Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Migrant Families, XFL Teams & Instagram Hoax
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Migrant Families: President Trump’s latest effort to toughen immigration laws would mean migrant families can be held in detention centers indefinitely. Currently, migrant children with their parents can only be held up to 20 days, but the Trump administration wants to change that in an effort to deter more families from coming to the U.S. Critics plan to fight it in court, which could put the rule on hold. Stay tuned.
Read more: Vox, WSJ, NBC News
Trillion Dollar Deficit: A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says the federal deficit will hit $1 trillion next year. One reason is the new budget deal that increases spending, especially while the government is receiving less money after the 2017 tax cuts.
Read more: AP, CNBC, Fox News
Tax Cut Reversal: President Trump changed his mind again about more tax cuts. He now says he’s not considering cuts to payroll or capital gains taxes since the economy is strong. That said, he’s still pushing the Fed to cut interest rates.
Read more: WSJ, Washington Post
Global Wildfires: Massive wildfires are burning around the world right now - from the Amazon rainforest to Canary Islands to Alaska.
Read more: Vox, BBC, CBS News , NYT
Saving Coral Reef: Experts are calling it a scientific breakthrough in an effort to save coral reefs from going extinct. Coral reefs from the Atlantic reproduced in a lab setting for the first time. This could be a big deal for “America’s Barrier Reef,” which is the third largest coral reef in the world. It’s right off the coast of the Florida Keys.
Read more: CNN, CBS Miami
ISS New Parking Spot: The International Space Station has a new parking spot (sort-of). Astronauts successfully added a new docking port to the ISS yesterday, which is basically a place for another spacecraft to park and visit. Companies like SpaceX and Boeing are expected to use it.
Read more: AP News, Space.com
Wristbands Predict Outbursts: Researchers are working on a wristband that can predict aggressive outbursts in people with Autism at least one minute in advance. It monitors heart rate, sweat production and more. The device is meant to give people a chance to relax the person wearing the wristband or at least make sure everyone is safe.
Read more: Engadget, Spectrum News
Instagram Hoax: Some celebrities have fallen for a viral Instagram hoax. The hoax claims you have to re-post a message if you don’t want Instagram to use every photo you’ve uploaded. It’s not real!
Read more: NBC News, The Verge
XFL Teams: The XFL is an alternative to the NFL, and it’s now released its eight teams’ names and logos, such as the Dallas Renegades, Los Angeles Wildcats and New York Guardians. The XFL is re-launching in February 2020 - a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl.
Read more: Bleacher Report, ESPN, CNN
Highest Paid Actors: Forbes says the highest paid actor in the world right now is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Read more: Forbes, E News
Controversial DWTS Cast: The most surprising and controversial new member of ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ cast? President Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer! See the rest of the cast below…
Read more: People, Inside Edition
Thing To Know Thursday
Today’s guest: Dr. Erica Shenoy
Dr. Shenoy is an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she serves as Associate Chief of the Infection Control Unit, where she leads multidisciplinary efforts to reduce hospital acquired infections. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is additionally trained as a health economist. Dr. Shenoy serves as Medical Director of the MGH Ebola and Other Special Pathogens Treatment Center. Dr. Shenoy is a Fellow in the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).