Trump Signs Executive Order On Border Wall
President Trump is taking the first step toward building a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. An executive order directs existing federal resources toward construction of a wall. Visiting the Department of Homeland Security, Trump said there is a crisis on the southern border. He said a stronger border will be good for both the U.S. and Mexico. Congress would eventually have to authorize the bulk of the money for a border wall. Some estimates have ranged from 10-20 billion dollars. Trump continues to insist that Mexico will eventually pay for the wall. Mexico insists it will not pay for the wall. The President said the “rule of law” in the U.S. will be restored.
Trump: “Will Send In Feds” If Chicago Murders Don’t Come Down
President Trump is threatening to send federal agents to Chicago if the city’s murder rate doesn’t drop. Trump tweeted Tuesday night, quote, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, I will send in the Feds.” Before the President’s tweet, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told a radio interviewer the federal government could help by tracking illegal guns, increasing gun control, and helping pay for more police officers. Trump wrote that Chicago has had 42 murders and 228 shootings so far this month.
School Bus Stop Shooter Surrenders
A 42-year-old man accused of opening fire at an Oxon Hill school bus stop has surrendered to police. Authorities say Roland Simms turned himself in to Prince George’s County Police this morning. He is accused of shooting a woman in front of a group of schoolchildren yesterday morning. No children were harmed, but the woman is in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Simms is being held on first-degree attempted murder charges.
Actress Mary Tyler Moore is dead at age 80, publicist says
Mary Tyler Moore, the star of two of TV’s best-loved sitcoms, has died.Her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, says Moore died with her husband and friends nearby. She was 80. Moore gained fame in the 1960s as Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In the 1970s, she created one of TV’s first career-woman sitcom heroines in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
She won seven Emmy awards over the years. She also was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in “Ordinary People.”
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.