Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." -Confucius 

The White House: Thursday the President declared opioid crisis a public health emergency calling it a "national shame". Opioids are best known to be 'painkillers' that are killing more than 140 Americans a day. The president has directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare opioid crisis a public health emergency, easing state regulations on how funds may be used to help with the crisis, the administration will work with Congress for additional funding to help fight the drug epidemic. 

Politics: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) said there is "significant" evidence that head of data research firm Cambridge Analytica was tied to the Trump campaign and reportedly reached out to WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. Founder of WikiLeaks confirmed on Twitter that the firm had reached out to him, Senator Blumenthal said, "It is significant because it demonstrates evidence of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian interference." 

Business: Tech companies Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Intel release earning report giving an insight on the cloud computing market share. Amazon Web Services dominating the cloud reported $4.6 billion in revenue for third-quarter earnings report, so far this year Amazon web services has brought in $12.3 billion this year alone and predicted to hit $18 billion by the end of the year.

U.S.: The National Archives released more than 2,800 documents on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy at the request of President Trump. The documents remained classified for over the past 25 years under the Records Collection Act of 1992, the files include information on CIA, FBI, Department of Defence and State, intelligence on Cuba, Russia, and information on shooter Lee Harvey Oswald. Some files remain classified due to national security concerns according to a memo from Trump. 

World: Spanish Senate approves Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's plan to use Article 155 of the constitution that will allow the government to take over Catalonia calling their referendum unconstitutional. Earlier this month around 90% of the population voted on a referendum to gain independence from Spain but only 43% were eligible voters voted in Catalonia, yet independence has not been officially declared. 

Science/Tech/Health: Website Reddit has drawn a ban on any Nazis and white supremacist groups who promote violence on their site. Reddit released a statement saying it would "take any action against any content that encourages, glorifies, incites or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people" the site has already shut down at least ten discussion topics on white nationalism, nazis, and European nationalism.


Entertainment: Actor & singer Tyrese Gibson reportedly checked himself into L.A. hospital with chest pains shortly after leaving the court. Gibson was in courthouse earlier fighting a lawsuit against his ex-wife when he arrived at his hotel room he started feeling dehydrated. The latest on his status is that he will undergo tests to understand the cause of his chest pains. 

Sports: Thursday Night Football, the Miami Dolphins lose to the Baltimore Ravens 40-0. Baltimore's quarterback Joe Flacco suffered a concussion after taking a hit to the head as he was sliding for the first down by linebacker Kiko Alonso. Alonso after the game said, "when a guy slides, that target is very small. I just think it was a second late, which is why I hit him."


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