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New Zealand’s Coronavirus Outbreak Ends As Last Patient Leaves Hospital

The coronavirus outbreak in New Zealand has come to an end. This comes as the country sent home its last hospitalized patient home to recover.

For days, there have been no new infections in the country. This is different from times past when records of rising deaths and infections were rife.

I think countries should try to learn some tips from New Zealand. And we pray New Zealand continues this way and it’s good results spread round the world to defeat the common covidian enemy of mankind.

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Igbos created Nollywood -Osinbajo

“The Igbo apprenticeship system has been cited as the biggest business incubator in the world and the Southeast is the birthplace of Nollywood; our film industry which has achieved global renown on the strength of the creativity and imagination of young Nigerians.”

– Vice President of Nigeria and prospective presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

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Media Technology

Shock as Microsoft sacks human journalists and replaces them with ‘robot journalists’ – BBC

Microsoft has sacked 27 journalists of its MSN news site a d replaced them with robots.

So, artificial intelligence now does intellectual work, not just manual work.

See the inside story

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Feature Politics

United States Congress: What Foreigners Should Know About It

The United States Congress is the legislative arm of the federal government of the United States of America. It is bicameral. That is; it consists of an upper house and a lower house. The lower house is the House of Representatives. The upper house is the Senate.

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Duties

The United States Congress is responsible for making the federal laws of the United States. It passes the federal budget. It can impeach and sack the president of the United States.

Congress also passes non-binding resolutions. Congress passes such resolutions to nudge the federal government into action. The United States Congress is the only body authorized to amend the US constitution. It is the only body that can declare war.

That’s not all. Congress holds legislative hearings on issues of national import. It investigates various government departments and agencies.

By tradition, every year, the president of the United States addresses a joint session of Congress. This special speech is called the State Of The Union address. Various foreign leaders have also been given the honor of addressing joint sessions of the US Congress during visits.

Approving Treaties And Overriding Vetoes

Congress also has the power to ratify or reject treaties signed by the federal government.

For instance, President Woodrow Wilson did so much to get the countries of the world to form the League of Nations at the end of the First World War. But despite that, the US didn’t join the league because Congress refused to ratify the league treaty.

One other important function of Congress is overriding vetoes by the president. Sometimes, Congress approves a bill, but the president refuses to sign it into law.

When the President exercises such powers, he is said to have vetoed a law. However, Congress can override such a veto if it can muster a two-thirds majority in favor of the bill. Normally, bills are passed by just a simple majority.

Generally, the role of Congress is to serve as a check on the powers of the president; and to partner with them in the quest to uphold the interests of the United States.

Composition

The United States Congress has a total number of 535 members. That is 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators.

In the senate, all 50 states of the US have equal representation. That is 2 senators per state.

But in the House of Representatives, representation is based on the size of each state’s population. A state with a small population won’t have the same number of representatives as more populous states like New York or California.

Leadership

The Senate is led by the vice president of the United States. The vice president doubles as the senate president. Even though not an elected senator, he has the power to vote if there is tie.

The House of Representatives is led by a speaker. The speaker of the House of Representatives is the second in line to the presidency of the United States. First in line is the vice president. The United States Constitution does not require the speaker to be a member of the House.

Other notable leaders of the Senate are the Senate Majority Leader and the senate president pro-tempore.

Both houses of Congress have several committees. These committees have oversight functions over departments in the federal government. Examples include the powerful Ways and Means committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate Defense Committee.

Division Of Roles

Normally, a bill (proposed law) should be approved by votes of both houses to become law. But sometimes, there are differences. For instance, it is the responsibility of the Senate to confirm cabinet and supreme court nominations made by the president.

Also, in cases of impeachment, the House of Representatives is the only entity that can impeach the president. But after such impeachment, the Senate initiates a trial of the president in which it serves as both judge and jury.

Congressional Caucuses

Members of Congress form different caucuses to promote causes they might be interested in within Congress. A notable caucus is the Congressional Black Caucus.

The Black Caucus is made up of Congressmen (and women) from both houses. Their aim is to promote the civil rights of Blacks in the United States.

In summary, the United States Congress is an entity that essentially entrenches democracy in the United States.

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Media Politics

The Real Donald Trump Versus Twitter

The Real Donald Trump is angry with Twitter and other social media. Will he trump this or will he falter? I was reading an analysis about President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media platforms.

The analyst, BBC’s Anthony Zurcher believes that the executive order may not affect social media until way after the November presidential election.

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He says this is because of possible legal challenges, administrative reviews and the other processes of regulatory promulgation.

Zurcher thinks Trump already knows this but might be trying to send a coded message to Twitter.

A chilling message that he has deep resources to make life very difficult for the social media platform if they form a habit of censuring his tweets before the election.

Twitter, Trump’s Critical Lifeline

Twitter is the most critical media lifeline of the President. Breitbart News and its former chairman Steve Bannon don’t seem as hot for Trump as they were in 2016.

And conservative aggregator Matt Drudge of the influential Drudge Report has been publishing lots of critical headlines about the Trump administration lately.

But one platform Trump has always felt near absolute control over is his Twitter account, his direct route to communicating with almost 100 million Americans with his own fingers.

Now, even that channel seems to be having potential road-blocks as November approaches.

So, Trump feels if he doesn’t act now to protect that lifeline, he could be effectively shut out from communicating directly with his base.

He wants to deter Twitter from thinking of banning or suspending his account, as many of his opponents have requested.