Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported

Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.

NPR

Puerto Rico remains in desperate need of relief as people stand in lines for food, clean water, and gas following Hurricane Maria. The majority of the island’s hospitals don’t have electricity and emergency response officials are trying to bring as many as 36 planes per hour. Officials say many Americans are not receiving relief aid.

Tropical Storm Maria is moving north in the Atlantic and is staying off the east coast and is expected to swing deeper into the Atlantic later today.

A day after Senate Republicans gave up on the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump and congressional Republicans are moving on to taxes. Pres. Trump will provide details later today in a speech in Indianapolis. He has said the goal is to simplify the tax code, lower taxes for businesses, and cut taxes for the middle class.

The crowd erupted in loud shouts when Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was declared the winner in the Republican primary run-off election. Moore told his supporters that if he is elected to the Senate, he will work to return American to a “knowledge of God” and he wants to be known as a backer of Donald Trump. He will face Doug Jones in a special election in December.

A report says that a program that helps veterans pay for healthcare in the private sector needs more money, possibly as soon as December. The Veterans Choice Program received more than $2 billion in emergency funding in August, but the VA says it may need more funding to provide vets wider access to care.

Defense Sec. Jim Mattis has arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit. Just after his arrival, six rockets exploded near the airport. He was not nearby and no one was injured. Mattis says the US continues to support the Afghan government and a new strategy announced by Pres. Trump calls for 4,000 more US troops to train Afghan forces.

Thailand’s former Prime Minister has been sentenced to 5 years in prison on a corruption charge. She is not in Thailand is thought to have fled the country before she was convicted. She and her brother, who also served as an elected PM was toppled by a military coup in 2014.

Fox News

Alabama Republicans voted for Roy Moore in the GOP primary run-off. He defeated Luther Strange, who had been appointed to the seat and was supported by Pres. Trump. Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in December.

Now that Senate Republicans failed to unite around a plan to replace Obamacare, the GOP turns its focus to tax reform. The President will unveil elements of the overhaul tonight in a speech in Indiana and is hoping to get support for the tax cuts from IN Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly.

The National Anthem protest spilled over to Congress again as some Congressman and women knelt on the House floor. Some NFL plans who oppose the protest are protesting by canceling their Direct TV Sunday ticket packages, which is about $280. Viewership is down by 11%.

Construction is underway in San Diego for 8 prototype walls as President Trump pushes Congress to fund the building and to move forward.

Militants in Afghanistan fired rockets at the airport in Kabul, one hitting a nearby home, injuring 5 people. This comes as Defense Sec. Mattis is in Afghanistan for talks with the Afghan President and NATO’s leader.

The city of Everett, north of Seattle, sued drug maker, Perdue Pharma in January for gross negligence and nuisance for allowing pain medication to flood the black market and Everett. A federal judge denied Perdue’s request to dismiss.

On Wall Street, stock futures are up slightly after the DOW dropped 11 points, NASDAQ rose 9, and overseas trading markets are moving higher.

BBC

Iraq’s prime minister has demanded the cancellation of the outcome of the independence referendum held in the country’s Kurdish region. He was addressing parliament in Baghdad. A resounding vote in favor of independence is expected after Monday’s poll. Earlier the Kurdish leadership called on Baghdad to hold talks.
The prime ministers of Canada and Britain have criticized a decision to impose tariffs of more than 200% on planes exported to the US by the transport company Bombardier. The Canadian firm is one of the biggest employers in Northern Ireland.
The US Department of Commerce has ruled that unfair state subsidies helped it win an order to supply planes to the American airline Delta.
The former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for her involvement in a rice subsidy scheme introduced by her government. Ms Yingluck fled to Thailand last month.
Human Rights watch has accused the army in Cameroon of forcibly returning at least 100,000 asylum seekers to neighboring Nigeria. It is said that some of the Nigerians who fled the Boko Haram insurgency were tortured and sexually abused. The campaign group said the violence was in retaliation for Boko Haram’s attacks on Cameroon.
Thousands of people in cities across South Africa have been marching in protest against corruption, the demonstrations called by the main trade union federation. Protesters have accused President Jacob Zuma’s government of wide spread corruption in its awarding of contracts, which it denies.
European union regulators have fined the truck manufacturer Scania $1 billion for colluding with five other producers over price and emission costs. EU Anti-Trust regulators have ruled that Scania and the other companies have colluded for 14 years.
The Palestinian Authority has joined the international police organization, Interpol. The Israeli prime minister had opposed the move.

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