Top News Stories For Today – Jan 25, 2018
Trump in Davos with America First message
President Trump arrived in Switzerland on Thursday for two days at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Trump is expected to meet with world leaders, host a dinner for European business leaders, mingle with the elites at a reception, and give a keynote speech Friday.
Trump is only the second sitting US president to attend the Davos forum, after Bill Clinton in 2000, and his protectionist and nativist policies and dismissal of climate change put him at odds with most attendees. Trump is meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, chairman of the African Union, but an African business leader started a movement to quietly walk out of Trump’s speech to protest his “shithole countries” comment about Africa, Haiti, and El Salvador. The Associated Press, CNN
Chinese created monkeys via cloning
Scientists in Shanghai say they’ve created two monkeys via cloning. The technique they used is the same method used to make Dolly the sheep two decades ago. This is all groundbreaking stuff, to be sure, but are we OK with all of this?
Humans are in the primate family, and with this birth of cloned monkeys, these techniques could theoretically be applied to humans. The scientists involved insist they have no interest in trying to do that, but a British genetics professor said we need to figure out now the “ethical framework” for these kinds of experiments. CNN
Trump is willing to testify to Mueller
President Trump said on Wednesday he is “looking forward” to speaking under oath with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Speaking to reporters as he prepared to leave for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump also said the interview could come in “two or three weeks.”
Shortly after Trump made the comments, his attorney, Ty Cobb, told The New York Times Trump was speaking “hurriedly” and just meant to say he would meet with the special counsel. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Mueller wants to question Trump about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as the ouster of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The New York Times
Larry Nassar sentencing
Lou Anna Simon, Michigan State University’s president, resigned just hours after Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for his decades of abuse of young female athletes. Critics lashed Simon, accusing her of mishandling the scandal involving Nassar, who worked as a doctor at the school.
Nassar was also the former doctor for USA Gymnastics, and when Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced him — after a week’s worth of victim statements from 150 women and girls — she pretty much threw the book at him. “I’ve just signed your death warrant,” she said. Aquilina also read a letter that Nassar wrote to her in which he accused the women of lying and said he was “manipulated” into a guilty plea. After reading it, she literally tossed it aside. CNN
Trump says citizenship for dreamers will happen
For weeks, Democrats and Republicans who’ve been trying to hammer out an immigration deal have been begging President Trump to let them know what he wants. Now he’s finally starting to do that. The President said he’s open to offering DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship — and he said they shouldn’t worry about being deported when their statuses expire starting in March.
If the President sticks to this position, it’s huge because a solution for the Dreamers has been the main sticking point in immigration and budget talks, and may make Democrats more amenable to making a deal. But it’s sure to tick off conservative Republicans, who consider an offer of citizenship nothing less than amnesty. CNN
Chinese firm stole trade secrets from US firm
A federal jury in Wisconsin on Wednesday convicted a Chinese wind turbine company of stealing trade secrets, which nearly destroyed a US manufacturer. China’s Sinovel Wind Group does business in the United States.
According to the government’s case against Sinovel, the company had an $800 million contract for products and services from Wisconsin-based American Superconductor (AMSC). It said Sinovel conspired in 2011 with two company managers and a former AMSC employee to use computers in Austria to steal wind turbine technology and trade secrets from AMSC and install them on Sinovel turbines. Sinovel never paid AMSC the $800 million. Federal prosecutors said Sinovel’s crime cost AMSC dearly; investors dumped more than $1 billion in AMSC stock and about 700 workers lost their jobs, more than half of the company’s global workforce. Sinovel will be sentenced in June. VOA
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