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.