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News Brief: Oct 17-21


UK Prime Minister Liz Truss Resigns

“Don’t Say Gay”

Biden and National Archives Sued Over JFK Assassination Records

Oklahoma’s Execution of Benjamin Cole


UK Prime Minister Liz Truss Resigns

Despite the short six-week time in office as Britain’s Prime Minister, Liz Truss could be replaced as soon as next Thursday, Oct. 27.

Truss announced her resignation this past Thursday, Oct. 20, as a new finance minister began reversing Truss’ planned tax cuts. These cuts had already driven Britain into economic and political turmoil according to the New York Times, and would have created a free market.

The British government followed Truss’ announcement with their own, declaring intent to find a new prime minister within a week. To be considered, candidates must secure at least 100 nominations.

“With 357 Conservative lawmakers in Parliament, the contest could be effectively over when nominations close on Monday afternoon,” the New York Times said.

Read more here.


“Don’t Say Gay”

“Don’t Say Gay” is what critics dubbed the national bill Rep. Mike Johnson and 32 other congressional Republicans introduced on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The bill is called the “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022,” and would prohibit the use of federal funds to “develop, implement, facilitate or fund any sexually-oriented program, event or literature for children under the age of 10 and for other purposes.”

Johnson said it is meant to curb the Democrat’s “crusade.”

“The Democrat Party and their cultural allies are on a misguided crusade to immerse young children in sexual imagery and radical gender ideology.” Johnson said.

For more information about this bill, including what it defines as “sexually-oriented material,” click here.

Biden and National Archives Sued Over JFK Assassination Records

Despite being one of the most widely discussed political events of the 20th century, there is still speculation over what happened on Nov. 22, 1963, the day former U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in a motorcade in Dallas, TX.

The Mary Ferrell Foundation, a nonprofit organization and online database containing the most comprehensive archive of records pertaining to the assassination, thinks it is high time we knew the truth. They have sued President Biden and the National Archives for withholding roughly 15,000 documents regarding the event.

Legally, the documents were supposed to be released in 2017 per the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, signed by former President George H.W. Bush in 1992. However, the President at the time of that deadline, Donald Trump, only released a little shy of 3,000 documents because he said the others needed further review.

Biden echoed the same sentiment in a memo last October, pushing the release date to Dec. 15, 2022.

“Temporary continued postponement is necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure,” Biden wrote.

Sooner or later, the documents will be released, with Dec. 15 being the earliest realistic expectation. Until then, read more about this story here.


Oklahoma’s Execution of Benjamin Cole

Benjamin Cole, 57, murdered his 9-month-old daughter Brianna Cole in 2002. On Thursday, Oklahoma executed him via lethal injection.

A 9-month-old’s justice should not have taken 20 years according to Brianna’s aunt, Donna Daniel, who also noted the manner in which both subjects died.

“She died a horrific death and he gets off easy and gets a little injection in his arm and goes to sleep in his death,” Daniel said. “He did not give Brianna the chance to ever grow up, to even have her first Christmas, to meet her family.”

Despite the extent of his crimes, Cole’s attorney, Tom Hird, objected to the death penalty, claiming Cole was mentally ill with schizophrenia. Hird said Cole’s condition is what led him to murdering his daughter and also made it difficult for the attorney to communicate with him in any meaningful way.

“Ben (Cole) lacked a rational understanding of why Oklahoma took his life today,” Hird said.

According to CNN, “the case highlights a longstanding issue in the debate over capital punishment: how it should apply to those who suffer from mental illness.”

Click here to read more about this case.

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