As 20somethings, it’s important that we are well-rounded. We can’t just be ridiculously good looking, incredibly charming and super fit. We also need to be well-informed about what’s going on in the world. That’s why we make it easy for you.
Labor Day weekend is finally here and what better way to start it off than reading up on everything that happened around the world. This week, President Obama made some history again, knocking down another item on his presidential bucket list before he leaves office. Plus, the Video Music Awards made headlines well after it aired.
Here’s The Gist of what happened in the news this week:
- For the past couple of months, President Obama and his cabinet have been scrambling to rally enough votes to pass the Iran Nuclear deal.
- On Wednesday, Obama is buying drinks on drinks on drinks for Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski who was the 34th and last politician he needed in Senate to approve the deal.
- Obama now has Senate support, meaning, even if the House of Representatives don’t approve the deal, Obama can use his presidential veto to override the opposition.
- It’s been an all out war between the Obama Administration and Congress, especially with the Republicans, over passing this deal.
- For years, states have been worried about Iran successfully building a nuclear weapon since 1980s, especially its arch nemesis Saudi Arabia and Israel.
- P.S. The U.S. actually helped Iran start its nuclear program in 1957…awkward.
- The U.S. plus the Big 5 (U.K., France, Germany, China, and Russia) were going back and forth with Iranian leaders to come up with an agreement. In July, they held hands for a moment in unison.
- They finally came up with a 100-page agreement.
- Here are the main points: Iran has to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency into the Iranian nuclear facilities. It has to give up the majority of its centrifuges (used to enrich uranium), and the facility will be turned into a research center. If Iran violates any of these rules, international sanctions will be implemented again, which before almost crumbled the state’s economy.
- Israel and anti-Iran countries have a huge problem with this deal: The agreement doesn’t stop Iran’s nuclear program completely. Iran is still allowed the enrich uranium, but “for peaceful purposes.” Israel and Saudi Arabia is calling bullshit on that.
- The truth: Iran is 99 percent going to get the atom bomb in the future. This is just delaying the inevitable outcome. It might not be the best deal, but it took YEARS to finally agree on it. Rejecting it will only put everyone back to square one. Enter negotiation round 500.
- Obama checked off an item on his history-making/presidential bucket list when he became the first sitting president to travel to Alaska for a three-day excursion. It was a trip with a packed agenda.
- Step 1: Changing a mountain’s name. Obama officially approved to rename the tallest peak in North America from Mount McKinley to Mount Denali, it’s original name before it was changed in 1893. Alaskans have long debated the name, saying it should be returned to Denali because the name historical significance and representation of the area.
- Step 2: Addressing Climate Change. Part of the trip’s initiative is to bring more awareness to climate change globally. “We are not moving fast enough. None of the nations represented here are moving fast enough,” Obama said at the GLACIER conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
- Step 3: Documenting his trip on social media. The Prez has been towing around a go-pro and updating all the POTUS social media pages and websites to show Americans and the world the beauty of Alaska, the glaciers, and why we need to save it for future generations to come. He channeled his inner Kim K. and posted selfies and nature pics for 72 hours straight.
- Thousands of migrants from Syria and Iraq are pouring into Europe to seek refuge from the Syrian civil war chaos.
- Desperate migrants were stopped in Budapest where they were refused entrance. The Hungarian government claims the migrant issue is not its problem and that Germany needs to handle the issue, where most of the refugees are hoping to end up.
- There are more than four million Syrians fleeing their disheveled country and three million Iraqis displaced.
- On Thursday, a picture of a Syrian child laying face down a beach hit the media, painting a gruesome image of how serious and dangerous the Syrian conflict has become int he Middle East.
- People tweeted the Turkish hashtag #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik, or Humanity Washed Up Ashore, to draw awareness to the serious issue. The UN is allegedly convening to try to tackle this issue.
- Pope Francis ain’t your normal pope. On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that the pope will allow priests to pardon women who have had abortions in the upcoming Holy Year.
- Starting on December 8, women who would normally be excommunicated for this act can now seek forgiveness.
- You can do so when he comes to New York City on September 25 and Philadelphia on September 26.
- Pope Francis will visit the UN, have a Central Park Procession and hold mass in Madison Square Garden.
- Sorry, not all the NYC stops are open to everyone. But try your luck and win tickets!
- Or you can try your luck in Philadelphia, which is open to everyone. But be warned, it will be cray and you might have to camp out a week early.
- Someone who is hardcore following her religion is a Kentucky county clerk who has been refusing to issue marriage licenses to both straight and gay couples trying to tie-the-knot.
