What we’re reading: Standing up to Google

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We’re back and we’re reading – everything from the the “Washington Post” 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 early voter turnout and unrest in the Silicon Valley.

Synagogue shooter pleads not guilty

The man charged with the killing of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty.

Robert Bowers was indicted by a federal grand jury on 44 counts, connected to what has said to be the deadliest U.S. attack on Jews.

Bower’s lawyers asked for a jury trial, but no court date was set. Prosecutors said the process could take up to four weeks.

Skyrocketing ballots

Early voters are casting their ballots in record numbers this midterm season, reaching new highs in many states.

According to the Washington Post, voters in at least 17 states have surpassed the early and absentee voting numbers from the 2014 midterm election. Some states are even on pace to double their numbers from four years ago.

The spark in voter turnout mirrors the heightened interest among Democrats, who showed patterns of staying home in 2014.

Looks like the battle for control of the Congress has everyone keeping a close eye.

Anti-immigration amplification

As Election Day nears, President Trump is tightening the border in response to an anticipated migrant caravan.

Trump called for the deployment of nearly 15,000 troops to the Mexican border. 

The president is facing some backlash as some see it as a way for him to hone in on core supporters in tight races for the House and Senate.

This order doesn’t come long after Trump’s plan to sign an executive order ending automatic citizen for children born in the U.S. was announced.

Silicon Valley is speaking up

Women at Google have had enough.

Many of the internet giant’s employees are walking out of the door as a protest for gender equality. According to the New York Times, Google has a history of gender inequality as only 31 percent of employees are female.

Google offices from around the world are demanding things like transparency, accountability and structural change as one protestor stated.

Young model adds to Weinstein’s accusations

Harvey Weinstein is back in the hot seat. Weinstein is facing new allegations of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old aspiring model.

As part of the class action lawsuit, the model said Weinstein promised her an ensemble role in a movie in exchange for sexual demands.

This adds to the 10 women who have already accused Weinstein of similar activity earlier this year.

It’s getting hot in here

The Earth’s oceans have been soaking up the sun as researchers note higher than normal ocean temperatures.

This means that more heat is being kept within the planet’s climate system and not escaping to space leading to a faster than predicted rise in Earth’s temperature.

According to the Washington Post, nations may have even less time to cut high emission levels of carbon dioxide. Uh oh.

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