Midday News To Use: 10.09.2020

Troubling Path
A chilling Kidnapping plot was thwarted by the FBI in Michigan yesterday. Thirteen people have been charged in an alleged domestic terrorism plot to overthrow several state governments and kidnap state officials, including Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Several suspects associated with a militia group were allegedly gathering intel on local law enforcement and training to attack the Michigan capitol building. While the media has been careful not to call them Trump supporters, a number of those charged were weaponized protesters that stormed the Michigan capitol earlier this year after the President called on people to “Liberate” the state.
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Is there Hope?
After publicly calling for a halt to bipartisan stimulus negotiations this week, then, after a 600 point drop in the stock market, the President said stimulus should be passed for big businesses like airlines. Trump now says he is interested in a large-scale deal. Pelosi and Steve Menution have been negotiating for more than a month, but Senate leader Mitch McConell has no interest in passing a plan.
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Lord of the Flies
The fly seen around the world was the breakout star of the vice presidential debate. By midmorning the next day, a parody Twitter account in its name had amassed more than 100,000 followers — including, but not limited to, the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, The New York Times’ erstwhile chief book critic, some political operatives and one “crazycookielady” of Turlock, California. We really will find amusement in anything, won’t we?
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Lessons Learned
Despite the challenges facing all educational institutions, Nur University in Bolivia has been striving to cope with present circumstances and adapt quickly by drawing on lessons learned from the first wave of COVID-19. A special committee has been formed to look after the needs of students by speaking with them about their situation and helping them find accommodations where needed. Professional resources for medical advice and counselling have also been made available.
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Even During Covid
Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.
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