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Fall isn’t here yet, but pumpkin spice products are. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, returns today along with a second pumpkin drink – the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. Drink up…
🦅 U.S. NEWS
Three’s Company: New 2020 Poll Shows Three-Way Tie Among Sanders, Warren and Biden
A new national poll released Monday by Monmouth Universitysuggests a three-way tie between Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Why it matters: “The main takeaway from this poll is that the Democratic race has become volatile,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said. Big picture: Warren’s core message hasn’t changed since the early days of the campaign, but her audiences are getting larger as liberal affection for both her policies and political style grows alongside them. As for Biden and Sanders, they represent the ideological poles of the Democratic Party in this election cycle, but there is at least one similar question facing their candidacies: age. Here’s how the poll influenced headlines on the right, left, and center. – Fox News / CNN / The Hill
Location, Location, Location: Northern Virginia Real Estate Frenzy Has Begun
The first Amazon employees have barely arrived in Northern Virginia, but the housing market close to the company’s new headquarters in Arlington County is behaving as if all 25,000 workers are moving in next week. What’s happening: the impending arrival of Amazon’s second North American headquarters has ignited a real estate frenzy by those who already call the Washington region home. The homes are being sold for more than their listing price, with multiple buyers who routinely waive the contingency clauses that protect them from unseen structural defects. Why it matters: big tech is already in the spotlight for driving up home prices in cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and LA. This has subsequently lead to an uncontrollable increase in homelessness. There are now those who are worried companies like Amazon are exporting that problem to other parts of the country. – The Washington Post
Student-loan scams are on the rise in the U.S.
As student-loan debt skyrockets (now at around $1.5 trillion total) and defaults reach records (around $90 billion total), loan-forgiveness scams are mushrooming. What’s happening: websites are springing upto offer indebted Americans relief from loans or ways to help them navigate their current obligations — many of the sites fake, while others are legal but unable to help borrowers. Federal regulators have caught on to the scams but say the sheer volume has made shutting them down difficult. – WSJ / LI
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
Brazil slams G7 aid offer as Amazon fires rage
Brazil on Monday rejected a $20 million aid offer from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.” Why it matters: the blazes have fueled a diplomatic spat between France and Brazil. The French president has threatened to block a huge new trade deal between the European Union and Latin America unless his Brazilian counterpart takes serious steps to protect the fast-shrinking forest from logging and mining. Bolsonaro reacted by blasting Macron for having a “colonialist mentality,” and days later endorsed vicious personal comments about the French president’s wife posted online, driving their relationship to a new low. Related: Some of the photos celebrities are sharing of the Amazon fires were actually taken several years ago, and it shows a fundamental problem with social media. – AFP / Business Insider
Indonesia to move the capital from sinking Jakarta to Borneo
Indonesia’s president has announced the country’s capital will move from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to a site in sparsely populated East Kalimantan province on Borneo island, known for rainforests and orangutans. How come? Jakarta is struggling under a huge environmental burden and Indonesia’s capital is also sinking. Right now, Java is home to 60% of the country’s population and more than half of its economic activity. It is prone to earthquakes and flooding and is rapidly sinking due to uncontrolled extraction of groundwater. Here’s everything else you need to know about why Indonesia is moving its capital city. – The Guardian / News AU
Venezuelan migrants flood into Ecuador ahead of new visa restrictions
More than 85,000 Venezuelan migrants crossed into Ecuador from Colombia in the last month, ahead of new visa restrictions from Quito that took effect on Monday, the Colombian government said. Colombia is home to some 1.4 million Venezuelans who have fled a deep political and economic crisis that has caused long-running shortages of food and medicine. Why it matters: Ecuador will now require a visa for Venezuelan citizens, part of stricter immigration policies being implemented in several countries. Big picture: Some 320,000 Venezuelans currently live in Ecuador. The government estimates that figure could increase to nearly half a million by the end of the year. – Reuters
A Big Monday for Big Pharma
An Oklahoma judge on Monday ruled against Johnson & Johnson in the Oklahoma opioid trial, forcing the company to pay the state $572 million in the first trial in the U.S. seeking to hold a drugmaker accountable for helping fuel the epidemic. As anticipated, the company said it would appeal the judgment. Elsewhere in the world of Big Pharma, Bristol-Myers moved closer to buying Celgene. Background: Amgen agreed to buy the psoriasis treatment Otezla from Celgene for $13.4 billion in cash. Why it matters: the deal would pave the way for Bristol-Myers Squibb to complete its acquisition of Celgene, hypothetically avoiding any antitrust concerns. – WSJ / CNBC
Carli Lloyd Has Received An Offer From An NFL Team To Kick In A Preseason Game
Carli Lloyd has been offered the chance to make history by becoming the first woman to play in an NFL preseason game, her trainer said Monday. Background: Lloyd was approached by multiple NFL teams after a video of her kicking a 55-yard field goal on a visit to a Philadelphia Eagles training session last week went viral. While Lloyd was genuinely interested, the matchup on Thursday conflicts with a United States women’s national team game against Portugal. Elsewhere in football, the son of an ex-NFL player accused of killing his parents will appear in court today. In tennis, Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for the 19th time in a row and in college football, an ex-Penn State doctor alleged in a lawsuit that coach James Franklin pressured him to clear injured players. Why it matters: this is a sensitive and important subject especially given Andrew Luck’s high profile retirement. – ESPN / Fox Sports / USA Today / NOLA
There’s a New Lawyer in Town: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system
According to Fast Company, China’s social credit system is not unique to China. In fact, a parallel system is developing in the United States. For example, insurance companies are now scanning social media pictures to assess risk appetite and subsequent policy coverage and cost. Or take companies like PatronScan for example. The technology it uses at bars and restaurants maintains a list of people previously removed for “fighting, sexual assault, drugs, theft, and other bad behavior,” according to its website. Last but not least, tech platforms like Uber, Airbnb, and Whatsapp can ban users for life based on bad behavior. Why this all matters: The most disturbing attribute of a social credit system is not that it’s invasive, but that it’s extralegal. Crimes are punished outside the legal system, which means no presumption of innocence, no legal representation, no judge, no jury, and often no appeal. In other words, it’s an alternative legal system where the accused have fewer rights. Keep reading. – Fast Company
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1952: “Red Scare” dominates American politics
As the presidential election of 1952 begins to heat up, so do accusations and counteraccusations concerning communism in America. The “Red Scare”—the widespread belief that international communism was operating in the United States—came to dominate much of the debate between Democrats and Republicans in 1952.
Today I Learned a key aerospace scientist in the U.S. named Qian Xue Shen, was forced to return to China during the Red Scare, where he founded the Chinese space and missile programs.
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The growing community we’ve created continues to amaze and surprise us. While driving home last Friday Wayne L. stopped his car, got out, and took this picture just for our Flag Bearers group on Facebook. It’s on its way to being one of the most liked pictures of the week. Thanks for sharing, Wayne and keep these coming…
As we wrap up the summer, most parts of the country are baking in the heat and sun. In Asian countries, many people have a convenient tool at their disposal: They’ll often use umbrellas to shield them from the sun’s powerful rays. This begs the question: Can sun umbrellas ever become fashionable again in America?