Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported

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

NPR

At least 40 are dead due to the wildfires in California. Firefighters are gaining some control. Some people are returning home as evacuation orders are being lifted, but people are being warned to use caution. Officials plan to lift orders in stages, in some areas and to prioritize neighborhoods that suffered less damage.

Pres. Trump and Sen Rand Paul R-KY say they had a productive golf Sunday. Paul has come around to support the President on tax reform and healthcare. He had expressed concern over the attempt to eliminate a couple of deductions that would lead to tax hikes for the middle class but now says he thinks the President wants to be as “big and bold as possible.” He was also a no-vote during the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare but he emphatically supported the President’s executive order ending health insurance company subsidies.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and members of his government are celebrating an unexpected win in Sunday’s gubernatorial elections. The results are proving controversial. Opposition politicians are refusing to recognize the results which will likely further deepen divisions.

The Iraqi military has opened an assault on Iraqi Kurdish forces near Kirkuk. They’ve taken the headquarters of an oil company, a refinery, and are lining up near the Kirkuk airport. This comes following the Kurdish region’s vote last month for independence which has been rejected by Iraq. The US opposed the referendum, too but has worked with Kurds to oppose ISIS.

The President of Catalonia has sent a letter to the Spanish government calling for dialogue following the region’s vote for independence. He did not clarify his earlier remarks on whether Catalonia explicitly said it would succeed. Spanish officials say today’s remarks are not enough and they will retake control of the autonomous region unless they get a clear answer.

Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the National Anthem. He hasn’t been signed by another team after being a free agent since March. To prove collusion he only has to prove that as few as 2 teams or 1 team and the league want to keep him out.

The Israeli military says it has attacked a Syrian missile battery that fired on Israeli warplanes that were scouting the region over neighboring Lebanon. The Israeli military says the flight over Lebanon was routine and none of its aircraft was hit.

Fox News

An oil platform is burning in a Louisiana lake after an explosion late last night on an oil rig north of New Orleans. 7 people were injured; 5 with burn and blast injuries and are in critical condition. A search is underway for 1 person believed to be missing. It is unclear if there is an oil leak in the lake.

The calmer wind has helped firefighters gain more control over the California wine country wildfires. Officials are feeling more optimistic. Thousands of evacuees are being allowed back home but many do not have anything to return to as the fires burned down nearly 6,000 homes and buildings. At least 40 people were killed and bodies could be found in the ruins.

President Trump will have lunch today with Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell to discuss the fall agenda which includes completing the budget resolution, passing tax reform, and confirming judicial nominees. The 2 may be trying to repair a broken relationship that became public as the 2 took shots at each other over the failure to pass a healthcare bill.

Bowe Bergdahl is due in military court this morning expected to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy when the Army Sergeant walked away from his base in Afghanistan, then was captured by the Taliban then set free 5 years later in a controversial prisoner swap.

Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback that was 1st to take a knee during the National Anthem last season has filed a grievance against the NFL claiming the owners have colluded to keep him out of the league. His attorney says he shouldn’t be punished for a peaceful, principled protest.

More people have died in Somalia after Saturday’s truck bombing and puts the number over 300 killed. There are about 300 others who were injured. The bombing targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu and the Al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab terrorist group is being blamed; they have not claimed responsibility.

“If you see something, say something” is being stressed to hotel workers after the Las Vegas massacre. Training has changed drastically over recent years to include IT, Marketing, Legal, HR, and Operations have all spent a great deal on plans on implementing training.

On Wall Street, stock futures are up slightly.

In baseball’s playoffs, Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-1, Astros beat the Yankees 2-1.

BBC

The Iraqi Army has taken over Kirkuk Airport, a military base during a major operation to seize control of the city from Kurdish forces. Pro-government troops have moved in to secure key roads and oil and gas installations. Shops are closing and streets are emptying as people rush for home.

The Spanish government says the head of the Catalonia region has failed to clarify whether he declared independence last week. Authorities in Madrid say the leader must revoke any such declaration by Thursday morning or they will initiate steps that could lead to direct rule.

Officials in Portugal say the number of people killed in wildfires has risen to at least 27. High temperatures and low rainfall have made it vulnerable to fires.

The opposition in Venezuela is refusing to accept the results of Sunday’s vote to choose state governors won by Pres. Maduro’s governing socialists. The majority of governorships had been forecast as easy wins for the opposition. Their campaign chief has called for street action.

Officials in the Philipines say they’ve killed 2 top militants loyal to the Islamic State group. The Army was carrying out a military offensive against IS.

The defense lawyers representing the former S. Korean Pres. Park Geun-Hye in a corruption trial have resigned enmasse saying the trial was biased against Ms. Park and felt that any defense argument was meaningless.

EU Foreign Ministers are aiming to agree on a package of new sanctions against North Korea in a meeting today. It includes reducing the amount of money North Koreans working abroad would be able to send home.

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