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Aquoia Johnson
Friday, January 31, 2020

THUMBS UP TO popular beauty guru, Nikkie de Jager, otherwise known as NikkieTutorials, coming out as a transgendered female. On Jan. 13, Nikkie uploaded a video to her channel labeled “I’m Coming Out,” discussed her transition period and reassured her fans that she is the same person they have adored over the years, despite her being blackmailed. She made the video to inspire her younger fans who may find themselves in the same place and encourage them to live their lives.

THUMBS UP TO Australian helicopters dropping over 4,000 pounds of food for the starving animals escaping the burning bushfires. Nearly half a billion animals in Australia are affected by the wildfires, and many are considered threatened or endangered species. 

THUMBS UP TO Prince Harry and Meghan Markle making a transition to being “part-time royals,” so they can focus on living a more independent life as a family. They made it clear they do not want to be reliant on public funds and are looking to spend time in Canada and the UK.  

THUMBS DOWN TO the shooting that took place at the U.S. Naval Air Station Pensacola, located in Florida. Investigators have found evidence that Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani, a Royal Saudi Air Force member, was the gunman, was motivated by “jihadist ideology” due to his anti-American post on social media hours before the attack. 

THUMBS DOWN TO Trump planning to take $7.2 billion from the military to continue the building of the southern border wall. According to officials, the money is going to be taken from the Defense Department construction and counterdrug projects. The funding would allow an additional 880 miles to the border by 2022, but he is still behind on his promise to deliver 450 miles of the border by 2020. 

THUMBS DOWN TO Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an Iranian supreme leader, telling thousands of worshipers that God’s backing is to allow them to “slap the face” of the U.S. with a missile attack. He gathered supporters to a Friday sermon and discussed the critics after the long weeks of trouble in the Middle East that caused Iran and the U.S. to go to the brink of war.