GOP memo released, raises allegations of misconduct
On Feb. 2, President Donald Trump declassified a memo that alleges political biases and abuse of power by the FBI and U.S. Justice Department, according to ABC News. The Justice Department has been overseeing Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russian interference with the U.S. election and the Trump administration’s involvement with it. Before the release, Trump openly criticized his hand-picked leadership of the FBI and U.S. Justice Department.
India proposes budget to increase healthcare
According to Quartz, India’s government released a budget on Feb. 1 that includes funding health care costs for millions of lower income families. The plan will help families in the developing country who cannot afford medical care pay for it by providing up to $8,000. The plan still needs to be approved by parliament. In 2016, a similar plan was proposed and denied.
Fidel Castro’s eldest son commits suicide
According to the Associated Press, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, Fidel Castro’s eldest son, committed suicide on Feb. 1 after struggling with depression and mental illness for years. Castro Diaz-Balart studied nuclear physics in the former Soviet Union and led Cuba’s nuclear program. He was 68 years old.
University of Pennsylvania murder opens up conversation about ‘gap’ in legislation
The murder and consequent investigation of University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein has caused California Sen. Janet Nguyen to propose legislation that adds sexual orientation and gender to the bill for special circumstance murders. According to ABC News, Bernstein was openly gay and Jewish. His alleged killer is considered a deeply religious Christian and investigators say they “haven’t ruled out” the possibility of a hate crime. In California, sexuality is not considered a protected condition. Therefore, being murdered for being gay can only be considered a first or second degree murder, which comes with lesser punishments.