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In Today’s Newsletter:

  • Iran is interfering in our elections
  • Older Americans face higher unemployment
  • Scientists solve a burning dinosaur mystery

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Hot Off The Press

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🌔 NASA is going to make some announcement about the moon on Monday.

👽 Singer Demi Lovato posted footage on her Instagram of what she believes is an alien craft that she summoned through meditation.

🖕🏼New Jersey is the most hated state in the U.S. Sports teams, politics, and other factors play a large role in this index.

🦕 Scientists believe that dinosaurs had buttholes that looked like those of crocodiles. One of life’s great mysteries solved!

🗣 Coronavirus Update: Total confirmed U.S. cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 8,337,144 — Total deaths: 222,201 — Total recoveries: 3,323,354

The Pope Confesses 

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The Pope has come out in support of same-sex unions, signaling a major departure from the Catholic Church’s anti-gay stance.

The Pope was featured in a documentary on Wednesday in which he said this of same-sex couples: “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”

This is not full-blown marriage we are talking about. Civil unions are partnerships with fewer rights than marriages but it is an important baby step for the Catholic Church. Not for Pope Francis though. He endorsed gay marriages when he was an archbishop in Argentina and has long-since been known as a progressive and tolerant leader. Despite his words, the Catholic church has not officially changed its stance against gay marriage.

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Interfering in U.S. Elections

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The FBI said that Iranian intelligence is interfering with the US election, most recently by sending an email campaign to Florida voters.

The campaign claimed to be from the Proud Boys group – the White Supremacist one, not the gay one. It demanded that Democratic voters switch to the Republican Party. Neither Proud Boys group was actually responsible for this email, according to the FBI.

A spokesperson for the Iranian Mission to the U.N. denied this accusation.

“Unlike the U.S., Iran does not interfere in other country’s elections,” said Alireza Miryousefi.

This is the second time in a week that the FBI has asserted foreign interference just ahead of the election and there are many ways to interpret this. The agency could be desperate to release its findings out of fear of being silenced due to the election outcome. The agency could also be trying to affect the outcome with this timing. Both things could be true and it is agonizing to live in a government where we just can’t be sure.

News By The Numbers

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$30,000. That is how much a man in Texas spent retrofitting an old ambulance to turn it into a home with a king-size bed, 42-inch TV, and rooftop deck.

$8 billion. That is how much Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyCotin, will pay in fines after being charged criminally for its role in the opioid crisis. The company will also shut down as a result.

$8.7 billion. That is the revenue that Tesla reported for Q3 in its earnings call on Wednesday, putting the company on track to hit its first-ever profitable year.

75%. That is how many residents in Venezuela have reported eating less this year, which experts say could mean that the pandemic has exacerbated the country’s hunger problem.

Politics: The Final Countdown

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As of now, it appears we will have a Presidential debate tonight between President Trump and Vice President Biden. The event is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern in Nashville, Tennessee.

The debate will run for 90 minutes without commercial interruption and be moderated by NBC News’ Kristen Welker, and God bless her for signing up for this!

While these two dudes talk it out, the pandemic persists, and no stimulus or Covid relief bill is to be found. The stock market ended nearly 100 points lower as a result of the government’s inaction.

Unemployment Hits Older Americans Harder

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The pandemic seems to be affecting older workers harsher than younger workers, according to a new study.

Workers 55 and older were the first to lose their jobs and the last to be hired back. This is not usually the case during a recession. Usually, older workers enjoy lower unemployment rates, presumably due to their seniority in a company.

This pandemic has proven just the opposite with older workers maintaining a 1.1% increase in unemployment rates over mid-career workers, according to the study by New School University in New York.

The Mustache Goes Viral

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People are freaking out about actor Sam Elliott’s voice in a new Joe Biden ad – in a good way. The ad is being aired during the World Series and NFL games. Elliott’s voice is about as American as apple pie and the ad has gone viral since its Tuesday release.

At the same time, the Biden campaign has taken down an ad featuring a man who claimed to be a struggling bar owner but was later outed as a wealthy tech investor in Ann Arbor. The Biden campaign set the ad to private and the investor set his Twitter account to private after this was pointed out.

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