1 BIG THING: Bomb Scare
Several suspicious parcels — which turned out to be package bombs — were intercepted before they got to their intended recipients. Among the parcels’ target were U.S. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The FBI tagged it an “act of terrorism.” At a political rally in Wisconsin, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself. We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony.”
2 Explosive Accusation
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani believes the government of Saudi Arabia murdered Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi with the U.S. government's approval. He stated, “I don't think that a country would dare commit such a crime without the protection of America.” Khashoggi, who was known for his liberal views, is believed to have been murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump said that whoever is responsible for Khashoggi’s death “should be in big trouble.”
3 Migrant Caravan Debacle
Reports say that U.S. President Donald Trump and his aides have been conducting high-level emergency meetings to figure out what to do with the migrant caravan that is moving slowly through Mexico. The caravan originated in Honduras. “They will not be successful getting into the United States illegally no matter what, under any circumstance,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
4 Campus Predator
The University of Southern California (USC) continues to deal with the sexual assault allegations against its former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. There are 93 more women who have come forward to reveal that the doctor had sexually assaulted them. This brings the total of Tyndall's accusers to around 500. The doctor had worked at USC for nearly 30 years.
5 The Listeners
A New York Times report alleged that “U.S. spy agencies have determined that Russia and China are eavesdropping on President Donald Trump’s personal phone calls in order to gain information that they can use to influence American policy.” The report further claimed that Trump “has reportedly refused to swap out his official phones every 30 days as is typical, citing the inconvenience it causes.”