POLITICS: Brexit is on everyone’s minds. Quick refresher: it’s no secret that the UK’s had a bit of trouble putting together a deal to ditch the EU. Enter: Prime Minister Boris Johnson - who recently worked out a Brexit deal with the EU. Problem, since Parliament supports this deal - but didn’t nod its head to speeding things up and getting the deal passed earlier. Meaning it wouldn’t be passed before the October 31st deadline. Now, it looks like the EU’s nodding its head to giving the UK another deadline extension. Aka a “flextension.” In other news, recently, Argentina said ‘this guy seems chill’ and picked center-left opposition candidate Alberto Fernández to be prez. This comes as the country’s facing an economic crisis.
PROTESTS: All eyes are on Lebanon. Reminder: for over a week, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets there in what’s being called the “October Revolution.” The why: anger over decades of political corruption and poor gov management. Yesterday, protesters took things a step further - and created a human chain across the entire country. Yes, really. About 170,000 people apparently participated, calling for the current gov to resign. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, in Chile, protesters have been taking to the streets for days over the country’s social and economic problems. At least 19 people have been killed in clashes with police. Now, it looks like Chile’s prez is asking his ministers to resign so he can reshuffle the gov.
USA: The fires in California keep getting worse. Recently, the state’s governor declared a state of emergency after strong winds caused an explosion of the Kincade Fire - which has already burned 54,000 acres - in northern California. Around 200,000 have been ordered to evacuate in Sonoma County, while millions of people in the area are without power. Now, it looks like authorities are looking into the possibility that this fire was started by an arsonist. Meanwhile, Rep Tim Ryan (D-OH) just dropped out of the 2020 presidential election race. And in other campaign news, Rep Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is endorsing Bernie Sanders for prez - joining Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.