The Weekly Rundown


• Police in Colorado Springs are tracking down the sender of the hateful email sent to campus over Spring Break. Canadian authorities are involved as well, currently attempting to obtain a search warrant for the server the message was allegedly sent from. (KKTV)



• Over 2,000 people gathered in Acacia park last weekend to protest gun violence. (Gazette)

• El Paso County was asked to join hundreds of cities and counties suing pharmaceutical companies. The suit blames the companies for exacerbating a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse. The El Paso County Coroner reported that 10 percent of deaths from 2012 to 2016 have links to opioids. (Gazette)

• Pueblo City school district will be one in a series of school districts to adopt 4-day school weeks to save money. (AP)



• A community panel led by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock addressing gentrification in Colorado was abruptly ended amid protests. (DenPo)

• The Colorado house passed a $28.9 billion dollar budget, boosting funding for roads and schools. (DenPo)



• Serial bomber Mark Conditt set off a suicide bomb after killing two and injuring four in explosions across  Austin, Texas. (CNN)

• The Federal Reserve increased interest rates for the sixth time since 2015. (CNBC)

• National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster was replaced by John Bolton, a Fox News contributor. (Skimm)

• China, the second largest importer of U.S. agricultural products after Canada, plans to impose tariffs on goods like pork, fruit, and nuts. (WSJ)

• Congress passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that blocked the hiring of thousands of new border patrol agents; prevented cuts to foreign aid, the diplomatic corps and environmental programs; thwarted a proposal to fund vouchers for private and parochial schools; and rescued the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. (NYT/WashPo)

• People across the country walked in the March for Our Lives, a protest against violence. Over 800,000 people showed up in D.C. to march and listen to speeches by children and teenagers personally affected by gun violence. (NYT)

• Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by police in his grandmother’s backyard. The incident is under investigation, and the officers involved are on paid administrative leave.  (NYT)

• President Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to Russia’s alleged poisoning of an ex-spy in London earlier this month. (NYT)

• President Trump is again attempting to ban transgender people from military service. (NYT)

• Secretary of Housing of Urban Development Ben Carson struck the words “inclusive” and “free from discrimination” from the mission statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (NYT)

• At least 12 states are suing the Trump administration to block the adding of a question about citizenship to the census. (WUTP)



• Vladimir Putin was re-elected as the President of Russia by a landslide. (NPR)

• The Trump campaign retained the services of the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica which harvested the data of over 50 million Facebook profiles. (Vox)

• Leaders from China and North Korea met early this week, signaling a path towards a repaired relationship between the two countries. (NYT)

• At least 68 people died in Venezuela after a fire broke out during a prison riot. Venezuela’s prisons are chronically overcrowded, with 49,000 people incarcerated in space meant to hold 19,000 inmates. (NYT)

• The Kremlin will expel Western diplomats—including 60 Americans—in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a Russian in the UK. (NYT)

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte is a sophomore from New York City who has taken the past two years to immerse herself in the Colorado Springs political community. When she isn't writing articles, she is out making the news. Charlotte is fascinated by current events from campus to Congo. Her go-to's for news are the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post.
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