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Cramm for 8/5/19
 
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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Over the weekend, America faced two mass shootings. 

 

THE DETAILS. 

On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. At least 20 people were killed - including Mexican citizens. The shooting marks one of the “deadliest days in the history of Texas” - and the 250th mass shooting in 2019 alone. The suspect - who’s currently in police custody - is a 21 year old white man named Patrick Crusius. Just 20 minutes before the attack, Crusius reportedly posted a document to 8chan (as in the online message board) talking about how he hates immigrants and Hispanics. His Twitter apparently shows he liked a picture of Trump’s named spelled out with guns - plus tweeted his support for building a border wall. 

 

THE DETAILS PT 2. 

The same day, a separate shooting occurred in Dayton, Ohio. A gunman opened fire on a crowded section of downtown Dayton, killing at least 9 people - one of which was the shooter’s sister - and injuring 27 others. The suspect - Connor Betts, a 24 year old - was shot and killed by police. Authorities are still searching for a motive. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called the El Paso shooting an act of “domestic terrorism” - while officials are reportedly considering treating it as a hate crime. There were also renewed calls for stricter gun control. And the founder of 8chan called for the message board to be shut down. Meanwhile, Mexico threatened to take legal action against the US for failing to protect Mexican citizens. 

 

SO…?

Mass shootings are becoming all-too-common in the US. TBD on whether the gov passes new gun control laws. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: Puerto Rico has a new governor. Quick refresher: a few weeks ago, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s convos with other gov officials - filled with misogynism and homophobia - were leaked to the public. Cue protests. So last week, Rosselló handed in his resignation - and nominated Pedro Pierluisi to take his place as governor. Fast forward to this past weekend, and Pierluisi was sworn in. Problem, since some are questioning Pierluisi’s legitimacy as governor. Hint: the island’s House of Reps and Senate didn’t hold a vote to approve him. Speaking of which, the other day, John Ratcliffe said ‘okay okay, message received’ and withdrew his nomination for the next US intelligence director. Because, controversy. 

 

PROTESTS: All eyes are on Hong Kong. Reminder: months ago, China intro’d a bill that’d make it easier to hand over people accused of crimes in Hong Kong...to mainland China. Raising concerns that it’d also make it easier for China to punish journalists and activists. So yesterday, protesters in Hong Kong staged a strike - leading to over 200 flight cancelations, among other things. Stay tuned. In other news, over the weekend, hundreds of people were detained in Moscow during anti-gov protests. Then, yesterday, Russia’s gov announced they’d be opening up an investigation into Alexei Navalny - the country’s opposition leader. See: these allegations of money laundering. 

 

WORLD: Recently, Sudan’s military - along with the opposition - signed off on a constitutional declaration, setting the stage to create a transitional gov. Reminder: months ago, the military kicked out Sudan’s leader and took over the gov. Intro the protests, since Sudan’s citizens wanted a civilian-run gov. Now, it looks like the military’s finally listening. Meanwhile, yesterday, Iran said ‘here we go again’ and seized an Iraqi oil tanker in the Persian Gulf - apparently for “smuggling oil.” This comes after Iran seized a British oil tanker. And in other news, Indonesia just faced a massive, 9-hour power outage - affecting tens of millions of people. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Banana milk:” the newest alt-milk craze. It joins almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, and soy milk. Absolutely bananas. 


SAY WHAT?

“I really enjoyed it” - a French inventor after crossing the English Channel…on a hoverboard. Back to the Future, come to life. 

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