THURSDAY - 10/01/20
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Debate commission promises changes to debate format after fractious first round

  • On Wednesday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced it was considering format changes for the remaining presidential debates between Trump and Biden after the first debate quickly descended into chaos with frequent name-calling and interruptions
  • Though no changes have been officially made, sources say the commission is considering muting a candidate’s microphone if they violate the rules in efforts “to maintain order”


International aid workers accused of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo during Ebola outbreak

  • According to an investigation by the New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, more than 50 women recounted multiple incidents of abuse during the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak, mainly by men who they said were from the World Health Organization and other leading NGOs
  • Many women stated that numerous men forced them to have sex in exchange for a job, terminating contracts when they refused
  • In a statement published on Tuesday, the WHO promised to look into these allegations, announcing that anyone found to be involved “will be held to account and face serious consequences”


Disney lays off 28,000 theme park employees

  • Disney noted prolonged closures at their California-based theme parks and limited attendance at opened parks (due to the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic) as the cause of the lay-off across its parks, experiences, and consumer products division
  • Disney’s theme park division is a vital part of its business, accounting for 37% of the previous year’s $69.6 billion revenue. Earlier this year, Disney globally shut down all their parks as the coronavirus pandemic heightened and their profits dropped 91% during the first three months of 2020


Google unveils new Pixel 5 phone

  • At Google’s ‘Launch Night In’ stream on Wednesday, the company formally announced the Pixel 5 phone, the Pixel 4A 5G, an updated Chromecast, and new Nest Audio smart speakers 
  • The Pixel 5G and Pixel 4A 5G join Google’s Pixel 4A, which was unveiled earlier in August, as Google’s new released phones that were anticipated for this fall

US 🦅

Court rejects push to end census counting early by Trump administration

  • A federal appeals court denied the administration’s request to block a lower court’s order that extended the 2020 Census collection past September 30, the administration’s intended end date for census counting
  • This follows last week after U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a nationwide order to suspend the revised end date for census counting to avoid undercounting historically underrepresented communities, pushing the end date to October 31
  • Koh began contempt proceedings against Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross after he announced the new “target date” was October 5, calling the new schedule a “violation” of her court order


James Comey testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee

  • On Wednesday, former FBI Director James Comey testified as a part of the committee’s probe into the origins of the investigation in Russian interference in the 2016 election
  • Comey was questioned about a report released in December 2019 by the inspector general for the Justice Department that found 17 "significant inaccuracies and omissions" in the FBI’s handling of an application to surveil Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. Comey acknowledged “concerning” problems in the handling of surveillance, but defended the investigation
  • Comey also testified that Joe Biden never suggested prosecuting Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, refuting claims made by Trump during Tuesday’s debate

Multiple perspectives:
Leaning left: Comey knocks Barr's attacks on the Russia probe

Leaning right: Republicans grow frustrated as Comey claims ignorance over Russia probe


  • Television📺. Ms. Marvel cast announced and the show is set to feature Marvel Studio’s first onscreen muslim hero
  • Environment🧊. Greenland’s ice melting rate is at its highest in 12,000 years
  • Sports🏈. NFL’s Tennessee Titans confirms a positive coronavirus case, pushes back scheduled game
  • Coronavirus🦠. Study finds hydroxychloroquine didn’t prevent coronavirus among health care workers
  • Interesting🔍. Anonymous winner in New Jersey claims $202 million Mega Millions lottery

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