Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

The White House: Tuesday President Trump carries on with Thanksgiving tradition pardoning a turkey named 'Drumstick'. The President also had a phone call with Russian President discussing the Syrian civil war in seeking a solution, North Korea, Ukraine, and terrorism in the Middle East. The First Family arrived in West Palm Beach, Fl Tuesday evening where they will be spending Thanksgiving at their Mar-a-Lago residence.

Politics: Buzzfeed reported that Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) secretly settled for a $27,000 deal in exchange for confidentiality agreement in sexual harassment claim filed by a staffer back in 2015. Conyers denied the allegation of sexual harassment and has vowed to cooperate with an investigation led by the House Ethics Committee. Conyers in a statement said, "In our country, we strive to honor this fundamental principle that all are entitled to due process."

Business: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) CEO Meg Whitman will be stepping down as CEO on February 1 after serving 6 years but will remain on the board of directors. President Antonio Neir will be taking on the role of CEO as of February 1, 2018, and will also be on the board of directors. Whiteman while her time at HP she split the company in 2015 into two brands printing & personal systems and Cloud service.

U.S.: A U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crew members crashes into the ocean southwest of Okinawa, Japan, the C-2 aircraft was heading to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier which is deployed in the Philippine Sea. The Navy has launched a search and rescue mission, so far 8 bodies have been found according to Japanese Defense Minister but the status of those rescued has not yet been revealed.

World: Robert Mugabe resigns after ruling the Republic of Zimbabwe for nearly 37 years due to pressure from his own party and military. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to be sworn in as president on Thursday. One political official said, "We are very excited that we have gotten rid of Robert Mugabe, but we have gotten rid of one man, we have not gotten rid of the system that was oppressive for 37 years."

Science/Tech/Health: Uber reveals it covered up a hack the affected 57 million customers and drivers in 2016. The October 2016 hack included names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 50 million Uber users around the world. The company's former CEO Travis Kalanick knew about the hack in November 2016 but didn't report about the massive security breach, at the time Uber settled a lawsuit with the New York attorney general after failing to promptly disclose an earlier hack in 2014. Tuesday Uber blogged saying it had hired a firm which paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data.

Entertainment: Forbes magazine releases the list of the world's highest-paid models for 2017 ranking Kendall Jenner, 22, at the #1 spot earnings of $22 million. Gisele Bundchen who held the number 1 spot since 2002 comes in at 2nd with earnings of $17.5 million. Followed by Chrissy Teigen at #3 earning $13.5 million, #4 Adriana Lima $10.5 million, and #5 Gigi Hadid earnings of $9.5 million. `

Sports: College Football Playoff rankings, the University of Alabama #1, University of Miami moves to the #2 spot, Clemson #3, and Oklahoma University #4, Wisconsin #5, and Auburn University at #6.  The top four teams are currently the top contenders to make the playoffs set to be played on January 1st winners will meet on January 8th for the National Championship.


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