1 BIG THING: Warren's Test
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) took a DNA test to prove her claim of having Native American ancestry. Unfortunately, the procedure was not reliable. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said, "Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person's ancestors were indigenous to North or South America." He added that what Warren did "dishonors legitimate tribal governments and citizens, whose ancestors are well documented, and whose heritage is proven."
2 Biden's Take
Amid all the talk among Democrats about impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden begs to differ. In a CBS This Morning interview, Biden said that Democrats should not start impeachment moves if if they win back the House of Representatives in the midterms. He said, "I don't think there's a basis for doing that right now." Biden added that it’s best if they wait for special counsel Robert Mueller to wrap up his investigation.
3 Canada's High
The country just decided to legalize recreational marijuana. With this, Canada earns the distinction of being the first country in the Group of Seven — which includes leading industrial nations France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US — to fully legalize marijuana. People are reminded that it's still illegal to travel across international borders with weed.
4 Mob Mentality
Democrats have been accused of "mob rule" tactics — what with some of their members turning hostile against Republicans. One case involves University of Mississippi assistant professor James Thomas, who wrote this incendiary tweet: "Don’t just interrupt a senator's meal, y'all. Put your whole damn fingers in their salads." He then added: "They don't deserve your civility." The school has condemned Thomas' actions.
5 FLOTUS Flies Again
On Wednesday morning, October 17, First Lady Melania Trump's plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews due to a "mechanical issue." Apparently, smoke filled the C-32A aircraft right after takeoff. It turned out to be a “minor mechanical issue.” After a brief stop, the First Lady once again boarded another plane to head to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she met with families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome.