Top News Stories For Today – Feb 7, 2018
SpaceX launches historic Falcon Heavy rocket
On Tuesday, SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket. Falcon Heavy lifted off from the same launch pad in Florida used for the moon missions. With 27 engines, Falcon Heavy combines the power of three rockets into one, and can carry larger satellites and equipment — on this test trip, the rocket carried a Tesla roadster with a SpaceX spacesuit in the front seat.
The goal is to eventually use the rocket to get astronauts to the moon and Mars. “The mission went on as best as expected,” SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said after the launch. “It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen.” CBS News
Kim Jong Un’s sister is going to Winter Olympics
Kim Jong Un is sending his younger sister to South Korea for the Winter Olympics, the first time any member of the Kim dynasty has visited the country. Kim Yo Jong, 30, will be part of the North Korean delegation headed to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Much about Kim Yo Jong was unknown other than she was educated in Switzerland and has risen high enough up the ranks that she briefly ran the country while her brother recovered from an illness in 2014. She and Kim Jong Un were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui. Kim Yo Jong’s inclusion in the North Korean delegation is likely to irritate the United States, which has sent its own delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence to counter North Korea’s charm offensive. But South Korea welcomed her, saying it was “significant that Kim had included his sister in the delegation. Hundreds of North Koreans have arrived in South Korea ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Friday. Though only 22 athletes will compete in events, the North’s delegation will be among the largest at the Games. CNN
Trump wants a big military parade in DC
During a meeting last month attended by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, President Trump said he wanted the Pentagon to start planning a military parade for Washington, D.C., two officials briefed on the meeting told The Washington Post. “The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” one person told the Post. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
There’s no date set, the Post reports, although Trump would like it on a patriotic holiday like the 4th of July and wants it to go along Pennsylvania Avenue, passing the Trump International Hotel. It’s unclear who will pay for this. The Washington Post
Trump: ‘I’d love to see a shutdown’
President Trump urged Republican lawmakers to shut down the government later this week if they can’t tighten immigration laws in an upcoming budget deal. “If we don’t change the legislation, if we don’t get rid of these loopholes where killers can come into our country and continue to kill … let’s have a shutdown,” Trump told a law enforcement panel on Tuesday. “I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”
On Tuesday evening, the House passed a stopgap bill that would increase Pentagon spending over the next eight months while keeping funding the same for non-defense programs. It’s likely this will fail in the Senate, where Democrats want spending increases to be equal across the board. Reuters, Politico
Dow swings sharply
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 568 points on Tuesday, following Monday’s single biggest daily points loss (1,175) in history. Tuesday was a rollercoaster too, with the Dow plunging more than 500 points at the opening bell. But it swiftly reversed its course, and made big gains just before the closing bell.
The chief executive officer at Boston Private Wealth, Tom Anderson, explained the bumpy trading to The Wall Street Journal: “No one wants to catch a falling knife,” he said, “so investors are looking to see things firm up or fall a bit more before buying.” The Wall Street Journal
6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan
The search for the missing is on after a powerful earthquake rocked Taiwan. The magnitude-6.4 quake killed at least seven people and injured more than 250. Dozens are missing, and there may be 40 people trapped in a large building that’s titling perilously in the city of Hualien.
As aftershocks continue to rumble, some Hualien residents are taking refuge in a stadium. The quake struck in the East China Sea just off the coast. Taiwan is on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which runs around the edge of the Pacific Ocean and is known for massive seismic and volcanic activity. CNN
Poland’s controversial Holocaust bill
Poland’s President says he’s going to sign a controversial Holocaust bill — but only after a constitutional tribunal looks at it first. The law would make it illegal to accuse the nation of complicity in crimes committed by the Nazis. It would also ban the use of the term “Polish death camps” when referring to Auschwitz and other camps in Nazi-occupied Poland. The bill angers Israel, which accuses Poland of trying to rewrite history.
Historians say certain Polish people and groups helped the Nazis, but Polish governments have pushed back on that narrative. CNN
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