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11/13/18 - NewsBling.co
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Humans naturally burn the most calories in the afternoon. 10 volunteers recently took part in a study in which they lived in a lab for 37 days with no windows, phones, internet, and clocks (sounds more like a nightmare). The results showed that the body naturally adjusts its metabolism to match our internal clock that tells us when it's time to wake up or go to sleep.
Blame it on your internal clock
 
#1: 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day 💯
 
A gathering of world leaders

Several world leaders gathered in France to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the ceasefire that ended World War I. Among those present were US President Trump, Canadian PM Trudeau, German Chancellor Merkel, French President Macron and Russian President Putin.

Criticisms all around

The weekend was marked by Macron’s speech criticizing nationalism (which some believe was aimed at Trump). Meanwhile, Trump criticized Macron’s call for the formation of a European army to counter potential threats from China, Russia, and the US. 

LEANING LEFT:

The left highlights Trump’s threats to leave NATO and his comments that the US has been treated unfairly within NATO. They also emphasize that NATO still has troops in Afghanistan that were sent there after 9/11 in accordance with NATO Article 5. They claim Trump was alone in his nationalistic beliefs and his rhetoric is unraveling decades of US foreign policy.

LEANING RIGHT:

The right implies that Macron’s speech had an underlying political agenda. They label Macron as clueless and disrespectful towards the US. They highlight Trump’s claims that NATO is being subsidized by the US. Furthermore, the right emphasizes that the US sacrificed thousands of lives to save France during WWI and did it again during WWII.

 
Trump may have a point

The president may have good reason for his criticism of NATO. In a 2014 summit, NATO members agreed to the ‘Defence Investment Pledge’, which called for all NATO members to gradually move towards spending at least 2% of their GDP on defense. As of 2017, only six NATO members have met the requirement - one of them being the US.

Spending on defense can be easy when you love big guns
 
#2: GA's Governor Race Continues 🍑
 

Election results still in limbo

Georgia’s governor race has yet to be finalized. As of Nov 12, Brian Kemp (R-GA) is leading with 50.3% of the vote, while Stacey Abrams (D-GA) follows with 48.8%. Kemp has declared victory, but Abrams has refused to concede.

A recount on the table

Abrams has filed a federal lawsuit demanding a recount of votes that were not included due to minor mistakes on rejected absentee and provisional ballots. Abrams is hoping for a runoff (which occurs if neither candidate has a majority). Kemp has assured his supporters that a runoff is mathematically impossible.

LEANING LEFT:

The left agrees with Abrams that the election was not fair to begin with. They accuse Kemp of using Old South tactics like voter suppression and racism to stifle the voices of minority voters. They also argue that Kent was GA's Secretary of State during the elections, allowing him to rig the elections and act against democracy. As an example, hundreds of voting machines were found to be unused on the busy election day.

LEANING RIGHT:

The right dismisses Abrams’s call for a recount. They argue that Democrats will not stop demanding a recount until they get the results they want. They point out that the Democrats tried to run an ad on behalf of Abrams, a move that is technically illegal since a runoff election is not officially sanctioned. 

 

Will we see the nation's first black female governor?

Although the margins between Kemp and Abrams are closer than expected for a historically deep red state, Abrams would still need a significant number of votes (around 37,000) to rob Kemp of the majority and force a runoff. The likelihood of these votes being found is slim.

 
Extra extra...✨📰✨
 
Marvel's Real Superhero. Stan Lee, the creator of numerous Marvel superheroes like Spider-Man and Black Panther, dies at 95 (Hollywood Reporter)
'Camp Fire'. The wildfire in Northern California has now claimed 42 lives, making it the deadliest in state history (CNN)
People are suing. The FDA is expected to ban flavored e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes this week (Fox Business)

Deception. 20 previously undisclosed North Korean missile development sites have been discovered with satellite imagery (Time)

Tensions flaring. Palestine and Israel exchange fire after an Israeli covert raid turns deadly (BBC)

 
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