What You Missed: China Finds U.S. Drone, Electors Vote For the Next President, and More
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Last week, a Chinese warship found an unmanned U.S. Navy underwater glider in the South China Sea. The U.S. claims that the vessel was collecting scientific data, and was not under violation of any international laws.
It’s thought that this was China sending a signal to President-elect Donald Trump, who has been critical of the one-China policy. Under this policy, the U.S. has maintained only unofficial relations with Taiwan, and acknowledges Beijing as China’s government.
Trump spoke with the Taiwanese president by phone Dec. 2, which has led to some tense relations between China and the U.S.
Although the U.S. has said that it wants the drone back, Trump tweeted over the weekend that China should “keep it.” It’s unclear if his tweets have affected the agreement between the U.S. and China to get the drone back.
The Votes Are In
Amid protests around the country, electors cast their votes on Monday, and it looks as though Trump will become the 45th president of the United States.
Although everything has been going according to plan, it wasn’t always clear who the electors would vote for. That’s because recently released information about Russia’s involvement with swaying the election caused some electoral voters to ask for an intelligence briefing.
There aren’t any federal laws saying that electors must vote for who won their state, although some states require that they do. Still, those laws are rarely tested, not least of which because 99 percent of electors in history have voted for the person they were “supposed” to vote for.
That didn’t stop protesters from flooding Republican electors with phone calls and emails, asking them to not vote for Trump.
Remembering Zsa Zsa Gabor
Before there were Kardashians, and before the word “Snooki” meant anything, there was Zsa Zsa Gabor, perhaps the original celebrity who was famous just for being famous.
Gabor died on Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 99, just a few months before her 100th birthday.
Nintendo’s Mobile Phone Game Bet
Nintendo released its long (long long) awaited mobile phone game “Super Mario Run” last week on both iOS and Android. Response to the game has been pretty favorable, but there are a few things that Nintendo should do to push its first foray into mobile over the top.
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Walter Isaacson lays out a plan for fixing the internet, which, he says, “has begun to corrode, both itself and us.”
The culprit? The anonymous structure on which the internet is based. Anonymous comments, fake news, trolls have all led to the internet’s demise. But with Isaacson’s clever five-point plan, people can take back the internet they know and love. On a voluntary basis, of course.