Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
Pres. Trump is flying toward Las Vegas to meet first responders and those affected by the shooting. The shooting left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 others were injured in the attack. The shooter’s girlfriend has arrived from the Philippines, and the police have described her as a person of interest, and wonder what she may have known about his plans. There have been more vigils honoring those who were killed in the mass shooting.
Congressional Republicans are taking their first steps this week toward their goal of passing tax legislation this year. The pivot to the tax bill comes after the party failed to fulfill its pledge to replace the ACA. The house will take up its budget resolution on the floor today.
The Nobel Committee has awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry to three scientists for their development of a method to look at molecules.
On Wall St. the DJI is up fifteen points, and the NASDAQ is down 7 points.
Dozens of people have arrested in St. Louis following fresh protests. Demonstrators are protesting the acquittal of a white ex-police officer in the shooting death of a black man. They’re also protesting police brutality. They blocked freeway traffic, and after the arrests about a hundred demonstrators gathered at the St. Louis City Jail.
Officials in Los Angeles are suing the Justice Department over getting rid of crime-fighting grants to so-called sanctuary cities. The jurisdictions say they won’t cooperate with federal immigration officials, whom they believe are using the threat of defunding as a weapon to push the federal governments stricter stance on immigration. L.A. is eligible to receive about $2 million to combat gang violence, but Jeff Sessions says he won’t give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law.
Sixty years ago today the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite into orbit: Sputnik went into space on October 4th, 1967, triggering the space race with the U.S. Sputnik orbited the Earth for three months before falling back into our lower atmosphere and burning up.
Marylou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, returned to the US from the Philippines. She has not been arrested and is a person of interest. One of Danley’s sisters told reporters that Paddock sent her away so he could carry out his plan with no interruptions. Paddock sent $100,000 to the Philippines days before the massacre.
After a search of Paddock’s house in Reno, NV, numerous electronic devices were discovered as well as five handguns, 2 shotguns, and a plethora of ammunition. 23 guns were found in the hotel room and 19 were found at his home in Mesquite.
Pres Trump will go to Las Vegas today to meet with victims and first responders.
The day after going to Puerto Rico to assess Hurricane Maria’s recovery, Pres Trump praised the federal response and the governor. He handed out relief supplies to victims.
Baseball playoffs started last night with Yankees beating the Twins 8-4.
After Sunday’s Vegas shooting spree, a new push for gun control is on. Dem Congressman Mike Thompson said its time “Republicans drop their dangerous, wrongheaded gun agenda.” Pres Trump said the issue will be addressed as time goes by. Chuck Schumer D-NY thinks President Trump could help the bipartisan debate. Republicans say the debate is premature and tax reform is the focus of the Senate.
The House has passed a bill to crack down on late-term abortions that will make it a crime to perform them after 20 weeks punishable by possible prison time for providers. Democrats oppose it which makes it unlikely to proceed in the Senate.
Tim Murphy R-PA, who is married and also sponsored the abortion bill is under scrutiny over text messages made public showing he reportedly urged his 32-year-old girlfriend he thought might be pregnant to get an abortion.
Stock futures are flat after another record day where DOW, NASDAQ, S&P500 hit all time highs again.
Prosecutors in Spain allege that officers failed to provide adequate backup to national security forces who were besieged by crowds as they raided a Catalan government building to disrupt preparations for the vote Sunday. Parliament will meet to discuss the results of the independence referendum. Madrid has promised to block results as unconstitutional; Catalonia’s Pres Carles Puigdemont said Catalonia will declare independence from Spain within days.
The girlfriend of the gunman who killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas on Sunday is reported to have returned to the US. Marylou Danley was in the Philipines at the time of the shootings is being questioned by the FBI and can hopefully provide info on his motive.
An inquiry has been ordered into the deaths of 18 farmers in India who are thought to have inhaled toxic pesticides. More than 400 are hospitalized.
The European Commission has ordered internet giant Amazon to pay 250 million euros for back taxes today. It argues that Amazon has received nearly a decade of state support from Luxemburg, it’s European headquarters. The move is part of a wider EU crackdown on tax avoidance by multinational businesses.
Japan’s biggest energy company, Tokyo Electric Power has won initial approval from industry regulators to restart it’s first nuclear reactors since a Tsunami destroyed the Fukushima plant 7 years ago. However, officials say the won’t allow the reactors to begin operations until a full review of the disaster is completed.
The World Bank says that east Asia and the Pacific region remain on the course for robust growth of more than 6% over the next few years. It warns that the growth is at risk from rising economic nationalism and geopolitical tensions over North Korea.
Thirteen British aid agencies have launched an appeal to raise funds more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar. The agencies say families arriving in Bangladesh are living in makeshift shelters with no access to clean water and sanitation.
The 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for improving images made of biological molecules.