Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Quote of the day: "The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda." -John C. Maxwell

The White House: Thursday President Trump headed down to Capitol Hill in support of House Republicans passing tax reform bill. Later in the day, the House passed legislation on tax reform in a 227-to-205 vote. "Passing this bill is the single biggest thing we can do to grow the economy, to restore opportunity and help these middle-income families who are struggling” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis).

Politics: Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) has been accused of sexual assault after a radio host accused the senator of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006 during a USO tour. Sen. Franken said“The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women" and saying he would cooperate with an ethics investigation.

Business: Square Inc, the mobile payment company is running trails on its Square Cash app that will allow users to use its platform to buy and sell bitcoin but not send it, the company's stock has also hit an all-time high of $41.80. The analyst has said, “Given SQ’s tendency to move judiciously into new technologies, we expect it will do the same with bitcoin purchases. We believe the largest risk is regulation, which could limit its ability to provide the service or outright ban it."

U.S.: The Keystone pipeline leak spills over 210,000 gallons of oil in Marshall County, South Dakota, having crews shut down the pipeline and activating an emergency response procedures. Spokesman for the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources said, “It is a below-ground pipeline but some oil has surfaced above ground to the grass. It will be a few days until they can excavate and get in borings to see if there is groundwater contamination." The pipeline runs from Canada to Texas.

World: Former Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore "Toto" Riina dies at the age of 87 in a hospital in Parma, Italy while serving 26 life sentences and is believed to have ordered more than 150 murders. The Cosa Nostra mob boss has been one of the most notorious bosses in Italy's history spending over 25 years as the head and spent 24 years on the run until his arrest in 1993.

Science/Tech/Health: Thursday night Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled two new electric vehicles a heavy duty truck and a new Roadster. Musk said the new Roadster would be the fastest production car ever made with speeds of just 1.9 seconds for 0 to 60, and 4.2 seconds for 0 to 100, topping speeds of 250 mph and a 200 kWh battery pack that offers 630 miles. The Roadster will be available until 2020 starting at $200,000. The truck can go up to 500 miles and will be the heaviest classification for trucks.

Entertainment: Actor Sylvester Stallone denies any allegations of him sexually assaulting and threatening a 16-year-old girl in Las, Vegas when he was 40.  According to a police report published by the Daily Mail, the girl then claimed Stallone and his bodyguard forced the girl to perform oral sex on both men but refused to press any charges. Stallone's spokeswoman said, “This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone.”

Sports: Second baseman Jose Altuve 5'6 of the Houston Astros chosen as the AL MVP topping Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Altuve says "I was surprised not by the vote; I was surprised that I won", he has also become the first AL player to win a World Series and MVP award in the same year.   


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