Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
The US Embassy in Zimbabwe is advising Americans there to stay indoors due to a period of political uncertainty as armored vehicles patrol the capital. The Zimbabwe military says there is no coup underway and a man in military fatigues announced on TV that President Robert Mugabe and his family were safe and their security guaranteed. He said the situation in Zimbabwe would return to normal once the military targeted the criminals around the President who were causing social and economic suffering.
The mystery is deepening around Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri who resigned suddenly in a televised address last week from Saudi Arabia. Lebanon’s President says Hariri and his family are detained in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. He has repeatedly tweeted that he will return to Lebanon within a couple of days. President Michel Aoun does not believe this and thinks Hariri is speaking under duress.
Senate Republicans are proposing to get rid of one part of the Affordable Care Act to help pay for a new tax overhaul bill. They seek to end the rule requiring everyone to get insurance. GOP says ending this rule will provide relief to low and middle-income Americans. Sen. Maggie Hassan D-NH says it will disrupt insurance markets, making it more expensive. The proposal is being reviewed by the Senate Finance Committee.
Officials in Northern California say 5 people are dead including the gunman after a shooting spree yesterday. The gunman tried and failed to enter an elementary school because officials there locked down the building.
Alabama Republican Roy Moore continues to deny sexual misconduct allegations against him. 5 women have accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with them while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Moore has denied all of the claims that were originally published in the Washington Post. Senior Republican leaders have urged him to drop out of the race but Moore has refused.
A New Jersey jury is deliberating for the 3rd day considering 18 counts of bribery and corruption charges in the federal trial of US Sen. Bob Menendez D-NJ. On Monday the jury said it was deadlocked, but the judge told them to keep trying to reach a unanimous verdict.
It has been 3 days since an earthquake rocked the mountainous border between Iraq and Iran that left at least 530 people dead and about 8,000 others wounded, mostly in Iran. Relief aid has been slow to reach quake victims, many of whom are sleeping outdoors in chilly weather.
Roy Moore says the attacks launched against him are the most vicious and nasty round of attacks he has ever faced. He says they were launched by the Obama/Clinton machine’s liberal media lapdogs. 5 women say the incidents happened in the late 70s when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s. The RNC has also pulled its funding from Moore’s campaign. An Alabama poll still has Moore leading Democrat Doug Jones.
The day before the House plans to vote on tax reform, the Senate Republicans add something to their version. They say that repealing the Obamacare mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance would save $338 billion over 10 years and would fulfill a promise. Some Democrats say it would hurt the middle class by making insurance more expensive.
Employees in Hawaii are saying a man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital has flown to California. He was acquitted of a murder in 1979 by reason of insanity and they are calling him dangerous.
There is an uprising in the African country of Zimbabwe as the military took control of the state media, took President Robert Mugabe in custody, and put patrols on the streets. Officials say it’s not a coup but they are stabilizing a degenerating political situation, which if not addressed may result in a violent conflict.
Kevin Neal, the gunman who went on a shooting spree in northern California was out on bail for stabbing one of his neighbors. He began his rampage by killing 2 of his neighbors; one of them was a woman he had a dispute with earlier this year, which resulted in a restraining order. He stole a car, killed 2 people, and shot at houses on his way to an elementary school. Officials at the school heard the gunshots and placed the school on lockdown as he came onto campus. 10 people were hurt before he was killed by police.
Ohio plans to kill a killer in 1 hour. A death row inmate who is sick and needs a special pillow to prop him up for the lethal injection.
For the 1st time a process called “gene editing” has been done inside a 44-year-old man to treat a disease. Through an IV he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a specific location. It will take a month before results are known.
News on the economy shows barely any inflation last month, consumer prices rose 0.1%, retail sales up 0.2%, and on Wall Street, there could be a sell-off. Dow futures are down more than 100.
The Zimbabwean Army has seized power in the country with military vehicles patrolling the capital Harare. Officials say 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe was safe and they are denying that there had been a coup. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has called for calm saying he was told by Mugabe that he is fine but is under house arrest. Mugabe’s wife, Grace, is reported to have fled to Namibia, but this has not been confirmed.
President of Lebanon Michel Aoun has made his toughest statement so far on the crisis over the Prime Minister Saad Hariri, accusing Saudi Arabia for the first time of holding Hariri and his family in detention. President Aoun said nothing justified Mr. Hariri’s continued absence from Lebanon and it was a breach of human rights.
A new report from the UN suggests that the amount of opium produced in Afghanistan has risen by almost 90% this year compared to last year. Opium from Afghanistan drives the world’s supply of heroin.
Russia’s Lower House of Parliament has unanimously passed legislation that could see foreign media outlets listed as foreign agents. The move is in retaliation to the US Justice Dept. ordering the Russian State TV channel, RT to register as a foreign agent there.
Diplomatic sources say Venezuela has signed an agreement with Russia to restructure $3 billion in debt that it owes to Moscow. Venezuela is trying to re-negotiate its external debt.
The trial of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and his daughter has formally begun in the capital Islamabad. They face corruption charges related to overseas assets revealed in leaked documents. Mr. Sharif was forced from office in July.