WORLD: Recently, Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 3 storm. Bad news, since right now, Dorian’s right off the coast of South Carolina - bringing 100mph winds, flooding, massive storm surges, and heavy rainfall. At least 73,000 people in South Carolina and Georgia are without power. Now, it looks like Dorian’s expected to make landfall in North Carolina by tonight. Meanwhile in the Bahamas, the death toll has risen to 20 - with US search teams reportedly on their way to help. This comes as the international airport’s been destroyed, making it harder for aid to reach the area. In other news, the Trump team’s cutting back on energy efficiency rules for light bulbs. Intro lawsuits. And speaking of which, meet Sharpie-gate.
POLITICS: Boris Johnson can’t catch a break. We’ll remind you: Johnson is the UK’s new prime minister who’s a big fan of a no-deal Brexit. Unliiiiike Parliament. See: earlier this week, a group of lawmakers voted to take control over the parliamentary agenda - causing Johnson to threaten to call for a snap election. So Parliament said ‘we’d like to see you try’...and voted to stop Johnson from doing so. Plus officially voted to put an end to any chance of a no-deal Brexit. Unclear what Johnson’s next move will be. In other news, the US and China just agreed to meet up in Washington, DC to talk trade. The stock market...threw a party. This comes as the trade war between the two countries keeps escalating. Tension, high.
BIZ: Recently, 14 women who’ve allegedly been sexually assaulted by Lyft drivers sued the company. The women say Lyft has a “sexual predator crisis” and doesn’t do enough to prevent sexual assault. Think: thorough background checks. No word yet on this from Lyft. Speaking of which, Google (which owns YouTube) is coughing up $170 million after regulators said the biz knowingly used personal info from kids to target them with ads. Without asking permission. ICYMI, that’s illegal. But critics are pointing out that a $170 million fine isn’t very much for a biz like Google - and want more to be done to protect people’s privacy. Stay tuned.