Outside the Bubble: Nov.7-13

In this weeks news, five states consider legalizing marijuana, Election Day is held, Trump is announced as America’s next president, the global market crashed, Trump meets with Obama, Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian welcome a baby girl, a 108-year-old Cubs fan dies, and Trump Protests explode throughout New York.

Have a look:


  1. Five States Vote About Recreational Marijuana Use

During this year’s election, five states which include California, Maine, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Nevada will allow voters to have the chance to determine if marijuana should be used for personal use instead of solely medical purposes. Marijuana is still illegal, but the number of users and popularity is increasing as time progresses. “Legalization is happening, you know, for the first and only time,” said Dan Riffle, one of the nation’s most influential lobbyists for legalization. “It seems like instead we’re just going to do alcohol again. We’re just going to do tobacco again. We’re going to create this big, commercial model.” States that allow marijuana to be sold for recreational use experience a significant rise in their economy by over two billion dollars. It is the top choice drug for American drug users, although the number of cases emergency rooms witness due to marijuana has increased. Voters opinions about this drug on election day will provide insight as to whether or not America will continue to move forward with legalizing marijuana. After the election results were posted, Americans were informed that California, Nevada, and Massachusetts made the decision to approve recreational marijuana use.


2. Election Day

Every four years, voters have the chance to take an active part in the poll system to select their president. This Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016 otherwise known as Election Day, sparks the interest of Americans worldwide. According to valuable sources such as CNN, it is predicted that Hilary Clinton will become the next president. “Hilary Clinton will win in an electoral landslide on Tuesday, but the political baggage she has accumulated over the past year-and-a-half will dissuade congressional Republicans from working with her administration,” said Republican political strategist John Weaver. The candidate who receives the highest number of electoral votes will win, in order to win the electoral vote the candidate has to receive the majority of votes from each state, and in this years case Clinton appears to be taking the lead despite the controversy that surrounds her.

3. Donald Trump Becomes President

At approximately 2 a.m., Donald Trump was declared America’s president for the next 4 years. For Trump supporters, it was a moment of pure victory, but Clinton supporters expressed shrill terror at the election outcome. Trump’s win ultimately shocked the majority of Americans because they did not expect him to actually win the election. The polls were wrong, Trump’s win was completely unanticipated by most people. Trump won by 276 votes as compared to Clinton’s 218 votes. Americans, especially Democrats, are faced with feelings of uncertainty regarding the future status of their country. Clinton did not win nearly as many states as she anticipated, even several states democrats thought she had secured. “While she won the key demographic groups her campaign targeted, she underperformed President Obama across the board, even among women, according to exit poll data,” said Tami Luhby, a CNN reporter. Clinton also lacked larger support from the African-American, Latino, and young-voter populations, which hurt her chances of progressing further in the election. “Even though 70% of voters said that Trump’s treatment of women bothered them, they still didn’t flock to the woman who could’ve broken the glass ceiling,” said Luhby.

4. The Global Market Crashes

Trumps victory has left many countries around the world in economic turmoil as of this past Wednesday morning. Investors are fearful that Trump’s unanticipated win will bring the markets down. “Dow futures were down about 300 points early Wednesday morning, or about 1.5%. At their low point on Tuesday night, Dow futures were down more than 900 points,” said Jethro Mullen and Matt Egan, CNN stock investors. Once it was evident that Hilary Clinton was losing the election, stocks began to crash. “Stock futures began tumbling after 9 p.m. ET as it became clear that Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning crucial states such as Florida, North Carolina and Ohio were in serious doubt. She would later lose all three to Trump,” said Mullen and Egan. Mexico’s stock market crashed by 11%, Japan’s stock market crashed by 5.4%, China’s crashed by 2.2%, and America’s crashed by about 2%. If the global stock market crashing is any indication of what America is in store for, Lord help us.

5. Trump Meets with Obama

President Obama invited Donald Trump to the White House on Nov. 10, 2016 to discuss the transfer of political power. Past feelings aside, Obama wants Trump to succeed as president and plans to do whatever is possible to ensure this for the future of America. Obama plans to establish a smooth transition with Trump in order to diminish any hostility toward the Republican Party. “My No. 1 priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful,” Obama said. Although Trump had previously disregarded Obama’s legitimacy as president by falsely referring to him as “the founder of ISIS,” the meeting went fairly well between the two and Trump even thanked Obama for his advice. The political burden becoming president will entail is finally starting to settle in for Trump and he said he will continue to seek Obama’s guidance. “In Trump’s case, that process will be especially challenging giving that he will be the first president elected with not political, diplomatic or military executive experience,” said Stephen Collinson and Eric Bradner, CNN reporters. Despite this, Trump concludes his meeting with Obama in high spirits and refers to him as a “good man.”

6. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian Welcome a Baby Girl

There is a new member of the Kardashian clan! On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian welcomed a baby girl named Dream Renee. Dream, who was born at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, is the couple’s first child together,” said Sandra Gonzalez and Chloe Melas, CNN reporters.


7. 108-Year-Old Cubs Fan Dies

Mabel Ball, the 108-year-old Cubs fan, died on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Ball lived for the entirety of the Cubs Word Series struggles before it ended last month with their big win. “Ball didn’t attend a game until she was 90 years old, but she was a lifelong fan who raised her kids with the sounds of the game emanating through the house” said Sarah Schulte of ABC7. Ball had the chance to see her favorite team finally win the World Series before her death this past Tuesday.

8. NYC Trump Protests

In response to Donald Trump being elected president, thousands took to the streets to protest this past week. Although the majority of protestors are peaceful, violence still managed to occur in the streets of New York City. “Protestors are raising a range of concerns as they take to the streets. But they seem to be standing together on several key points,” said Catherine E. Shoichet, Amanda Jackson, and Rolando Zenteno, CNN reporters. The majority of protestors are rioting in response to Trump’s opinions regarding immigration, the LGBTQ community, and any other offensive statement he has made directed towards specific groups or individuals. The protestors aim to make a statement by disregarding Trump as their upcoming president in hopes of putting an end to his reign before it begins.

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