Sean Spicer The Bush Hider
by Sage Addington '18
South Korea's 2017 Election
by Sydnee Yazzie '18
Citizens of South Korean went to the polls to vote for a successor to former President Park Geun-hye, who was forced from office in a corruption scandal on Tuesday May 9th 2017. The hopes of this election was to choose a “clean” President and put a stop to political corruption.
The election was being closely watched in China. Its relations with South Korea have been tense since an American anti-missile system was deployed on Korean soil, prompting Chinese boycotts of Korean products. American leaders are concerned that a victory by Mr. Moon could lessen South Korean resolve to confront North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.
The new South Korean president must deal with both Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea who is determined to expand his arsenal of nuclear missiles, and President Trump, whose approach to the North has alarmed many South Koreans who find it confusing and dangerous.
At home, the new president must address the public grievances against deep-rooted corrupt ties between the government and businesses that brought about Ms. Park’s downfall. All candidates have pledged to overhaul the chaebol, the family-controlled conglomerates that have dominated the economy for decades, to make them more transparent.
With 60 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Moon was in first place with 39.6 percent of the vote. Hong Joon-pyo had 26.2 percent. Ahn Cheol-soo, had 21.3 percent.
Moon won with 41.08%, according to the commission, 13,423,800 voters selected Moon Jae-in as their preference for President.
In his victory speech, Moon said, "This is the great victory for the great people who have been with me to build a just country, united country and a country where principle and common sense works.”
Moon also vowed to be the “People’s President”.
April Poll Results!
100% of Ambush! Poll takers said the United States should stay out of foreign affairs. 75% of Ambush Survey takers also said they did not think the missile attack on Syria will benefit the United States in anyway.
March Poll Results!
80% of Ambush! survey takers said Governor Rick Synder should resign due to how he is handling the Flint Water Crisis, 20% said he shouldn't resign because the water crisis is not his fault.
66% of Ambush! survey takers said extremists did not affect their view of refugees as refugees are fleeing said extremist groups, the other 44% submitted unspecified answers.
by Sydnee Yazzie '18
The United States launched a military strike Thursday, April 2, 2017, on a Syrian government air base in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians earlier that week. The strike took place at 8:40 p.m. ET, when there would have been minimal activity at the Syrian base. This attack targeted aircraft, aircraft shelters, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and "the things that make the airfield operate," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis . The missiles were launched from warships in the Eastern Mediterranean.
On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase that was home to the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks according to U.S officials.
To justify the airstrike President Trump said, “On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack"
The strike represents a substantial escalation of the US military campaign in the region as it is the first direct military action taken by the US against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's six-year civil war. This could also be interpreted by the Syrian government as an act of war.
According to a televised statement by the Syrian Armed Forces General Command, at least six people were killed in the attack. Russia describe the act as an act of aggression while Assad's office called it a disgraceful act.
Trump's decision marked a dramatic shift in his position on whether the US should take military action against the Syrian President's regime, which Trump opposed during his presidential campaign.
Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan
by Sydnee Yazzie '18
an emergency loan. To reduce the water fund shortfall, the city of Flint made the decision to switch water sources in 2014. While a new pipeline connecting Flint with Lake Huron was under construction, the city turned to the Flint River as a water source during the two-year transition. The Flint River had been the city's primary water source decades earlier, but Flint switched to Lake Huron in 1967, purchasing its supply through the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
On August 14, 2014, Flint announces fecal coliform bacterium has been detected in the water supply, prompting a boil water advisory for a neighborhood on the west side of Flint. The city boosts the amount of chlorine in the water and flushes the system. The advisory is lifted on August 20. On September 5, 2014, the city issues another boil water advisory after a positive test for total coliform bacteria. The presence of this type of bacteria is a warning sign that E. coli or other disease-causing organisms may be contaminating the water. City officials tell residents they will flush the pipes and add more chlorine to the water. After four days, residents are told they can safely resume drinking water from the tap. Over the course of a couple months, the city continues to advise residents to not drink the water and continue to flush the pipelines with chlorine. The city then warned residents that the water contained byproducts of disinfectants that could increase health risks and increase the risk of cancer.
In 2016, three people were prosecuted for misleading regulators about the contaminated water supply. Mike Glasgow was charged with tampering with evidence and filing false reports to the state of Michigan about the water quality. Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby were charged with misconduct, evidence tampering and altering water test results.
By early 2017, the water quality has returned to acceptable levels, however residents are instructed to continue to use bottled or filtered water until all the lead pipes have been replaced, which is expected to be completed no sooner than 2019.
Possible Presidential Pardon: Leonard Peltier
By Sydnee Yazzie '18
Reservation searching for a young man named Jimmy Eagle, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the recent assault and robbery of two local ranch employees. Williams radioed into a local dispatch that he and Coler had come under fire from the occupants of a vehicle suspected to be Eagle’s, were unable to return fire , Williams then radioed that they would be killed if reinforcements did not arrive. He then next radioed that he was hit. Another, FBI Special Agent, Gary Adams, was the first to respond to Williams' call when he arrived he too came under intense gun fire.
The FBI, BIA, and the local police spent the afternoon waiting for other law enforcement officers. At 2:30 p.m. A BIA officer shot Joe Stuntz, an AIM member who had taken part in the shootout. At 4:31 p.m., authorities recovered the bodies of Williams and Coler from their vehicles. Agents, William and Coler were later confirmed to have died on June 26, 1975. Stuntz appeared to have died later, during the shooting.
Leonard Peltier provided a number of different alibis about his activities on the morning of the shooting. Peltier described working on a car in Oglala, claiming to have driven back to the Jumping Bull Compound about an hour before the shooting started. Peltier purchased a Plymouth station wagon in Denver, Colorado. The FBI sent out descriptions of the vehicle and the description of an RV, Peltier and accomplices were believed to be on the run. An Oregon State Trooper stopped the vehicles and ordered the driver of the RV to exit, after a brief exchange of gunfire, the driver escaped on foot. Authorities later identified the driver as Peltier. Agent Coler’s gun was found in a bag under the front seat of the RV, where authorities later reported to have Peltier's fingerprints on it.
Peltier being on the run was part of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in December 22, 1975. Peltier hid in a friend’s house located in Hinton, Alberta and was later arrested on February 6, 1976. Peltier's trial was held in Fargo, North Dakota, where a jury convicted Peltier of the murders of Coler and Williams. Peltier's conviction sparked great controversy and drew criticism from a number of sources. Numerous appeals have been filed on his behalf; none of the resulting rulings has been made in his favor. Peltier is considered by the AIM to be a political prisoner and has received support from individuals and groups. Many people suspect that Leonard Peltier is innocent and had an unfair trial. People including the prosecutor that handled Peltier’s case has come forward to say that he agrees Peltier is innocent. With every new President, people hope that Leonard Peltier will get a presidential pardon as his last resort for his freedom.
Facing 2017 Poll Results
Last month Ambush! Asked its readers how they felt about the Presidency as we move into 2017. Surprisingly 100% of Ambush! Poll takers said they were nervous and afraid of the direction we are headed.
New Year, New President
This past election is one for the books. Donald Trump – a man who has been described as both racist and sexist—got many of the votes and is now our President-Elect. The election was a terrible loss for Democrats. Check out Trump's acceptance speech on CNN.com, in which he thanked all those who helped him and even congratulated Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
President Barack Obama pledged a smooth transition of power.
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