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Seems flawed
November 24th, 2017
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Incident in London

Breaking news today is that there was a police alert at London’s Oxford Circus Tube, according to the BBC.

Metropolitan Police say they were called at 16:38hrs to a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station. They are responding “as if the incident is terrorist related.”

In an update, police added they “have not located any trace of any suspects, evidence of shots fired or causalities.”  They are reportedly continuing to search the area.

Elsewhere in the world

From Zimbabwe, Beauregard Tromp reports that Bob (aka president Robert Mugabe) plays his final card, his wife Grace. What that actually means, as Simon Allison tweeted, “Ever the romantic, a desperate Robert Mugabe offered to give up Grace in exchange for staying in power.”

James Pearson and Christine Kim at Reuters write that North Korea sacks soldiers while South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash.

Thomas Friedman is back to writing about Saudi Arabia in the New York Times, this time explaining Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last. Matthew Yglesias wrote, “This methodology seems flawed.” But Kurt Andersen called it, “Fascinating.”

And for a story that’s closer to home, according to a report at Vice News from Taylor Dolven, the death penalty process will become secret if South Carolina's governor gets his way.

Trumpdates (updates about Trump, get it?)

At the New York Times, there’s news that A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller, according to Michael Schmidt, Matt Apuzzo, and Maggie Haberman. Schmidt added on Twitter, “EXCLUSIVE: This is the clearest indication to date that Flynn is cooperating with Mueller.”

We Found 45 Suspected Bot Accounts Sharing Pro-Trump, Pro-Brexit Messages That Twitter Missed In Evidence To Congress, Tom Phillips and James Ball report in BuzzFeed. Mark Di Stefano tweeted: “Look I’m sure nothing significant happened on *squints* June 23.”

What are you buying this Black Friday

Steve Boese's Holiday Gift Recommendation #2 is The Rocker T-Shirt You Used to Have, which prompted Kris Dunn to call out: “HR Tech Nerds!”

Here’s a 4-alarm Black Friday sale from the Washington Post. They’re selling a 1-year subscription for just $50.

One nice piece of news

CNN’s Dave Alsup and Darran Simon report that a couple raised thousands for homeless veteran to thank him for selfless act. Or as CNN explained it on Twitter, “A couple from New Jersey raised over $280,000 for a homeless man who spent his last $20 to do a selfless deed.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Who was the writer and editor who convinced President Abraham Lincoln to officially declare Thanksgiving a national holiday? Bonus points for naming the famous children’s poem she wrote.

Answer: That would be Sarah Josepha Hale, who is also responsible for “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Congrats to Kate Chernyaeva‏ for being the first to tweet in correctly.

Your question of the day for today is…Dr. Pepper was introduced in 1885, which means it beat out which soda by 1 full year?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

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