Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to send refugees back to Myanmar following what the US says was ethnic cleansing. It has become a humanitarian crisis affecting much of Southeast Asia. Around 620,000 Rohingya are housed in crowded, squalid camps in Bangladesh and a small number remain in Myanmar, many of them in internment camps without citizenship or basic rights.
The search continues in the Philippines Sea for 3 US Sailors missing since their plane went down yesterday while heading to the USS Ronald Reagan to deliver passengers and cargo. 8 crew members were rescued and are in good condition. The cause of the crash is not known.
Congressional Republicans are preparing to vote after Thanksgiving on the tax overhaul bill they say will lower taxes for businesses and individuals. Some of them oppose a measure that would end the individual mandate requirement of the Affordable Care Act; others oppose a plan to set the top corporate rate lower than the top rate paid by some small businesses, known as pass-throughs.
President Trump is spending Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, FL. This is his 8th visit to the exclusive resort since taking office.
Descendants of the Native Americans who shared a meal with the Pilgrims 4 centuries ago are celebrating a milestone in Massachusetts by speaking their Native Wampanoag language for the 1st time in 200 years. A tribe official said colonialism wiped the language out until she and others built a Wampanoag dictionary. She said historical documents were a big help, including a 17th century King James Bible in Wampanoag, which is considered one of the oldest ever printed.
NYC officials say security is tight for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Authorities say there has been no credible threat to the parade and they are posting sharpshooters on rooftops. Officers with assault weapons in the crowd.
A Thanksgiving football tradition resumes today with 3 NFL games on the schedule. The Detroit Lions will try to keep their winning streak going against the tough division rival Minnesota Vikings. The Dallas Cowboys host the LA Chargers and Washington will host the NY Giants.
A survey shows about three-quarters of Americans plan to do some shopping this weekend and some major retailers are opening today.
The Commander in Chief wished troops a Happy Thanksgiving, thanked them for their service, and also made a plug for his tax-reform proposal that is now before Congress in a video conference with members of the military who are not home for the holiday. He spoke to several members of each branch of the military from different locations around the world. He will also visit a Coast Guard facility today, then spending his Thanksgiving with family at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, FL.
Thousands of police are on the streets of NYC for the 91st Macy’s Day Parade, as well as sand filled garbage trucks blocking cross streets. There are more than 3 million people along the parade route.
Another woman who worked for Congressman John Conyers accuses him of sexual harassment. The Democrat has denied 2 other allegations but is under fire for settling a lawsuit with 1 of them.
Two more accusers have come forward claiming Democratic Senator Al Franken inappropriately touched them from behind. He says it is tough to respond to anonymous accusations.
Republican Congressman Joe Barton has been exposed online in a nude photo and sexually explicit chat messages posted anonymously is apologizing. The 68-year-old is blaming a woman he had a relationship with while separated from his 2nd wife. He said in a statement, “This woman admitted we had a consensual relationship. When I ended it, she threatened to share to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. The Capitol Police reached out to me and offered to launch an investigation and I have accepted.”
An expanded search continues in the Philipines Sea for 3 US sailors still missing the day after a military plane crashed flying from Japan to an aircraft carrier. 8 others survived.
A search also continues in the south Atlantic for Argentina’s missing submarine with 44 crew members on board. A spokesman for that country is saying that a sound detected just hours after they lost contact with the sub on November 15th, is consistent with an explosion.
Police in Baltimore are still looking for a cop-killer. It turns out the detective who was shot and killed last week had been set to testify against fellow officers that prosecutors say were involved in a drug-running scheme. Sean Suitor was shot with his own gun and there was evidence of a struggle. Officials say there was no reason to believe the murder was connected to Suitor’s pending grand jury testimony and the city is offering a $215,000 reward for info leading to an arrest.
In the NBA Miami beat Boston snapping the Celtics 16 game winning streak.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement that could help to repatriate Rohingya Muslims who are living in makeshift camps in Bangladesh. A statement from Bangladesh officials say displaced people could begin to return in 2 months. They are expected to work out a more specific repatriation deal.
It is unclear if urgently needed aid has been able to get into Yemen after a Saudi led coalition said it was easing an air and sea blockade. News reports say the plane carrying aid from the Red Cross has arrived, but a member of the Save the Children aid agency says she is not aware of it.
Police in southern China have arrested 7 people for their suspected involvement in running an underground bank worth more than $3 billion. Beijing is trying to shut down large and illegal banking networks that help transfer money outside the official but partially closed banking system.
Doctors in France say a man who suffered burns on over 90% of his body has recovered after being saved from death by a series of skin grafts by his identical twin brother. It is thought to be the most extensive operation of its kind. Since the grafts were identical to his own skin, they were not rejected.
The husband of a British woman jailed in Iran told the BBC that a trial date has been set for her next month. She was separated from her daughter and imprisoned while visiting her family in Iran. She will be tried on December 10th for spreading propaganda.
The world of jazz has been paying tribute to the American record producer, George Avakian who has died at the age of 98. He worked with many greats such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington.