Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of October 23, 2017)

Sonali Kamboj / October 28, 2017

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, left, speaks on the opioid crisis in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Donald Trump remained front and center in the news this week as he declared the opioid crisis a “national public health emergency,” authorized the release of 2,800 files on John F. Kennedy’s assassination, sparred with Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and appeared in a video message at a hurricane relief concert that was also attended by five former U.S. presidents.

The Trump-Russia dossier also made headlines when it was disclosed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign helped finance the dossier. The latest development came Friday when The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news site, said it hired the firm that produced the dossier.

Around the world, Spain took charge of the Catalan government and China unveiled new leadership.

And the world lost Fats Domino, the New Orleans music legend, who was among the first acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.


President Trump displays a presidential public health emergency declaration on the nation’s opioid crisis in the East Room of the White House. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

1. Trump declares opioid crisis a national public health emergency – ABC News, Katherine Faulders, Alexander Mallin

Top line: “President Donald Trump officially declared the opioid epidemic a “national public health emergency” in an announcement at the White House Thursday. “Effective today my administration is officially declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law,” the president said Thursday. “And why I am directing all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis.” The Public Health Emergency Fund at HHS currently stands at $57,000, according to an agency spokesperson, and officials said the president’s declaration won’t yet include a request for Congress to replenish the fund.”

Topic to follow: Opioid crisis

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, walks to a closed-door security briefing at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2. Trump visits the Hill to mend fences with GOP — and brings his hammer – The Washington Post, Philip Rucker, Sean Sullivan, Paul Kane

Top line: “Donald Trump came to Capitol Hill on Thursday to build and reinforce bridges with members of Congress less than two weeks before the Republican National Convention. Instead, he burned some to the ground. The sharpest confrontation came with Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. “You’ve been very critical of me,” Trump said after Flake introduced himself.”

Topic to follow: GOP

President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally ride in a limousine moments before Kennedy was assassinated, in Dallas, Texas November 22, 1963. Walt Cisco/Dallas Morning News/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS

3. Botulism pills, the CIA, the Mob and the JFK assassination – AP News, Laurie Kellman, Alanna Durkin Richer

Top line: “The release of thousands of records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy hasn’t settled the best-known, real-life whodunit in American history. But the record offered riveting details of the way intelligence services operated at the time and are striving to keep some particulars a secret even now. The 2,800 records released on Thursday night include some that had dribbled out over the years but are getting renewed attention from being in this big batch.”

Topic to follow: John F. Kennedy

4. Congress Paves Way For Tax Legislation By Passing Budget Resolution – NPR, Jessica Taylor, Susan Davis

Top line: “The Senate-approved resolution passed the House narrowly on Thursday, 216-212, with 20 Republicans voting no and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., even having to cast a rare vote to help ensure its passage. The budget does not have the force of law and does not need President Trump’s signature. But it does formally authorize a process that will allow Republicans to write a tax bill that needs only 50 votes to pass the Senate, circumventing the threat of a filibuster from Democrats since Republicans hold 52 seats. Republicans plan to release their tax bill next Wednesday, with a stated goal of passing it by the end of the year.”

Topic to follow: Tax reform

5. Catalonia independence: Spain takes charge of Catalan government – BBC

Top line: “The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government. The measures early on Saturday came after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence on Friday. An official state bulletin dismissed Catalan leaders and handed control of Catalonia to Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria.”

Topic to follow: Catalonia

6. China unveils new leadership line-up, no obvious Xi successor – Reuters, Philip Wen, Ben Blanchard

Top line: “Xi led his team in order of rank on to a stage at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, overlooking Tiananmen Square, culminating a week-long party conclave at which he laid out his vision for an increasingly prosperous China confident of its place on the world stage. Apart from Xi, Premier Li Keqiang was the only one to retain his spot amid sweeping changes on the Politburo Standing Committee. There has been persistent speculation Xi could seek to stay on in some capacity beyond the end of his customary second five years in power, which began on Wednesday.”

Topic to follow: China

7. Conservative Free Beacon originally funded firm that created Trump-Russia dossier – Politico, Cristiano Lima

Top line: “The firm, Fusion GPS — which has been entwined in federal and congressional probes into Russian election interference in 2016 — was retained by the Free Beacon during the 2016 elections “to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary,” Free Beacon editor and chief Matthew Continetti and chairman Michael Goldfarb said in the statement.”

Topic to follow: Christopher Steele

8. Outnumbered and outgunned, US troops got separated in Niger ambush – CNN, Arwa Damon and Brent Swails

Top line: “Outnumbered and lightly armed, a Green Beret-led team that was ambushed by militants in Niger earlier this month became separated during the firefight, US officials and a Nigerien soldier told CNN Thursday. The squad was traveling with 30 Nigerien soldiers when they were attacked by approximately 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters armed with rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and heavy machine guns, according to US military officials. During the subsequent gun battle, which lasted for hours, four US soldiers were killed and two were wounded. Five Nigerien soldiers were also killed. US-Nigerien forces managed to kill 20 militants during the fight on October 4.”

Topic to follow: Niger

Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton address the audience during the “Deep From The Heart: One America Appeal Concert.” Gary Miller/Getty Images

9. Ex-Presidents and Trump Show Unity at Hurricane Benefit Concert – The New York Times, Matt Stevens

Top line: “The joint appearance by the former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy Carter — at the “Deep From the Heart” concert was part of a larger disaster relief campaign that began in September. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused extensive property damage and killed more than a hundred people in the United States. About an hour into the concert, President Trump thanked his predecessors for their “tremendous assistance” in a prerecorded video.”

Topic to follow: U.S. Presidency

R&B legend Fats Domino performs at the 34th annual Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, 2003. REUTERS/David Rae Morris

10. Fats Domino, Rock and Roll Pioneer, Dead at 89 – Rolling Stone, David Browne

Top line: “Fats Domino, the genial, good-natured symbol of the dawn of rock and roll and the voice and piano behind enduring hits like “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame,” died Tuesday at the age of 89. A contemporary of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, Domino was among the first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was reportedly only second to Presley in record sales thanks to a titanic string of 11 top 10 hits between 1955 and 1960.”

Topic to follow: Fats Domino

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~SonaliK is reading The Upside Down by Mashable