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September 17, 2020 News Summary

US Politics and Economics

As wildfires continue to rage in California and Oregon, the issue of climate change is back in the political spotlight. Joe Biden called climate change “an existential threat” and announced his aims to tackle it if he is elected. Meanwhile, in a talk with California Governor Gavin Newsom, President Trump denied that the intensity of the fires were linked to climate change, instead blaming it on poor land management. It’s quite clear by now that the two parties starkly contrast on the topic of climate change. The Biden campaign has endorsed AOC’s Green New Deal, while Trump has called climate change a hoax, disregarding the scientific consensus, and has rolled back on many climate change policies. In the wake of these fires, it’s clear that climate change will continue to be a global issue, as we struggle to keep warming levels from breaching 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Texas Politics

(CNBC) Texas has been pushing the opening of business after COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the summer have started to decline. Gov. Abbott said the state has been divided into 22 regions where officials will monitor hospital capacity and virus cases. All retail stores, all restaurants, all office buildings, all manufacturing, all museums, and libraries and all gyms will be reopened at 50 percent capacity, and if an outbreak does not occur before Sep. 24, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen to the public.


According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker as of Sep 17 2020 12:16 PM (CDT), there 6.6 million cases and 196k total deaths nationwide. California currently leads with the most infections at 763k, Texas at 674.7k cases, and Florida follows with 663k cases.

World Politics and Economics

Per BBC, traces of the nerve agent that allegedly was used to poison Russian politician Alexei Navalny were discovered in a bottle in the hotel room where he resided before falling ill. Navalny's health deteriorated and collapsed on a flight from Siberia in August, and it was formerly thought that he possibly had been targeted at the airport. "Now we understand: It was done before he left his room to reach the airport," a post on his instagram says. Navalny, Russia's major opposition figure and force against Russian President Vladimir Putin, is currently receiving treatment in the German capital of Berlin. His team earlier suspected that Navalny had been poisoned on the orders of Putin, though the Kremlin repeatedly rebuffs any participation in the case and states that their doctors found no evidence that a nerve agent was used. No official investigation has been launched in Russia, however the head of Navalny's anti-corruption organization, Ivan Zhdanov, tweeted that, as a fraction of the preliminary enquiries, an investigator from Tomsk, of where the attack happened, stated that he desired to question two of the foundation's workers who were there with Navalny when he fell ill.

Science and Technology

BBC, The nine-and-a-half-year-old 3DS handheld console by Nintendo has unfortunately been discontinued. The firm’s site states that "manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended". This special device was able to trick human eyes into seeing 3D images without the iconic red-and-blue movie theater glasses. Despite its unique features and astonishing functions, its launch received little to any reception and “only gained popularity later”.

CNN reports Ps4 and the Xbox 1s have been a constant debate on the topic of which is better and the reasoning. Now the Ps5 and the Xbox series X are both releasing simultaneously. The Ps5 releases on November 12 and the Xbox series X on the 10th of that same month. The release of these two new consoles will be the next upcoming topic of which is more superior. Is it the Ps5 or the Xbox?

Southeast US Weather

The Atlantic currently has a total of six tropical systems. Tropical storm Paulette has disappeared off of the radar, with tropical cyclone Vicky and Sally following shortly on Saturday and Monday. On the other hand, Hurricane Teddy is strengthening, and the gulf stream blew the hurricane straight up North, almost reaching the United States. The red disturbance now has a 90 percent chance of forming in the Gulf, being potentially deadly despite moving at a leisurely rate. A US air force reconnaissance plane was supposed to investigate the storm, but no news has been reported back yet. On the other half part of the Atlantic, there are two awaiting disturbances, one with a 30 percent chance and the other at 60 percent chance.

(Local: Houston, Texas) The week up ahead is going to be loaded with likely rain showers. As of Sunday through next Wednesday, there will be a 50 percent chance of rain and the rest of the week will be staying above 20 percent. The temperature will likely be well below the 90s as the high is 87.



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

Texas Politics: Matthew, Stephanie, Vicki, and Megan

Health: Matthew, David, and Owen

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

Science and Technology: Bryan, Andrew, Yiqi, Amelia, and Joe

Southeast US Weather: Jade, Aiden, and Simon

Editor: VIA, Susanna, and Mingyi

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

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