This is the transcript for the news segment on The Morning Brew for June 12, 2018. The show airs Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM EST.
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Senate Votes to Reinstate ZTE Ban
On June 20, Congress passed a 85-10 measure to put back into place the ban of ZTE products and components after President Trump promised the Chinese President he would help get the country back on its feet. This will be the crux of a new string of negotiations in which the President hopes to strip the ban out of the bill.
ZTE has a track record of violating US sanctions and US intelligence officials have cautioned ZTE equipment could be used to spy on Americans. ZTE had denied the allegations.
“Leave Texas” Billboard Taken Down
The client of a billboard company has asked for their message to be taken down. The billboard that read “Liberals, Please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS”. Became an online topic, with many verifying its existence.
The owner of the ad said they had no clue it would cause so much trouble.
Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council will be putting up a welcome sign in its place.
Kilauea Largest Eruption in Hawaii in Decades
Since its eruption on May 3, the Big Island volcano has spewed 250 million cubic meters of lava. How much is that? It’s enough lava to fill 100,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. So far, it has laid waste to 577 homes and has forced thousands of people to evacuate. A volcanologist with the US geological survey isn’t certain “how much longer the activity will continue”, but she does not expect a larger explosion to take place.
Latest update has Kilauea’s summit collapsing again, losing just as much volume. The collapse has the edges dipping 300 feet, which means it has doubled in size. The last time a collapse happened, there was an eruption.
Diabetes Advocates Upset Over Rising Prices
Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk, three companies who control 99% of the world’s insulin are coming under fire from diabetes advocates who say the prices hike on insulin could leave many diabetics without a vital medicine they need to live healthy lives.
The American Diabetes Association has reported a tripling of the price of the medication between 2002 and 2013. Humalog, one of the most popular brands was $21 in 1996, but as of 2017, it is now $275 a bottle. The main problem is that there are no generic or “biosimilar” version of insulin on the market.
Parents for Affordable Drugs’ executive Director Ben Wakana was quoted as saying, “Americans need Congress to take action to ensure a vibrant, competitive insulin market that serves consumers instead of drug company CEOs. Insulin is now a luxury. It is required for life.”
This price spike has gotten the attention of Democrats and Republicans alike. Though Congress are doing inquiries, they have entered a confusing world of drug companies and their relationships with insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, the middlemen.
The AMA has called on the federal government to protect patients, “It’s shocking and unconscionable that out patients struggle to secure a basic medicine like insulin. The federal government need to step in and help make sure patients aren’t being exploited with exorbitant costs.”
The AMA wants the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to keep an eye on insulin prices and take appropriate measures to protect diabetes sufferers.
Sara Netanyahu Charged with Fraud
Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been charged with many charges, which includes fraud by misusing of public funds. She was also charged with a breach of trust in relation to the “Prepared Food Affair” to the tune of $100,000. The funds were allegedly used to the funds for a catering service while saying they had no cooking staff.
It was stated she did have a cook on staff and that she was accused of keeping the fact a secret and that “she was aware that ordering meals from the outside for the residence when it employed a cook was a violation of the rules.”
The Prime Minister is also facing investigations into accusations of corruption. One allegation says he and his family received $285,000 in jewelry, cigars and champagne.
He has denied all allegations.
UN Waits for US Notice of Withdrawal from Human Rights Council
Tuesday, Nikki Haley made the announcement that the United States will be pulling out of the Human Rights Council for “its chronic bias against Israel”. She also went on to point out human rights abusers that are among the 47 members of the council, which includes China, Cuba, Venezuela, and Congo. Russia’s UN Mission accused the US of using the Council as an “obedient instrument for advancing their interests and punishing the countries it dislikes” and went on to say the council was key when it comes to “cooperation in protecting human rights.”
To back up the announcement, the US seat on the council was empty. Australia and the EU have expressed their disappointment in regards to US’s withdrawal.
Nikki Haley says the constant blocking of negotiations and not wanting reforms were also reasons that led the US to withdrawal, which would be the first voluntary withdrawal of a country from a UN Council.
The General Assembly is awaiting final notification. This will be the first step that will need to happen for the council to elect a replacement.
N. Korea Has Returned US War Dead
First the US and South Korea halt drills, and now, in continuing with the good faith, President Trump has stated that North Korea returned the remains of 200 US troops, troops who were missing since the Korean War. Though there has not been military confirmation, this is a step in the positive direction for North Korea.
“We got back our fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back,” President Trump declared to supporters in a Duluth, Minnesota rally.
Anonymous US officials have stated North Korea would send a “sizeable number” of remains to the United Nations command in South Korea which will be transferred to Hickam Airforce Base in Hawaii.
It is estimated that 7,700 military personnel are still unaccounted for for the Korean War.
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