What We’re Reading: Pop-stars and politics

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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 Trump, Taylor Swift, and how a terrible disease is affecting children.

Democrats…are you ready for this?

Taylor Swift may have an album titled “Red,” but her political views are shades of blue.

The country bell turned pop-star revealed in an Instagram post her support for Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, both of whom are running for Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.

According to CNN, Swift admitted to being “reluctant” about voicing her political views in the past, but decided to break her silence due “to several events in [her] life and in the world in the past two years” making her “feel very different now.”

She also encouraged those who recently turned 18 to cast their vote.

The time to vote is now…literally! 

The 2018 midterm elections are almost here — and for some states, today is the last day to register to vote.

Time is ticking for residences of Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah — their last chance to register is today, Oct. 9.

If you live in Alaska and Rhode Island we’ve got bad news — you’ve missed your deadline.

Check your state’s voter registration deadline here.

Stormy Daniels regrets the Trump TMI  

Adult Film Star and recently published author, Stormy Daniels, has regrets about the way she wrote about President Donald Trump’s genitalia — depicting it as a form of “body shaming.” 

“Now that, you know, the book is out and people are reading about it and it’s all over the internet, I actually feel pretty terrible about it,” Daniels said Sunday on “60 Minutes Australia.”

Daniel’s tell-all exposé, “Full Disclosure,” was released to bookstores last week. For two pages, she described her alleged romantic affair in 2006 with Trump.

Trump has denied the relationship with Daniels, but acknowledged reimbursing his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to Daniels.

More Trump, More Kavanaugh 

These two names have been circulating in seemingly every headline across the nation and has even made its way to PolitiFrog.

President Donald Trump is claiming the sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are nothing more than a “hoax.”

Trump pointed the finger at the Democrats, stating that it was their latest dishonest “charade.”

“The things they said about him, I don’t even think he ever heard of the words. It was all made up. It was fabricated and it’s a disgrace and I think it’s gonna really show you something come November 6th,” Trump said as he left the White House for an event in Orlando, FL.

These claims arose the same day as Kavanaugh was sworn into the Supreme Court. 

Kavanaugh won Senate confirmation last week with a mere 50 “yes” votes — the lowest number ever recorded for any Supreme Court justice.

Although his confirmation ignited an intense partisan fight, Kavanaugh promised to “always be a team player on a team of nine.”

‘Polio-like’ illness resurfaces 

Six Minnesota children have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, since September.

AMF was eradicated from the U.S. in 1979, but in the past two years has been making a comeback. According to CNN, since January 1, 50 people in 24 states have been diagnosed.

AFM is a rare disease that is similar to polio. It affects the body’s nervous system — specifically, the spinal cord — and can cause paralysis. 

But, unlike polio, AFM has no vaccine.

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