The Weekly National News Roundup – by Shlomo Rudman

Kavanaugh Nomination Moves Ahead – On Friday, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake announced that he would be voting to confirm judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,

all but ensuring his passage through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh has been dogged by allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford regarding his conduct as a teenager. After passing through the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Mr. Kavanaugh’s nomination will go on to a confirmation vote by the full Senate, expected to take place next Tuesday.

Interest Rates Hiked – Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell announced on Wednesday that interest rates would be raised for the third time this year. The Federal Reserve helps determine the rates at which mortgages, credit cards, and other financial loans are priced at by manipulating the amount of currency in circulation. The move, which was anticipated, is a sign of a strong economy, low unemployment, and stable amounts of inflation.

UN Laughs At Trump – During a speech by President Trump to the UN General Assembly in New York, audible laughs were heard after Trump claimed his administration had, in two years, achieved more than any other administration in history. The president was visibly flustered for a moment before continuing with his speech. Asked about it at a press conference, Trump said the UN members weren’t laughing at him, but rather with him.

Trump Accuses China Of Meddling – President Trump accused China at the UN of attempting to sway the upcoming midterm elections in favor of Democrats to punish Trump over his hardball negotiating policies over trade with the Chinese. The president did not provide evidence to back his claims, but said US intelligence has an abundance of evidence to support his comments. US officials say that Trump’s bold comments mark a new phase in the Trump administration’s pressure campaign against Chinese behavior.

Pompeo To Return To North Korea – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to visit North Korean capital Pyongyang next month to discuss a possible second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The United States has been attempting to reign in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions using a strategy not employed by previous administrations, specifically in regards to direct negotiations. Pompeo’s trip to North Korea will be his fourth his year.

Shutdown Averted – The US House of Representatives has passed a spending bill to keep the government open until early December. While President Trump had previously called the spending bill “ridiculous” for not including funding for his proposed border wall with Mexico, he confirmed to reporters that he intended to sign the bill. The vote in the House to approve the bill was 361-61. The Senate had previously voted overwhelmingly in approval of the bill, with a vote of 93-7.

Trump Endorses Two-State Solution – President Trump for the first time announced his support for a two state solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict. Promising to deliver a peace plan within four months that would be fair to both sides, Trump attempted to reassure Palestinian leaders of his intentions. Israeli PM Netanyahu thanked President Trump for his efforts, but added that any future Palestinian state must recognize the State of Israel, and that Israel would not give up land in the West Bank.

Deadly Flu – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that an estimated 80,000 Americans died last year due to influenza, the highest death toll in at least four decades. Last year’s flu season was expected to be severe, but the high death shocked even the experts. The CDC estimates that the flu generally kills between 12,000 and 56,000, depending on the severity of the year’s flu season.

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