Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn into another term in office. He begins a new term after months of uncertainty surrounding election results. He won a re-run with 98% of the vote.
Pope Francis has met Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He did not discuss the flight of 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, a situation the UN describes as ethnic cleansing. The Pontiff has met the top military leader there to discuss the importance of leadership during the transition.
President Trump goes to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican Senators today to discuss the tax overhaul legislation. The House has already passed a version. The Senate’s bill would eliminate a rule in the Affordable Care Act that requires people to buy health insurance, which has drawn criticism.
Today is the 6th annual “Giving Tuesday.” Thousands of charities are asking people to donate. One group is checking to see which donations make the most difference. Give Well combs through field research to tell you which charities deliver the biggest impact per dollar. Topping the list are The Against Malaria Foundation, 4 charities that treat children for parasitic worm infections at a cost of $0.50 per child.
Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore continues to campaign and has been relatively quiet since allegations surfaced that he initiated sexual contact with teenage girls, including accusations of assault. Moore has denied all the allegations.
The Senate Banking Committee will open confirmation hearings today for Trump’s nominee to be the next Chair of the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, Jerome Powell would succeed Janet Yellen. Powell regularly has backed Yellen’s policies as well as those of her predecessor.
Mexico’s President has shaken up his Cabinet again, but this time there is no chaos behind it. Mexico’s ruling party is preparing for next year’s presidential elections. Jose Antonio Meade, the Finance Minister resigned and soon after he announced he would be the 2018 Presidential candidate for his Institutional Revolution Party known as PRI.
Officials in Indonesia have extended the closure of the airport in Bali because of the volcanic eruption of Mt Agung. Thousands have been stranded on the island as the volcanic ash halted all airline traffic. The disaster warnings area has been extended as far as 6 miles around the volcanic crater.
President Trump will go back to Capitol Hill today to try to get Republicans united on the Senate but some Republicans fear it favors large corporations over small businesses. All Democrats are against it. The President will also meet with Congressional leaders later to discuss a spending bill that would avert a government shutdown next month.
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for John Conyers has come forward claiming he made several unwanted advances. He denies the allegations among others, including one from a fired staffer who was paid a settlement.
Two weeks before Alabama’s Special Senate Election, Roy Moore remains defiant saying the decades old claim of sexual misconduct involving teen girls is false. He refuses to get out of the race like some Republicans are calling for and there is a new choice for voters. Retired Marine Colonel Lee Busby a former aide to WH Chief of Staff John Kelly is going up as a write-in candidate. Alabamans reportedly are unhappy with Moore and his opponent Democrat Doug Jones.
A volcano is sending ash 13,000 feet into the sky once again in Bali, closing the airport down and making it tougher for people to get out.
Cybersecurity analysts tell Fox News that warnings went to the FBI and US Intelligence community as early as 2015 that 2,300 government officials and their spouses were targeted by a cyber espionage group with Russian ties, called Fancy Bear. They believe a coordinated attack coming a year before the election helped lay the groundwork for Russian interference during the campaign. The FBI said they failed to notify officials given the high volume of threats.
Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the Directors Guild of America. He has another accuser and a suit has been filed by actress Kadian Noble claiming he is guilty of sex trafficking. She says he lured her to a hotel room in France with a promise of a movie role, but sexually assaulted her instead. Noble says it happened in 2014.
On Wall Street, stock futures are modestly higher.
Pope Francis on a trip to Myanmar has called for the country to foster respect for each ethnic group, but he did not refer to the persecuted Rohingya people by name. Aung San Suu Kyi acknowledged the tensions and promised to protect the rights of all.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn into office in a ceremony in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The opposition leader Raila Odinga said Kenyatta had not been legitimately elected and there have been clashes between opposition supporters and police.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says the global economy is growing at it’s strongest pace this decade. There is forecast growth of 3.75 % next year before a slight slowdown in 2019.
UN-sponsored peace talks on Syria are opening for an 8th round in Geneva with no Syrian government representatives present for now. Officials say the government will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday to participate.
The Irish government’s Cabinet is meeting amid a crisis that threatens to bring down the minority government of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. He is set to meet the main leader of the opposition party Fianna Fáil later.
India’s Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to ban the global release of a controversial film which has angered right-wing Hindus. Judges also cautioned those in public office from criticizing the film Padmavati about a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.
Russia’s Space Agency says its failed to establish contact with a satellite launched on Tuesday from the organization’s new Cosmodrome at Vostochny in the far east of the country. It made a successful liftoff before communications failed.