Weekend, November 10-12, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Sometimes you have to burn yourself to the ground before you can rise like a phoenix from the ashes." -Jens Lekman 

The White House: The President is currently in the Philippines attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nation Summit, meeting with world leaders focusing on North Korea and trade. Saturday the President was in Vietnam attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, where Trump asked Russian President Putin if Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. election but says he denies the allegations, Trumps says he believes him.

Politics: The House is expected to pass legislation lowering annual pensions to former Presidents to $200,000 and $500,00 for monetary allowances used for staff and office spaces. One Representative says “It is ridiculous to continue asking taxpayers to help foot the bill for former presidents' perks at a time when they already rake in millions of dollars from book deals, speaking engagements, and more.”

Business: Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba makes $25.3 billion in sales on November 11th breaking sales record on China's 'Singles Day', an increase of 39% from last year. An estimated 1.5 billion shoppers participated in 'Singles Day' using Alibaba, a day equivalent to Black Friday or Cyber Monday. 

U.S.: The U.S. Army lifts ban on recruits with a history of mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, depression, drug addiction, and alcohol abuse can now seek a waiver to join the Army under an unannounced policy. An Army spokesman said, "The decision was primarily due to the increased availability of medical records and other data with is now more readily available. 

World: Sunday a 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the border area between Sulaymaniyah, Iraq and Kermanshah, Iran killing more than 300 people and injuring an estimated 1,600 more. Several provinces near the epicenter felt the earthquake destroying multiple structures, shocks were felt throughout Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Turkey. 

Science/Tech/Health: Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates announces he will donate $100 million to help fight Alzheimer's. Gates will donate $50 million to the Dementia Discovery Fund, a private-public research partnership focuses on brain diseases. The other $50 million will go towards startups working on some "less mainstream" approaches to the disease. It is estimated that 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's costing $259 billion a year and currently the 6th leading cause of death in U.S. 

Entertainment: Sunday hundreds of protesters marched against sexual harassment in Hollywood, two groups participated the 'Take Back The Workplace March' and the 'Me Too Survivor's joined forces. "I’m really happy to come here, because really it’s Hollywood that opened this floodgate,” said Tarana Burke co-founder of an organization called Just Be Inc.

Sports: Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman in an interview with '60 Minutes' accused team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexually abusing her and other gymnastics. “He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts. He would buy me little things. So I really thought he was a nice person. I really thought he was looking out for me ” said Raisman. Larry Nassar is currently in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to child pornography. 


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