addresses reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., July 29, 2022
 
Kansas Votes to Keep Abortion in State Constitution

The Supreme Court’s overruling of the Roe v. Wade case turned over the decision on whether or not abortion is legal to each individual state. Liberal states quickly showed their support for keeping abortion legal and becoming a safe haven for pregnant women in states where abortion is illegal. Even though it was quickly assumed that conservative states would impose harsh laws restricting abortion, on August 3rd, Kansas showed otherwise. Kansas residents voted to keep abortion legal in their state and made people question whether this vote would keep true nationwide.


Pelosi Visits Taiwan Amid Chinese Threats

On Tuesday, U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, landed in Taiwan, marking it the first time in 25 years that a U.S. House Speaker has visited the country. Pelosi’s delegation stated that this trip was to support Taiwan’s democracy and strengthen partnerships. However, this trip was made amidst Chinese threats. With China and Taiwan’s complicated history and tense relations, this trip was controversial. In response to Pelosi’s visit, China began military exercises and warned of how this trip is severely threatening China’s sovereignty and tensing China-U.S. relations. These threats quickly alarmed Pelosi’s delegations and led to their return to the U.S.


Biden Administration Declares Monkeypox Public Health Emergency

Monkeypox cases have quickly spread around the world with over 7,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. The Biden Administration quickly responded and declared Monkeypox a public health emergency. This was to both spread awareness of the disease and encourage quicker production and distribution of the vaccine, which is currently limited. The disease is spread mainly through close physical contact and is skyrocketing in cities such as New York City and San Francisco. Despite it shown to be untrue, many people have blamed the LGBTQ+ community and labeled it as a ‘gay disease’. In cities with big LGBTQ+ communities, many worry that not enough is being done to protect the residents.


U.S. Kills Al-Qaeda Leader in Drone Strike

On July 31st, the U.S. CIA orchestrated a drone strike that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group. President Biden stated that his death brings closure to families that have suffered from the September 11th attack in 2001.


U.S. Senate Approves Finland and Sweden NATO Membership

On Wednesday, the Senate approved NATO membership for Finland and Sweden in a sweeping vote of 95-1. This comes after the months-long Russian invasion of Ukraine. U.S. officials stated that this will help send a message to Russia about how democracy will not be easily given up. Biden hopes that Ukraine will soon be admitted into NATO as well. Only two senators did not vote in the affirmative, with Senator (R) Josh Hawley voting nay and Senator (R) Rand Paul voting not present.

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