Today's Intel

Nov. 8, 2017


The White House expects to announce upwards of $250 billion in business deals in China this week, an administration official said -- exactly the sort of U.S. jobs-based diplomacy that President Donald Trump likes to deliver when traveling abroad.

New restrictions on Americans' travel to Cuba will be enacted Thursday, the Trump administration said, and the U.S. also published a list of companies and other entities alleged to be controlled by the Cuban government that are forbidden from doing business with American citizens.

Russia is prepared for higher borrowing costs in the market as a result of concerns about possible U.S. sanctions, although the budget fallout would be limited, according to Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev.

Democratic multimillionaire Phil Murphy defeated Republican Kim Guadagno, Chris Christie's second-in-command, to become New Jersey's 56th governor. The election pitted the personal fortune of Murphy, a 60-year-old retired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. senior director, against the record of Guadagno's boss, the most unpopular governor in modern New Jersey history.

A transgender candidate defeated an incumbent Virginia lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would have restricted which bathrooms she could use.

House Republicans are edging closer to accepting President Donald Trump's suggestion to combine their tax legislation with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that all individuals purchase health insurance, according to a person who's helping to draft the tax bill.

In the U.S., more than 3,000 stores did open in the first three quarters of this year. But almost 6,800 closed. And this comes when there's sky-high consumer confidence, unemployment is historically low and the U.S. economy keeps growing. Those are normally all ingredients for a retail boom, yet more chains are filing for bankruptcy and rated distressed than during the financial crisis. That's caused an increase in the number of delinquent loan payments by malls and shopping centers.

President Donald Trump called on the world to abandon support for Kim Jong Un's regime, saying the dictator has turned North Korea into "a hell that no person deserves."

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The University of Notre Dame told its employees Tuesday that they will continue to receive no-cost birth control coverage in a reversal from what the university told its faculty and staff last week.

A Florida senator accused by six women of groping or making demeaning comments about their bodies was removed from his powerful position as budget chairman on Monday.

Syrian troops and allied fighters encircled the last Islamic State-held town after linking up with Iraqi forces, pro-government media and a Syrian opposition monitoring group said.

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has issued yet another warning for Earth and this time, he says we have less than 600 years before the Earth turns into a sizzling fireball.

The U.S. Navy now has a new way to track Chinese or North Korean warships. The Navy is sending a new high-tech sea drone engineered to detect enemy ships and other targets at sea to the Pacific within a year or so, service officials said.

Syria took a break on Tuesday from its gruesome six-year civil war to announce plans to sign the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country to reject the emissions-cutting deal.

Farhana Ahmed, 40, from north-west London, a mother-of-five who encouraged terror attacks on Facebook has been spared jail after a judge told her, "the sooner you get back to your children the better".

Three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups will exercise together in the Western Pacific in the coming days in a rare show of force as President Donald Trump visits Asia with warnings about the nuclear threat from North Korea, U.S. officials say.

Russian authorities were reluctant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution on Tuesday, with just low-key events being held to mark an uprising that launched more than 70 years of Communist rule.


At least six children have been killed and 25 others injured in an explosion at a primary school in north-west Tanzania, witnesses said. Reports said the pupils were playing with a grenade they had found.

Germany's top court has ruled that there must be the option of registering a third gender on birth certificates. It would make Germany the first European country to offer intersex people the choice of identifying as neither male nor female.

A secondary school student has been arrested in connection with the murder of a fellow pupil in north India. The seven-year-old boy was killed in a prominent school in Gurgaon, near Delhi, in September. Police had at first arrested a school bus conductor who they believed slit the boy's throat after trying to sexually assault him.


Eight hundred school websites across the U.S. were hacked by ISIS on Monday, November 7. The hack lasted close to two hours, during which time visitors to the sites were redirected to a YouTube video with Arabic audio and pictures of Saddam Hussein. Text also appeared which read, "I love Islamic State (ISIS)."

Solving complex math problems - geometry, algebra, and trigonometry (not an exclusive list) - is apparently now the domain of white privilege. White people learning, solving, and - horror of horrors - teaching this is the new shame-stick.

A professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) recently argued in favor of using art education to help "kids turn out queer."

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