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✨ Good morning! Today is Wednesday, November 6, 2019, and this is definitely tugging on our heartstrings.
• The Background
BULLETIN: DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS
Yesterday was a big day in the world of U.S. politics as voters across the country headed to the polls in a series of state and municipal elections. There were key races in Kentucky and Mississippi for the state’s next governors, while in Virginia, the entire makeup of the legislature was on the ballot. It ended up being a big night for Democrats. In Virginia, the Democrats flipped both houses, taking control of the state Senate and the House of Delegates, according to CNN. And in a key race in Kentucky, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear claimed victory over incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin. However, some are saying the race is too close to call. It wasn’t all bad news for Republicans though. In Mississippi, the Trump-endorsed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves beat Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. New York Times
• What Else You Need to Know
Although the elections are gubernatorial and state legislative races, the results could still serve to foreshadow the results of the 2020 federal election. The potential win by Beshear could be very telling. It comes despite the fact that President Trump held a rally Monday night in Lexington, Ky., in support of Bevin. Trump tried to distance himself from Bevin on Tuesday night. His campaign manager issued a statement on the race, saying “the President just about dragged Gov. Bevin across the finish line.” It was also clearly a hard night for the incumbent Republican governor, who refused to concede even after Beshear claimed victory. Meanwhile, the flip of both legislatures in Virginia to the Democrats may also be significant. Republicans have held (by slim margins) onto the Senate since 2004, and the House since 1999.
• What’s Next?
Voting continues Saturday in Louisiana. Voters will cast their ballots in a race between Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and challenger Eddie Rispone, a businessman with Trump’s full support. Looking ahead to Nov. 3, 2020, Moody Analytics is predicting Trump will win the 2020 election in a landslide. (Now we’re feeling moody.)
• Ambush Atrocity
A deadly ambush on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border left nine Americans dead, including three women, four small children and two infants. The victims, who were members of the Mormon community, were shot while in moving vehicles and allegedly burned alive. Authorities are investigating the devastating attack as a possible result of mistaken identity. They believe the sport utility vehicles, which were being driven by mothers in the group, may have confused criminals fighting in the area. Mexico has reached record levels of violence in the last year. CNN
• World: We Meat Again
After a five-month hiatus, China has finally agreed to allow Canadian meat products to be imported into the country. The suspension originally started after China said some Canadian meat tested positive for an additive called ractopamine, which is banned in China. This is particularly welcome news for Canadian meat farmers, as China is one of Canada’s largest export markets for pork and beef. Canada and China have been beefing (😂) for nearly a year, over Huawei woes, randomly detained Canadians and trade. CTV News
• U.S.: About Face
In a stunning move, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, reversed his initial testimony to impeachment investigators. In a three-page memo, he admitted there was, in fact, quid pro quo in Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Though Sondland initially said he did not know why military aid for Ukraine was being held hostage, he now claims Trump held back the aid until Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to investigate Joe Biden and his son. Sondland claimed to recall a conversation between Mike Pence and Zelensky, in which Pence claimed the military aid was directly linked to Ukraine’s willingness to investigate Trump’s political rival. This marks the first admission by a senior figure who had direct contact with POTUS. CNN
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”
– A statement signed by 11,000 scientists, who claim that urgent changes need to take effect immediately. These changes include ending population growth, leaving fossil fuel below ground, halting forest destruction and transitioning to only plant-based diets. The Guardian
• The Key to Security
Interac Corp., an interbank network that allows for electronic financial transactions and serves as the Canadian debit card system, has signed on to acquire Ottawa-based digital security firm 2Keys. The relatively small company — which employs 100 people — designs, develops and operates digital identity systems. Under the agreement, 2Keys will continue to maintain its core business, acting as a subsidiary of Interac. In a statement, Interac said 2Keys will play a critical role in supporting the future of digital ID and commerce “by empowering Canadians to securely access and use their identity, data and money with confidence and convenience.” (Sounds right on the money.) Global News
• Time is Money
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi unveiled two new products, one of which is the CC9 Pro smartphone — equipped with one of the highest resolution cameras on the market. Aside from the exceptional camera, the phone’s gigantic battery power is also worth noting. Xiaomi also launched Mi Watch, which is strikingly similar in appearance to the Apple Watch. But there’s one big difference: Mi Watch is $185 while the Apple Watch ranges in price from $500 to $1,000. Xiaomi is Apple’s top competitor when it comes to wearable technology. TechCrunch
• Basketball: Shooting for Subscriptions
The NBA is officially entering the increasingly crowded world of streaming services. The National Basketball Association launched NBA TV — a direct-to-consumer subscription service and app that gives viewers access to special programming and old games. The service costs US $6.99 per month, and can be accessed on connected devices like Roku, Apple TV, mobile phones and through a web browser on NBA.com. However, like most new streaming services, it’s not yet available in Canada — and no word yet if it ever will be. (Womp, womp.) CNN
• Yas, Queens!
HBO has officially ordered a new unscripted series called We’re Here, and let’s just say, we’re definitely here for it. The six-part show will follow three drag queens as they recruit people from small towns across the U.S. to participate in a one-night-only drag show. Guests featured in the episodes will be trained by three iconic drag queens, including Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley. The series is set to air in spring 2020. Deadline
• Under the Influence
We’re all for drinking responsibly but this is a new approach. Rather than simply hopping on public transit or calling a cab, a Louisiana man stole an electric shopping cart from Walmart and took that to the pub instead. When Brice Kendell Williams was caught by police, he told them he feared a drunk-driving arrest so he thought taking the cart from Walmart was a better move. Well, Williams may have avoided the DUI, but in exchange he got charged with felony and is being held on a $2,500 bond. (How much are those shopping carts worth?) CTV News
• Inhale, Exhale
In case you forgot how stressed you are, today is National Stress Awareness Day. Take today to step away from your worries, breathe, and do something to relax. Learn how to better decompress.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• At least three more anti-government protestors were killed by security forces in southern Iraq, as demonstrations rage on. Two-hundred-and-sixty-seven protestors have been killed since Oct. 1.
• In other depressing news, a head-on car crash in South Africa killed a family of four from Edmonton, Alberta.
• T-Mobile and Sprint are one step closer to becoming one. The proposed telecom merger has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission.
• The Queen is revamping her wardrobe to be more animal-friendly. Queen Elizabeth is vowing to no longer wear clothing with real fur.
• Female scriptwriters are getting a hand from Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie and Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson have launched Lucky Exports Pitch Program, a female-driven script-writing program.
• Trend Setter
Well, this is seriously fitting.