Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of November 6, 2017)
Sonali Kamboj / November 10, 2017
The week began with a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when a gunman fired multiple rounds into the congregation gathered for Sunday’s morning services. The massacre claimed the lives of at least 26 parishioners, making it the deadliest mass shooting in Texas. Many of the victims who died in the massacre were children.
The shooter was identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who died moments later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kelley had a long, troubled past, which included “divorce, domestic battery and a failed U.S. Air Force career that ended with time in military prison.”
President Donald Trump remained front and center of the news this week as he embarked on his first Asia trip. Trump began the trip in Japan where he held a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, gave a speech at the South Korea’s National Assembly, praised China’s President Xi Jinping on trade and pitched “America First” trade policy at the APEC Summit in Vietnam.
Trump’s next stop is Philippines where he will participate in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. At least 26 people killed in shooting at Texas church – CNN, Dakin Andone, Kaylee Hartung, Darran Simon
Top line: “At least 26 people were killed in Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference. About 20 others were wounded, said Freeman Martin, a regional director with the Texas Department of Public Safety, with victims ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old. Authorities have not said what may have motivated the suspected shooter, who was later found dead in his vehicle.”
Magazine to follow: Texas Church Shooting
2. Texas Church Shooting: Who Were the Victims of the Sutherland Springs Massacre? – NBC News, Chelsea Bailey, Daniel Arkin
Top line: “It was like any other Sunday morning inside of their tiny Texas church, until a gunman’s unexplained rampage stole the lives of 26 people: mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and more than a dozen children. By the time the last bullet was fired, the victims — ranging from a pregnant woman and her unborn child to a 77-year-old grandfather — were left to die inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. The tragedy shattered the rural community’s sense of peace, as it became the deadliest shooting inside a house of worship in modern U.S. history.”
Magazine to follow: Texas Church Shooting
3. Trump warns North Korea: Do not ‘try us’ – AP News, Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin
Top line: “President Donald Trump delivered a sharp warning to North Korea Wednesday, telling the rogue nation: “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.” In a speech delivered hours after he aborted a visit to the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone due to bad weather, Trump said he had a message for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.“The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger,” Trump told an audience of South Korean lawmakers, calling on all nations to join forces “to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea.” “The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation,” he said.”
4. Here’s what changed hands in Tuesday’s elections – The Washington Post, David Weigel
Top line: “Republicans are still counting the upsets and losses in Tuesday’s local races. The defeat in Virginia has been analyzed plenty; it’s races further down the ballot, especially in suburbs, that have made Democrats grow more confident about the 2018 midterms.”
Magazine to follow: 2017 Election
5. Senate Tax Plan Diverges From House Version, Highlighting Political Pressures – The New York Times, Jim Tankersley, Alan Rappeport, Thomas Kaplan
Top line: “The Senate bill differs significantly from the House version approved by the Ways and Means committee on Thursday: It would preserve some popular tax breaks, including ones for mortgage interest and medical expenses, and would maintain a bottom tax rate of 10 percent for lower earners. But it would also jettison the state and local tax deduction entirely and delay the enforcement of a 20 percent corporate tax rate until 2019, which could rankle the White House and mute the economic growth projections that Republicans are counting on to blunt the cost of the tax cuts.”
Top line: “The Paradise Papers are a huge leak of financial documents that throw light on the top end of the world of offshore finance. A number of stories are appearing in a week-long expose of how politicians, multinationals, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals use complex structures to protect their cash from higher taxes. As with last year’s Panama Papers leak, the documents were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which called in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to oversee the investigation.”
Magazine to follow: Paradise Papers Leak
7. Unprecedented Battle Looming: AT&T Threatens To Take Trump And DOJ To Court Over Time Warner Deal – Forbes, Zachary Elsea
Top line: “U.S. antitrust regulators from the Department of Justice have reportedly demanded that AT&T and Time Warner Cable sell off Turner Broadcasting, the major cable group that includes CNN, in order to complete the companies’ $85.4 billion merger deal. The surprising requirement for approving the planned acquisition has spurred contentious negotiations between the DOJ and AT&T, as well as criticism among the public and the threat of litigation from AT&T.”
Topic to follow: AT&T
8. Louis C.K. breaks silence: ‘These stories are true’ – Entertainment Weekly, James Hibberd
Top line: “Louis C.K broke his silence on the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by five women with a lengthy statement Friday. Last year, Louis C.K. had denied industry whispers of misconduct in an interview, saying, “they’re rumors, that’s all that is.” Since The New York Times report on Thursday, Louis C.K.’s business partners have issued statements distancing themselves from the comedian to varying degrees. Netflix canceled an upcoming planned stand-up special (but will keep his previous specials), HBO pulled his content from its On Demand library, FX has cut ties with C.K. from all of his shows on their network, his publicist Lewis Kay has separated from him, and The Orchard has scrapped its plan to distribute his film, I Love You, Daddy.”
Topic to follow: Louis C.K.
9. Moore: ‘I have never engaged in sexual misconduct’ – Politico, Daniel Strauss
Top line: “Alabama Republican Roy Moore denied committing sexual misconduct in a new statement Friday afternoon, continuing a furious response to the new accounts of four women who said Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. “I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct,” Moore said in the statement. “As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman. I also believe that any person who has been abused should feel the liberty to come forward and seek protection.”’
Topic to follow: Roy Moore
Top line: “Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who retired from baseball nearly four years ago, died when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. He was 40. Halladay’s ICON A5, a small, single-engine aircraft, went down around noon Tuesday off the coast of Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a news conference. The sheriff’s office marine unit responded and found Halladay’s body in shallow water near some mangroves. No survivors were found. Police said they couldn’t confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or where it was headed. Nocco said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.”
Topic to follow: Roy Halladay
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