What’s New This Week

What’s New This Week

The 60th Grammys

The Grammys were last Sunday and left so much to talk about. Bruno Mars won a whole bunch of awards. Jay-Z didn’t despite multiple nominations. Kesha performed along with other women wearing white in support of the Time’s Up movement. Ed Sheeran won for best pop solo performance and beat out an otherwise all-female nominated category. Hmm… I’m a huge Ed Sheeran fan, but I thought Kesha deserved the award and apparently, a lot of other people did too: People are angry that Ed Sheeran’s ‘basic’ pop song won the Grammy over Kesha’s emotional ballad ‘Praying’ (Business Insider)

Then, in response to people wondering why so few women won, the Grammy president said women had to “step up.” Unsurprisingly, that made a few people angry: Growing chorus of women call on Grammy president to step down (NBC News)

Finally, Despacito lost out on the song of the year award to Bruno Mar’s That’s What I Like. This article has an interesting take on why that happened: In Shunning ‘Despacito,’ Grammy Voters Show True Colors (Billboard)

SOTU

Somehow it feels like Trump has been president for years already, but it’s only been one. He delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday. Here’s a good recap: Missed the State of the Union? Here’s a Recap (TIME)

Annnd of course, a fact-checker: Fact-checking Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union speech (Politifact)

Amazon

Amazon is basically on a quest to global domination. This week, Jeff Bezos (CEO, Amazon), Warren Buffet (CEO, Berkshire Hathaway) and Jamie Dimon (CEO, JP Morgan) announced a partnership to create and offer a healthcare solution for their employees. It’s still in the early stages, but healthcare stocks dropped because it has the potential to disrupt an industry that many agree has multiple problems: Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JP Morgan Could Disrupt U.S. Health Care And Capitalism As We Know It (Forbes)

Stock Market

Speaking of stocks, the market went down 666 points on Friday. The last time the market did that bad was after the Brexit vote. A 2% drop is something to be aware of, but it’s still a long way from the 8.5% drop that started the 2008 financial crisis. So far, it seems to be a response to a likely increase in interest rates. The market is still at an all-time high, wages are starting to go up, and the Federal Reserve needs to slow things down to prevent inflation: Dow plunges 666 points — worst day since Brexit (CNN Money)

Nunes Memo

This whole week, there’s been talk about a memo. Apparently, the memo was supposed to show that the FBI has been biased against Trump in its investigation of the 2016 election. Many Republicans wanted it released while the Department of Justice and many Democrats didn’t. I’ve had a hard time not falling asleep while trying to learn about this, but luckily this short video sums up what it is: What you need to know about the Nunes memo (Politico). It seems the memo doesn’t really clear things up and we’re left with more questions than answers. For what the memo actually contained, this was useful: What you need to know about the Nunes memo (CBS News)

Superbowl

The Superbowl is tonight. I remember the teams playing because it sounds very patriotic: The Eagles and The Patriots. Justin Timberlake is performing: Janet Jackson: I’m not performing at Super Bowl LII with Justin Timberlake (USA Today)