Smarther News Quick Quotes for Your Weekend Reading

September 28, 2018
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"I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week."

Pres. Trump following the Senate Judiciary Cmte's request that he direct the FBI to update its investigation into Kavanaugh. The cmte's request came after it voted along party lines (11-10) to send the nomination to the full Senate.
“Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo has made the determination to place Consulate Basrah on ordered departure.”

An announcement by the U.S. State Dept that America closed its consulate in Basra, Iraq – the same building targeted by Iran rockets earlier this month. Public protests against the Iraqi govt officials & their Iranian partners, have roiled Basra, an oil rich region in Iraq where basic needs go unmet. Iran blames the U.S. for fomenting this dissent.
"With Iran’s oil essentially out of reach, gas prices may not see the typical decline we had been expecting. That’s not going to be good news for motorists.”

Patrick Dehaan, Head of Petroleum Analysis for – a site that has tracked gas prices for nearly 2 decades. Gas prices haven't taken the pause normally seen in the fall; they continue to go higher. Iran is just one factor.
“This is a really serious security issue. And we’re taking it really seriously."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacting to the company's latest security breach. On Tuesday, hackers gained access to some 50 million accounts by exploiting a vulnerability in Facebook's View As feature, which allows people see what their profile looks like to another person. Facebook doesn't know yet if any private information was accessed.
"They are part of our family, and their care needs to be a consideration during divorce proceedings."

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) who was behind new legislation just signed into law in Calfiornia that puts pets more in the category of children, rather than property (like a television or car), in divorce proceedings. Quirk argues the law will allow for better attention to who gets sole or shared custody.


by Jenna Lee,