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NOVEMBER 21, 2018


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"A mess inside and out" – Martha Stewart on her first Uber ride. Oh, the struggle.


The Story

Yesterday, President Trump said the US stands with Saudi Arabia despite the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Exclamation point.

Well then.

One more time: Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month. A lot of people pointed fingers at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering the killing. After struggling to get its story straight, the Saudi gov finally said 'oh yeah, our bad...but don't blame it on the prince.' Last week, the US issued sanctions on 17 Saudis it said were suspects. And Germany ended arms sales to the kingdom. Everyone's been waiting to learn more about the CIA's assessment on this. It apparently concluded that the order came from the crown prince himself. All eyes were on what else the US would do in response.

So, what else is the US doing?

Nothing. Yesterday, President Trump put out a statement to end the speculation of where the US stands. Here's the gist of what it said: 'The world is dangerous. Yeah, what happened to Khashoggi was terrible. And yeah, the crown prince may or may not have ordered it. But everything Iran does is worse. What we should focus on is the hundreds of billions of dollars that Saudi Arabia will pour into the US. Also, oil.'

What does this mean?

It ignores a push from lawmakers on both sides who've demanded harsher measures against Saudi Arabia. And seems to downplay the CIA's assessment of the killing – although Trump says the CIA didn't conclude anything "definitive." This wouldn't be the first time the president has been at odds with the national intelligence community.

Remind me.

Russia, Russia, Russia. Intelligence agencies say the country meddled in the US election to help Trump win. Trump says 'but did it really...I mean, I guess?' Yesterday, he passed off his written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller's questions about his knowledge of Russian interference. TBD if it puts the whole thing to bed.


From day one, Trump has made it very clear that one of his admin's top priorities is business in America. His statement yesterday shows that despite pressure from members of both parties, he's not changing that approach – no matter the accusation leveled against his biz partner.


What you keep hearing about…

Afghanistan. Yesterday, a suicide bomber attacked a gathering of religious scholars in the capital, killing at least 55 people and injuring dozens more. Hundreds were gathered there to mark a holiday celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. No one has claimed responsibility yet, including ISIS or the Taliban – although both have carried out attacks against civilians in the past.

What to say when the Thanksgiving convo goes off the rails…

What's going on here? Asking for Mississippi's Senate runoff election. Earlier this month, neither Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) nor challenger Mike Espy (D) got a majority of the vote. So, yay, runoff. But weird stuff has come out recently. Last week, footage surfaced of Hyde-Smith telling a supporter that if "he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row." Cue jaws dropping, considering the state's history of lynching black Americans. Also, considering that Espy himself is black. Yesterday, Hyde-Smith finally apologized to "anyone that was offended." But she's also been caught saying that she's cool with voter suppression. She says she was joking. And yesterday, old Facebook pictures of hers resurfaced, showing her wearing a Confederate soldier's hat at the home of a former Confederate president. As part of the caption, she wrote, "Mississippi history at its best." Walmart and other companies are asking Hyde-Smith for their donations back. It's unclear what this all means for the vote next week. If Hyde-Smith wins, it ups the Republican majority in the Senate to 53-47. If Espy wins, he'd be the state's first Dem senator since the '80s...and its first black senator since Reconstruction.

Who people are talking about...

Lou Anna Simon. Yesterday, the former president of Michigan State University was charged with lying to the police over what she knew about Larry Nassar. You know Nassar as the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who's been accused of molesting hundreds of women and girls during his time at USA Gymnastics, Michigan State, and other training centers for gymnasts. Earlier this year, Simon resigned over how she handled this. Now, she faces up to four years in prison.

What to say when you hear the stock market's down

Here's what else you need to know about in the biz world: eight men are suing Saks Fifth Avenue over claims of age and race discrimination. Victoria's Secret is bringing bathing suits back. There's no Glamour in print these days. But at least some former Toys "R" Us owners are paying employees who got laid off.

What to say when there are things you won't eat on Thanksgiving

Do not eat romaine lettuce. This is not a drill.


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