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✨ Good morning! Today is Monday, October 7, 2019, and can someone just make the reunion official already?
BULLETIN: AND ANOTHER ONE
• The Background
Another whistle has officially been blown. The same lawyer representing the first government intelligence whistleblower, who unleashed a complaint about President Donald Trump’s dealing with Ukraine that led to the impeachment inquiry, says he’s now representing a second whistleblower with concerns regarding the president’s recent actions. The second whistleblower claims to have “first-hand knowledge” of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but is not filing a separate formal complaint. CNN
• What Else You Need to Know
There’s more where that came from. Andrew Bakaj, an attorney representing the two whistleblowers, tweeted yesterday, “I can confirm that my firm and team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General.” According to the initial whistleblower, more than six U.S. officials are privy to information relevant to the investigation, suggesting that more whistleblowers could come forward. Like the first whistleblower, the second is also in the intelligence community, and has been interviewed by Michael Atkinson, the head of the intelligence community’s internal watchdog.
• What’s Next?
The fact that there’s now a second whistleblower is bad news for President Trump, who has been repeatedly insistent that the initial complaint was totally inaccurate.
• On the Run
A shooting at a bar in Kansas City has left four people dead and another five injured after two suspects entered and started shooting early yesterday morning. The shooters, who fled immediately, are not in police custody. Though all four who died were hispanic men, police say they don’t believe the incident was racially motivated and that it was likely an isolated event. NBC News
🇨🇦 CANADA VOTES 2019
• On Friday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer fired a B.C. candidate, Heather Leung, after she made slurs against the LGBTQ community.
• While other party leaders were busy preparing for tonight’s English-language debate, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau spent his Sunday morning planting trees.
• Meanwhile, Jagmeet Singh and the NDP Party took aim at the Liberal record on Indigenous issues, arguing that the government’s recent decision to appeal a ruling on compensation for Indigenous children points to the inaction that will continue if Trudeau is re-elected.
• Speaking of First Nations, Elizabeth May has committed the Green government to create a framework for Indigenous communities to opt out of the “racist and oppressive” Indian Act.
• U.S.: Access Denied
In another move to undermine immigrants, the Trump administration will deny visas to those who are unable to demonstrate that they will have health insurance or the ability to cover medical costs once they become permanent residents in the United States. President Trump attempted to validate the move by claiming that legal immigrants who lack health insurance are a burden on hospitals and taxpayers. The proclamation will take effect on Nov. 3, and thousands of people will be denied green cards annually as a result. New York Times
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I didn’t recognize myself anymore, and I’d become, how do I say this, smaller, insignificant, even if I didn’t show it.”
– Angelina Jolie opens up for the first time about her “complicated” divorce from Brad Pitt, and the effect it had on her wellbeing and sense of self. BuzzFeed
• On the Record
PG&E, California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company, will pay a $65-million settlement to state regulators after claims emerged that it falsified internal records about its underground infrastructure and misrepresented how promptly it responded to requests to locate and mark gas pipelines. The investigation concluded that PG&E did not send enough qualified workers to help flag underground electric lines, which posed a “threat of physical and economic harm” for consumers. Along with the settlement, PG&E agreed to a series of system reforms. ABC News
• Tennis: Acing It
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka came out on top at this week’s China Open, putting a stop to Canadian champion Bianca Andreescu’s winning streak in the quarterfinals and then going on to win the final with a three-set victory yesterday over Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. Despite being Japan’s dominant player, Osaka came into the China Open following a shaky tennis season and was looking to score a comeback. (Mission accomplished.) Globe and Mail
• Not a Con
New York Comic Con (NYCC) just wrapped and there’s a lot to get excited about. Marvel announced a new Wolverine comic series, and DC Comics’ Dan DiDio and Jim Lee finally settled the whole DC Universe timeline question once and for all. Other big news that had fans buzzing: Lauren Cohen will be making a comeback as Maggie on season 11 of The Walking Dead, and a third spin-off of the series is on its way; Ryan Reynolds, Stranger Things‘ Joe Keery, and Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer presented their new film, Free Guy, about a man who realizes he’s a non-playable character (NPC) in an open-world video game; Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, announced his WWI epic, 1917; and Patrick Stewart took the stage to talk about Captain Picard, unveiling a new trailer for Star Trek: Picard. But it was a female superhero who got the buzziest reveal: fans got a sneak peek of Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose, just a few hours before its premiere.
• Frisky Feline
A cat is on an IV glucose drip after his stay at an overnight pet
brothel hotel led to a night of exhausting fun. Employees at the pet hotel in China left Xiapoi, an unneutered Russian Blue male cat, to roam freely amongst the other cats, which clearly was a major mistake. Xiaopi got it on with five cats that night, leaving him completely and utterly drained. (Me-ow.) The hotel then blamed Xiapoi’s owners for the feline fiasco, even though his owners had informed the hotel that Xiapoi hadn’t been fixed (and was clearly horny AF). NZ Herald
• The Drama Begins
On this day 23 years ago, Rupert Murdoch launched Fox News with Roger Ailes as the CEO. (Anyone else excited to see Bombshell?)
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• A man has been charged in the murders of four sleeping homeless people in New York City on Saturday night.
• Anti-government protests and clashes have continued for the sixth day of unrest in Iraq, leaving the death toll at more than 100.
• Speaking of protests, tens of thousands of far-right activists took to the streets of Paris yesterday, in protest of a new law allowing lesbian couples and single women to receive medical aid to conceive children using IVF.
• In better news out of France, a quadriplegic 28-year-old man has taken his first steps in four years, thanks to a revolutionary mind-controlled exoskeleton.
• To add to the lawsuit the Duke and Duchess filed against the Daily Mail, Buckingham Palace announced Prince Harry’s also suing the Sun and Mirror newspapers for the “illegal interception of voicemail messages.
• Uphill Battle
This pretty much sums up how we feel about Mondays.