Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shocking News of the Day (video) US News; Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Dem Now
Trump Demands Border Wall in Exchange for Helping DREAMers
The White House has sent Congress a list of desired changes to immigration laws, including new restrictions on family members of residents, new ways to deport those in search of asylum, and perhaps most critically, measures to get a border wall erected. President Trump said these planks "must" be included in any deal to protect DACA recipients. In response, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said the administration could not be serious about "helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers."—VICE News
Republican Senator Says Trump Risks Starting"'World War III"
Tennessee US senator Bob Corker warned the president's behavior was in danger of putting the US "on the path to World War III." The head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the White House was turning into "an adult day care center" and later explained he was genuinely troubled that administration staff appeared to spend each day "trying to contain" Trump.—The New York Times

NFL Players Association Responds to Mike Pence Walkout
After the vice president left Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers early because some stars kneeled during the anthem, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also vowed to bench anyone who does something "disrespectful to the flag." But NFL players aren't having it. "We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects," the association said in a statement Sunday night.—The Hill

Harvey Weinstein Ousted from His Company
The Weinstein Company's board has decided to dismiss the Hollywood producer "in light of new information about misconduct." [Information we had but now that all of you know it, too, his employment at the Weinstein Company has become untenable.] His termination follows last week's report in the New York Times detailing sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein spanning multiple decades. He and his brother, Bob, reportedly still retain 42 percent ownership of the company they founded.—The New York Times

VIDEO: Maryville rape survivor Daisy Coleman meets

International News
Mass exodus of half million Rohingya Muslims from Burma to Bangladesh for survival

At Least a Dozen Rohingya Drown After Boat Capsizes
Bangladeshi police said at least 12 people were killed after a vessel transporting Rohingya Muslims out of Myanmar overturned in the Naf River, along the border between the two countries. Ten of those discovered thus far were children. Bangladeshi officials are now searching for others, with some sources saying up to 100 people may have been onboard.—BBC News
  • Wall Street Journal finally explains the deep reasons for Aung San Suu Kyi, her silence on the Rohingya genocide, her powerlessness serving under the military leaders who wield all the  power from behind the scenes, her loss of status as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Kim Jong-un Gives His Sister a Senior Role
Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader's 30-year-old younger sister, has been appointed as an alternate to the politburo, the country's central governing authority. She previously served as the deputy director of political communication and "agitation" for the national Communist Party.—CNN

Hundreds of Thousands Rally Against Independence in Catalonia
According to a police estimate, a crowd of roughly 350,000 people assembled in the Catalan capital of Barcelona Sunday to advocate for the region remaining part of Spain. The demonstration follows a referendum last weekend in which roughly 90 percent of Catalan residents backed independence but only 43 percent voted, sparking a constitutional crisis.—Reuters

Five Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Pakistan
Two gunmen on a motorcycle fatally shot the driver of a van and four others in the vehicle at a market area in Quetta. Police said the attack was deliberately directed at the Hazara Shia minority known to use the vegetable market. No group had yet claimed responsibility for the act.—Al Jazeera

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