Oh baby, summer Fridays. Incredible. Believe it or not, even though you may be mailing it in today, there is still a lot going on in the world. Like, A LOT. We’ve got some geopolitical issues across the globe, deadly virus outbreaks, and football season just on the horizon. In fact, we even have college football season having already kicked off.
It’s The Skinny. Let’s do it.
Obama briefed the media yesterday on our strategy for dealing with ISIS in Syria. The strategy? Well, Barry said, “We don’t have a strategy yet.” Essentially he has employed his top security advisors to present a number of different options for dealing with the extremist group in Syria, where they currently enjoy a safe haven.
Barry also rocked this tan suit, which the internet thoroughly enjoyed.
— Laurie Ruettimann (@lruettimann) August 29, 2014
1,000 Russian troops have crossed into southern Ukraine, joining pro-Russian rebels. They’ve brought heavy weapons, as evidenced by NATO satellites showing Russian troops engaged in battle. Pro-Russian rebels say there are 4,000 Russian troops with them, many active military.
Michael Brown Case
Glide — the company who’s app captured the audio — has verified the audio with the alleged shots heard in the background. The company says the recording was made at the time of the incident. Although this verifies the audio, it does not tell us yet what role the audio will play and which story the audio will back. Right now, investigators are determining whether to accuse the officer, Darren Wilson, of wrongdoing. As of now, no charges have been filed.
— msnbc (@msnbc) August 29, 2014
The World Health Organization said the outbreak “continues to accelerate,” as the virus has now affected over 3,000 people and killed over 1,500. Of those cases, 40% have occurred in just the past three weeks. The WHO also said the total number of cases “could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency.”
Dow: 17,080, – 42 (-0.25%) S&P 500: 1,997, -3 (-0.17%)
Once again, the Ukrainian unrest spooked investors. News of increased Russian involvement in southern Ukraine led to a small downturn on the market yesterday. However, in good (great) news, the Commerce department upgraded the US economy’s 2nd quarter growth from 4.0% to 4.2%. ‘Merica.
Source: Market Snacks
The college football season kicked off with a statement last night. 10.5-point underdog and #21-ranked Texas A&M went into #9-ranked South Carolina and pumped the Gamecocks, 52-28. The rest of the action really gets going tomorrow.
The PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship kicks off today; the tourney is the second leg of four FedEx Cup Playoff events to determine the year-long winner. First place receives a cool $10 million.
The NFL starts next Thursday. Last night, I even drank a few Sam Adams Octoberfests; it’s never felt more like football season.
Comedian Joan Rivers is resting safe and comfortably at a New York hospital after experiencing cardiac and respiratory arrest during a medical procedure. Apparently, Rivers stopped breathing during throat surgery; she is 81.
Here’s what’s up at the box office.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
Source: The Book
Super Important Fact
You ready for this? Will Smith — real life Will Smith — is now older than Uncle Phil was in the beginning of The Fresh Prince.
We all know what’s really going on today; just look busy and snake your way through a couple more hours, then it’s the weekend. You’ve got The Skinny — now get yourself a nice long lunch, maybe a few beers, try to look busy in the office and we’ll see you out on the town tonight.