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Take five: all the news you need to know this week 11.10

Nov. 11, 2017
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TGIF! This weekend will be a great one, especially considering we have 15 new Taylor Swift songs to jam to at our weekend parties! But first, here are the top 5 things you should know from this week:  

  1. Roy Moore has been accused of sexual harassment

The Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama has been accused of sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old. Leigh Corfman told The Washington Post that in 1979, Moore, who was an assistant district attorney at the time, brought her to his home and kissed her. On a second trip to his home, Corfman remembers that he “took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.” This severely inappropriate and illegal sexual misconduct comes at a crazy time for Moore, who is trying to secure A.G. Jeff Sessions’ open Senate seat in an upcoming special election. If this allegation is confirmed, hopefully Moore stays as far from the Senate as possible. 

     2.   Louis C.K. Accused of Sexual Harassment

World-famous comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by five different women, all of whom have detailed stories of their experiences with C.K. In 2002, two comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov were offered the chance to perform at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Later, Louis C.K. invited them to his hotel room after their late-night show. The bars had closed, and C.K. was a comedian they looked up to, so they went, but Louis immediately tried to undress in front of them. Louis has since admitted to the claims and offered a lackluster “apology” for his behavior. More information will more likely come to light. 

     3. The Niger Mission May Have Not Had Proper Authorization

In the wake of the Niger mission that killed 4 U.S. troops, military investigators are seeking to find out whether the team had correct authorization and current intelligence about ISIS before they went to the camp to look for evidence of extremist activity. The team had been sent to a deserted ISIS camp to gather intelligence but instead walked into an ambush which sent several soldiers to their deaths. Considering that today is Veteran’s Day, it is more important than ever to appreciate the soldiers who risk their lives every day to protect us without knowing if they will ever be able to go home again.

     4. Trump and Putin’s Hangout

While in Vietnam, Trump got together with his BFF—President Vladimir Putin of Russia—at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. The friends were full-on twinning, wearing the exact same blue Vietnam-styled shirt. It was stated that due to scheduling conflicts, the pair would have no formal meetings, but that an informal meeting would likely take place. Who knows what will come out of the meeting, informal or not… 

     5. Reputation Comes Out and Shatters Records

It’s no surprise that Taylor Swift’s 6th album reached #1, but it happened in six minutes—the quickest time it’s ever taken for an album to reach the top of the charts. The lyrics are so sharp they could cut glass in every single song, and the tunes range across a variety of musical styles: the album is both cohesive and incohesive in the best way possible. The songs also show off Swift’s vocals in a way she’s never shown before, particularly in “Don’t Blame Me”. Taylor has some performances coming up for the Jingle Ball, and we’re excited to see which songs she chooses to perform. BRB, I’ll be off listening to Reputation on repeat for the next million years…