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September 10, 2020 News Summary

US Politics and Economics


In the Democratic Presidential nominee's rally, Joe Biden accuses that Trump “lied to the American people” by downplaying COVID-19 risks. In journalist Bob Woodward new book, “Rage,” the incumbent president admits to concealing the virus in order to prevent a panic. Biden criticizes Trump for this response, making a case against his opponent's economic plan as well as doubling down on his COVID-19's response. Meanwhile, the President’s rally in Nevada was cancelled after state officials determined it violated the directive limiting gatherings of 50 people.


Per the National Public Radio, President Trump added 20 more people to his list of potential Supreme Court nominees on Wednesday, including multiple republican senators, attorney/solicitor generals, and judges. On the list is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Sen. Josh Howley of Missouri, Carlos Muniz, a justice for the Florida Supreme Court, and Kate Todd, the president’s deputy. After releasing the list, he challenges Joe Biden to do the same, claiming that Biden’s nominations would be “so far left [they] could never withstand scrutiny.” Trump has made clear his intentions to preserve what he refers to as our nation’s “traditional values,” such as Christianity, and weighing the potential of a radical leftist takeover of the Supreme court.



Texas Politics


In a statement published on Texas.Gov, Gov. Greg Abbott mentions the Site Selection Magazine, which claims Texas to be the top state on the Global Groundwork Index. The index places ranks based on work towards infrastructure and the investment reports that accompany it -- roads, bridges, tunnels, pipelines, utilities, and other major projects. Abbott praises, "Thanks to our premier workforce, Texas has been ranked #1 on Site Selection’s Global Groundwork Index. Our state-of-the-art infrastructure and thriving business climate has kept Texas the top state for economic prosperity. As our economy rebounds from the COVID downturn, we will continue strengthening our infrastructure, creating more jobs, and fostering a more prosperous economic environment for all Texans.”


Gov. Abbott calls on candidates running for an official position in Texas to sign a pledge against cutting funds for police departments. Fox News reports, “While the calls for reallocating funding from police departments have been taken seriously... in... Austin, where the city council agreed to slash about $20 million from the police department... and move the funds to... housing and emergency response – Republicans have adamantly opposed such moves.” Abbott declares that defunding police departments will only lead to more crime in communities, pointing out that it is a “reckless action” which “threatens the safety of all Texans.”


Health


According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of Sep 9, 2020, 1:16 PM, there are 6.34 million cases and 190k recorded deaths nationwide. California has the most infections at 739.5k, Florida with 645.8k, and Texas follows closely with 644.7k cases.


Texas Tribune writes that as schools resume, cases among students skyrocket due to parties or in-person classes. Kristen Harrell, associate director for student life and student affairs at Texas A&M University, stated, “We will continue to take action on reports where we can specifically identify students or organizations.” Schools all over the country are trying to open up, while remaining cautious of potential health risks or issues. Baylor University is taking a hard stance against students that violate their rules, and Texas A&M officials urge students to report activities that violate guidelines.



World Politics and Economics


Per BBC, Microsoft alleges that hackers from the 2016 U.S. election are involved with cyber attacks by spying on groups involved in the 2020 presidential election.The tech firm claims that Chinese hackers are targeting those connected to Biden’s campaign while Iranian hackers target people connected to Trump’s campaign. Seemingly, hackers are launching campaigns to compromise people’s accounts and information.


The European Union (EU) demands that the U.K. surrender plans to change Boris Johnson's Brexit deal by the end of the month or risk endangering trade agreements, writes BBC. Hence, the UK published a statement alleging to revise segments of the withdrawal agreement signed in January; however, cabinet minister Michael Gove believes that the UK has made it explicit that the bill will not be withdrawn. The EU states that their trust has dwindled and will be able to take legal action if needed. Negotiator Michel Barnier for the EU announces that trust and confidence are key after the latest round of UK and EU trade talks ended in London on Thursday. On the other hand, UK negotiator David Frost says that differences will remain over a free trade deal, but additional discussions will continue in Brussels next week.



Science and Technology


BBC reports on Scotland's new contact tracing app, which lets people know whether or not “if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive.” Since its release on Thursday, it has grown increasingly popular on Google Play or Apple’s App store. The Scottish government declares that “the software will support the Test and Protect system and is “another tool in the fight against COVID-19."



Southeast US Weather


(The Atlantic) The Atlantic is firing up with several disturbances and more expected later. Despite being sheared, tropical storm Paulette is expected to restrengthen and intensify into a hurricane next Tuesday near Bermuda. Behind Paulette is Rene with escalated winds of 50 mph and lower pressure of 1000 millibars. Rene is also forecasted to become a hurricane before moving westwards toward the American east coast. Moreover, two of the four disturbances have a 40 percent chance of forming, one is at 90 percent, and the last at 20 percent. Besides the last, weakest one, all of them are moving in with Tropical storms Paulette and Rene.


(The Pacific) With two disturbances in the mid-Pacific, one of them, located 350 miles southwest of Mexico, has a 60 percent chance of forming in the next five days and would be moving west-northwestward with winds of 10-15 mph The second one has a 30 percent chance of forming and, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), may interact with or possibly becomes absorbed by the larger, first disturbance.


(Local: Houston, Texas)


**Flood Advisory** "At 4:43 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain has fallen. The Advisory would affect the areas near Harris County. So please stay safe.” The advisory lasted until 5:45 PM CDT.


For the remaining week, the high will stay below 93 degrees Fahrenheit, the average is 82 degrees Fahrenheit, and the low is 72 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Weather.com, the rain will continue into next week.


Quick Survey: How do hurricanes and tropical depressions and storms form? In the comments section, list at least one factor involved, but feel free to do more for a challenge.


Yesterday’s Answer: [Easy: 3. 40-74 mph] [Medium: True] [Hard: Hurricane Stan (2005)]


To get live coverage of the latest hurricane updates on the tropics, visit the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Tidbits, CyclonicWx, or watch Force Thirteen. Please stay safe, and for more on local weather, visit the NOAA Graphical Forecast.



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Writers:

US Politics and Economics: Dylan, Miranda, Yijia, Caleb, and Annabelle

Texas Politics: Stephanie and Megan

Health: Matthew, David, and Owen

World Politics and Economics: Joseph, William, Jake, and Alexander

Science and Technology: Bryan and Amelia

Southeast US Weather: Jade, Aiden, and Simon

Editor: VIA

(All writers and editors are in middle to high school)

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