This Week in Words: September 1 - 7, 2018

September 2, 2018
News flash! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated and discussed this week. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
A judge in Texas declined to overturn the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) act this week. What is interesting is that this same judge freely admits that he believes that the DACA immigration measure is unconstitutional. The judge held that more people would be negatively affected if DACA were overturned now than if it were allowed to continue. The state had argued that it was the continuation of the program that was doing damage, a stance the judge rejected.
The states argued that Mr. Obama, as president, never had the authority to create a program like DACA because it circumvented Congress. - cbsnews.com (Aug. 31, 2018)
The Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh began in Washington. The hearings got off to a raucous start when Democrats on the committee attempted to delay the proceedings because some documents pertaining to Kavanaugh have not been released, and the Senators felt they had not been given enough time to review other documents that were just given to them. There were also protestors in the gallery of the Senate yelling their disapproval.
“We believe we have faithfully followed President Bush’s instruction to review these documents accurately, neutrally, expeditiously and, with a presumption of disclosure.” - The New York Times
( Sept.1, 2018)
In Britain, Teresa May faces a delicate negotiation as she tries to work out the best way for the UK to leave the European Union. May has only a few months to negotiate a withdrawal, and she has to keep many factions in her own country happy in order to ensure success. At issue are things like court jurisdiction conflicts between the UK and the EU. Already in place is a 21-month transition period to ease the economic burden Great Britain may face when it drops out of the EU.
She must negotiate a withdrawal agreement with the EU in the next few months and navigate it through her fractious Conservative Party and a divided legislature. - The Wall Street Journal ( Sept. 3, 2018)
A classic piece of movie memorabilia has been found thirteen years after it was stolen. Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz have been recovered in pretty good condition in Minneapolis, not far from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota where they were stolen all those years ago. There is no word on a culprit or whether flying monkeys aided in the heist.
"Whoever has them, illicitly, has their hands full with them," journalist Rhys Thomas said in the 2016 documentary, "The Slippers." - cnn.com ( Sept. 4, 2018)
Canada and the United States resume trade negotiations this week. President Trump tweeted that "there is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal," but both sides seem to think that they can hammer out a deal to include Canada in the already-established deal with Mexico which was recently negotiated. If no deal is struck, both sides are likely to be negatively impacted. The US and Canada exchanged more than $600 billion dollars in goods and services last year.
“Our economies are integrated, the three countries in North America,” Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, told Fox News. “It’s pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal.” - The Wall Street Journal ( Sept. 3, 2018)
The romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians was number one at the box office this week, for the third week in a row. The film has now topped $100 million dollars in domestic ticket sales. The film has a relatively small budget compared to the usual summer blockbusters, and its success shows that there is still an audience for human stories, even amidst the usual summer fare of car chases, action heroes, and special effects.
The success of "Crazy Rich Asians'" also propelled an especially lucrative August, up almost 30 percent from last year. - USA Today ( Sept. 2, 2018)
The deadline for the US and Canada to reach a trade agreement has been extended. The head of the US’s largest union, the AFL-CIO, stated that he believes the participation of Canada is essential for any agreement to work, although the White House has expressed doubts that Canadian involvement is crucial.
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, which collectively represents 12.5 million workers, said his organization couldn't yet support the nascent trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico because its structure remains too vague. -The Wall Street Journal ( Sept. 2, 2018)
An Australian professor has found a much cheaper, more efficient way to produce solar panels. The process involves 3D printing the panels, which cost only about $10 each and are much easier to install than traditional solar panels. With solar energy being talked about as the most promising alternative energy source of the future, a more accessible way to harness the energy is obviously a huge plus.
If the pilot is proven to be efficient, the solar tech will likely move into the more widely-available commercial market within the next few years. - goodnewsnetwork.org ( Sept. 3, 2018)
The hearings to formally approve Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court have been highly anticipated. It is expected that Kavanaugh will be confirmed because of the Republican majority in the Senate, but the hearings are filled with tough questions from members of the opposition party as they try to pin the nominee to a general judicial philosophy. Kavanaugh, like previous nominees before him, is try to avoid being cornered, and this makes for great political theater.
Democrats plan to press Judge Kavanaugh on his views on when it is acceptable to overturn the high court’s precedents and whether precedents like Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that recognized a constitutional right to abortion, are sacrosanct. - The Wall Street Journal ( Sept. 3, 2018)
Amazon became the second United States company this year to be valued at one trillion dollars, following on the heels of Apple, Inc. In only a few short years, Amazon has redefined consumerism across the globe. Through its website, its home electronic devices like Alexa, and its cloud computing services, Amazon has also changed our relationship with the digital realm and how we interact with the world around us.
“The tentacles of Amazon are so long and reach so many industries that you have to have an understanding of that business and where they’re going,” said Matt Lockridge, portfolio manager of the Westwood Large Cap Value Fund. - The Wall Street Journal ( Sept. 4, 2018)

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