BIZ: The Chicago teacher strike is still under way. Reminder: over the past couple years, you’ve seen teachers in states all across the nation go on strike for things like higher pay and smaller classroom sizes. Enter: Chicago. For 11 days, teachers there have been on strike, with Chicago Teachers Union delegates nodding their heads to a tentative agreement earlier this week. But the strike’s still not set to end, since the teachers aren’t willing to make up the days they missed, like the city wants them to. Standstill. Speaking of which, Ford (as in the auto biz) is ahead of things. Yesterday, the biz reached a deal with the United Auto Workers union to avoid a strike.
WORLD: Twitter’s taking the hint. Quick refresher: lately, the whole world’s been (even more) mad at Facebook for its policy on political figures. As in the biz says it’s all good with politicians pushing their message through its platform - even if messages include false claims. So yesterday, Twitter said ‘we’re the good guys’ and announced that they’ll be banning all political ads starting next month. Speaking of which, Facebook says it suspended multiple accounts tied to an ally of Prez Putin. The accounts were apparently spreading disinformation in an attempt to influence politics in countries like Libya and Sudan. And in other news, North Korea reportedly just fired two unidentified projectiles - supposedly missiles.
USA: Recently, John Bolton - the US’s former national security adviser - was summoned to testify before lawmakers in the impeachment inquiry. It wasn’t a subpoena; instead, it was a voluntary request. Not yet clear whether Bolton will show. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve’s making some changes. Recently, the organization cut interest rates by a quarter point - the third cut they’ve made this year. This comes amid rising concerns of a slowing economy. In other news, a new report shows that two out of every three American kids didn’t meet reading proficiency levels - while the average eighth-grade reading level dropped in over 25 states from 2017. Not good.