Top Story: The Supreme Court Appointment
On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to be the 113th Supreme Court justice. Garland will fill the seat left open due to the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia. During the formal announcement, President Obama said,
“I’ve selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness, and excellence.”
Very shortly after Garland’s appointment was announced, Republicans rejected President Obama’s decision. Many members of the GOP-controlled Congress said that they would refuse a hearing from any individual nominated by President Obama because it is much too close to the 2016 presidential election. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky stated,
“The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next president may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy.”
Additionally, some liberals disagree with the decision. According to ABC News, “White House officials considered, and rejected, advice from supporters who urged Mr. Obama to pressure Republicans by nominating a member of a racial minority. They also declined to zero in on a liberal champion who might have excited the core Democratic supporters that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would need in the general election.”
Want to know the reasoning behind President Obama’s decision?:
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 17, 2016
Under the Radar: Anonymous Hacks Donald Trump?
The hacker group “Anonymous” claims that they hacked Donald Trump yesterday, March 17. The group has showcased the information that they supposedly found on YouTube. Findings allegedly include his social security number and cell phone number. The speaker in the video states,
“Donald Trump has set his ambitions on the White House in order to promote an agenda of fascism and xenophobia as well as the religious persecution of Muslims through totalitarian policies.”
Federal authorities are investigating the hack. For more information, click here.
Tool of the Week: Nike’s Self-Tying Shoes
The future is here! Nike has officially announced that they will be producing self-tying shoes. Remember Marty McFly’s shoes in Back to the Future 2?
The shoes automatically adjust their snugness to your foot. When you put them on, your heel alerts a sensor, and the shoes adjust accordingly. If you don’t like how they’re been tightened, you can press either of the two buttons on your sneakers to tighten or loosen.
Some have criticized Nike for making a shoe that makes being lazier even easier, but designer Tinker Hatfield thinks differently,
“It’s a platform. Something that helps envision a world in which product changes as the athlete changes. It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”
For more info on these space-age shoes, check out this Venture Beat article.
Around the Hub: Boston St. Patrick’s Day
Put on your best kelly green because it’s going to be a weekend-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Boston! At 1 pm on Sunday, the St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin at Broadway Station in South Boston.
If you’re looking for the best bars to celebrate in and around Boston, here’s a great list from BostInno:
- Solàs at the Lenox Hotel
- The Harp
- The Green Briar
- Ned Devine’s
- MJ O’Connors Back Bay
- MJ O’Connors Seaport
- Foundry on Elm
- Cooper House Tavern
- The Burren
- Hard Rock Cafe Boston
- Precinct Kitchen + Bar
- Loews Boston Hotel
- Olde Magoun’s Saloon
- Cask ‘n Flagon
- South Street Diner
- River Gods
- Stoddards Food and Ale
- Murphy’s Law
- The Banshee
- The shops at Assembly Row
- Doyle’s Cafe
- Plough and Stars
- Tavern at the End of the World
- J.J. Foley’s Cafe
- The Black Rose
- The Druid
- L Street Tavern
- Mr. Dooley’s Tavern