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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The UK gov is all over the place. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

A couple years ago, the UK said ‘it’s not you, it’s me,’ shocked everyone, and...voted to ditch the European Union. Since then, they’ve had some problems actually accomplishing that. Read: a lot. Between rotating prime ministers and tons of missed deadlines, Brexit is pretty much up in the air. Enter: Boris Johnson. He’s the UK’s latest prime minister who also happens to be Brexit’s number one fan. Plus Parliament’s number one enemy. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

It’s no secret that Parliament is very very very very against a no-deal Brexit - unlike Johnson. No-deal Brexit: when the UK ditches the EU without a deal. Aka apparent economic disaster for the UK. So yesterday, Parliament said ‘checkmate’ and gave a formal approval to legislation that would prevent a no-deal Brexit. Hint: they’ve been chatting about this for a while - but only made things official yesterday. Bomb, dropped. 

 

THE REACTION. 

We’ll quickly remind you: after Parliament first intro’d this legislation, Boris Johnson threatened to call a snap election. Meaning the UK would head to the polls much sooner than originally planned. This time around, Parliament was prepared. Right after blocking a no-deal Brexit, lawmakers voted to block a snap election. Oh snap. 

 

SO…?

The deadline for Brexit is fast approaching. Cough, October 31st, cough. TBD on whether the UK works things out - or asks the EU for another deadline extension. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Recently, North Korea said ‘hey, love to chat, give us a call’ and then...launched a projectile. Reminder: ever since Prez Trump took office, the US’s relationship with North Korea has been, ahem, rocky. Think: months of missile-launching (courtesy of North Korea)...followed by months of talks and in-person meetings...followed by months of missile-launching. Yesterday, North Korea sped up the process. And said they’re open to talks with the US again - before launching what’s believed to be a short-range missile. ICYMI, that’s the country’s tenth missile launch since May. Reassuring. And speaking of which, Prez Trump says peace talks with the Taliban are officially “dead.” 

 

USA: The Food and Drug Admin has its eyes on Juul. You know Juul for being the e-cigarette biz that’s come under fire for allegedly targetting teens with things like flavored e-cigarettes. Yesterday, the FDA had a new accusation. And announced that Juul illegally marketed e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes....without any gov approval. The FDA reportedly sent a warning letter to Juul. All of this comes as New York is reportedly planning on banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in an attempt to halt teen vaping. Meanwhile, all four missing crew members in that overturned Georgia cargo ship have been safely rescued. 

 

POLITICS: All eyes are on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin (aka NOAA). Reminder: last week, as Hurricane Dorian was heading toward the US, Prez Trump tweeted that Alabama was in its path. Something not at all supported by any meterologists. The NOAA tweeted in response - and said Trump’s claims were 100% false. Now, it’s coming out that Commerce Sec Wilbur Ross threatened to fire people at the NOAA over these tweets - leading the organization to eventually release a letter in support of the Prez’s comments. Cue backlash. In other news, North Carolina’s heading to the polls today in a special election. And as of now, things are thiiiiis close between the Dem and Republican candidates. 


WHAT TO KNOW

World’s First Cheese Conveyer Belt Restaurant:” an actual thing. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Legendairy. 


SAY WHAT?

“We took some bad legal advice” - A couple on why they spent $120,000 after the money was incorrectly deposited in their bank account. Spending spree, on steroids.

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