The big story…
Thousands Flee Wildfire in Northern California
The town of Paradise, CA is in ruins as thousands flee their homes, narrowly escaping the flames of a wildfire. This has been one of the worst years for wildfires in California, and, unfortunately, this fire seems to be moving faster than most. Authorities have said that the state will likely not know the extent of the damage, in terms of injuries and death, for several days. Stay tuned for developments on this story.
The Election Isn’t Over
- The Georgia gubernatorial race is possibly headed for a runoff if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote. Republican candidate Brian Kemp, who has just resigned his position as Georgia’s secretary of state, has a razor-thin lead with 50.3% of the vote. As votes are still being counted, if Kemp’s lead drops below 50 percent than Georgians will get a do-over vote on December 4.
- Florida is facing possible recounts for governor, Senate, and agriculture commissioner.
- Ballot initiatives for electoral reform and voting rights expansion won big in the midterms.
- The country is still reeling over the historical diversity of this year’s candidates — here are some of the firsts.
- Not election-related: Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh took his seat on the court yesterday. Meanwhile Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Justice Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is still being threatened and has not been able to return to her work as a professor at Palo Alto University.
In national news…
The Country Still Grieves for the Victims of Thousand Oaks
Authorities have identified the gunman who killed 12 people in a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA on Wednesday night as an ex-marine. The perpetrator used an illegal extended magazine to open fire on the people in the bar, some of whom were also survivors of the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year. This shooting is the 307th mass shooting in the U.S. in the past 311 days and the 11th shooting since a gunman opened fire on a synagogue in Pittsburgh almost 2 weeks ago. Here are the victims.
Also in national news…
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fracturing Ribs in Fall
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized after a fall on Wednesday night that left her with three fractured ribs.The 85-year-old justice has been serving on the court for over 25 years; however, her health has been called into question in recent years. Read more in Hailey Nagma’s report for CMN.
In global politics…
Danes Hit Back After White House’s Economic Study Criticizing Socialism
After the Trump administration released a report criticizing socialism and economic policies in Scandinavia, Denmark hit back saying that the country’s standard of living far passed that of the U.S. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.
Asylum and DACA Are About to Change (Maybe)
The Trump administration announced that President Trump has the power to deny asylum to immigrants who enter the country illegally, and a federal appeals court says Trump can’t end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which means the case is likely headed to the Supreme Court.
In equal rights…
Google to Roll Out New Sexual Misconduct Policies in Wake of Walkout
After more than 20,000 Google employees walked out last week, the company has promised to overhaul its sexual misconduct policy and end forced arbitration.
Movies to Look Forward To
- Frozen 2 will be released next November and will take Elsa and Anna far out of Arendelle.
- Production for the Downtown Abbey movie has already started and the movie is set to be released next September.
- There’s talk of a Breaking Bad movie … But without Bryan Cranston???
- Fantastic Beasts 2 had its world premier last night and was met with some mixed reviews. Guess we’ll have to wait until the film’s theater release on November 16th to see for ourselves.
Ariana Grande Song Inspires So Many Memes
Ariana Grande’s new song “Thank U, Next” hasn’t just been breaking records, it’s also been breaking the Internet, with a line from the song, “One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain,” inspiring endless memes. Here are a few of our favorites:
One taught me love, one taught me patience, and one taught me pain. Now I’m so amazing. pic.twitter.com/Sz19khGZjm
— Ryan Bloomquist (@ryanbloomquist) November 4, 2018
one taught me love,
one taught me patience,
and one taught me pain pic.twitter.com/Hq7znxjzuA
— Kat Angus (@katangus) November 5, 2018
One taught me love, one taught me patience, and one taught me pain pic.twitter.com/yOJYuPobkf
— The Office (@theofficenbc) November 5, 2018
Last but not least…
Inventions That Changed Music: The Moog
That weird sound you hear? Yeah, probably a Moog. Read more about it in Alima Sanni’s report for CMN.
Friday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Duane Paul Murphy, Alima Sanni, Britney Hoobraj, Hailey Nagma, and the CMN Staff. There’s a new emoji in town and people are a little confused. Basically this “woozy” emoji is the drunk weirdo you’ll inevitably encounter on a late night at the bar. Thoughts?
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