WORLD: The death toll in Typhoon Hagibis keeps rising. Reminder: earlier this week, Japan was hit by a powerful typhoon (think: a hurricane, but in the Northwest Pacific) - one of the strongest to hit the area in years. So far, at least 74 people have died, with over a hundred thousand people currently searching for any remaining survivors. Thousands are still without power. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, recently, Rep Elijah Cummings (D-MD) passed away at the age of 68 due to “longstanding health challenges.” Cummings, who was from Baltimore, was elected to the House of Reps in 1996 and was heavily involved in things like the impeachment inquiry. Lawmakers across the nation paid tribute to him.
USA: Today, teachers in Chicago are expected to go on strike. Quick refresher: over the past few years, the US has seen a lot a lot of teacher strikes. Now, it looks like Chicago teachers are joining in. They’re demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes, and overall improved conditions for students and teachers alike. About 300,000 students will be affected by the strike as schools throughout Chicago will be cancelled. Unclear whether the strike will result in a deal. Speaking of which, a deal has reportedly been reached to end the United Auto Workers union’s strike against General Motors. This comes as the strike - which involves nearly 50,000 workers - is in its 31st day.
POLITICS: Brexit’s got a breakthrough. Reminder: back in 2016, the UK shocked everyone and voted to divorce the European Union. But in the years since, they’ve had a bit of a problem actually accomplishing that. Untillll today. Case in point: the UK and the EU apparently nodded their heads to the outline of a Brexit deal. Now, it’s up to EU leaders and British Parliament on whether the deal becomes official. In other news, the International Monetary Fund’s lowering its expectations. See: the organization drop drop dropped its forecast for global growth in 2019 to 3% - the lowest rate since the financial crisis. Bad omen.