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The Midterm Elections Are Here
Pretty much everyone agrees that this midterm election has been more anticipated than most. If you can’t seem to make sense of it, here’s what is at stake:
- President Trump is not running in the election, but he may determine the outcome, especially for independent voters.
- Immigration, health care, and the economy are all big ticket items. Read the facts here.
- Here are the key races to watch as Republicans and Democrats fight over the House and Senate.
- This election has the most diverse candidates we’ve ever seen but what about voters?
- Will the poll predictions be right this time? With unprecedented numbers of voters, the outcome may be unpredictable.
- Check yesterday’s morning scoop for more things to watch in this record-breaking election and other last-minute tips to help you get to the polls.
TV Networks Reject Trump Ad
Several major TV networks and Facebook have rejected a political ad created by the President’s team as many have termed it racist. The 30-second ad warns of the violent threat of immigrants to the U.S. After running it initially, certain networks have stopped showing the ad because of viewer backlash, including Fox News. President Trump says that he was unaware of the controversy.
US Olympic Committee looks to take over USA Gymnastics
The US Olympic Committee is looking to remove USA Gymnastics as the sport’s governing body amid the organization’s struggle to recover from the sex abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. CNN reports, “USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland has offered USA Gymnastics the option of surrendering its status voluntarily. In an open letter Monday to the United States gymnastics community, Hirshland wrote, ‘We believe the challenges facing the organization are simply more than it is capable of overcoming in its current form.’” USA Gymnastics said in a statement Monday that it was currently debating which option works best for the organization and its members.
Amazon’s HQ2 May Have Found a Home (Or Two)
Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2 is reportedly between three cities: Crystal City, VA; Dallas, TX; and New York City, NY. However, there have been reports that the company is planning on splitting HQ2 between two places, with 25,000 jobs in each city. Meanwhile, the cities who didn’t make the list — and one city that did — are less than pleased with the decision. Stay tuned for the official announcement on what Amazon will do next.
A Few More People (And Google) Telling You to Go Vote
Although chances are you’ve been reminded to vote by your friends, family, Twitter followers, news sources (that’s us!), etc., we thought we’d give you a few more reminders in case you haven’t gotten the message.
Time to get out and vote.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) November 6, 2018
I would never tell you to vote. I wouldn’t even try to subliminally encourage you to VOTE by bringing up how patriotic & sexy voting is. You know VOTING is important. You don’t need me to tell you the shame and weight gain you would experience if you didn’t VOTE. You are smart!
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) November 5, 2018
Tuesday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia Kolenko and the CMN Staff. We’d say something clever but we’re too busy heading to the polls — see you there! (P.S. If you haven’t voted yet, here’s what time the polls close in your state.)
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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.