Cramm for 8/15/18
More US states just headed to the polls.
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For months, you’ve been hearing about the 2018 Midterms in November - just a few months away. Case in point: people are expecting a potential blue wave - when Dems retake Congress. This comes amid an unprecedented amount of Republican retirements. Lately, multiple states have been heading to the polls to vote in their primaries. And yesterday, more states joined them.
Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin all voted. Headlines were made. You’ve been hearing about Wisconsin for Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) - the current US speaker of the house. Months ago, he suddenly announced that he’d be taking a step away from politics and...retiring. Leaving a new set of Republican and Dem candidates to fight for his seat. Minnesota can relate. There, Republicans are looking to take back some seats after two Dem reps retired. In Vermont, all eyes were on Sen Bernie Sanders, who’s expected to - surprise surprise - take the win in November. Meanwhile, people are watching Connecticut for its v close race to fill the governor’s seat. No big deal.
West Virginia had its own share of big news. As in the state just said ‘bye bye’ to all four of its Supreme Court justices. Because, spending. Hint: the justices apparently abused their authority by doing things like failing to control office expenses and not keeping up certain policies. Now, it looks like West Virginia’s voted to impeach them.
Yesterday was a big day for US politics. TBD on how they’ll affect the 2018 Midterms.
USA: Yesterday, Illinois said ‘uh huh uh huh we don’t like it’ and sued Chicago’s Trump Tower for breaking the law by allegedly using water from the Chicago River without a permit - and then releasing water back into the river. Raising concerns about the impact this could have on the environment. In other news, it just came out that 6 million Georgia voters potentially had their records exposed. And could have “easily been compromised.” Meanwhile, a new poll says that the majority of Republicans - and around half of Americans - agree that, yes, the news media is the “enemy of the people.” Which some say could lead to more violence against journalists and reporters. Stay tuned.
DISASTER: Recently, a car crashed into security barriers outside the UK’s Houses of Parliament, injuring multiple people. Police say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack. The driver - an unidentified man in his late 20s - was reportedly arrested and is currently “not cooperating” with authorities. In other news, at least 26 people were killed after parts of a bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy. Rescuers are currently searching for any remaining survivors. Authorities say it’s unclear whether other parts of the bridge are going to collapse. Now, the city is evacuating hundreds of people as investigators try to find the cause of this disaster.
POLITICS: Yesterday, China said ‘not true not true not true’ and responded to claims that its gov was violating minority rights by detaining around a million Uighur Muslims. Reminder: last week, a Chinese delegation announced that the country would be launching a “special campaign” to fire back at “extremist and terrorist crimes.” Leading to speculation on the United Nations’ part that China was holding one million Uighur Muslims in “re-education camps.” No word yet on this from the rest of the world. Speaking of which, some people in Hong Kong aren’t happy with China’s hold on the area. And yesterday, staged a pro-independence talk.
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“Octocopter:” a new type of futuristic helicopter with eight propellers. Octocrazy.
“The papers were flying off the shelves” - The New York Post just came out with an issue covered in the logo for Supreme (as in the clothing biz). Things got supremely hectic.