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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Report: Trump pushed Ukrainian president to investigate Biden's son

  • DHS adds white supremacy to counterterrorism priority list

  • Global 'climate strike' aims to bolster U.N. summit with massive crowds

  • Game of Thrones expected to win big at the 2019 Emmys

  • Antonio Brown released from Patriots following rape allegations

President Trump reportedly urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, reportedly pushing eight times in a single phone call for Zelensky to work with his attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Trump reportedly wanted to probe whether Biden worked to shield from investigation a Ukrainian gas company with ties to his son, Hunter Biden. The phone call was the subject of a whistleblower complaint last month, which Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire reportedly refused to pass on to Congress. The intelligence official who made the complaint reportedly alerted Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who marked the complaint an "urgent concern." On Friday, Trump denied having any "dicey" conversation with a foreign leader, writing, "there was nothing said wrong."

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced Friday that white supremacy would become a top priority under the department's new strategy to fight terrorism and "targeted violence." McAleenan cited last month's shooting in El Paso, Texas as a major reason for the change. The shooting in a largely Hispanic community was seemingly motivated by racism. This and other shootings "galvanized" DHS to look "beyond terrorists operating abroad" and start tackling "violent extremists of any ideology," McAleenan said in a Friday speech. The plan calls for analyzing the "nature and extent" of domestic terror threats. DHS will also crack down on technology companies hosting hate-filled websites, provide active shooter training to local law enforcement, and run antiviolence messaging campaigns.

Source: The Atlantic, NBC News

Millions of protesters around the world participated in Friday's "global climate strike," a series of rallies urging measures to combat climate change ahead of a United Nations summit in New York. An estimated 300,000 turned out at 100 rallies in Australia to kick off the day of youth-led protests, inspired in part by the "Fridays for Future" demonstrations by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. More than 800 events were planned around the U.S., and Europe and Asia held hundreds more. About 60,000 rallied in New York City, where Thunberg spoke to protesters. Demonstrators say not enough is being done on a local, national, and international level to curb emissions and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Source: BBC News, The Associated Press

Game of Thrones is expected to take home the top drama prize at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. The hit HBO show has won Outstanding Drama Series for its past three seasons, and it's likely to set a new record for most Emmy wins for a single season of television. HBO's Veep, which also aired its final season this year, looks set to pick up the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, though some experts foresee an upset by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or Fleabag. Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Killing Eve's Sandra Oh, Barry's Bill Hader, and Pose's Billy Porter are seen by prognosticators as front-runners in the lead acting categories. The Emmys will air Sunday on Fox.

Source: Vox, Gold Derby

Wide receiver Antonio Brown was released from the New England Patriots on Friday following an investigation into allegations of sexual assault. A woman has accused him of rape and sexual assault and sending threatening text messages, which Brown has denied through an attorney. Brown has been at the center of several claims of wrongdoing, allegedly refusing to comply with NFL equipment policies and facing fines after an altercation with the general manager of the Oakland Raiders, in addition to allegedly failing to pay former assistants. He was released from the Raiders and picked up by the Patriots, playing one game with New England under a $15 million contract as the allegations became public.

Source: The Washington Post
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