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News Flash for 10/7/20

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  • A debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will be broadcasted live night at 9 p.m. EST at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both candidates will be discussing politics, the COVID-19 crisis, and the future of America while being separated between a sheet of plexiglass and more than 12 ft. of distance between the two of them. The safety measures come almost a week after President Trump tested positive for COVID-19 following his first debate with former Vice President Joe Biden. The disorganization of the first debate and the President’s diagnosis have left the future of the final two presidential debates up in the air. Kamala Harris will be the first woman of Black and South Asian heritage to partake in such a debate.
  • Two ISIS fighters have been indicted on charges of terrorism and the deaths of at least 4 Americans after being taken into custody by the FBI. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were part of the terrorist cell known as “the Beatles”, a cell composed of British ISIS soldiers known for being the cell of infamous ISIS terrorist Jihadi John, who’s 2014 recorded beheading of American journalist James Foley was one of the first well-documented acts of terrorism by ISIS. Jihadi John, born Mohammed Emwazi, was killed in a drone strike by American forces in November of 2015. Kotey and Elsheikh are being indicted on charges of their involvement in numerous killings and hostage-taking crimes. The two are expected to be sentenced in the very near future.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the shutdown of COVID hotspots throughout the state following an uptick of cases. During a Tuesday press briefing, Cuomo announced any and all hotspots, especially in the New York City area, to be shut down and new gathering restrictions to be put into place. Places of worship, schools, and businesses will all be affected by the new restrictions in place. The Governor said he is doing this to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 from spreading through his state and, potentially, the country. The ongoing struggle between Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made for debate about what should stay open and what should close. Both politicians have faced both praise and criticism for their actions and decisions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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