Does Britain finally have an exit plan from the European Union?
What it means & why it matters.
Not Just Britain
We call it “Brexit” but this plan covers the whole UK exiting the EU.
- UK: Consists of Wales, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland – not the Republic of Ireland.
- Great Britain (aka Britain) is a geographic term that refers to the UK minus Northern Ireland.
- UK gov’t is headed by Prime Minister Theresa May in London.
- 1951 – 2013: EU grows from 6 to 28 countries via numerous treaties
- 2016: Nearly 52% of the UK voted to exit the EU (most of Wales & England voted to leave; most of Northern Ireland & Scotland voted to stay) citing economic (trade) & immigration (border) concerns.
- 2017: The UK starts exit process.
- The UK is slated to leave the EU in March 2019, but, there are NO significant political or economic changes until late 2020 / 2021.
- On Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said her cabinet approved a draft Brexit deal governing the main aspects (trade, travel, and security).
- A final deal must be approved by both the British & EU parliaments.
“We can choose to leave with no deal. We can risk no Brexit at all. Or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated — this deal.”
Why It Matters?
“A more unified Europe is a powerful counterbalance to people like Vladimir Putin.”
IF no deal is reached between the UK & EU in the next 5 months, deadlines to reach a deal may be extended, but only if all 28 EU member countries agree to do so. Some British officials resigned Thursday over the draft proposal, increasing doubt on the deal.
“… if the Utility’s equipment is determined to be the cause, the Utility could be subject to significant liability in excess of insurance coverage.”
“It looks like a big, daunting number.”
“We can confirm that Michael Avenatti (DOB: 02-16-71) was booked this afternoon on a felony domestic violence charge (273.5 PC). His bail is set at $50,000.”
“When you look at what the customer needs, it’s more about fulfillment and convenience. You need less space in order to do that.”
“Turns out they appear to be drunk on crabapples.”
KEURIG FOR COCKTAILS
Could THIS gadget be the fix for slumping beer sales?
Anheuser-Busch hopes so.
NEW ON TAP
- Drinkworks Home Bar creates “bar-quality drinks at home.”
- For now, makes 15 different drinks like a Moscow Mule, Cosmo, Sangria, White Russian & beer – alcohol included in pod.
- Drinkmaker costs $299, cocktails $3.99/pod & beers $2.25/pod.
- Unlike most of Keurig’s coffee pods, all alcohol pods are 100% recyclable.
- Changing tastes: In 15 years, beer fell from 56% to 46% of alcohol sales. Where’d that 10% go? 2% to wine, 8% to spirits.
- Experimenting: Creative new drink options have wide appeal esp. with younger millennials eager to switch things up.
- But still drinking: Americans are spending more on alcohol, and not because prices have risen.
Drinkworks system, a venture between Keurig Dr. Pepper & Anheuser-Busch, goes on sale first only in St. Louis (Anheuser-Busch's HQ) next Monday - though there are plans to expand to other markets soon.
“It’s a lifetime journey for us as women … Anywhere we go in the world we find women who are struggling with their own identity, and their sense of purpose, and their value, and I am no exception.”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Jenna Bush Hager to discuss her new memoir "Becoming", finding her voice, her friendship with President George W. Bush (who she calls a "beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man”) & her life since leaving the White House.
Hands-Off Cold Season?
Kids get 6 to 8 colds a year.
New research now says the best medicine for a child’s common cold?
Nearly nothing at all.
- British Medical Journal review.
- Researchers weighed risks and effectiveness of over-the-counter medicines for adults and children.
- Conclusions: Children showed no clear improvement from ANY medications (or alternative treatments like honey or Vitamin C) except for “saline nasal irrigation.”
“The bottom line is that for all of the over-the-counter cough and cold medications, there is limited to no evidence of efficacy for any cold symptoms, particularly in those under 6 years.”
How Do You Know When A Cold Is A Cold?
“A common cold tends to have symptoms from neck up.”
What Dr. Darria Does:
- Nasal saline rinse & suction.
- A teaspoon of honey (for children over a year old) at bedtime.
- Cold mist humidifier.
- Breathing cold air (outside or from the freezer) can help reduce swelling & soothe children.
- Treat fever as needed (Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen).
Adults get on avg. 2 to 4 colds a year & the British Medical Journal review showed adults benefited *somewhat* from antihistamines & decongestants. Check out our source page for a very cool graphic by the British Medical Journal that shows what works and what doesn’t
“At least half of patients don’t recover … unfortunately, we have not been following every AFM patient, it’s a gap in our understanding of AFM that we don’t understand the long-term consequences.
“I’m not going to make it out of here, there’s flames everywhere. …And he said, ‘don’t die, run. If you’re going to die, die fighting, you have to run.”
“This person has been anxious and upset since selection … If I were to ask further questions, it will result in a breakdown and crying.”
“I’d die of shame to use such a luxurious plane in a country with so much poverty.”
“…did not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency.”
Presidents & The Press
The White House suspends a CNN correspondent’s press pass.
CNN sues the White House to regain access.
Here’s a look at the history of presidential press conferences, how the approx. 2,000 White House reporters obtain press passes, and the legality of denying press access.
- Late 1800s: Presidents began holding regular press meetings.
- 1914: A year after Pres. Wilson held the first formal press conference, a group of accredited reporters was formed to grant access passes for White House.
- 1930: Pres. Hoover created the press secretary position.
- 1961: Pres. Kennedy held first live televised press conference.
