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✨ Good morning! Today is Wednesday, October 16, 2019, and we all have a new friend on Instagram.
• The Background
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A dozen Democratic candidates took the stage last night in the largest-ever presidential primary debate in modern history. The three-hour event took place in Westerville, Ohio — a perpetual swing state. Contenders faced off for the fourth time (and for some, it will be their last), covering a multitude of hot-button topics ranging from gun violence and the opioid crisis, to Roe v. Wade and Medicaid, the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, and the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.
• What Else You Need to Know
Elizabeth Warren entered the debate as a frontrunner — sharing first place with former Vice President Joe Biden, according to polls. She solidified her position, spending a good portion of the night fending off attacks from her fellow candidates. Meanwhile Biden defended his age (if elected, he would turn 80 while in office) saying one of the reasons he is running is because of “my age and my wisdom.” Warren, 71, was also asked about her age, and vowed to “outwork, out-organize and outlast” any candidate “or whoever the Republicans get stuck with.” As for Bernie Sanders, he brushed aside any concerns about his recent heart attack, saying he will be launching a “vigorous” campaign, including an upcoming rally with a special guest. (Reports suggest it’s New York lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and that she will endorse Sanders).
• What’s Next?
The fifth Democratic debate will be held Nov. 20 in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight of the 12 candidates have qualified so far. As for Republican candidates, there aren’t any primary debates currently scheduled. Back in D.C., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last night that she’s calling off a House vote to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry — for now.
• Cartel Crisis
What one might expect to see in a TV show like Narcos became a sad reality yesterday. In a devious ambush, more than 30 drug cartel gunmen waited for police to arrive in the township of Anguilla before opening fire with high-calibre weapons, killing 13 police officers and wounding nine others. The attack was the worst offence on Mexican law enforcement in years, and comes amid increasing drug-related gang violence in the region, which has soared in recent months. The attackers left posters on police vehicles signed “CJNG” — the initials of the Jalisco New General Cartel, a dominant drug gang in the area. CNN
🇨🇦 CANADA VOTES 2019
From now until Oct. 21, we’ll be bringing you all the updates from the campaign trail (including who’s making promises and who’s breaking ’em).
• Jagmeet Singh, Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer all respectively defended their participation in what is being criticized as a notably divisive campaign season.
• Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pitched Quebec voters yesterday, claiming that Canadian national unity is at risk if the Liberal government stays in office. He pledged to work on a new interprovincial trade deal, announcing he’ll get started within his first 100 days in office.
• NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh doubled-down on his party’s pledge to ditch the Senate, saying it will give Canadians better representation. Sadly, though, accomplishing that would be an almost impossible feat.
• Meanwhile (and on a lighter note), Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau quelled a crying baby at a campaign stop by reassuring the child that they would eventually have eyebrows like his one day. (Things are getting weird.)
• World: Things are Getting Syria-s
Amid the escalating crisis in Syria, Russia opted to fill the void left by U.S. troops, sending its own military units to patrol the territory in northern Syria. Thanks to Turkey’s military invasion, Kurdish fighters have been forced to switch sides, aligning themselves with the Syrian military as a survival tactic. Meanwhile, Canada has suspended new export permits to Turkey, clearly indicating its disapproval of the country’s military operation. And it’s not just governments taking action — businesses are speaking up, too. Volkswagen halted a $1.4-billion investment in Turkey as a result of the military offensive.
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this — this ridiculous conspiracy idea.”
– Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, whose foreign business dealings are at the centre of the Ukraine scandal. Though Biden admits he failed to foresee the implications on his father’s political career, he claims he did nothing improper in his private ventures. ABC News
• Rival Revival
Only a few months after it went bankrupt, kids’ clothing retailer Gymboree is making a major comeback thanks to its leading competitor. The Children’s Place is helping to bring back Gymboree by launching a new website and “shop-in-shop” in over 200 of its stores by early 2020. The revitalized brand will be more digitally focused, including a new app, a new loyalty program, free shipping and the ability to order online from both brands in the same shopping cart. The Children’s Place acquired the failed Gymboree in March for $76 million, just months after the company filed for bankruptcy. CNBC
• Google’s Latest Gadgets
Google unveiled its latest innovations at its annual Made By Google event, giving fans a glimpse of the Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, new Pixel Buds and more. For starters, Google unveiled its new smartphone, the Pixel 4, which comes in two sizes and features a “Project Soli” radar chip, allowing users to switch songs, snooze alarms and silence calls simply by waving a hand over the device. Google is also rolling out a higher-end Chrome OS laptop, dubbed Pixelbook Go. The notebook has a 13.3-inch display, up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Last but not least are Google’s Pixel Buds (basically the company’s take on AirPods), with microphones that adapt based on your environment, and cancel out background noise. (Fancy.) TechCrunch
• Golf: Tiger’s Tell-All
Tiger Woods is shifting gears from sports to script. The golf icon announced yesterday that he’s writing a new memoir titled Back, which will showcase his deep, dark dealings with sex addiction, the tabloids and several serious injuries, both personal and professional. The book will cover Woods’s childhood up until present day, and his major comeback this past April, when he won the Masters. Since so many others have written about Woods, he’s choosing to write the real narrative — “this book is my definitive story,” he says. (Sounds on par.) NBC News
• The A-List
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2020 nominees, and the star-studded list includes Pat Benatar, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Dave Matthews Band, MC5, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. (Is that all?) The official inductees will be announced in January and appointed on May 20, 2020, at the 35th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in Cleveland. Billboard
• The Mile High Club
It was love at first flight. A 30-year-old woman from Berlin, Germany is claiming to be in a five-year relationship with a Boeing 737-800 she calls “darling.” The two met at an airport in March 2014, and she was literally swept off her feet. Given the plane’s busy schedule, it’s clearly a long-distance relationship, but she’s learned to manage: she had a model made of the aircraft that she cuddles up to every night. Simple Flying
• Chew on This
Today is World Food Day, but it’s not a day to celebrate your favourite delicacies. While you should always be thankful for the food on your plate, today is focused on raising awareness about world hunger and poverty. Roughly 795 million people worldwide are living without enough nourishment to lead a healthy life.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• POTUS’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is refusing to comply with the House Democrats’ impeachment subpoena for documents relating to the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
• Nine people are missing and one is dead after a seven-storey building collapsed in Brazil.
• A 4.5-magnitude earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay area on Monday evening, followed by more aftershocks throughout the morning yesterday.
• CanTrust will destroy $77-million worth of cannabis inventory to comply with Health Canada regulations, which it previously failed to abide by.
• Felicity Huffman has officially started her 14-day jail sentence for her participation in a university cheating scandal.
• Not the Answer You’re Looking For
Some questions are better asked in private.