President Trump Did Not Really Raise Mortgage Rates
Many outlets over the weekend reported that President Donald Trump, in one of his first acts as President, raised mortgage rates for first-time home buyers. That isn’t exactly true. The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday night that a planned reduction of mortgage insurance premiums was being suspended indefinitely. The quarter-of-a-percentage point cut would have saved borrowers and estimated $500 per year, according to reports.
The proposed cut was announced by the outgoing HUD Director Julian Castro just weeks before. Many Republicans had opposed the cut, saying it put taxpayers at a greater risk. The Federal Housing Administration received a bailout of $1.7 billion back in 2013.
President Trump Signs Orders Freezing Federal Hiring & Ending Trans-Pacific Partnership
United States President Donald Trump signed several executive orders this morning, his first official day in office, according to his administration. One executive order freezes federal hiring with an exception made for national security employees.
President Trump has signed an order abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump also may move to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Shia LeBeouf In The News Again
Shia LeBeouf went off the rails a while ago. It’s pretty safe to say that. The actor debuted an anti-Trump art project over the weekend that is scheduled to last four years. He also got a little physical at a protest over the weekend with someone on the opposing side.
Shia Labeouf melts down and gets physical with a counter-protester. This is now the second time he’s done this. pic.twitter.com/LJU7usDfj6
— Just Call Me Mister (@MisterMetokur) January 22, 2017
New England Patriots Will Face The Atlanta Falcons In Super Bowl LI In Houston
The New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 yesterday and the Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21 to punch their respective tickets to Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns. New England receiver Chris Hogan was Brady’s top target, catching 9 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Hogan’s performance was a Patriots franchise record.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan completed 27 of 38 passes for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns. Receiver Julio Jones also caught 9 passes for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 45 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns and threw one interception.
Billiken Women Top Rhode Island 68-50 On The Road
Jackie Kemph and the Saint Louis University women’s basketball team beat Rhode Island 68-50 on the road over the weekend to improve to 15-5 overall. The win, snapping a two-game losing streak, also improved the team’s A-10 record to 5-2. Kemh scored 12 points in the contest and dished out seven assists. Sadie Stipanovich contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Billikens return to Chaifetz Arena later this week for A-10 games against George Washington and Fordham.
Star Wars: Episode VIII Title Revealed
The next installment in the Star Wars movie franchise officially has a title. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be released in December of this year. The film will also be written and directed by Rain Johnson. It’s said the plot will pick up about where The Force Awakens ended.
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