USA: Recently, PG&E said ‘not this time, fire’ and announced that they’ll be cutting power across parts of Northern California. Yes, really. Reminder: back in 2018, California faced the Camp Fire - the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire ever. And after a state investigation, it was discovered that a PG&E power line caused the fire after hitting a tree. Now, it looks like the biz is cutting power to about 800,000 people for as long as a week in order to protect against wildfires. Speaking of which, saltwater from rising oceans is apparently killing forests - even ones that aren’t all that close to the beach. Not good.
POLITICS: The Trump team is feeling rebellious. Yesterday, the State Dept said ‘not so fast’ and blocked the testimony of Gordon Sondland - the US ambassador to the European Union and a key player in the House’s impeachment inquiry into Prez Trump. Then, hours later, sent a letter to House Dems saying they won’t go along with the inquiry. Because, unfairness. The letter also said the inquiry was an effort to mess with the 2020 presidential election and give Dems an advantage. Plot twist. In other news, a White House official who listened in on Prez Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s prez - Volodymyr Zelensky - reportedly told the whistleblower that it was “crazy” and “frightening.” And was apparently “visibly shaken.”
WORLD: The US is taking a stand. Reminder: last year, it was discovered that China’s been holding over one million Uighur Muslims (a predominantly-Muslim ethnic group) in what have been largely seen as internment camps - reportedly as part of a campaign to crack down on terrorism. Cue outrage. Now, it looks like the US is slapping visa bans on any Chinese officials who have ties to these camps. Meanwhile, Turkey has big plans. Reminder: for years, the US fought alongside the Kurds (a minority group) in an effort to defeat ISIS. Problem, since Turkey sees the Kurds as terrorists - and plans to attack them once the US pulls out of Syria. An attack that will apparently be happening “shortly.” Stay tuned.