5 Things for Thursday
It’s time! The event that the media is buzzing over is finally here. Former FBI Director James Comey will testify today on the possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Whether you think there will be a bombshell (like most national media hyping this like this is the Super Bowl) or nothing special will come out of it- it’s important to watch.
It’s likely that Comey will publicly contradict President Trump’s statements about their private conversations (talk about a he said/he said on a major level) and speak on some strange things he claims the President wanted him to do, like make a loyalty pledge. Be sure to be watching out for this (including checking to see if the President will be live tweeting), I know I’ll be on the edge of my seat at 9 a.m. when the hearing starts.
Time is almost up for state legislators to craft a budget for next year. A session originally thought to be without a special session is pointing more and more towards one, with the House and the Senate disagreeing on how much money to spend on the budget- despite both chambers being majority-Republican.
Governor John Bel Edwards is siding with the Senate, who want all the available funds to go into the budget to help more statewide programs and employees. The House on the other hand wants to save a good portion of money in a sort of rainy day fund- if the state doesn’t bring in as much money as expected. An attempted compromise yesterday was shot down, so we’ll have to see if they wrap things up by the deadline at 6:00 p.m. tonight. If not, the Governor has already set up a special session to start 30 minutes after the normal session ends.
Things are getting serious in East Asia as North Korea fired four more missiles just this morning. The anti-ship missiles were fired into the sea and it’s suspected that the country was trying to present their targeting capabilities. If you aren’t keeping count, that 16 missiles fired in 10 tests so far just this year, an unprecedented amount in such a short time.
While it’s not likely that North Korea could fire a missile that could hit the United States, it is worrisome for our allies in South Korea and Japan- who are taking this event very seriously.
Today the U.K. is holding its first election since it decided to leave the European Union last year. The decision forever changed the country, but it is unclear if this election will end with a new prime minister. Current Prime Minister Theresa May is running again and is expected to get the majority to win- but the recent wave of terror attacks in the country may shake the vote up.
Reality Winner, the 25-year-old government contractor who is accused of leaking a secret NSA report will be in court today. Winner’s parents recently came out to support their daughter and said they hope she won’t be made an example out of because of her alleged action. She is expected to plead not guilty, but the case itself will be an interesting one to follow.