Outside the bubble (October 17-23)

In news this week, Trump and Clinton faced off in their 3rd and final presidential debate, the Giants and Rams fly to London for week 7,  Europe sends a probe to mars, Japan has a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, ISIS uses humans as shields as they enclose on Mosul, AT&T strikes a huge deal with Time Warner Inc., and Trump plans to sue the women who accused him of sexual assault.

Take a look:


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  1. Third and Final Presidential Debate

The third and final presidential debate, hosted by Chris Wallace on Fox, was held on Wednesday, October 19th. Some of the major points discussed include debt and entitlements, immigration, economy, Supreme Court, foreign hot spots and fitness to be president. Prior to the debate, claims were made that nine women accused Donald Trump of engaging in unwanted sexual actions. “I didn’t even apologize to my wife,” Trump said, “because I didn’t do anything.” Early on in the debate Trump got some backlash for a comment he made on immigration: “We have some bad hombres here,” he said. “And were going to get them out.” Trump also got a lot of backlash by suggesting he may  not accept the results of the election. Clinton was on the offense, attacking  trump for his negative treatment of women and on his temperament. .” Clinton argued that Trump is not to be trusted with nuclear weapons. “The  bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order it must be followed,” said Clinton. Trump argued that he has the support of more than 200 military leaders. The winner of the debate is a bit of a quarrel amongst newspapers and television news reports, however, according to a fox  news poll amongst viewers, Clinton was the winner by 69.77% (299,499 voters) and Trump was at 28.67% (123,059 voters).



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2. Giants and Rams take London

LONDON- Twickenham Stadium in London, United Kingdom is primarily a venue for rugby, but has been transformed for week 7 of American football. The New York Giants and the Los Angeles Rams have been selected to play    on Sunday as part of the 2016 International Series. The Giants were the first NFL team to win a game in the United Kingdom, nine years ago when they  defeated the Miami Dolphans at Wembley Stadium. The only touchdown was scored by quarterback, Eli Manning, with a rare run for 10 yards. “(I’m) hoping Eli runs as fast (Sunday) as he did a few years ago,” coach Ben  McAdoo said. You can tune in for the game at 9:30 a.m. ET on the NFL Network.



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3.  Europe sends a probe to Mars

A hard crash-landing may have ruined Europe’s Mars probe. Scientists say  the probe hit the right spot but most had been destroyed in fiery ball of  rocket fuel due to incredibly fast traveling. The Schiaparelli lander was designed to test technology for a European Mars landing set for 2020. The probes mother ship has been placed into orbit on Wednesday and will soon be studying the atmosphere in search of evidence of life. Agency Chief,  Jan Woerner,  describes the future mission as “a 96 percent success.” However, the crash landing of the probe is a reminder of the difficulty to put a spacecraft on the surface of Mars.



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4. Earthquake in Japan

TOKYO- A 6.6-magnitude quake struck western Japan on Friday afternoon,   injuring at least seven people and causing temporary blackout to about 32,000 homes. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake occurred in Tottori, a prefecture on the Sea of Japan, 430 miles west of Tokyo. The epicenter was a shallow depth of 7 miles. Normally, shallow quakes tend to cause more damage but luckily the damages appeared to be     minor. The Japan Meteorological Agency also said that there was no danger of a tsunami from the inland temblor.



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5. ISIS using people as human shields

On Thursday and Friday ISIS executed 284 men and boys as a coalition forces closed in on Mosul. The bodies from those killed are being round up and used as human shields against attacks that are forcing ISIS out if the southern sections of Mosul. ISIS used a bulldozer to dump the bodies in a large grave at the scene of the killings. Earlier in the week, the United Nations said they are “gravely worried” that ISIS had taken 550 families from the villages around Mosul and using them as shields while the Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle for the control of Iraq’s second largest city. In the village of Samalia, 350 families from Najafia were forced out and taken to Mosul. According to Ravina Shamdasani, a deputy spokeswomen for the UN Human Rights Office, it appears to be “an apparent policy by ISIS to prevent civilians escaping.”



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6. AT&T’$85 billion deal with Time Warner Inc.

AT&T phone company has made an $85 billion dollar deal to buy Time Warner Inc. This will give them control of the cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. The merge would be the biggest in the world this year and one of the biggest in recent  years. Donald Trump claimed in a rally on Saturday that he would block any  AT&T-Time Warner deal if he wins the election. “It’s too much concentration     of power in the hands of too few,” said Trump. This deal would combine a    telecom giant with a leading cellphone business, DirectTv and internet service. It will include some of the most popular entertainment including Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory and professional basketball. Cable, phone companies, entertainment and news providers, all aimed at shorting up businesses upended by the internet.


GOP 2016 Debate

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7. Trump plans to sue his sexual assault accusers

During Donald’s Trump’s speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania he announced his first 100 day in office plan and announced he will be suing the women who accused him of sexual assault. Earlier in the week, women claimed that they had been sexually assaulted by the Republican Presidential candidate. Trump disregards the accusations and calls the women liars. On Saturday Trump vowed to sue every woman who had accused him of sexual assault once the election is over. “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Every one of these liars will be sued once the election is over. I look so forward to doing that,” said Trump.

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