It’s Official! Marijuana Legalized in California on New Year’s Day

CALIFORNIA — Legal recreational marijuana officially became legal in California on Monday, twenty years following its vote to legalize pot for medicinal purposes. However, the legal sale of recreational marijuana is still limited; only about 90 businesses received state licenses to open Monday, with dispensaries concentrated in San Diego, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay…

Ex-football star George Weah becomes Liberia’s new president

LIBERIA, Africa — Liberia’s George Weah who recently served as a senator has won 61,5% of the vote during the second round of presidential elections. The 51-year-old international football star (soccer), grew up in Monrovia. He played for Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before moving to England late in his career for…

Keisha Lance Bottoms Named Atlanta’s New Mayor

ATLANTA, Georgia — Keisha Lance Bottoms has been declared the new Mayor for the city of Atlanta, Georgia representing the Democratic Party – becoming the 60th person to claim the honor. Bottoms, 47, delivered a celebratory speech alongside sitting Mayor Kasim Reed, who backed her bid after voters delivered a near-split decision in the city’s…

Iconic Rep. John Conyers Announces Retirement on Tuesday

DETROIT, Michigan — U.S. Democratic Rep. John Conyers announced on The Mildred Gaddis Show that he will retire from his seat in Congress Tuesday. He endorsed his son to replace him in Congress. Conyers, 88, was the longest currently serving member of the US House of Representatives. With Conyers’s retirement, Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young…

United States Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Senate passed its tax reform bill early Saturday morning, following a day full of Republican leaders making changes to bring enough members on board. The vote was 51-49. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was the only Republican to vote against the bill, citing concerns about growing the deficit. We…

Mnangagwa Sworn In As Zimbabwe’s President

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa officially became the country’s second leader since independence after resignation of Robert Mugabe on Tuesday. On Friday, he was sworn in as President of Zimbabwe, becoming the country’s second leader since independence from minority rule in 1980. Mnangagwa took his oath of office in front of tens of…

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe resigns

ZIMBABWE — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe announced his resignation, ending almost four decades of rule. “I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect,” Mugabe said in his letter, which Mudenda read out in parliament. “My decision to resign is voluntary…