5 things for Wednesday, January 25, 2017: Border wall, Israel, Oscars

Trump expected to order border wall
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(CNN)Good Wednesday morning. There's actually quite a few pieces of good news today. So keep reading. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Trump administration

Donald Trump's almost laser-focused on keeping his campaign promises, and today he'll sign an executive order to get going on his biggest: building a wall on the Mexican border. So, is Mexico going to pay for it? Well, Trump's going to ask for an accounting of how much aid the US is sending to Mexico - and some of that money could eventually go to fund the construction. See? Math! Yesterday, Trump took a big step to keep another promise by OK'ing work on the controversial DAPL and Keystone pipelines. Want to keep up with how well he's doing with all of his promises? We put together a handy-dandy Trump Promises Tracker. You're very welcome. BTW, Mr. President, you may want to add this on your to-do list for today: please change your Twitter security settings! A hacker said it would be a pretty good idea.

    2. Good news

    Cancer deaths are down quite a bit in the US. About 20% since 1980. That's great news - although a new study says there are some places, primarily in the South, where we've seen stubborn cancer clusters. So we still have a ways to go. In more good news, the lead levels in the water in Flint, Michigan, have tested below the federal limits. That's a first in a couple of years.

    3. Israel

    Israel's really happy with the Trump administration. There's so much love right now that Israel felt confident enough to OK the construction of 2,500 new housing units in West Bank settlements. Why is this noteworthy? Because the Obama administration was against it and the UN calls it a "flagrant violation under international law." You see, the notion of a "two-state solution" has long been central to the tortuous Middle East peace process. It envisions a Palestinian state existing alongside Israel. But many observers worry that Israel's continued settlement building makes the physical reality of a Palestinian state ever less possible.

    4. Syrian civil war

    Question: Do you really have a peace agreement if neither of the fighting parties sign it? The latest Syrian peace talks are over in Kazakhstan, and it produced an agreement from Russia, Turkey and Iran that basically said they'd work to maintain the ceasefire that went into effect last month. That's nice, but neither the Syrian government or rebel groups signed it. The two wouldn't even meet face to face. So what's next? More talks next month.

    5. Oscars

    The Oscar nominations are out, and seven actors of color snagged nominations. So is it time to retire the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag? (The creator of the hashtag says, um, no). "La La Land," the can't-do-wrong musical, danced away with 14 nods, tying it with Hollywood classics "All About Eve" and "Titanic." But our favorite moment was Meryl Streep's reaction to her nomination (She sent in a GIF!). Here's the complete list, so you're ready when the winners are announced on February 26.


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