Top 5 Agenda Free Weekly News Update

The Top 5 consists of the top five things happening right now in politics.

1 BIG THING: The Book of Fear

U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies are denouncing Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward's book, Fear: Trump in the White House. They've attacked Woodward for being biased and inaccurate. As CNN political analyst Julian E. Zelizer points out, "Woodward doesn't really address why it is that a highly unstable President, whose agenda revolves around white nationalism and 'America First,' can dominate US politics in 2018."

2 Serena's Scene

Tennis star Serena Williams had a meltdown at the US Open Final after umpire Carlos Ramos gave her a code violation for coaching. Williams said her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was just signaling thumbs up to her. Williams called Ramos a liar and proceeded to smash her racket. Williams' antics marred the winning moment of Naomi Osaka. Then, Melbourne's Herald Sun did a cartoon of the moment that got hit for being racist.

3 Such a Shocker

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi — long hailed as a human rights icon — is totally supportive of the jailing of two Reuters journalists. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were investigating the killing of 10 villagers from the Muslim Rohingya minority by the Myanmar security forces. The reporters were sentenced to seven years in prison for supposedly violating the Official Secrets Act. News organizations have castigated the act as a violation of press freedom.

4 Hurricane Information

The subject of hurricanes has been turbulent for Trump. While he asked everyone to brace for Hurricane Florence, he described it as "tremendously big" and "tremendously wet." But, perhaps, what was even more disturbing was when he recalled the government's response to last year's Hurricane Maria. He said, "I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful." Tragically, nearly 3,000 people were killed. Trump, though, refuted the death toll in a tweet. He got backlash from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for this.

5 Getting Schooled

Ripon College in Wisconsin denied claims that it banned the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) from posting a 9/11 memorial poster around campus because it would supposedly "make Muslim students feel singled out." Ripon College communications vice president Melissa Anderson told Newsweek: "Ripon does not have a posting policy, and, thus, never requires prior approval for posting."

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It was very refreshing to read news without a spin. I love it. Here is what happened... Draw your own conclusions. #thumbsup

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