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Nicole Trinkl


The United States Government released its Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) on Nov. 14, which details how the U.S. is currently addressing and being impacted by the climate crisis (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“20231114 Attribution of global warming to climate drivers- based on NCA5 Fig. 3.1.c” by RCraig09. CC-BY-SA-4.0. November 14, 2023). 
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Fifth National Climate Assessment gives insight into climate change impacts U.S. faces

The United States government released its Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) on Nov. 14, which details how the U.S. is currently addressing and being impacted by the climate crisis. The report describes the current and future risks the nation faces, how global greenhouse gas emissions are leading to rising temperatures and what actions are needed to be taken to mitigate the future impacts of climate change.

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Historic floods devastated parts of New Jersey and New York on Sept. 29, after heavy rain poured down across the Tri-state area (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“09292023 NYC Brooklyn Prospect Park Lake concert grove” by Wil540 art. September 29, 2023). 
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Severe floods in parts of New Jersey and New York prompt a state of emergency

Historic floods devastated parts of New Jersey and New York on Sept. 29, after heavy rain poured down across the tri-state area. According to Reuters, the flooding in New York affected subway services and inundated ground level apartments and streets. Almost 8 inches of rain fell in some parts of the city. Many parts of North Jersey, including Hoboken, Jersey City, Essex County and Hawthorne, also experienced severe floods. Heavy rainfall also flooded Monmouth coastal towns including Asbury Park, Neptune, Deal and Ocean Township, according to the Asbury Park Press. 

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Top-rated Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson was suddenly fired on April 24 following ongoing controversies surrounding his show and comments he had made on and off-air (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“Tucker Carlson” by Gage Skidmore. December 18, 2021). 
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Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon dismissed from Fox News and CNN following controversies

Top-rated news anchor Tucker Carlson was suddenly fired from Fox News Network on April 24 following ongoing controversies surrounding his show and comments he had made on and off-air. Carlson's dismissal from Fox comes after Fox News Network agreed to a $787.5 million settlement to resolve the defamation lawsuit Dominion filed against Fox in March 2021 that claimed Fox News was spreading false election claims. Similarly, Don Lemon was also abruptly fired from CNN on the same day following controversies and comments he had made on air.

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21-year-old U.S. air national guardsman, Jack Douglas Teixeira, was identified as the sole suspect in leaking Pentagon documents and was taken into custody by the FBI on April 13 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“Jack Teixeira” by U.S. Air National Guard. After August 2019). 
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U.S. air national guardsman suspected of leaking highly classified Pentagon documents

Hundreds of leaked Pentagon documents containing U.S. intelligence information, including highly classified details on the war in Ukraine, have been circulating the internet on different social media platforms over the last few weeks. On April 13, 21-year-old U.S. air national guardsman, Jack Douglas Teixeira, was identified as the sole suspect in leaking these documents and was taken into custody by the FBI. 

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Some E.U. members, such as Finland, have joined NATO since Russia’s plan to put tactical nuclear arms in Belarus, further forming and distinguishing countries' alliances (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“Flags of Finland and NATO 4.4.2023” by FinnishGovernment. April 4, 2023). 
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Finland joins NATO as Russia plans to put nuclear arms in Belarus

More than a year after Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, President Vladimir Putin has continued to increase efforts to gain more territory and control over Ukraine. More recently, Russia's plan to put tactical nuclear arms in Belarus has raised concerns of possible escalation. Some E.U. members, such as Finland, have since joined NATO, further forming and distinguishing countries' alliances.

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In an attempt to address all the growing concerns Americans have of the app, Tik Tok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before Congress on March 23 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/ “Shou Zi Chew” by Tom Williams. March 23, 2023). 
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Growing security concerns of Chinese-owned social media app TikTok may lead to a national ban

As the social media app TikTok has grown in popularity in the United States, increased concerns about privacy and security have arisen, leading to an initiative to try to ban the app. Issues regarding whether the app is collecting Americans’ private information and manipulating users through its algorithm has catapulted Congress’s desire to remove the app entirely from U.S. devices. 

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A $1.6 Billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News by Dominion Voting Systems claims that Fox News was spreading false election claims during and after the 2020 Presidential Election (Photo courtesy of Flickr/“Ballot Counting Machine” by Lance Fisher. November 7, 2006). 
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Dominion Voting Systems sues Fox News for false 2020 election claims

A $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News by Dominion Voting Systems filed in March 2021, claiming that Fox News was spreading false election claims during and after the 2020 Presidential Election, has led to a landmark case. Dominion Voting Systems Inc v. Fox News Network LLC could significantly impact how news commentators report on the news moving forward. The case could also reinforce what news organizations will be held liable for when they spread false information. 

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