1. Congress Reaches Deal to Avoid Shutdown
Congress avoided a government shutdown over the weekend, reaching a $1 trillion budget agreement late Sunday. While the proposed deal would increase spending for border security, it does not specifically include funding for President Donald Trump’s southern border wall (that’s OK, because people like Sen. Ted Cruz [R-Texas] have proposed alternative fundraising methods). Though they have until Friday to vote, members are expected to approve the package early this week, The Washington Post reported.
2. Trump’s Attends 100-Day Rally En Lieu of White House Correspondents Dinner
On Saturday evening, President Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania to commemorate his 100th day in office. The timing of the rally overlapped with the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event typically attended by the current president. Noting this, Trump explained to the Harrisburg crowd his decision to skip the elite gathering.
.@POTUS slams the White House Correspondents' Dinner at his rally in Pennsylvania. #WHCD2017 #TrumpRally pic.twitter.com/8U5ox2O4hM
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 29, 2017
“I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington’s swamp, spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people, right?” the president began.
Trump’s speech addressed a wide range of issues his administration has begun tackling since he first took office, including trade, healthcare, terrorism, and immigration. The president’s triumphant remarks garnered multiple standing ovations from the crowd, but the mainstream media were far more critical.
3. 14 Dead After Devastating Storms Hit the Midwest, South
Over the weekend, several states in the Midwest and the South were hit with severe thunderstorms, wind, hail, and tornadoes, the Associated Press reported. The extreme weather proved deadly, killing at least 14 people in Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas.
A fire chief and a 2-year old are among 14 people killed by storms and floods in the South and Midwest. https://t.co/RKji76yej9 (Photo: AP) pic.twitter.com/4TgqHcb5Ta
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 1, 2017
But one incredible story resulted from what was for many a weekend of tragedy. Faithwire’s Billy Hallowell reports that 45 people taking shelter in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Emory, Texas, witnessed a miracle Saturday as a tornado destroyed the church building but injured not a single person.
4. 15,000 Attend Mass Celebrated by Pope Francis in Egypt
Pope Francis visited Egypt over the weekend to spread a message of peace in the wake of a series of religious attacks on the country’s Christians. On Saturday, an estimated 15,000 individuals attended a mass held by the Holy Father. The remarkable crowd gained international news coverage.
Pope at mass in Cairo for 15,000 faithful says "the only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity" pic.twitter.com/Xbe1MVkwYd
— Gerard O'Connell (@gerryorome) April 29, 2017
5. ICYMI: Environmentalists Flay New York Times Columnist for Piece on Climate Change
On Friday, newly hired New York Times Columnist Bret Stephens became a target of outrage for a piece he wrote suggesting that the climate change debate demands more nuance than many have acknowledged. The former Wall Street Journal columnist specifically criticized claims that man-made climate change is “settled science.”
“Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong,” Stephens writes.
That didn’t go over well with the mostly liberal New York Times readership:
Most unnecessary and bone-headed hire ever. https://t.co/jWG7uepqx2
— Borzou Daragahi (@borzou) April 30, 2017
I'm on hold with the @nytimes trying to cancel. They told me they're slammed with people canceling subscriptions because of Bret Stephens.
— Sean Kent (@seankent) April 29, 2017
Here's the statement of NYT editorial page editor James Bennet about Bret Stephens' op-ed on climate change. pic.twitter.com/gJ0RSqc0le
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) April 30, 2017
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