Monday, October 23, 3017

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Quote of the day: "The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty." -Zig Ziglar

The White House: POTUS welcomes Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the White House, in efforts to de-escalate North Korea tensions and strengthen economic ties. Singapore is an important partner to the U.S. making it the second largest Asian investor in the U.S., the country has helped send troops to combat ISIS in the Middle East, and deployed helicopters to help in Hurricane Harvey. Also, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO and Singapore Airlines CEO signed a $13.8 billion contract. 

Politics: Monday Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an interview called the Russian Uranium One deal 'investigation' "baloney" saying Republican are nervous about the Russian 2016 election meddling investigation. Last week The Hill reported that the FBI had gathered solid evidence that Russian nuclear officials were engaged in bribery and extortion before the Obama administration approved the sale of uranium to Russia. 

Business: Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's says Co-Founder Kip Fulks will take time off the company, meanwhile the company is seeking to exit out of its tennis and other outdoor categories. Over the year Under Armour shares have dropped more than 40% this is the first year the company has reported losses as publican company, the company will also cut 2% of its global workforce. 

U.S.: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford addressed issues surrounding the Oct. 4th ambush in Niger where 4 U.S. soldiers were killed by Islamic militants. About 50 Islamic militants attacked the U.S. troops as they were heading back to base when they were ambushed wounding two other soldiers. The 12 member team did not request support until a 1hr into the fight, French fighter jets responded arriving 2hrs later. The Pentagon is still investigating the situation. 

World: The Philippines declares an end to the 5-month war against ISIS militants who took over the city of Marawi, where 42 militants were killed in the final battle. The siege sparked fears that ISIS would gain influence in South Asia after losing grounds in Syria and Iraq, the government said it will take any means necessary to prevent any ISIS members from spreading throughout Asia. In the end, 919 militants were killed, 165 soldiers & police dead, 47 civilians killed & 400,000 residents displaced.

Science/Tech/Health: NASA seeks to cut down the coast on Wide Field Survey Telescope (WFIRST), still in early phases of development which is set for launch in the mid-2020's. During in an independent review of the project, a panel suggested NASA would make modifications to the design in an effort to help bring down the cost by $400 million from its original estimated $3.6 billion budget. 

Entertainment: Film director and screenwriter James Toback is being accused of sexual harassment by 38 women, in a published investigation by the LA Times, women described in similar detailed stories. "The women's accounts portray James Toback as a man, who for decades, sexually harassed women he hired, women looking for work and women he just saw on the street" the LA Times. 

Sports: Monday Night Football, the Washington Redskins (3-3) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) at home, the Eagles defeated the Redskins 34-24. The Eagles now lead the NFL with the best record in the league 6-1. 


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