- On Thursday, a judge told Kim Davis she needed to give out marriage licenses to everyone or head to jail.
- A faithful religious follower, she said nope and put on the striped jail suit instead.
- “Marriage is between one man and one woman,” Davis said on the witness stand during her court hearing.
- Davis herself has been married four times.
- Patriots fans are having a beer or 5 to celebrate their golden boy coming back on the field. On Thursday, the U.S. district judge tossed out Brady’s four-game suspension.
- Brady was put on the suspension after the deflategate scandal from last season, claiming he knew about the deflated balls from the start.
- Brady will be on the field for Patriot’s season opener next Thursday and thousands of Americans will be cheers-ing to that.
- People are so excited that Snapchat even made a geotag for it.
- Sketch Artist Jane Rosenberg is having nightmares about Brady, specifically about his chin and eyes.
- Last time Brady was in the courtroom, Rosenberg drew an unrecognizable sketch of him that made Brady look alarmingly like Dobbie or a White Walker, and had everyone wondering how you can mess up a drawing of his beautiful face.
- She redeemed herself the second time, but called the whole thing a “nightmare.”
People can’t stop talking about the Video Music Awards. Here’s what happened:
- Nicki and Tay don’t have bad blood: Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift shared the stage and put the twitter feud they allegedly had to rest.
- But Nicki and Miley do have bad blood: While accepting her award for Best Hip-Hop Video, Nicki called out Miley for the shit-talk she did in an interview with the New York Times. Apparently it was NOT staged.
- Bieber cried tears of joy after his performance: Justin Bieber performed for the first time in about two years, was so overwhelmed with feels at the end that he broke down crying.
- “Honestly, I just wasn’t expecting them to support me in the way they did … Last time I was at an award show I was booed,” Bieber said when he was on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. We can all shed a tear with you Biebs. We’ve missed you.
- Miley wore outrageous outfits: Miley was basically nips out bitches. Her 14 crazy outfits described her attitude: IDGAF about what anyone thinks.
- Tay and #squad won best video for Bad Blood: As per usual, Taylor Swift brought her whole posse on stage to celebrate.
- Kanye told everyone he was pulling a Trump and running for president: Instead of doing a medley of all his past hits like planned, Kanye changed his mind three times during the show and settled with an 13-minute rant/acceptance speech that ended with him telling everyone he is running for president in 2020. A political action committee called “Ready for Kanye” has already been created.
- She’s getting a lot of bad rep for her “Wildest Dreams” video. People are claiming it romanticizes white colonialism and that themusic video, shot in Africa, has an all White cast besides a few black actors in the background.
- The video is about Taylor falling in love with her co-star, played by Scott Eastwood (aka every woman’s dream ugh).
- The video director defended his work, saying, “The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color.”
- Watch the video and decide for yourself:
- At the end of September, Netflix’s agreement with cable service Epix will come to an end, removing thousands of movie titles from its collection.
- You can be mad binge-watchers. Popular titles like the Hunger Games series and Transformers won’t be there anymore while you lay there with your hands shoved in a bag of kettle chips.
- But before you cancel Netflix completely, the CEO says it will be releasing a whole bunch of original content to fill the void. I mean, it already has House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Worth staying on.
- Epix, on the other hand, will be moving to Hulu. So if you have both, you get the best of both worlds.
- On Tuesday when people opened their Google Chrome, the animated logo did it’s thing and stayed the same at the end.
- Google officially announced they changed its logo after a decade. No one knows how they feel about it.
- Last week, Micky D’s said “Sorry, 2 good 4 u,” to Burger King’s proposal to create a joint product for International Day of Peace.
- Burger King’s summertime sadness was over real fast when Denny proposed to Burger King for a “Peace Burger.”
— Denny’s (@DennysDiner) August 27, 2015
- The southern fast-food chain Krystal wanted to join in too.
- Things got a little hot and steamy when Giraffas handed Burger King a bun.
— Giraffas USA (@GiraffasUSA) August 27, 2015
- Then Wayback Burgers said, “Why the hell not,” and joined in on the Peace Day giveback.
— Wayback Burgers (@waybackburgers) August 26, 2015
- The bachelor, Burger King, was the ultimate player and didn’t choose between the four. It decided all of them will combine to sell Burger King combo burgers for International Day of Peace #Burgerpeaceforall #McDonaldwho?
- If you’re feeling #foreveralone, buy this coffee cup lid that’s shaped like a human face’s nose and lips.
- The opening is the mouth part, so when you drink out of it it looks like you’re making out with a lid face, filling the void in your heart momentarily with coffee/tea.