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Never Forget: “When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”… KEEP READING →
Plus, if you watch one thing: President Bush’s Opening Pitch at Yankee Stadium After 9-11
🦅 U.S. NEWS
Dead Bolt: Another U.S. national security adviser is ousted
President Trump abruptly fired John Bolton, his third national security adviser, with whom he had fundamental disagreements over Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Mr. Bolton objected to Mr. Trump’s attempts to pursue diplomatic avenues with players long considered American enemies. And he angered Mr. Trump with a last-minute battle against a peace agreement with the Taliban, which the president dropped for other reasons. Mr. Trump said he would appoint a replacement in the “next week.” Mr. Bolton handed in his resignation letter on Tuesday. A Fox reporter tweeted it. – NYT / Fox News
The census numbers that matter: Rising Incomes & Rising Uninsured
Yesterday’s Census Bureau data gives a revealing peek at the late stages of the Great Recovery. One: Poverty is dropping: the number of people living in poverty fell by 1.4 million. Two: but 2 million fewer people have health insurance: it’s the first time the uninsured rate has gone up since the Affordable Care Act has been in effect. Three: and median income is growing, but slowly: solid gains in household incomes over the past four years have returned the median only to where it was two decades ago. Why it matters: the percentage of Americans worried about losing their jobs is rising. Job cuts have been higher every month this year than the corresponding months in 2018, and last month’s job cuts were the highest August total since 2009. One final stat: Middle-class incomes reached a record average of $63,200 last year. – Axios / Washington Post / AP
Student loan experts sound alarm on ‘trillion-dollar blackhole’
Student loan experts warned the House that the student debt crisis is now a “trillion-dollar black hole” and is hurting the financial system. Why it matters: There is presently $1.5 trillion in outstanding student loans and around 11% of them are more than 90 days delinquent. In the second quarter of 2019, student loans comprised of 35% of those in the severely derogatory balance. Both sides disagreed on a fix to the crisis, with many representatives floating the idea of bringing student loans back to the private sector as a solution — reversing the move former President Obama made in 2010. Big picture: This issue is sidelining millions of Americans. People are putting off everything from marriage, to buying a home, to retirement. Crazy stat: Every 28 seconds, another borrower defaults. – Yahoo Finance
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
Trudeau to trigger election, setting up battle for his political survival
The election clock is about to start ticking in Canada, giving Justin Trudeau six weeks to overcome a deeply damaging ethics controversy and persuade Canadian voters that he deserves a second chance to lead the country. The charismatic Canadian prime minister and Liberal Party leader will officially begin the fight for his political survival today when he launches the federal election campaign. Why it matters: He took office in November 2015 and sailed through the first half of his post. He was the refugee-hugging, feminism-celebrating, magazine-gracing cover boy who looked in every way capable of taking up the mantle of a global progressive leader. But he has stumbled in several ways since then and now faces an exceptionally close race, with polls showing his Liberals running neck-and-neck with the Conservative Party. – Politico
Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex a massive part of the West Bank, explained
In a high-profile speech on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex a part of the West Bank called the Jordan Valley if he wins Israel’s upcoming election on September 17. The annexation is billed as a security measure, an essential move for Israel to protect its heartland. In practice, though, it would mean seizing land that’s vital to any future Palestinian state’s success — effectively dismantling the peace process. Reality Check: Annexation is not inevitable. Netanyahu might lose the election, or he might end up with a parliamentary coalition that would block his move. – Vox
Being counted: Catalonia and independence
For the past seven years the “Diada”, Catalonia’s national day, has seen vast, peaceful protests for independence. This year two developments should swell the crowd. A dozen separatist leaders are in prison, awaiting sentence after a long trial on charges arising from the illegal referendum and declaration of independence in October 2017. And Spain, from which they want to break away, is without a government. Pedro Sánchez, the Socialist prime minister, won a general election in April but has yet to cobble together alliances for a majority. Yet the run-up to today’s Diada has featured public splits between the two main separatist parties over strategy and leadership, and a sense of fatigue. Pre-registrations of marchers were lower than in the past. Quim Torra, the separatist president of Catalonia’s regional government, has said the Diada will place independence back in the spotlight. Many will watch to see whether that reveals it to be strengthened or diminished. – The Economist
All the new products Apple just announced
Apple kicked off its annual fall product launch on Tuesday where it unveiled new iPhones, Apple Watches and an iPad, as well as new details about Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. Headlines about the event dominated the tech space. That being said, the company debuted a trio of new smartphones, including the $699 iPhone 11, the $999 iPhone 11 Pro and the $1,099 iPhone 11 Pro Max. As predicted, Apple upgraded their respective camera systems to allow for wide-angle photos, while making improvements under the hood that result in a longer battery life and faster performance than before. In addition to new hardware, Apple also revealed launch dates and pricing for its much-anticipated Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade subscription services. Why it matters: both services cost $4.99 per month, which undercuts competitors like Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, and Google’s cloud gaming service, Stadia. Here’s everything else Apple announced on Tuesday. – CNBC
Blue Girl: Iranian female soccer fan dies after setting herself on fire
An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday. She disguised herself as a man by wearing a blue wig and a long overcoat, gaining the nickname the “Blue Girl” which turned into a hashtag that raced around the country yesterday afternoon. Big picture: the news comes as FIFA is working with Iranian authorities to overcome a ban on women entering stadiums for men’s games, a ban in place since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Back home, Odell Beckham Jr. said Tuesday he plans on wearing the flashy timepiece again and said he believes if it was any other player — or if the item would have been $20 instead of costing a six-figure fortune — it would not have been an issue. All eyes will be on Beckham’s wrist Monday night when the Browns take on the New York Jets. Developing: Antonio Brown accused of rape in civil lawsuit. – ESPN / AP
Uber lays off 435 people across engineering and product teams
Uber has laid off 435 employees across its product and engineering teams, the company announced Tuesday. Combined, the layoffs represent about 8% of the organization, with 170 people leaving the product team and 265 people leaving the engineering team. Big picture: These layoffs come shortly after Uber laid off 400 people from its marketing team. In Q2 2019, Uber lost more than $5 billion — its biggest quarterly revenue loss to date. Reality Check: even as it cuts costs in its marketing, engineering, and product divisions, Uber is ramping up spending in other areas. The company said it would spend $200 million annually to grow its two-year-old Freight business, which includes hiring up to 2,000 new employees over three years. – Tech Crunch / The Verge
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
2001: September 11 Attack on America
The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
Today I Learned that on September 11th, 2001, Officer John Perry of the NYPD went to headquarters to file retirement paperwork. When he heard the explosion at the world trade center he immediately responded and was later killed when one of the towers collapsed. He was the only off-duty officer killed on 9/11.
Did You Know that on September 12th 2001, the day after 9/11, The Queen ordered her Royal Guards to break protocol and play the USA’s National Anthem for stranded Americans in London.
One Final Thing: there was only one plane allowed to take off after flights were grounded on September 11, 2001. It was a plane carrying antivenin to a man bitten by a highly venomous snake.
🇺🇸 TOP TAGS
Yesterday’s top tag: 3,000 American Flags in Utah honor victims of 9/11
What is collective trauma and how does it relate to 9/11?