POLITICS: Over the weekend, Prez Trump tweeted that Joe Biden “won because the Election was Rigged.” ICYMI, that’s the first time Trump’s appeared to acknowledge that Biden won - something the general public quickly realized. To which Trump clarified, “I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go.” This comes as more of his lawsuits keep getting thrown out. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Belarus. Reminder: the country headed to the polls a few months ago...and seemingly elected Alexander Lukashenko, who’s been prez for 26 years and is known to be pretty authoritarian. Enter: nationwide unrest and claims that the election was rigged. Fast forward to last week, and an anti-gov activist was beaten to death by security forces. That sparked nationwide protests...which led to the arrest of around 1,000 protesters. Tension, high.
DISASTERS: Everyone’s talking about hurricanes. About two weeks ago, Hurricane Eta slammed into Nicaragua, killing at least 120 people, leaving countless missing, and displacing thousands. The storm was also especially devastating in Honduras and Guatemala, where dozens more people were killed. Eta is estimated to have caused at least $5 billion (yes, with a b) in damages in Honduras alone. (Here’s how you can help.) Now, it looks like the region could be facing another massive hurricane: Iota, which just strengthened into a Category 5 storm. That marks it as the most powerful hurricane of 2020 and the strongest ever recorded in November. Stay tuned.
PEOPLE: Lately, lots of people have sued the Boy Scouts (BSA) over apparent sex abuse. Problem, since states have statutes-of-limitations that put timelines on when people can take legal action against the BSA. So in early 2020, a few states said ‘hold up’ and passed laws extending their statute-of-limitations rules on sex crimes. Meaning Boy Scouts who were abused as children could have more time to file lawsuits. Now, it looks like the total number of sex abuse claims surpasses 82,000. In other news, a new study just found that kids who got antibiotics under the age of 2 were more likely to have several illnesses or conditions when they got older. Think: asthma, eczema, hay fever, weight problems, food allergies, obesity, and ADHD.