Someone’s slinging mud

POTUS starts a battle with Baltimore, Amy Schumer is headed back to TV and, thanks to Fortnite, two teenage boys are now multi-millionaires.

Someone’s slinging mud

POTUS starts a battle with Baltimore, Amy Schumer is headed back to TV and, thanks to Fortnite, two teenage boys are now multi-millionaires.

✨   Good morning! Today is Monday, July 22, 2019, and if this isn’t proof that time’s flying by, we don’t know what is. 


• The Background

President Trump’s got some beef with Baltimore, but Baltimore isn’t taking it lying down. In a Twitter tirade aimed at House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, POTUS referred to Cummings’s majority black district, which includes parts of Baltimore, as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and said it was worse than the U.S.-Mexico border. (How kind.) Cummings (along with many of the city’s leaders and residents) was quick to jump to the city’s defence, and the hashtag #wearebaltimore quickly started trending Saturday night. CNN 

• What Else You Need to Know

Many took Trump’s tweets personally. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young criticized the president for spreading slander about a “vibrant American city.” He tweeted, “It’s completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American City like Baltimore, and to viciously attack U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings a patriot and a hero.” Former First Lady Michelle Obama also shaded Trump with a veiled message on Twitter.

• What’s Next?

Many of the city’s leaders stand behind Cummings and Young and hope that if Trump really does see so much wrong with the American city, the president will work with them to help solve some of those problems.


• Festival Fright

At least three people were killed and 15 others were injured after a gunman opened fire at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Cali., last night. Cellphone video from the event shows crowds fleeing the sound of blaring gunshots. Authorities have said the shooter is also dead, but have not released the victims’ conditions. NBC News


• Boko Haram Horror

In a brazen attack at a funeral in northern Nigeria, suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire, killing at least 65 people. The incident took place in the north-eastern state of Borno, where a number of mourners were participating in a local funeral when the terrorist group began firing aimlessly. Officials speculate the attack was revenge for the killing of 11 Boko Haram fighters by villagers two weeks ago. BBC News


• U.S.: Coats Quits

Considering Trump’s tense and turbulent relationship with the U.S. intelligence community, it’s really no surprise that Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, is stepping down. Trump often butted heads with Coats over Russia, North Korea and the president’s own frequent criticisms of the intelligence community. Trump, who was recently on the brink of firing Coats, announced that Congressman John Ratcliffe, who has long been a staunch defender of POTUS, will be taking Coats’s place. New York Times

• World: Madness in Moscow

More than 1,300 people were arrested in Moscow on Saturday, amid a violent crackdown against anti-Kremlin protests. The largest demonstration in a decade, more than 20,000 supporters of the opposition party fought off officials, who used batons against the crowds, and some reported broken bones and head wounds. Protestors were fighting against the exclusion of 30 opposition candidates from running for Moscow’s city council. Vox


“They see us as a threat because we are having an impact.”

– Jonathan, one of tens of thousands of protestors who demonstrated for a third consecutive day in Hong Kong, rallying to condemn last week’s attack on commuters by masked assailants. Authorities fired teargas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who defied the ban on protesting. The Guardian


• Converging Carriers

Following a year of limbo, T-Mobile and Sprint are uniting. The Justice Department gave the $26-billion merger the green light, after the companies agreed to sell Sprint’s prepaid wireless business to Dish Network, allowing the satellite television provider to create a fourth wireless network. The merger will hopefully help accelerate the deployment of 5G networks, since the combined company will have more resources to implement new technology. However, the FCC must approve the deal before it can officially move forward. The Verge


• Fortnite Fortune

Two teens from Europe just won a cool US $3 million at an esports tournament. (Don’t tell your kids.) The first-ever Fortnite World Cup just wrapped at the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in New York where players from all over the world competed for US $30 million in cash prizes. Austria’s David “Aqua” Wang, 17, and Norway’s Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen, 16, weren’t expected to come out on top, but they’re both walking home with handfuls of cash (new gaming PCs are in both their futures). CNN


• Swimming: Making a Splash

A national record has been set, after Canadian swimmers brought home two gold and six bronze medals in the most successful FINA World Championships to date. Team Canada reached 19 finals (two more than in Budapest in 2017), and broke the previous medal record from the 1978 worlds. In the women’s 4×100 medley relay, the U.S. also broke its record, with Australia in second and Canada trailing closely behind in third place. Global News


• Funny Girl

Amy Schumer is teaming up with Hulu to expand its comedy lineup with ten episodes of Love, Beth, a half-hour series created, written, directed, executive produced by and starring the comedy boss herself, from Endeavor Content. Kim Caramele and Kevin Kane will be executive producing alongside Schumer. The series is part of Schumer’s just-signed first-look deal with the streaming giant and is set to premiere in 2020. Deadline


• Tiresome Morning

A couple in California had quite the morning after getting a US $79 parking ticket for their wheelless car. Dan and Kristan Dow woke up to discover all the tires had been stolen off their 2016 Toyota Corolla, and less than an hour later (while they were on the phone with their insurance company no less), their car was ticketed for blocking the street sweeper. Luckily, San Francisco Toyota leant the couple tires so the tow company could take the car away for repairs. (They were just US $79 too late.) Fox News


• Team Tiger

Today is Global Tiger Day, a yearly event to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Since the onset of the 20th century, we have lost more than 95% of the world’s tiger population. 


• The U.S. and Israel have successfully tested a jointly developed missile defence system in Alaska, upping defence against Iran. 

• The RCMP is ramping up its search for two B.C. murder suspects, expanding its scope to York Landing, Man., after a possible sighting.

• The woman next in line to replace embattled Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Roselló says she doesn’t want the job.

• Florida officials are warning of an uptick in a mosquito-borne virus that leads to brain swelling in humans.

• Meghan Markle, a.k.a. the Duchess of Sussex, is taking her sense of style to the printer. She’s guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue.

• Egan Bernal became the youngest rider in 110 years and the first Colombian to win the Tour de France.


• Taking Sides

Creatures of habit, this might be your biggest fear.

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