Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours." -Les Brown

The White House: Donald Trump returns back from a 13-day trip throughout Asia visiting five countries including South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Five key points Trump talks with Asian leaders over North Korea's threat, trade talks, $250 billion in business deals with China, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Vietnam and attends Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in the Philippines.

Politics: Wednesday six House Democrats introduced five articles of impeachment to remove President Trump from Office. Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen listed articles of impeachment included obstruction of justice over the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, two emoluments clause violations, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and the freedom of the press.

Business: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington D.C., the couple was presented with a newly minted sheet of U.S. $1 dollars bills that will carry Mnuchin's name and signature. The bills are expected to be in circulation as soon as December.

U.S.: Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ the "Salvator Mundi" commissioned by King Louis XII of France around 1500 sold for a record $450.3 million at an auction in New York. The identity of the bidder has remained anonymous, but the "Salvator Mundi" is one of the few known paintings to exist of da Vinci referred to the 26-inch tall painting as "The Last da Vinci."

World: Russia and Venezuela signed a $3.15 billion debt restructuring deal, allowing Venezuela to make minimal payments to Moscow in the next 10 years. Venezuela’s economy minister says "Venezuela is advancing towards the recomposition of its external debt, to the benefit of its people.”  The country is currently owing $140 billion to foreign creditors including China owing $23 billion, additional debt includes $45 billion to government and $45 billion to state oil company PDVSA's.

Science/Tech/Health: SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to launch a secret mission called 'Zuma' from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All that is known is the defense contractor Northrop Grumman selected SpaceX to launch a classified government satellite. Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems Division communications director said,“Northrop Grumman realizes that this is monumental responsibility and have taken great care to ensure the most affordable and lowest risk scenario for Zuma."

Entertainment: Dwayne Johnson's daughter Simone Garcia Johnson has been named the Golden Globe Ambassador for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards set for January 7th. Simone said, "As the newly minted Golden Globe Ambassador, I hope to serve as a role model to young people everywhere and empower them to speak out on issues they are passionate about."

Sports: UCLA officials are debating about seeking proper disciple for the three basketball players who were charged with shoplifting from three stores including a Louis Vuitton store while in China. According to ESPN players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill may be suspended anywhere from half the season or the entire basketball season. For now, the three players have been suspended from the team.


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