Newsworthy – Nov 2nd, 2018

US troops cause beer shortage in Iceland, China expands internment camps, economic growth is healthy but slowing, and climate change is redrawing lines on the map.

Here are the top newsworthy items from this past week as shared on our Facebook page.

  • American service members participating in NATO training exercises in the North Atlantic drank so much they caused a beer shortage at bars in Reykjavik during a stopover in Iceland.

From TIME

  • Leading members of the Taliban who were once held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay have joined the group’s political office in the Gulf nation of Qatar, a potentially important development in tentative peace talks now under way between the insurgency and Washington.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • China aggressively expanded internment camps in Xinjiang this year, even as its mass detentions of Muslims in the region started to draw international scrutiny.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • Worker productivity is sluggish, manufacturing activity has stalled, business investment is laggardly, US economic growth is slowing, and the Fed will keep raising interest rates to keep inflation in check. Growth is still healthy, but the economy is unquestionably slowing.

From Axios

  • A record number of millennial candidates, about 700, are running in the approximately 6,000 state legislative races. Millennials are most likely to identify as liberal, numerous studies say, but are also more likely to be bipartisan than their older counterparts.

From Axios

  • The Pentagon said it’s sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections, more than double the 2,000 who are in Syria fighting the Islamic State group.

From AP

  • President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens born on U.S. soil. The legal challenges would force the courts to decide on a constitutional debate over the 14th Amendment.

From Axios

  • Climate change is redrawing lines on the map, like the line of where wheat will grow, where tornadoes tend to form, where deserts end, where the frozen ground thaws, and even where the boundaries of the tropics lie.

From Axios

 

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