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📌 BULLETIN BOARD
Quick Programming Note: Today we’ll be joining a record 31.6 million Americans who will be traveling on US airlines in order to brave the elements and make it home on time for Thanksgiving. It goes without saying that we are eternally thankful to you for deciding to spend a few minutes each morning with us. We’re off tomorrow and Friday but before we go, we want to leave you with something: At a time when America feels divided, here’s a piece that that pauses to reflect on the history of Thanksgiving and the lessons it offers in unity, generosity, and faith. Keep reading…
🦅 U.S. NEWS
Everyone’s Invited: The first impeachment hearing
The House Judiciary Committee announced Tuesday that it will hold a hearing on Dec. 4 to discuss the next phase of the impeachment inquiry. President Trump’s legal team is invited to participate. What to expect: legal experts will testify and debate “the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment, as well as the Framers’ intent and understanding of terms like ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’” according to a letter from Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.). How it’s playing:
- On the left from the New York Times: “The actions signaled that Democrats are moving quickly to begin a new phase of the impeachment inquiry, shifting from a complex investigation of Mr. Trump’s actions into a consequential debate over whether they warrant the use of the House’s powers under the Constitution to try to remove a sitting president.”
- On the right from Fox News: “the president’s allies still see a scenario, however remote, wherein congressional Democrats could fall short. In fact, “it could all come down to the moderates” the outlet writes citing a recent NPR/PBS/Marist poll wherein “fifty percent of independents did not support impeaching and removing Trump from office, with just 42 percent backing such a move”
Democrats Dig Deep into Bloomberg’s Donations
On Sunday Michael Bloomberg officially announced his late-entry Democratic presidential bid and with it an ad campaign that highlights how he “took charge” of New York in the wake of 9/11. The part he left out is that he leaned heavily on an endorsement from Rudy Giuliani, the then-New York mayor who is now President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, to win that post, Politico writes. Why it matters: Giuliani is just one of many skeletons in Bloomberg’s partisan closet. The Democratic presidential candidate will also have to explain why he:
- Switched parties multiple times
- Endorsed George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign
- Contributed to John McCain
- Held a fundraiser for a House GOP member as recently as last year
- Provided support to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) (a vigorous Trump defender) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama
- Held a fundraiser for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) when he ran against Elizabeth Warren in 2012
Bottom line: entrenched Democrats are “seething” over Bloomberg’s various GOP donations. Quote of the day: “As a Democratic candidate for president, he makes an excellent Republican donor.” – Pennsylvania Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Thought Bubble: Could Bloomberg’s untethered allegiance to one party be viewed positively as someone with the ability to reach “across the aisle”? In today’s highly partisan climate, this may be unlikely, but it’s certainly food for thought. An interesting read from Axios: Bloomberg’s 2020 run is a test of America’s entrepreneurial aspirations.
U.S. Prosecutors Launch Investigation of Opioid Makers
Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into whether pharmaceutical companies intentionally allowed opioid painkillers to flood communities, employing laws normally used to go after drug dealers the Wall Street Journal writes. Why it matters: “The investigation, if it results in criminal charges, could become the largest prosecution yet of drug companies alleged to have contributed to the opioid epidemic, escalating the legal troubles of businesses that already face complex, multibillion-dollar civil litigation in courts across the country.” – WSJ (subscription)
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
New UN Climate Report Calls the Future “Bleak”
The U.N. Environment Programme released its 2019 Emissions Gap Report on Tuesday with a simple but urgent message: world leaders have failed to curb their nations’ greenhouse gas emissions, a failing that could “doom us all” Futurism writes. While outlets on both the right and the left seem to agree with the report, they differ on the severity of the findings and language descriptors. For example, international outlet Euronews notes “that mobilization on the level of World War Two is required to fulfill the Paris Climate Agreement’s minimum target.” Another international source, the Daily Mail, points out that “even taking into account current Paris pledges, the world is on track for a 3.2C temperature rise, something scientists fear could tear at the fabric of society.” Lastly, when left-leaning outlets like Vox describe reports like this as catastrophic, right-leaning outlets like the Heritage Foundation generally tend to discredit them as “alarmist fearmongering”.
13 French Troops Killed In Helicopter Collision While Pursuing Militants In Mali
Two helicopters full of French troops pursuing militants in a remote region of Mali collided on Monday evening, killing 13 soldiers. Why it matters: It’s the “heaviest single loss for the French military in nearly four decades,” according to Agence France-Presse. In 1983, an attack in Beirut killed 58 French paratroopers. Zoom out: French troops intervened in Mali, a former French colony, in 2013 after radical jihadists took over parts of the country. At least 44 French troops have died since then. – AFP / NPR
Albania hit by deadly 6.4 magnitude earthquake
At least 18 people have been killed after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Albania, the defence ministry says. For context: Tuesday’s earthquake has been described by authorities as the strongest to hit Albania in decades. In 1979, a magnitude 6.9 quake hit Albania leaving 136 dead and more than 1,000 injured. Big picture: The Balkans is in an area prone to seismic activity. – BBC
Fresh Highs & Direct Listings
Each of the three major U.S. stock indices hit fresh record intraday and closing highs Tuesday after China signaled trade negotiators were pacing toward a deal, and a batch of retail earnings came in mostly stronger than expected. The Dow jumped more than 50 points as shares of component companies Disney and Microsoft each also rose to record levels. Separately, the small-cap Russell 2000 also rose to a fresh all-time high on Tuesday. One story we’re reading: NYSE proposes allowing companies to raise fresh capital in direct listings. – CNBC / Yahoo Finance
IOC calls for ‘toughest sanctions’ over deleted Russian doping tests
On Tuesday the International Olympic Committee demanded the “toughest sanctions” against those responsible for deleting positive doping tests held by the Moscow laboratory. Background: This follows the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) recommendation on Monday that Russia should be banned from competing in all sporting events for the next four years, including the 2020 Olympic Games. Monday’s WADA recommendation and Tuesday’s IOC statement follow the conclusion of an investigation into a purported cover-up of doping by Russian athletes. Keep reading. – DW / AP
Disney+ averaging around 1 million new subscribers per day
Disney is averaging about a million new subscribers every day for its new streaming service, Disney+, according to Fox Business. Why it matters: The company predicted 8 million people would sign up for the service before the end of 2019, so it’s more than exceeded its own expectations. One important takeaway: The millions of subscribers are driven in part by Verizon customers who are eligible for a free year of the streaming service. – Fox Business
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1942: Jimi Hendrix born
Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle. Hendrix grew up playing guitar, imitating blues greats like Muddy Waters as well as early rockers. He joined the army in 1959 and became a paratrooper but was honorably discharged in 1961 after an injury that exempted him from duty in Vietnam.
Remember: If Hendrix wasn’t born on this day, we might not have had the most famous national anthem rendition that almost never happened
🇺🇸 TOP TAGS
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