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News Flash for 10/8/20

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  • Vice President Mike Pence and Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris had their first and only debate last night at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. The two candidates, kept apart through social distancing and plexiglass shields, were questioned by moderator Susan Page of USA Today. The hour and a half debate covered the coronavirus response by the Trump administration, which Pence has been a key figure in, national and international politics, and the records of each candidate on important socio-political issues like abortion, healthcare, and race relations in the United States. Compared to the first presidential debate, the evening was mostly civil, with a few barbs from each candidate to the other on the political history of their presidential candidates. The night was also highlighted by a guest appearance of a fly on Mike Pence’s head, which appeared while he was discussing police and the protests happening throughout the country. Each candidate ignored major issues brought up, including abortion rights and the health of their presidential candidates, who are in their 70’s.
  • A group of men has been charged by the FBI for their involvement in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The group, now being described as a militia, were planning to kidnap several politicians in the state they felt were working against the interest of the general public. The FBI had been made aware of the plot earlier this year through a criminal complaint sent to them. Several members of the group had discussed potential murder to be a part of the plot as well. Governor Whitmer gave a speech later on that denounced the group and their plot while touching on the level of division in America.
  • Philadelphia police shot and killed a man who was involved in a carjacking that killed a woman. Philadelphia Police Department Sgt. Eric Gripp said the man was a “deranged individual who was on a rampage.” The 29-year-old man had walked into a hospital and shot a nurse while taking her car keys. He then drove off, got a flat tire, and carjacked a woman, fatally shooting her in the process. After shooting at police, the man was fatally shot by police after a 10-minute standoff.

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