This is what is really going on while every major media outlet covered Trump and Kanye’s pointless meeting:
1) 280 people are missing in Florida after Hurricane Michael made landfall yesterday. FEMA has warned the death toll could rise, but there has yet to be an official White House response or comment.
2) It is very likely Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been murdered, and there is mounting evidence it was committed by the Saudi government. Leaks from the intelligence community indicate the US government may have known about the plan to murder Khashoggi, a contributor for the Washington Post and a US permanent resident. An investigation has been called for by Congress, but the Trump administration has not said how it would deal with one of its key allies if it is found to have been behind the murder.
3) Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams has called on her opponent Republican Brian Kemp to resign as Georgia’s Secretary of State, after reports of his office suppressing the voting rights of thousands of minorities, ahead of the November elections.
4) Markets are down 546 points today, after tumbling more than 800 points the day before. Investors are blaming rising interest rates, but fears of rising protectionism, falling markets overseas, and an economic downturn may also be at play.
5) Washington state’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty. Crucially, the court argued that the state’s capital punishment law lacks “fundamental fairness” and that it was racially biased.
6) Today is The International Day of the Girl. A year after the beginning of the #MeToo movement, and after weeks of the Kavanaugh hearings, this day will have particular significance in the West. However, the UN designated this day to highlight all forms of discrimination that the world’s 1.1 billion girls stand to face, including violence against women, child marriage, wage inequality, and education and health access, among others. The increased attention is welcome, but more than a day’s worth of action is sorely needed.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Date Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2018 , Total Page Views: 739
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