We know you’re busy out there crushing your goals, so we’re keeping you in the loop on what’s going on in the headlines. Powered by Pressed News, here are five things you need to know from this past week—from Trump’s impeachment inquiry to Shopify donating 1,000,001 trees.
1. GOING PUBLIC
President Trump’s impeachment inquiry is moving forward. On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 232-196 in favour of approving the rules that will lead the inquiry into its next phase.
30 seconds. Remind me.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a bombshell announcement last month that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry. A whistleblower allegedly complained about a phone call that Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where Trump asked Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. Trump claims that Biden, while Vice President, had a Ukrainian prosecutor fired to help his son. If Trump is found guilty of asking a foreign country to find dirt on an opponent, he could be in trouble. It doesn’t help that he also withheld about $400 million in aid from Ukraine before his call with Zelensky. Now, the House's intelligence committee is ready to move onto public hearings. Thursday’s vote was almost entirely split along party lines, further emphasizing the current divide in the U.S.
2. 86 YEARS IN THE MAKING
From underdogs to world champions. The Washington Nationals won a deciding World Series Game 7 Wednesday night against the Houston Astros to become world champions for the first time ever.
Wow! Big congrats.
Made even bigger by the fact that the Nationals (Nats) barely made the playoffs this season. They squeezed by after winning a Wild Card game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros were at the top of the league to start the playoffs, with 107 wins in the regular season. This is the first time that a World Series champ has won all four games (in a best-of-7 series) on the road. In keeping with the underdog theme, Washington also had to come from behind to win five elimination games in the playoffs.
What went down in Game 7?
It looked like the Astros were about to win their second World Series in three years (they won in 2017), leading the winner-take-all game 2-0 heading into the seventh inning. But, the Nats scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead, then sealed the deal with a run in the eighth inning, then two runs in the ninth, for a final score of 6-2. North of the border, the Toronto FC won the MLS (soccer) Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday to stamp their ticket to the MLS Cup Final against the Seattle Sounders.
3. THE EXIT'S THAT WAY
Three years and two prime ministers later and Britain has yet to Brexit. Try as he might, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been unable to secure a divorce deal that lets Britain leave the EU. On Monday, he failed to get enough votes in parliament to call a general election.
An election for what?
Johnson is hoping that an early election (way ahead of the country’s next general election in 2022) will get his Conservative Party enough votes – and a majority government – to finally be able to push through his Brexit deal and get Britain out of the EU. Reminder: his predecessor, PM Theresa May, tried and failed many times to secure a deal. Johnson swooped in this July and swore he’d get Britain out of the EU by the Oct. 31 deadline with or without a deal. FYI, Britain exiting without a deal could cause a sudden disruption in travel, economy, and food shortages.
But Halloween already passed.
Earlier this month, Johnson drew up a new divorce deal that seemed to make all parties happy comfortable. But, last week, the U.K. government voted 322 to 306 to withhold support, forcing Johnson to ask the EU to extend the Brexit deadline to January 2020.
ISIS confirmed the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he has been replaced by Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. Reminder: Baghdadi was killed last weekend during a raid by American special forces in Syria. The U.S. traced Baghdadi to a remote corner of Northern Syria after spending years trying to hunt down the man who has been leading ISIS for nearly a decade. The terror group made the announcement about its new leader through an audio recording posted on the Telegram app. Not much is known about al-Hashimi, but his last name (al-Qurayshi) suggests that, just like Baghdadi, he claims a lineage to the Prophet Muhammad. ISIS also threatened revenge against the U.S., saying they're the “laughing stock” of the world whose “destiny is controlled by an old fool who goes to sleep with one opinion and wakes up with another.”
5. GOOD NEWS
Shopify just pledged to donate 1,000,001 trees after the Canadian company hit 1,000,000 users. A larger #TeamTrees campaign started by YouTuber MrBeast wants to raise $20 million by the end of 2019 to plant 20 million trees. Shopify’s announcement by CEO Tobi Lütke was made a day after Elon Musk (or, Treelon) said he’d donate 1,000,000 trees as part of MrBeast’s campaign. If these tech leaders are trying to one-up each other, we’re here for it. The Arbor Day Foundation wants to plant 100 million trees by 2022. You can donate here.
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