Vegas, Trumpland and Infection-Resistant Marsupials

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A marsupial discovery is the high point of today's news.
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Mark Zuckerberg showed up in Hillary Clinton emails Tuesday, thanks to WikiLeaks. Apparently the social media mogul had an executive to email Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta last fall, to see if he could meet with him. In the emails, Zuckerberg is described as “hungry to learn” about politicians and wanting “to meet folks who can inform his understanding about effective political operations to advance public policy goals on social oriented objectives.” The email also says that he’s wishes “to learn more about next steps for his philanthropy and social action.” Podesta replied that he was happy to do so.

The other big Wikileaks reveal that’s making headlines is Hillary’s list of potential running mates. One of the top contenders? Apple CEO Tim Cook. He’s not the only business leader on the list, though. It’s chockfull of CEOs and high-powered business moguls, from GM CEO Mary Barra to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to both Bill and Melinda Gates. The more traditional, government-related candidates for her choice include former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and, of course, Tim Kaine.

The Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, arrived at the White House yesterday for the Obamas’ last State Dinner. In a press conference, he noted, “I have a feeling, and I think that rightly so, our American friends are a little more interested in November 8 than in the Italian vote on constitutional reform, and so are we, might I add,” drawing more attention to the fact that the rest of the world is quietly watching as American politics continue to play out in an unprecedentedly dramatic fashion.

During the news conference, President Obama also chimed in, criticizing Trump for his claims that the election may be rigged. He went on to say that “Mr. Trump’s continued flattery of Mr. Putin and the degree to which he appears to model many of his policies and approaches to politics on Mr. Putin is unprecedented in American politics and is out of step with not just what Democrats think but out of step with what up until the last few months, almost every Republican thought, including some of the ones who are now endorsing Mr. Trump.” The comment comes just one day after Trump said he would be happy to meet with Putin if he were to win the presidency.

Obama’s comments come as no surprise, however another piece of Trump-related news is surprising indeed. Michael Moore, the controversial documentarian, announced yesterday that he’ll be revealing a film today that he’s been secretly working on, called Michael Moore in Trumpland. It will be released in both Los Angeles and New York, with a special pre-screening occurring yesterday evening, and also available for purchase on iTunes. The film is called a “daring and hilarious one-man show, deep in the heart of TrumpLand in the weeks before the 2016 election.” It’s guessed it was mostly filmed in Ohio, after a theater canceled what was supposedly an overly controversial performance.

With the upcoming and final presidential debate occurring tonight, Las Vegas is preparing itself for its first foray into hosting an event of this magnitude. Announced topics for the debate include debt and entitlements, the economy, immigration, foreign hot spots, the Supreme Court and the candidates’ aptitudes in regards to the presidency. Each topic will receive a 15-minute segment. The debate is taking place at the University of Nevada and starts at 9 p.m., airing on all networks and major channels. Fox News’ Chris Wallace will act as moderator. Unfortunately, no undecided voters will take the stage, so there’s no hope of a Ken Bone repeat.

However, not all is politics and drama in the world. Scientists in Sydney are saying they may have a solution to antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The discovery comes after researching Tasmanian devils, and scientists believe the animal’s milk contains peptides that can kill resistant infections. Now they’re trying to scan the animal’s genetic code to recreate the proper compounds. These compounds are similarly found in other marsupials, and are created to ensure marsupial young, which have to live in relatively unsanitary environments, can thrive after only a few weeks of pregnancy. In testing so far, it seems that one of the compounds is extremely effective at killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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