By Robert Foran III
ALASKA — From Foran Brand Journalism
January 2019 started Alaska’s DMV’s issuing the newly designed Real ID cards. Starting on October 1, 2020 Alaska residents will need to hold a Real ID drivers license/ID (or U.S. Passport) to access Federal buildings and nuclear power plants, and to board all commercial airlines. Until that date, state residents may use their current license/ID until they expire for these purposes.
The change comes from a government program to increase the security of driver’s licenses and other forms of identification. The difference in these Real IDs compared to the previous cards are its look displaying a green and blueish hologram of Denali surrounded by fireweed to the left of it and a moose on the right. A transparent star within a black roundel is the key to signify the license is federally approved.
NATIONAL — From ballotpedia.org
The following elected officials and notable public figures have filed to run for president in 2020 with the Federal Election Commission or announced exploratory committees.
• Cory Booker (D), a U.S. senator from New Jersey, announced that he was running for president on February 1, 2019.
• Pete Buttigieg (D), the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced that he was running on January 23, 2019.
• Julian Castro (D), a former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development and San Antonio mayor, formally announced his candidacy on January 12, 2019.
• John Delaney (D), a former U.S. representative from Maryland, filed on August 10, 2017.
• Tulsi Gabbard (D), a U.S. representative from Hawaii, announced she will run on January 11, 2019.
• Kirsten Gillibrand (D), the New York senator announced that she was running for president on January 15, 2019.
• Kamala Harris (D), a U.S. senator from California, announced her run for president on January 21, 2019.
• President Donald Trump (R), filed to run for re-election on January 20, 2017.
• Elizabeth Warren (D), U.S. senator from Massachusetts, announced she has formed an exploratory committee on December 31, 2018.
• Marianne Williamson (D), an author and lecturer, announced her candidacy on January 28, 2019.
• Andrew Yang (D), a New York entrepreneur, filed to run for president on November 6, 2017.
INTERNATIONAL — From npr.org
“Click to pray” are not words you’d expect to come out of the pope’s mouth. But that’s what onlookers heard during the traditional Sunday address from Pope Francis, as he introduced ClickToPray—an app for communal prayer aimed at young people.
“The Internet and social media are a resource of our time,” the pope said. From a balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Francis then gestured to a tablet. Father Frédéric Fornos, international director of the pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, held up the device for the crowd to see.
Pope Francis specifically called on young people to download the app. The pope has long sought to make the Church relevant for younger generations, as the proportion of Catholics declines across the world.