Top Story: Benghazi Hearing
This week the hearing of the Benghazi investigation on the 2012 attack in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, began. For about eleven hours on Thursday, former Secretary of State and current democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton appeared before the House Select Committee.
The opening statements of the hearing were heated from both the Republican Committee Chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy and the Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings. Part of Cummings’ opening statement included the accusation that Republicans were attempting to derail Clinton’s presidential campaign. Gowdy rebutted the statement by saying that, “this investigation is about four people who were killed representing our country on foreign soil. It is about what happened before, during and after the attacks that killed them.”
Some highlights from the hearing include:
- The frequent mentions about Clinton’s friend, and former advisor to Hillary and Bill Clinton, Sid Blumenthal. In the documents released by the State Department from Clinton’s personal email address, Blumenthal had been in constant contact with Clinton during this time. This caused Republicans to question Clinton as to why Blumenthal had her personal email address and why their emails had been so frequent. Republicans also pointed out that Ambassador Stevens did not have her personal email address. Her response was that, in regards to Libya, Blumenthal was not her official or unofficial advisor and that Ambassador Stevens had ways to reach her 24-7.
- The controversy over Clinton’s use of her private email server to send and receive government emails was mentioned very little. Although, when Rep Jim Jordan of Ohio brought the issue up, Clinton admitted that she had made a mistake in using her private email account but insisted that she never received or sent anything that was classified.
- Throughout the day, Republicans mainly focused on and accused Clinton of ignoring security needs and concerns in the months leading up to the attacks. Clinton continued to rejected this accusation throughout the hearing.
The House Select Committee will now deliberate until 2016, and the date for when the Benghazi committee will release its final report is to be determined. To read more, see this article.
Under the Radar: Canada’s New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Monday night’s election in Canada resulted in the defeat of the Conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, and the rise of his Liberal rival, Justin Trudeau – son of Canada’s former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
Following his surprising victory, Trudeau stated that, “We beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together. Most of all we defeated the idea that Canadians should be satisfied with less, and that better isn’t possible. My friends, this is Canada, where better is always possible.”
Here’s a quick look at Trudeau’s positions on current issues:
Climate Change – He has promised a climate change policy within 90 days of the UN climate change summit in Paris in November within his provinces.
Indigenous Rights – His goal is to renew relationships with indigenous people.
Abortion – Pro-choice. He does not think that the government has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body.
Taxes – Wants to raise taxes on the 1% in order to fund cuts for the middle class.
Foreign Policy – Says that Canada will withdraw its fighter jets from the US-led mission against ISIS. His goal is to increase Canada’s involvement in international peacekeeping.
Tool of the Week: BEDDI Intelligent Alarm Clock
The BEDDI Intelligent Alarm Clock is an app-enabled alarm clock and speaker that allows you to use Spotify, Uber integration, smart home controls, traffic and weather reports, 2 USB charging ports, and much more.
With the Spotify integration aspect, you can select a different playlist to wake you up in the morning rather than having the generic alarm clock noise. Beddi’s smart button also allows you to call Uber in 1 click and will notify you via voice when your Uber arrives. There are 3 programmable smart buttons that allows you to control your smart home with just one click. This means that it can start your coffee machine, bookmark Spotify music, play a specific Spotify playlist, send SMS, and make phone calls.
Beddi also features a wake up light where the light intensity gradually increases five minutes before your wake up time. This clock also gives you the morning weather report and traffic report. With the traffic report, it notifies your when your have to leave so that you can arrive at your destination on time. The Beddi App is also equipped with a white noise generator. The four options for the white noise maker are fan, ocean, forest, and rain.
Beddi is available for purchase via Kickstarter.com.
Around the Hub: Gronk’s Fitness Company Is Officially Live
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) October 20, 2015
The Gronkowski family business has expanded. Earlier this week, the Gronkowskis launched a new website titled “Gronk Fitness” where they sell athletic gear and workout equipment. The website is broken down into four categories: Equipment for Athletes, Become Explosive, Recovery, and Prevent Injury. There is also a blog section on the website where Rob Gronkowski’s first blog post is up. In it, he introduces the website and explains the concept behind the Gronk Fitness Products. (Source)
“Take Papa Gronk’s 25 years experience in the fitness industry and couple that together with the Gronk boys using the best sports performance equipment their whole lives. The Gronks know fitness and they are bringing the best sports performance products to you. The equipment that is going to make you bigger, faster, stronger and more explosive.”