Skimm for October 20th
"Very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist" -- Serena Williams. The head of the Russian Tennis Federation referred to her and her sister Venus as "brothers." He's now been fined $25,000. Big mistake, big, huge.
Midterm elections are in two weeks. With the Supremes' decision, everyone in Texas will have to show a photo ID when they go to vote. After being previously blocked by a federal court, the Texas law will now be the one of the strictest of this type in the country. It's also been a big talking point in the Texas gov. race -- Greg Abbott (R), who's beating Wendy Davis (D) in the polls, is a vocal supporter of this law.
This is a blow to the Obama administration, which has been anti-voter ID laws for a while. Critics think these laws make it harder for low-income people and minorities to vote, since they are less likely to have the types of ID required at the polls. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, who voted against the law, called it "the greatest threat to public confidence in elections." So there's that. Meanwhile, supporters think it's a great way to combat voter fraud.
Voter ID is always a hot-topic, and the Lone Star State just upped the ante. Early voting there starts today.
PS: We made you a Midterm Elections Guide. You're welcome.
You ever gonna help out? A key city in Syria that borders Turkey has been in danger of falling to ISIS for weeks. The city, Kobani, is controlled by Syrian Kurds (semi-autonomous ethnic group that's also primarily in Iraq and Turkey), who have been holding off ISIS with the help of US-led airstrikes. Yesterday, Turkey announced it's definitely NOT going to help the Syrian Kurds. Period. It's also not going to let the US go through Turkey to give them weapons and ammo. Turkey says it's pretty sure some in the group have ties to a Turkish group called the Kurdistan Workers' Party (aka the PKK), which Turkey and the US consider a terrorist group. And since Turkey is a NATO member with troops on the border literally watching the fighting go down, the US was none too pleased. Instead, yesterday the US resorted to airdropping supplies to the Syrian Kurds for the first time.
We preparing for something? The Pentagon is. Yesterday, it announced it's getting on the Ebola bandwagon by training a quick-strike team of 30 nurses, doctors, and specialists who are infectious disease experts. They'll soon be ready to deploy anywhere in the US. Meanwhile, yesterday the Texas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan -- the Liberian man who died of Ebola earlier this month -- said 'oops, my bad.' In a full-page ad that ran in local newspapers, the hospital's CEO apologized for sending Duncan home when he first sought treatment, and for failing to fully prepare the hospital's workers to deal with the virus. Two nurses who cared for Duncan now have Ebola and are being treated in isolation.
Just call me Peyton. Last night, Broncos QB Peyton Manning broke the NFL record for most touchdown passes. Of all time. And reminded older brother Cooper Manning, once again, where he stands in the family. Within the first half of the Broncos game against the San Francisco 49ers, Manning had three touchdown passes, putting his overall number up to 509 -- one more than Brett Favre, the previous record holder. Some think Manning could reach 600 passes before he retires. Arm hurts.
Close call. Mars had one of those yesterday. A comet, named "Siding Spring" (sure, we'll go with that), just missed the planet as it passed on by. It got 10 times closer than a comet has ever come to Earth. And since there are so many rovers on Mars, and satellites in the neighborhood, scientists had a front row seat to the galactic close-encounter. They say Siding Spring is probably about 4.6 billion years old, and has been traveling for over a million years. Zetus lapetus, that's a long road-trip.
LAST CALL...If you live in California or South Dakota, today's your last day to register. If you haven't gotten the message yet, we repeat: midterms. Two weeks.
Omega-3s: Fatty acids. The good kind. Found in foods like walnuts, salmon, and olive oil. And this is the reason your date has fish oil supplements on the counter.
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