Top Story: Iran Nuclear Talks
On Thursday, Senate Democrats blocked a resolution to reject the Iran nuclear agreement. Senators voted 58-42 which was two votes short of the 60 votes Republican leaders needed to advance the bill. The Iran Nuclear Deal states that the U.S. and five other world powers would lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for Tehran agreeing not to develop nuclear weapons for at least a decade. The president, in a statement, called the vote,
“A victory for diplomacy, for American national security, and for the safety and security of the world.”
Prior to this decision, hundreds of conservatives gathered at a rally on the U.S. capitol lawn Wednesday to protest the Iran nuclear deal. The rally was headlined by Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Lindsey Graham, GOP presidential candidate said before the vote,
“If you let this deal go forward, before too long the most radical regime on the planet will have the most lethal weapons available to mankind. They will share that technology with terrorists, and it will come here.”
Republicans are now looking to hold this decision against Democrats. Only moments after the vote, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out news releases denouncing a number of Democrats who voted in favor of the disapproval. Although support for the deal has been declining around the country, voters have kept their eyes on economic issues instead. It is unclear how much political impact will occur.
Under the Radar: Queen Elizabeth II Officially Becomes Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch
On Wednesday September 9th, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, passing Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 7 months. She spent the day in Scotland attending royal duties where the Queen and Prince Philip opened the new Scottish Borders Railway. While the Queen was in Scotland during this historic day, London celebrated by having a fleet of historic vessels, leisure cruisers, and passenger boats take part in procession along the Thames while HMS Belfast sounded a four gun salute.
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) September 9, 2015
Tool of the Week: Unveil of New Apple Products
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled on Wednesday two new iPhones, the new Apple TV, iPad Pro, and the Apple Pencil.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: New features include better cameras, live photos, 4K video, 3D touch (meaning the viewer can look into an app without actually launching it), harder aluminum. The phones will come in two new colors of rose gold and a deeper shade of Space Grey. The new iPhones will go on pre-sale September 12, and will officially hit stores on September 25.
Apple TV: The updated Apple TV includes hardware improvements including a remote control option that allows user to navigate through options by speaking to Siri and allowing the TV to act as a game console. The new apple TV will go on sale in October.
“Our vision for TV is simple and perhaps a little provocative,” said Apple chief executive Tim Cook. “We believe the future of television is apps.”
iPad Pro: The new iPad pro has been redesigned with a bigger screen and will run faster.
Apple Pencil: This new product is a low latency stylus that feels like a real pencil that can be used with the new iPad Pro.
Around the Hub: Primark
Thursday, September 9th, Irish clothing retailer Primark opened its first U.S. location in the heart of Boston’s Downtown Crossing shopping district. Primark’s Boston location is in the historical Filene’s building.
Hundreds of customers filled the store following a ceremonial ribbon cutting by company executives and Mayor Marty Walsh. With over 300 stores in Europe, Primark was founded in 1969 and has specialized in offering customers trendy, low-priced apparel.
— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) September 10, 2015