Monday, October 16, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." -Bill Bradley

The White House: President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held a private lunch at the White House and a press conference in the Rose Garden in a display of unity. Over the past few month speculation has surfaced of tension between the two, after failed attempts to repeal Obamacare and Republicans unsupportive of the president's agenda. Trump said, "We're probably now closer than ever before... my relationship with this gentleman is outstanding". 

Politics: Monday the FBI released documents in which show former FBI Director James Comey began drafting letter regarding Hillary Clinton's email several months in advance. The FBI would not recommend any charges against her publically until July 2016 before conducting any key interviews. 

Business: Facebook purchases app TBH (to be honest) for less than $100 million, the app is only over 2 months old and already had over 5 million downloads among young teens. The app lets users anonymously answer multiple choice questions about friends, who then receive the poll of results as compliments. Facebook released a statement saying, "tbh and Facebook share a common goal of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together."

U.S.: North Korean deputy U.N. ambassador Kim In Ryohg told the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that any countries participating in military action with the U.S. to avoid retaliation, saying the Korean Peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment." 

World: Iraqi government military forces seize the city of Kirkuk a disputed territory held by Kurdish fighters since 2014. Three weeks ago residents of north-east Iraq including Kirkuk supported a secession vote from Iraq as of September 25th, military forces regain control of the area and raised Iraqi flags. 

Science/Tech/Health: New study published by the Annal of Internal Medicine, finds that 1 in 9 men in the U.S. are infected with oral human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact, that can cause cancer in the throat, anus, penis, and vagina. Researchers examined data from 4,493 men and 4,6461 women between that ages of 18-69, the study found that 11.5% of men were infected and 3.2% of women infected with HPV. There are over 100 types of HPV but only 13 are known to have caused cancer. 

Entertainment: Late singer & songwriter Selena Quintanilla receives a Google Doodle in tribute to her first album 'Selena' released on October 17, 1989. The Selena doodle is animated and plays the popular song "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom". It's been 22 years since her passing, Selena was 23 years-old when she was murdered. 

Sports: The New York Yankees win 8-1 over the Houston Astros at Yankees stadium after losing the first two games of the ALC series.  Game 4 will be played at Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Astros lead series 2-1. Over in the NLC, the Los Angeles Dodger lead the series 2-0 over the Chicago Cubs, game 3 will be played Tuesday in Chicago.


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    Alfred 10/17/2017 · Reply

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