Monday, October 30, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

The White House: Monday President Trump announced raid that captured Mustafa al-Imama in Libya, who is accused of being involved in the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead in 2012. U.S. Navy Seals lead the mission to capture al-Imama in northern Libya, he will be brought to the U.S. where he will face trial in federal court. 

Politics: Monday special counsel, Robert Mueller announced charges against two advisers to the Trump campaign in potential collision with the Russian government. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to charges of “money laundering, tax evasion, failure to register as agents for foreign interests and conspiracy to defraud the US government.” 

Business: Jerome H. Powell a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors is expected to be nominated as next Federal Reserve Chairman replacing Janet Yellen. The President is expected to make an announcement as soon as Thursday, Powell is a Republican who was a partner at The Carlyle Group from 1997-2005 before moving onto monetary policy. 

U.S.: One person dead after a shooting near the University of Utah the campus was soon on lockdown for several hours in search of the gunman. Police received reports of a man shot in the head during a carjacking, the gunman has been identified as Austin Boutain, 24, who is still on the run. 

World: Refugees on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea are refusing to leave an Australian-run immigration processing center after a PNG court ruled it was unconstitutional. The 551 refugees and 167 asylum seekers claim the Australian government has rejected them entry, most of these refugees are mainly men from Iran, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. Access to water, food, electricity will be cut from the camp, the refugees have refused to move to a nearby city saying they would be attacked.

Science/Tech/Health: Facebook says Russian-backed groups posted over 80,000 posts that were received by 29 million Americans but may have reached as many as 126 million users between June 2015 and August 2017. Facebook, Twitter, and Google will testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding any evidence of Russia interfering with the 2016 election by using social media. 

Entertainment: Actor Anthony Rapp accuses Kevin Spacey of unwanted sexual advances made when he was just 14-years old, according to an interview with Buzzfeed. Rapp said Spacey, put him on his bed and "was trying to get with me sexually" in 1986. Kevin Spacey says he does not remember the encounter, "I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior." As a result, Netflix is canceling 'House of Cards' after the sixth season. 

Sports: Dallas Cowboys running-back Ezekiel Elliott loses attempt to block his 6 game suspension when U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied a request for a preliminary injunction, the NFLPA has 24 hours to appeal (Elliot will ineligible until December 17). Elliott was first suspended for 6 games on August 11th after violating the NFL's personal conduct policy relating to domestic violence allegations by an ex-girlfriend but took the case to a federal judge. 


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