WH Press Pass Process
- Step 1: Approval by the Standing Cmte of Correspondents, which grants Senate & House passes “to bona fide correspondents of repute in their profession” who live in D.C. and are NOT engaged in political advocacy or lobbying.
- Step 2: Secret Service conducts background check. Once granted by Secret Service, passes must be renewed yearly.
- A WH press pass is a privilege – not just anyone can obtain one.
- A WH press pass can be revoked at the discretion (ex: security reasons) of the White House, BUT there are legal limits.
- The issue is whether there is a clearly articulated standard for suspending WH passes and an opportunity for reporters to contest the suspension.
The White House suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass after an incident during a press conference last week, where he refused to give up his microphone. Watch the exchange on our source page.
And The Winner Is….
After a year-long search, promising a “full equal” to its current Seattle HQ, Amazon splits its second headquarters between *two* cities.
Backstory: Amazon’s Hunt
Required: metro area with 1M population, int’l airport, mass transit, quality higher education, an educated workforce, & business-friendly environment.
Promised: a full equal to current Seattle campus, $5B construction investment & 50,000 jobs.
“… much less radical move than many imagined … rich places getting richer.”
Crystal City, VA
- Arlington area, 3 miles west of D.C., eager for new economic energy after 24K federal jobs moved out in the early 2000s.
- Known for its outdated, ’70-80s commercial buildings connected by underground tunnel with shops & restaurants.
- Concerns over steep housing prices, congested roads, & pricing out of lower-income residents.
Long Island City, NY
- NYC neighborhood, 3 miles east of Times Square, is an old manufacturing area in Queens.
- Even before Amazon, it is one of the fastest-developing areas with 9K+ new apartments & homes built in 8 years.
- Struggling to handle the growth with crowded schools and infrastructure issues like sewage backups with heavy rain.
Why it Matters
- 238 cities in U.S. & Canada shared taxpayer-funded research trying to woo Amazon.
- Giving Amazon an invaluable database & insight into what types of incentives communities are willing to offer as the tech giant expands building possible data and logistics centers, etc.
Two, winning cities will split the 50,000 jobs and $5B in investment evenly. Amazon also announced it will open a customer fulfillment center in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs. The average salary for all 3, new locations? Over $150K, according to Amazon.
WORLD’S MOST WANTED: EL CHAPO
He’s responsible for an est. 25% of illegal drugs that enter the U.S. via Mexico and now he faces his day in an American court.
WHO IS HE?
- Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán (61).
- Nickname “shorty,” 5′ 6″ tall.
- Doesn’t speak English.
- Born poor to farmers, rose through the cartels to become billionaire leader of Sinaloa cartel.
- #41 Forbes Most Powerful (2009.)
- Twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in Mexico.
- After 2 years of requests by the U.S, extradited to America in 2017.
“I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
Guzman has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges of int’l drug trafficking, conspiring to kill rivals, gun charges & money laundering.
Astonishing 40 witnesses & former associates expected to testify, including a one-time lieutenant.
Prosecutors recently gave the defense 14K pages of new documents – many in Spanish.
SECURITY IS TIGHT
- El Chapo held in a windowless cell nearly 24 hrs/day for 20 months awaiting trial.
- He will be moved for trial to avoid shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge each day as he’s moved to/from court.
- Anonymous jury of 5 men & 7 women receive armed escorts.
- Judge refused his request to hug wife in court due to security.
Trial is expected to last for 4 months. If convicted, he faces life in prison with multiple indictments throughout the U.S., including NYC, San Diego, & Chicago. Prosecutors will try and seize an est. $14B in profits. El Chapo's sons are believed to be running the cartel in his absence.
“I’m running for the President of the United States of America.”
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“The bull market is not over, the economic expansion is not over, but things are starting to wind down. We’re clearly getting into the late innings of the ball game.”
“It looks as if it is a political charade, and it’s a dangerous one.”
“The escalation in the past 24hrs is EXTREMELY dangerous & reckless. Rockets must STOP, restraint must b shown by all!”
IT AIN’T OVER FOLKS!
As Congress returns to work one week after Election Day, at least 15 Congressional races & 2 Governorships are without a winner
- Three recounts ordered (per state law when victory less than 0.5%).
- U.S. Senate: Gov. Rick Scott (R) vs. incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) – Scott says he won.
- FL Governor: Former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) vs. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) – DeSantis says he won.
- FL Agriculture Comm’r: Matt Caldwell (R) vs. Nikki Fried (D).
According to the nonpartisan group FairVote, out of 4,687 statewide elections between 2000 and 2015, 27 went to a recount, but only three races saw changed results.
FYI: Pursuant to FL law, recounts of the 8.5 million votes must be completed by Thursday at 8pm, otherwise, the former counts stand.
GEORGIA GOV. RACE
- GA Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) declared victory Thursday.
- On Sunday, Stacey Abrams (D) filed a lawsuit to force a runoff and get the rejected absentee & provisional ballots counted.
- TBD if a runoff will happen. GA law requires a runoff btwn two top candidates if neither receives more than 50% of the votes. If triggered, it will be held Dec 4th.
Late Monday, Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema beat out Republican Rep. Martha McSally to become Arizona's first female senator in a seat previously held by Sen. Jeff Flake. Sinema is the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Arizona in 30 years.
“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ …Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.”
The creator of Marvel superheroes Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Black Panther & the Incredible Hulk died Monday at 95. The prolific writer is credited with reviving the comic book industry in the 1960s creating fallible superheroes that would inspire lucrative movie franchises.
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