The big story…
At Least 13 People Killed in a Shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA
Sometime before midnight local time, a gunman opened fire in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA just 40 miles west of LA. The bar was having “college night,” a popular event for local college students including students from Pepperdine University, when the gunman entered, killing at least 13 people including a sheriff’s sergeant and himself. Bar patrons used bar stools to smash windows and help over 35 people escape. Police are still unsure of the motivations behind the shooting. Stay tuned for updates as this is a developing story.
In election news:
- Georgia gubernatorial candidates Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are still battling it out vote by vote, with Abrams refusing to concede. Read more about it in Courtney Good’s report for CMN.
- The socialist red wave is on the rise as many of the candidates who won on Tuesday were endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.
- Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to give a same-sex couple their marriage license, lost her re-election bid.
- A dead brothel owner won Nevada assemblyman by a landslide.
- The White House has suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House pass after a contentious exchange between him and President Trump. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that the suspension was because Acosta “plac[ed] his hands” on a female White House intern. Watch the video here.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Forced Out
Attorney General Jeff Session’s resigned Wednesday at the request of the president, ending the dramatic tenure of the Trump loyalist. Session’s relationship with the president was ruined when he recused himself from control of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A Justice Department official has said that Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, will replace Sessions and oversee the special council probe into the 2016 presidential interference by the Russians.
Bryce Harper Rejects Biggest Free Agent Contract
Bryce Harper has rejected the biggest free agent contract from the Washington Nationals for $300 million over 10 years. Therefore, Harper will likely be leaving the team but it’s still unclear where he’ll go.
In mental health…
Adolescent Mental Health Issues are on the Rise and Gun Violence is to Blame
In a shift from past mental health concerns, 75% of Gen Z teens now say that mass shootings are a “significant source of stress.” Read more in Alex Mauriello’s analysis for CMN.
The Catholic Church in Guam Files for Bankruptcy Amid Abuse Lawsuits
The Catholic Church in Guam has not been immune to the barrage of child sexual abuse allegations. Therefore, the Church will file for bankruptcy, avoiding trial for the dozens of victims, and moving immediately toward settlements.
In national news…
The Girl Scouts Are Suing the Boy Scouts
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America are suing the Boy Scouts of America over a name change. The BSA announced eariler this week that they would be dropping the “boy” from their name in an effort to attract more female scouts. The GSUSA then filed a trademark infringement lawsuit saying that this name change would “cause confusion among the public, damage the goodwill of GSUSA’s Girl Scouts trademarks, and erode its core brand identity,” while also marginalizing the movement.
The Spice Girls Are Going on Tour Sans Posh
But don’t worry, Jack Whitehall has a solution.
Spice Girls Reunion. Yes please. Apparently they are looking for a replacement ‘Posh’? You know where to find me. pic.twitter.com/OP2l6OmNas
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) November 5, 2018
🙈🙈🙈 yes and he looks great in leather. https://t.co/Y4re51K9XT
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) November 6, 2018
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) November 7, 2018
Last but not least…
“YouTube Chef” Makes Cooking Easy As Pie
Feel like you don’t have the time and energy to teach yourself a new recipe out of a cookbook? Then YouTube cooking may be the solution for you. Check out one of Lindsay Wigo’s favorite channels, Nosh with Tash, in her article for CMN.
Thursday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Courtney Good, Duane Paul Murphy, Natalia Kolenko, Alex Mauriello, Lindsay Wigo and the CMN Staff. CoverGirl is going “cruelty free” — making them the largest makeup company ever to stop animal testing. Yes, please!
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Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Will Run for Senate in 2020
If elected in 2020, Kelly will become fourth-ever American astronaut elected to Congress.
Senator Elizabeth Warren Wants to Create a Public Option for Generic Drugs
The Massachusetts senator wants to take on big pharma.