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Friday - 10/09/20
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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Trump refuses next virtual debate

  • Trump rejected a plan by the Commission on Presidential Debates on Thursday to hold the Oct. 15 debate virtually, stating “I’m not going to waste my time with a virtual debate”
  • The Biden campaign responded by scheduling a town hall in Philadelphia for the same evening, with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos as moderator
  • Trump’s campaign manager went on to propose another debate to be held in person on Oct. 22, giving the president an extra week to recover from the coronavirus

WORLD 🌎

South Caucasus region skirmish leads to international call for ceasefire 

  • Ethnic Armenians and Azeris in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan fought with heavy guns and artillery Thursday, prompting multiple countries to call for a ceasefire
  • The Kremlin said it invited foreign ministers from Armenia and Azerbaijan to take part in talks in Moscow on Friday, following a call between both countries’ leaders
  • Russia’s announcement marks the first result in international efforts to stem the fighting, which has killed at least 400 people since September 27

BUSINESS 💰

Marijuana stocks surge after Harris promises decriminalization

  • U.S.-listed shares of major cannabis firms shot up on Thursday following Kamala Harris’ promise during Wednesday’s debate to decriminalize marijuana if elected
  • Cannabis stock tracker MJ ETF rose 5.5% in the session, its best day since early June. Some firms closed between 10% and 20% higher
  • Harris promised not just to decriminalize marijuana on a federal level, which would grant cannabis firms easier access to finance, but to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of marijuana-related offenses

TECH 📱

Facebook shuts down coordinated network of fake political accounts

  • Facebook said on Thursday it has removed 276 accounts that used fake profiles to pose as right-leaning Americans and comment on news articles, often in support of Trump
  • The social media giant said Arizona-based digital communications firm Rally Forge coordinated the network on behalf of Turning Point Action, a political action committee founded by Charlie Kirk
  • The network became active before the 2018 elections, then went dormant until last June when the accounts began posting again

US 🦅

Six arrested in plot to kidnap Michigan Governor 

  • The FBI has arrested six men it said were plotting to storm Michigan’s state capital, kidnap Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and establish a “self-sufficient” society free from unconstitutional state government and coronavirus restrictions
  • The conspirators allegedly met in a shop basement accessed through a secret door under a rug, surveilled Whitmer’s vacation home, and trained with firearms and explosives
  • Officials also accused seven members of the Wolverine Watchmen militia of helping to coordinate the kidnapping, threatening to incite civil war, and targeting police

CORONAVIRUS😷

WHO reports record one-day rise in global coronavirus cases

  • The Who reported the largest one-day increase in global coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak Thursday, with 338,779 new infections added to the total
  • Europe reported 96,996 new cases, the highest ever for the region and more than India, Brazil, or the United States
  • The record for new deaths was recorded on April 17, though cases are increasing in 54 countries

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Awards ⭐. American poet Louise Gluck wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Sports ⚽. NFL postpones Week 5 game between Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills due to COVID
  • Arts 🎭. Pixar’s 'Soul' to skip theaters and debut on Disney Plus
  • Interesting 🔎. David Attenborough and Prince William launch Earthshot Prize
  • Funny 😹.  Hotels.com offers chance to “live under a rock” during election week


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