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The NRCC suffered an email hack prior to the midterm elections. (image: Pexels)

The big story…

The NRCC Was Reportedly Hacked Before the 2018 Midterm Elections

Yesterday, POLITICO reported that the emails of four senior aids in the National Republican Congressional Committee were hacked and surveilled prior to the 2018 midterm elections. Although party officials could not comment on the ongoing internal or FBI investigation, they privately believe that the attack may have been orchestrated by a foreign agent. None of the emails stolen have been made public, allowing the NRCC to keep the news of the hack secret, even from GOP party members including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise.


In #MeToo…

Epstein Settles One Lawsuit, Heads to Federal Court for Another

Millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein is again facing allegations of sexual assault of dozens of underage girls in Florida. However, Epstein reached a last-minute settlement yesterday in a case brought against him that would’ve allowed several of his accusers to take the stand. Epstein also apologized for wrongly countersuing Bradley Edwards, the lawyer representing many of Epstein’s accusers, in an effort to damage the lawyer’s reputation. However, Edwards will continue pursuing a federal case against Epstein on behalf of other accusers. Epstein, who was at one time a colleague of several notable people, including Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, pleaded guilty of soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2007 and then went on to serve a mere 13 months in local jail.


In Israel…

Activists Protest Violence Against Women in Israel

Yesterday, demonstrators across the country protested the Israeli government’s lack of protection for women. This year alone, 24 women have been killed by a partner, family member, or someone they knew, and, according to the U.N., 200,000 women in the country were victims of domestic violence between the years of 2014 and 2015.


In the Netherlands…

Dutch Church Holds Month-Long Service to Save Family From Deportation

A Protestant Church in the Netherlands has been holding a continuous service since October 26 to save an Armenian family from deportation. The family was denied an asylum plea, so ministers decided to hold a 24/7 service marathon as Dutch police cannot enter the Church during worship.


In Spain…

Far-Right Populist Wave Gradually Rises in Spain 

Spain’s right-wing to far-right populist Vox party made gains in Sunday’s regional elections in Andalusia, the country’s most populous and second largest region. Read more about it in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.


In science…

Scientist Responsible for First Gene-Edited Babies Gone Missing 

He Jiankui, the scientist who claimed responsibility for the world’s first genetically modified babies, has gone missing. Following a wave of controversy surrounding the ethics of Jiankui’s experiment, both the Chinese government and the University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, where Jiankui works, have launched investigations into the scientist’s work.


In film…

Kevin Hart to Host the Oscars

Comedian Kevin Hart announced via Instagram Tuesday that he would be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards for the first time. “For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to,” Hart wrote. “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced that stage is unbelievable.” Hart follows in the hosting footsteps of Jimmy Kimmel who hosted the last two Academy Awards.

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For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars

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In sports…

Ohio State Coach to Retire After Bowl Game

Urban Meyer, the head football coach at Ohio State University, will be retiring when the team officially ends their season at the Rose Bowl on January 1. After 34-year coaching career, the championship-winning coach will step down to be replaced by Coach Ryan Day.


Trending today…

Beyonce and Ed Sheeran on Gender Stereotypes

Beyonce and Ed Sheeran performed together at the Global Citizen Festival — and their clothes sparked a big debate about gender expectations.


Last but not least…

Meet the Writer: Madison Hunt

Read about CMN writer Madison Hunt, a writer from DC with a passion for underground artists and soulful music, in Autumn Miller’s report for CMN.


Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia Kolenko, Duane Paul Murphy, Autumn Miller, and the CMN Staff. A Harvard professor recommends that people eat only six French fries in a serving to avoid health concerns. We recommend that he stop talking.

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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