Weekend, Oct 27-30, 2017

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Quote of the day: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney

The White House: President Donald Trump's approval rating falls to an all-time low at 38% according to NBC/WSJ poll among Americans, while 58% disapprove (3.3 margin of error). The poll was conducted October 23-26 during the midst of Sen. Bob Corker criticizing the president, and Sgt. La David T. Johnson's phone call with the widow.

Politics: Friday a federal grand jury in D.C. approved the first charges into alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election led by special counsel Robert Muller. Yet it is not clear what those charges are and against who, charges may be revealed as soon as Monday.  In January U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the presidential election trying to help President Trump defeat Hillary Clinton through hacking campaign emails and social media used against her campaign. 

Business: CVS in talks to buy Aetna for about $66billion, potentially cutting out the middleman. "If more plan participants fill their prescriptions through CVS’s mail order and drugstore businesses, it would gain negotiating leverage when purchasing drugs from manufacturers...Increasing drug purchasing power has been a goal for drugstore operators in recent years as they seek to offset the tremendous pricing pressures they're experiencing” according to CFRA analyst. 

U.S.: Puerto Rico cancels $300million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings a small Montana company selected to restore the island's power grid. The large deal raised questions among Congress and FEMA, an unknown company with just two employees the day the hurricane hit to receive such a large no-bid contract. The governor has now requested that crews from New York and Florida help restore power for 80% of Puerto Ricans have power restored. 

World: Friday Catalonia voted to declared independence from Spain, but not for too long before the Spanish Senate approved Article 155 allowing the central government to take control over Catalonia. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced he fired Catalonia's "President" Carles Puigdemont and the entire Catalan parliament after Puigdemont refused to stand down.

Science/Tech/Health: Facebook announces new guideline measures that it will now take on 'political ads' on their platform, in a plan to increase transparency. Soon political advertisers will have to verify their locations and identities on their post that will carry a disclosure saying "paid for by", each ad will now be reviewed and approved by staff members. This comes as Facebook ads were allegedly used by Russian-back groups to help influence the 2016 election.

Entertainment: Disney-Marvel’s movie "Thor: Ragnarok" tops international box office at $107.6 million ahead of being released in the United States. The U.K. on top with $15.3 million, France at $7.4 million, Indonesia $5.5 million and Taiwan at $5.4 million, this upcoming box office opening in the U.S., Germany, Russia, China, Japan, and Mexico is expected to bring in at least $125 million. 

Sports: Houston Astros take the win 13-12 in Game 5 leading the series 3-2 of the World Series. In a tight game, several World Series records were set by both teams; most home runs in a World Series with 22, second highest scoring game, first game in which four different players age 23 or younger hit a homerun, and highest scoring extra-innings game. Game 6 of the series will be played Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. 



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