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The Democrats held their final debate before the primaries begin – everything you should know about their health care views

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Tuesday, six of the 12 remaining United States Democratic candidates for president met on a debate. This was the seventh debate for the Democrats of this election season and the last before the first primary, which will occur in Iowa Feb. 3.

Of the six candidates who qualified to appear on the debate stage, four are considered among the likely candidates to earn the party’s nomination.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Who are the six candidates who qualified for the debate?
– Why didn’t Michael Bloomberg make an appearance?

U.S. President Donald Trump impeached in historic vote

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Donald J. Trump has become only the third U.S. president to be impeached.

The impeachment vote came on Wednesday after a two month investigation by House Democrats. In the end, the United States House of Representatives voted to impeach on two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of investigation.

Both articles of impeachment were passed almost entirely along party lines, with the abuse of power article passing by 230 votes to 197, and the obstruction article passing by 229 to 198.

TikTok seeks to distance itself from ByteDance amidst US security inquiry

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes The popular social media video app, TikTok, is seeking to distance itself from its parent company in the wake of a United States security inquiry. ByteDance, the China-based tech company that owns TikTok, is being investigated to determine if the user data it collects is stored securely. Critics have raised concerns that the data could be shared with the Chinese authorities.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How has TikTok grown over the past year?
– How does TikTok’s growth compare to other popular social media applications, such as Instagram?
– Who is ByteDance?
– Why does ByteDance wish to separate TikTok?

North Korea believed to be planning on a bigger rocket launch, following two projectiles launched on Thanksgiving Day

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), North Korea, said on Friday, November 29 the latest test-firing of its “super-large” multiple rocket launcher was a final review of the weapon’s combat application, suggesting that the country is preparing to deploy the new weapons system soon.

This test is North Korea’s thirteenth this year and comes amid a continued diplomatic stalemate between Pyongyang and Washington, D.C. over North Korea’s nuclear program.

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– What are the details about the launch?
– What were the reactions from neighboring countries?

Climate activists disrupt Harvard-Yale Football game to protest fossil fuel investments

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Hundreds of students and alumni from Harvard and Yale disrupted the annual football game between the two universities on Saturday, November 23 to protest the school’s investments in the fossil fuel industry. The protest began during the game’s half-time show when 70 protestors took to the field. At its peak, the protest included up to 500 people. The disruption delayed the game for roughly an hour.

Calling on Harvard and Yale to divest fossil fuel investments, protesters held up banners that read “Nobody wins. Yale and Harvard are complicit in climate injustice.”

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– Why were students and alumni protesting?
– How did Harvard and Yale respond?

US Navy SEAL case leads to Navy secretary’s dismissal

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Sunday, November 24, U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was ousted for his handling of court-martialed U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s case. In September this year, Gallagher was demoted for his involvement in criminal activities while serving in Iraq, but in November, President Donald Trump intervened to restore the SEAL’s rank.

Spencer’s handling of the case earned the ire of both President Trump and his direct superior, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

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– Who is Eddie Gallagher?
– Why are the details of Richard Spencer’s ousting?
– What are the reactions to Gallagher’s case?

Bills supporting Hong Kong human rights tabled before President Trump

By: Austin Wright

Reading Time: 3 minutes On November 21, the United States Senate approved two bills intended to back human rights in Hong Kong. If signed by President Trump, the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019” and the “Placing Restrictions on Teargas Exports and Crowd Control Technology to Hong Kong Act” would restrict the exportation of teargas and crowd control technology to Hong Kong authorities.

They would also extend annual reporting on Hong Kong to include assessments of its autonomy.

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– What has been Hong Kong’s response?
– What is the road ahead?

LVMH absorbs Tiffany & Co in $16.2 billion acquisition deal

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Tiffany & Co and LVMH both experienced a stock jump of 6% in New York and 1% in Paris on Monday, November 25, after these luxury brands struck a $16.2 billion acquisition deal, with Tiffany & Co taken over by the French giant.

According to Reuters, the quintessential US brand accepted a sweeter offer of $135 per share from the French luxury goods giant, after reportedly turning down a lower offer earlier this month. The transaction is expected to close mid-2020.

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– What does this deal mean for LVMH?

Twitter outlines plan to ban political ads

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes On November 15, Twitter outlined its new policy to ban political advertising on its platform. According to Twitter’s Business page, political advertising will include references to political candidates or legislation, and it will not allow ads that advocate for a specific outcome on social or political causes. The ban will take effect on November 22.

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced the decision on October 30 from his personal Twitter account. Dorsey said certain political ads had been spreading misleading information, which presented “challenges to civic discourse.”

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– What is the policy and how will Twitter enforce it?
– What is the political impact in the US?

First witnesses testify in public impeachment hearings

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 6 minutes The public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump began on Wednesday, November 13. Among the witnesses to provide testimony to the House Intelligence Committee thus far are William B. Taylor, the acting US Ambassador to Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the European and Eurasian Bureau George Kent. These testimonies form part of the first public impeachment hearings in two decades.

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– Who is George Kent and what did he testify in the impeachment hearings against President Trump?
– Who is William B. Taylor and what did he newly reveal in his opening statement?

Michael Bloomberg files to enter Democratic presidential primary

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes Billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken his first steps towards the 2020 presidential race. Representatives of Bloomberg filed paperwork with the Alabama Democratic Party on Friday, 10 November, to put his name on the ballot for the upcoming Super Tuesday contest on March 3 next year.

The submission of the paperwork indicates that Bloomberg intends to run for the Democratic nomination for president.

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– What do we know so far?
– Why is Bloomberg thinking of running?
– What does this mean for the Democratic race and what has the general reaction been so far?

Google taps into the wearables market with $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc announced on November 1 that it would buy Fitbit Inc. for $2.1 billion. The deal is likely to be finalized in 2020.

Industry-wide smartwatch sales are predicted to double to $34 billion by 2023, and Google is eager to tap into this market.

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– What does this acquisition mean for Google?
– What privacy concerns does the $2.1 billion deal create among Fitbit’s 28 million active users?