POLITICS: Last month, it came out that Prez Trump chatted with Ukraine’s prez in a July phone call...and asked him to pretty please investigate the Bidens for potential dirt. And right before the call, froze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine. Hmmm. In response, Dems said ‘sounds just the teensiest bit suspicious’ and opened up an impeachment inquiry. Enter: Gordon Sondland. A couple weeks ago, he testified before the House and said there was no quid pro quo. But since then, multiple White House aides have alleged that there was. Now, it looks like Sondland’s switching his answer and saying there actually was a quid pro quo. Plot twist. Speaking of which, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s facing some accusations. Because, Russia.
WORLD: A new study just came out on vaping. Spoiler: there’s been a “significant increase” in teens vaping menthol or mint flavored e-cigarettes - with middle schoolers and high schoolers reportedly using them almost as much as fruit flavored e-cigarettes. Big deal, since the gov’s gearing up to ban fruit flavored e-cigs - but hasn’t made the call on menthol or mint flavored e-cigs yet. Stay tuned. In other news, recently, at least 8 people were stabbed at a site in Jordan. The suspect has been arrested, with authorities searching for a potential motive. Meanwhile, at least 17 people were killed recently after ISIS militants attacked a checkpoint on Tajikistan’s border with Uzbekistan. ISIS has not yet claimed responsibility.
MONEY: All eyes are on AT&T. Yesterday, the biz agreed to cough up $60 million over its “fake” unlimited data plans. Quick refresher: AT&T offers an unlimited data plan - but after a certain point, slooooows down your service to a fraction of what it was before. Now, it looks like AT&T is settling with the Federal Trade Commission. Speaking of which, the Federal Communications Commission (aka the FCC) is giving the formal thumbs-up to a $26 billion (yes, with a b) merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. This comes as a multitude of state attorney generals and consumer advocacy groups have spoken out against the merger. And meanwhile, Australia’s top women soccer players will now get paid as much as their male counterparts. Goal.