What we’re reading: From hurricanes to a heated administration

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We’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “New York Times” to the “Wall Street Journal.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got an update on Hurricane Michael, threats to Election Day, and the malfunction of a Russian rocket.

A hit to the panhandle

The strongest storm since 1992 hit the continental U.S. yesterday as a Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida panhandle clocking in wind speeds of 155 miles per hour, just 2 mph away from reaching Category 5 strength.

According to NBC News, two people were found dead and over 300,000 Florida residents were forced to evacuate.

Michael is now classified as a tropical storm and is expected to move northeast through the Carolinas and into Virginia.

First Russia, now China

A Chinese spy has been extradited from Belgium to the U.S. facing charges for his attempt to steal U.S. intellectual property.

According to NPR, the Chinese intelligence officer was trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. aerospace companies.

This is the first time the U.S. Justice Department has charged a Chinese spy. This comes quickly after Trump accused China of meddling with the 2018 midterm election because of “Chinese propaganda” published in an Iowa newspaper.

Another one bites the dust?

President Trumps on and off again relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions might be off again.

Trump met recently with Sessions to talk about replacing him as Attorney General, something that has been in question since the start of their relationship.

This comes after the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, decided to step down and Trump’s Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein’s, almost resignation.

Members of the Trump administration are quickly learning to work as if everyday might be their last.

Major merger

CVS got the go ahead yesterday to purchase Aetna, the country’s third-largest health insurance with a price tag of $69 billion.

According to the Washington Post, this major deal could transform the health-care industry, changing the way millions of Americans receive health-care.

CVS is looking into changing its store fronts into easily accessible clinics to keep people out of the hospital.  

Space race

A Russian rocket carrying both an American and a Russian passenger malfunctioned shortly after takeoff.

According to the New York Times, the rocket was on a mission to the International Space Station when it had to make an emergency landing just two minutes after its launch.

The two members on board made an emergency landing 200 miles away from the launch site in Kazakhstan.

Election Day threats

A 200-pound bomb was found in the home of a New Yorker who said he planned to blow himself up at the National Mall on Nov. 6.

Paul M. Rosenfield admitted to the plan and said he was motivated by the idea of ‘sortition,’ which is the random election of politicians from the public, Buzzfeed News reported.

The FBI received notice from a Pennsylvania resident who started receiving text messages from Rosenfield about his plan for Election Day.

Rosenfield has been charged with unlawfully manufacturing an explosive device and a count of interstate transportation of an explosive.

That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more.