This Week's News


  • Young Conservatives Support Climate Action | PBS NewsHour

    For the purposes of time, we recommend watching through 5:53.

    The causes of climate change is one of many issues seen as dividing Democratic and Republican lawmakers. While members of the GOP remain skeptical that climate change is man-made, many Democrats continue to push for more environmental protections, including limits on fossil fuel emissions. A growing movement among young conservatives, including evangelical Christians, supports environmental regulations. They say it’s important to act as faithful stewards of the earth. One group, the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, has grown to 10,000 members in the past five years.

    May 18, 2017 video and resouce materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • White House Wavers on Reasons Behind Comey Firing | PBS NewsHour

    For the purposes of time, we recommend watching through 4:52.

    Since the firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017, the White House has contradicted itself several times on the reasoning behind President Donald Trump’s decision. In an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Trump said Comey told him on three separate occasions that he was not being investigated, and maintained that he and would have fired Comey with or without the recommendation of Justice Department officials. This response from Trump contradicts statements made by Vice President Mike Pence, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders; Pence, Spicer, and Sanders all maintained that the decision to fire Comey stemmed from the Justice Department’s concerns.

    May 12, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | PBS NewsHour

    For the purposes of time, we recommend watching through 4:10.

    In a surprise move, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey May 9, 2017 after receiving recommendations from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Reactions to Comey’s firing have tended to fall along party lines. Democratic lawmakers expressed concern that Comey’s firing comes at the same time that the FBI is conducting an investigation into possible inappropriate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. They have repeatedly asked for an independent prosecutor into the matter.Most Republican lawmakers said they do not believe Comey’s firing will affect the investigation and that Trump has the legal authority to remove Comey from his position as he sees fit.

    May 10, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Yates Testifies She Warned White House about Gen. Flynn | PBS NewsHour

    Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper addressed a Senate hearing on May 9, 2017 over the investigation into the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia. General Michael Flynn served as national security advisor for 24 days before he was forced to resign after information surfaced about his exchange with Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. Flynn initially lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the conversation.

    May 9, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Does Mountaintop Mining Impact the Appalachian Landscape? | PBS NewsHour

    Underground coal mining has all but disappeared in West Virginia, after 200 years of nonstop mining. Surface mining, or mountaintop mining, has taken its place. The method has fundamentally changed the landscape of Central Appalachia, in large part because it removes the tops of mountains. Scientists are concerned about the environmental effects of surface mining due to the chemicals that are released into the air and streams when mountain rock is crushed in the mining process. President Donald Trump has promised to bring back mining jobs and has rolled back environmental regulations, including a stream protection rule put in place near the end of President Barack Obama’s administration.

    May 5, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12

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