WORLD: Reminder: back in 2014, Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, a US marine, met a woman named Jennifer Laude while on leave in the Philippines. The pair checked into a hotel, where Laude was found dead the next morning. Pemberton testified that he attacked her after discovering she was transgender...and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Fast forward to this week, and Philippines Prez Rodrigo Duterte pardoned Pemberton. Meaning he’ll get to go home after having served just 6 years of his sentence. Speaking of which, a Saudi court just issued the final verdicts in Jamal Khashoggi’s killing. 8 people were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. In other world news, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he’s prepped to go ahead and “move on” if he doesn’t reach a deal with the EU by October.
POLITICS: Every ten years, the US conducts a census to keep track of the population. Big deal, since the census is used for things like how to allocate funding for public services and how many House of Reps seats each state gets. Except last month, the gov announced they’d be finishing the census by September - raising concerns that the hardest-to-reach households won’t be included. Now, a judge is ruling that it’s too soon for the Census Bureau to stop counting. In other news, lately, there have been reports that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pressured employees at his previous biz to donate to Republican campaigns. And even reimbursed them with bonuses. In response, Prez Trump says he’s open to investigating the accusations.
USA: California is still facing countless extreme fires - one of which was reportedly set off by a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” at a gender-reveal party near Los Angeles. That fire went on to burn thousands of acres and cause thousands of people to be evacuated. In other news, Jacob Blake - the 29 year old Black man who was shot by police 7 times in the back recently - just spoke out about the shooting for the first time. And said, “your life...can be taken from you like this,” while snapping his fingers. On that note: the other day, the Trump team called for a ban on federal training on topics like critical race theory and white privilege. Because, alleged “anti-American propaganda.”