It’s Friday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
North Korea responded by threatening to hit Guam, home to US military installations. American B-1B bombers had flown over the Korean Peninsula as a show of force. What set Trump off was a report from US intel groups that the North can now miniaturize a nuke and put it on top of a missile.
So there’s a lot of concern about what’s happening – and what could happen next. The mixed messaging from the White House (remember, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been trying to lower the temperature around the rhetoric) has lots of folks worried that an effort to put “peaceful pressure” on North Korea, and bring it to the negotiating table, is in serious jeopardy.
2. President Trump
The Trump team also refuses to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, something a bipartisan commission on the topic has requested.
3. Sanctuary cities
South Africa’s President lives to fight another day. A no-confidence vote against Jacob Zuma in the country’s National Assembly failed. Zuma has won two presidential elections, but he’s been dogged by criminal probes and corruption allegations and still faces public pressure.
And in Kenya, the votes have been cast, and now everyone is awaiting the results in the heated presidential election between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Kenyans could find out as early as today who the winner is, but more than likely it’ll take a few days.
4. Russia investigation
5. Frankfurt evacuation
NUMBER OF THE DAY
President Trump’s approval rating in the latest CNN poll, his lowest showing in the poll
The number of job openings in the US right now, which is a record high
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Netflix just bought a comic books publisher, because we obviously don’t have enough superheroes in the movies just yet.
Yes, he was the “Rhinestone Cowboy,” but country singer Glen Campbell was so much more than that. He passed away at age 81.
The Mouse is out
If you have little ones in your house, you may want to have them sit down for this: Disney’s pulling its stuff off Netflix.
That time some of the richest people in San Francisco woke up to find that someone had literally bought their street right out from under them.
Well, this is one way to fight for equality: A cafe in Australia charges male customers more to highlight the pay gap between men and women.
Pretty much everybody in suburban DC freaked out when a “driverless” van hit the streets.
A college professor’s plan to let students grade themselves – as a way to reduce stress – gets an F.
AND FINALLY …
A rampaging rhino runs cars off the road in India. And yes, we love alliteration. (Click to view)
He orders his fast food sounding like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. And we’re sure the teens at McDonald’s are super-impressed. (Click to view)