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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Boris Johnson vs Parliament is here. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

A couple years ago, the UK said ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ and voted to break up with the European Union in a historic referendum. Immediately after, the country’s prime minister - David Cameron - said ‘welp, I’m out’ and...quit. Theresa May took his place - and promised to get everything neatly wrapped up. Whiiiich...never happened. Fast forward to a few months ago, and May announced she’d be resigning. Enter: Boris Johnson. Aka the UK’s new prime minister and one of Brexit’s biggest fans. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

We’ll repeat: the UK and the EU still haven’t figured out a deal. Meaning a no-deal Brexit is becoming more and more likely. Problem, since ditching the EU without a deal is expected to be very very bad for the UK’s economy. So over the past couple years, Parliament’s been doing everything they can to prevent a no-deal Brexit from happening. Case in point: yesterday, a group of lawmakers won a vote that’d let them take control of the parliamentary agenda. And today, they’re expected to try to push through a bill that’d make a no-deal Brexit a thing of the past. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Boris Johnson was not happy. And immediately threatened to call for a snap election. Snap election: when a prime minister bumps up the election to a sooner date. You read that right. 

 

SO…?

The deadline for Brexit is October 31st. TBD on whether the gov can work things out. 


THE ACTION

BIZ: Yesterday, Walmart announced that they’d be putting an end to all handgun ammunition sales - plus “short-barrel rifle ammunition,” which can be used for assault-style weapons. The biz also says they’ll start asking customers not to carry guns into the store. This comes as mass shootings are becoming more and more common in the US. In other news, recently, YouTube said ‘just gonna give ourselves a pat on the back here’ and declared that they’ve removed more than 100,000 videos and 17,000 channels for violating hate speech rules in the months of April, May, and June. Not to mention 500 million comments. This comes as the biz has been under fire for leaving up discriminatory or supremacist content. 

 

USA: Hurricane Dorian is leaving a devastating impact. As the storm moves away from the Bahamas, the world’s gotten a clearer view of the kind of damage it left. About 60% of Grand Bahama Island - including the airport - is underwater. Thousands of buildings have been damaged or destroyed. And there’ve been 7 confirmed deaths - although the prime minister says this number will continue to rise as rescue operations begin. Want to help? Here’s how. Speaking of which, the search for victims in the California boat fire was just called off - leaving 34 people presumed dead. Now, officials are looking into what may have caused the fire. 

 

WORLD: Everyone’s talking about Hong Kong. Reminder: months ago, China intro’d an extradition bill that’d make it easier to hand over people accused of crimes in Hong Kong...to mainland China. Raising concerns that the bill would also make it easier for China to punish journalists and activists. Cue some of the biggest protests Hong Kong’s ever seen. So yesterday, the city’s leader - Carrie Lam - officially withdrew the extradition bill. Yes, really. No word yet on this from protesters. Meanwhile, the United Nations is pointing fingers. Recently, they released a report on war crimes in Yemen. And announced that the US, the UK, France, and Iran may have had a part to play. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Forever 21:” the biz that’s being sued by Ariana Grande for apparently using a ‘look-alike model’ in their campaigns. Thank u, next. 


SAY WHAT?

“The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits” - a teacher on why he decided to ban Harry Potter books. Dumb(ledore). 

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