theNewsWorthy: Thursday, November 1st, 2018


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Open Enrollment: It's November, which means f you buy your own health insurance, it's time to start shopping and comparing healthcare policies for next year. If you get health insurance through your employer, the dates can vary, but pay attention to those notifications if you want to change up your policy. Remember: unless you have a "life event" (i.e. marriage, job change), you can only change healthcare policies during open enrollment (now or coming up soon). 
Read more: USA

15,000 Troops: While Democrats focus on healthcare before Election Day next week, President Trump is talking a lot about immigration issues as he starts an 11-stop tour to campaign for Republican candidates. Trump now says the administration could send up to 15,000 military troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to prep for the migrant caravan. That military presence would be about the same as in Afghanistan. Remember: the migrant caravan is about 4,000 Central American migrants walking toward the U.S. border, but they're still weeks away from reaching it.
Read more: APWSJThe Washington Post

Google Walkout: Some Google employees plan to walkout of Google's offices around the world today to protest how the company has handled sexual harassment claims. A recent report found one exec got a $90 million exit package after a credible accusation about him. Google's CEO has apologized and said he supports employees who want to walkout. 
Read more: NYTFOX NewsCNET

Bitcoin Birthday: Happy birthday, Bitcoin. This week marks 10 years since the digital currency's creator wrote a white paper all about it. Since then, the industry has grown. There are now more than 2,000 cryptocurrencies on the market. Of course, it's still considered volatile and risky.  
Read more: Forbes

FDA + 23andMe: The FDA has given the thumbs up to a new test from 23andMe. It tests how genetics may affect someone's reaction to certain drugs, like antidepressants. The approval isn't meant to be the final word on meds. Instead, it's supposed to help patients start conversations with healthcare professionals. Critics say the tests just confuse patients and don't provide enough data to be useful.
Read more: Gizmodo

E-Scooter Recall: The e-scooter company, Lime, has pulled about 2,000 scooters off the streets because of concerns the batteries could smolder or catch fire. The company calls it a manufacturing issue on a small percentage of scooters and "isolated instances." 
Read more: The Washington PostTechCrunchLime

Paid Time Off to Vote: More companies are giving more paid time off to employees so they can vote. A new survey found a record high 44% of U.S. firms are offering paid time off for this year's midterms.
Read more: CNBCBloomberg

Optimism Project: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and TIME magazine are teaming up for their annual "Optimist" issue, and they want your help. They want you to submit a 30-second video clip of something that makes you feel optimistic. The deadline is Monday, November 5th. Click below for where to submit and the rules.
Read more: TIME



Midterm Elections!

Election Resources: Rock The Vote,, Vote411, Ballotpedia

Read More: The Hill, NBC News, Time, WSJ

Today’s guest:

Carolyn DeWitt

Carolyn DeWitt is the President and Executive Director of Rock the Vote, the largest national organization focused on building long-term political power for this country’s most diverse youth generation. During her tenure, she has overseen Rock the Vote’s resurgence, developing new partnerships with authentic brands, such as VEVO and HBO, deepening its leadership in civic technology with new cutting-edge tools, such as ElectionFM and the Pennsylvania Canvasser app, intensifying its fight for voting rights, and moving the organization toward an issue-first approach with a targeted outreach to diverse and marginalized communities.

Carolyn is a nationally recognized advocate for young people, featured in publications and media outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and Billboard.