Skimm'd while making a midterms checklist

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OCTOBER 29, 2018


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"Worth it" – Elon Musk on his tweet that cost him and Tesla a casual $40 million.


The Story

The country is reeling from a week of divisive violence.

What's going on?

Over the weekend, a gunman opened fire during a morning service at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. 11 people died and six others were injured, including four police officers. It's believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history.

Who's behind this?

The alleged gunman has a history of posting anti-Semitic things on social media. And apparently yelled "all Jews must die" while shooting. He had a rifle and handguns with him. But he had a license to carry and reportedly legally owned them.

What are people saying?

Pittsburgh's mayor called it the "darkest day" in the city's history, but said that "hatred will never win out." President Trump called it "an anti-Semitic attack at its worst."

What else happened?

You also saw the headlines from last week about big-name Dems and Trump critics getting suspicious packages in the mail. They contained pipe bombs – but luckily authorities intercepted them before they exploded. On Friday, authorities arrested and charged a Florida man who they think is responsible. Investigators are still looking into his motive, but he's a big Trump supporter and far-right conspiracy theorist. Now he faces charges like threats against former presidents and mailing explosives.

Anything else?

Last week, there was also a shooting in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. A white man shot and killed two black people at a grocery store. Police say he first tried to enter a mostly-black church, but couldn't get into the building. Authorities are looking into whether it was a hate crime.


The political divide is growing. And hate is turning into violence. Enough is enough.


What people are talking about...

Indonesia. Earlier today, a passenger plane carrying 189 people from the capital Jakarta to an island off the coast of Sumatra crashed. Minutes after takeoff, the plane requested to return to the airport. It had been cleared to return before it lost contact. It's still unclear if there are survivors or what caused the crash.

What to say when you get a new boss...

There's a new sheriff in town. Yesterday, right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential election. He beat leftist candidate Fernando Haddad with about 55% of the votes. Brazil is the world's fourth-largest democracy, but it's been struggling with corruption, high crime, and a weak economy. And many Brazilians blame Haddad's party. Enter Bolsonaro aka Brazil's Donald Trump: the anti-establishment candidate who's promising to crack down on crime and corruption, and has mentioned his nostalgia for Brazil's military dictatorship that ended in 1985. He's also made a ton of headlines for his comments about about minorities, women, and the LGBT community. Supporters say he'll bring the change the country needs. Opponents say they are scared and that his positions are too extreme. It is the country's biggest shift in politics since the end of its dictatorship.

What to say when someone swears in a meeting...

Blasphemy, I say. Over the weekend, Ireland voted to nix an ancient rule that banned blasphemy. This is the most recent example of the country moving away from its conservative, religious roots. It also re-elected its president. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is having some issues. The prez and prime minister duo that came into power in 2015 promised to end corruption and human rights abuses. Turns out it's more like drama and more drama. The prez booted his PM – which people are calling unconstitutional. It's led to political chaos and violence.

What to say to your friend who stayed up to watch all 18 innings in Game 3...

It was all worth it. Last night, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5. It's their fourth championship win in 15 seasons. Time to pahty.

What to say when you're feeling Monday blues…

Hasan Minhaj to the rescue.


Things to do before November 6th...

Learn about your candidates? Check.

Read up on the issues? Check.

Know the key races? Check.

Get some gear to bring to polls? Check.

Midterms are almost a week away. Make sure you're ready. No Excuses.


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