National – October 17, 2017

  • Welp! North Korea officials are warning the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war could break out any moment” [Associated Press].
  • A new nationwide poll shows President Donald Trump’s approval rating holding steady at just 37% [CNN].
  • Sen. John McCain blasted “half-baked, spurious nationalism” during a speech directed at the supporters of Donald Trump on Monday night [Politico].
  • President Donald Trump called an impromptu press conference on Monday where he blasted the news media (“fake”), his low poll numbers (“fake”) and blamed Democrats, the NFL and other groups for the ills facing America [Politico].
  • During his impromptu talk with the media, Trump made the demonstrably false claim that other presidents, including President Obama, did not contact the families of American troops killed in the line of duty. The false statement drew an immediate backlash [New York Times].
  • President Trump reportedly is seeking a bipartisan deal with Congress to shore up Obamacare [Politico].
  • Worth watching. New Jersey is reportedly offering up to $7 billion in incentives to lure Amazon to build their second headquarters there [Wall Street Journal].
  • Members of President Donald Trump‘s administration are growing increasingly worried that their tax reform proposal will fall in the Senate just like the effort to repeal Obamacare [Politico].
  • President Trump will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic. He also said he would re-examine his nomination of Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) to be the nation’s drug czar following a report he sponsored legislation to help drug companies avoid government interference when distributing large amounts of painkillers [Washington Post].
  • Even though President Donald Trump likes to attack big media organizations as “fake news,” his actions while in the White House have strengthened the big media conglomerates while hurting smaller groups [Axios].
  • This is weird. The Las Vegas security guard who was shot by the Las Vegas gunman before he opened fire on an outdoor concert has disappeared [Los Angeles Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1781 – British General Charles, Earl Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
  • 1931 – Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion.
  • 1933 – Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
  • 1973 – OPEC declared an oil embargo on countries supporting Israel in its war with Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. The ensuing energy crisis created a gasoline shortage in the United States, prompting long lines at the pump.
  • 1979 – The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.