Friday Spotlight – June 2, 2017

Each Friday, Torchlight Media will publish a summary of the major news that happened for that week: the announcements and events, the twists and turns of ongoing stories, and all of the other highlights in between. Our goal is to give you a big-picture look at the week’s news so that even if you can’t follow everything yourself, you can have a general sense of where things stand. We hope, too, that seeing the highlights laid out will help you separate the small, pointless stories that crop up over the week from the more impactful, ongoing stories.

Here’s what’s in the spotlight for this week:

  • On Monday, a man in Portland, Oregon stabbed two bystanders who intervened when the man harassed two women who appeared to be Muslims. Two of the bystanders, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Ricky John Best were killed, while the third, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was sent to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The attacker has been arrested.
  • On Tuesday, White House Communications Director Mike Dubke announced his resignation. Dubke had been in charge of coordinating the administration’s communications, which have come under criticism from President Trump in recent weeks.
  • On Thursday, it was announced that former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before Congress next week. Torchlight’s Political Editor Christopher Dahlin is planning to attend.
  • On Thursday, President Trump announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord. The move places the United States at odds with the overwhelming majority of nations; only Syria and Nicaragua are not signatories to the accord.