Obama: Pelosi not best sound bite but very effective leader

In a wide ranging conversation former President Obama told David Axelrod that Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi who is seeking her second run as speaker is not the best public spokeswoman but a very effective politician.

Posted: Nov 21, 2018 9:26 AM
Updated: Nov 21, 2018 9:34 AM

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1. Stock market

If you have investments, now is NOT the time to check on them -- if you want to preserve your mental health. Stocks have been a mess. The Dow dropped 552 points yesterday and is 2,500 points off its peak after months of rough seas. In fact, all three major indices have given up their gains on the year. Why the doom and gloom? There are a few concerns: high interest rates, crashing oil prices, stalling economic growth, the fading effects of tax cuts, tariffs and, of course, the US-China trade war. And while your hard-earned money may be taking a hit, remember to spare a thought for the ridiculously rich among us. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has lost roughly $42 billion since his net worth peaked in September at $168 billion. And Mark Zuckerberg has lost roughly $34 billion from his peak worth in July and is now worth $52 billion.

2. Facebook

Speaking of Mark Zuckerberg, the face of Facebook, in an exclusive interview with CNN Business, defended his company from public criticism and said he won't heed investors' calls to shake up its top brass, adding he has no plans to step down as the company's chairman. "A lot of the criticism around the biggest issues has been fair, but I do think that if we are going to be real, there is this bigger picture as well, which is that we have a different world view than some of the folks who are covering us," Zuckerberg told Laurie Segall. Facebook has been persona non grata as of late following public mishaps and concerning revelations. Most recently, a New York Times investigation suggested the company had attempted to ignore and conceal Russian interference on its platform and hired a media company to discredit activist protesters by linking them to billionaire Democratic donor George Soros.

3. E. coli outbreak

PUT DOWN THE ROMAINE LETTUCE. It could be crawling with E. coli. The Centers for Disease Control warns people to completely stay away from romaine lettuce because of a nationwide E. coli outbreak. Thirty-two people, including 13 who have been hospitalized, have been infected with the outbreak strain in 11 states. One patient even developed a dangerous form of kidney failure. No single distributor or source has been identified as to blame, so the FDA is warning consumers to avoid all types and brands of romaine lettuce and to throw out any you might have lying around. Oh, and if you're in Canada, you may be affected, too. Just stick to arugula or something.

4. Saudi Arabia

With the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi still a point of international tension and concern, President Trump yesterday released a statement essentially backing the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, saying there is a possibility he did not know of the killing last month at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Trump's statement also signaled there would be no repercussions from the US regarding the death of Khashoggi, who lived in Virginia and worked for The Washington Post. Top Republicans were not happy. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, GOP Sen. Bob Corker, tweeted, "I never thought I'd see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia."

5. Nancy Pelosi

The race is on for who will be the next speaker in the new Democratic-majority House of Representatives. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed like an obvious option, but some Dems who oppose her bid have been making serious noise. A group of 16 House Dems released a letter vowing to vote against Pelosi, saying the party needs new leadership. But US Rep. Marcia Fudge just retracted her bid to challenge Pelosi. House Dems will hold a vote next week to select their leader. But things could get complicated in January, when the new session of Congress starts, and the full House must vote for speaker.

TODAY'S NUMBER

85,000

The number of children younger than 5 who may have died of starvation since the Yemen war escalated three years ago, according to analysis from the charity Save the Children.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

A dark matter hurricane swirling with stars is heading our way

It isn't a metaphor for existence, it's just some really cool science.

This Alaskan town won't see the sun for 65 days 

On a positive note, everyone there is about to clear their Netflix "to watch" queue.

Every year, a Singapore airport transforms into a replica of the Harry Potter universe

Sadly, still no teleportation spells.

Bruno Mars is providing 24,000 Thanksgiving dinners for those in need in his home state of Hawaii

There's 24K turkey magic in the air!

'Dancing with the Stars' has crowned a new winner 

And it's not a former athlete or performer, it's ... a country music radio host! Naturally!

TODAY'S QUOTE

"My comments were taken and twisted and used as a political weapon against me by my opponent. That is just wrong."

Mississippi GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who's under fire for saying she'd "be on the front row" if a supporter invited her to a "public hanging." Since her comments were made public, Walmart, Union Pacific and Boston Scientific have asked for campaign donations back as Hyde-Smith is locked in a midterm runoff.

AND FINALLY

Just a lil' munch

Sorry to those of you who don't like animal videos, but it's almost Thanksgiving and this tiny hamster feast is too cute. (Click here to view.)

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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 445047

Reported Deaths: 5955
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Hennepin924911470
Ramsey39703735
Dakota32788331
Anoka30811360
Washington20004225
Stearns17775185
St. Louis13546240
Scott1189996
Wright11548102
Olmsted1035775
Sherburne815765
Carver691436
Clay648478
Rice600166
Kandiyohi552871
Blue Earth538033
Crow Wing479673
Otter Tail453464
Chisago449732
Benton416785
Winona386246
Douglas372466
Nobles366746
Mower362328
Goodhue343657
Polk327756
McLeod323144
Morrison310043
Beltrami308746
Lyon299835
Itasca282643
Becker281738
Isanti281141
Carlton278143
Steele27119
Pine265113
Freeborn241320
Todd230929
Nicollet223336
Brown213734
Mille Lacs212845
Le Sueur208515
Cass206123
Meeker198533
Waseca188816
Martin169126
Wabasha16883
Roseau165316
Hubbard148338
Redwood139227
Renville136539
Houston135313
Dodge13304
Chippewa130832
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Fillmore12215
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Rock109512
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Aitkin107133
Watonwan10618
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Stevens6978
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Lincoln4821
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Cases: 303065

Reported Deaths: 4267
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Linn17673274
Scott15356163
Black Hawk13648236
Woodbury12945175
Johnson1202149
Dubuque11300149
Pottawattamie8934112
Dallas881171
Story863434
Webster467471
Cerro Gordo462968
Sioux453356
Clinton448361
Warren437538
Marshall425561
Buena Vista391529
Muscatine386177
Des Moines380641
Plymouth348868
Wapello340898
Jasper319658
Lee313530
Marion301752
Jones269649
Henry263230
Carroll253034
Bremer242048
Crawford228122
Boone216217
Washington214231
Benton208544
Jackson190831
Mahaska190736
Tama185657
Dickinson184226
Delaware172236
Kossuth170543
Clay166019
Wright162724
Fayette159522
Buchanan158023
Hamilton157829
Winneshiek154819
Harrison154462
Hardin153929
Cedar151419
Clayton150748
Butler146424
Page143715
Cherokee138127
Floyd137936
Mills136016
Lyon133632
Poweshiek132324
Hancock128824
Allamakee126827
Iowa122822
Calhoun12209
Grundy120026
Jefferson119524
Madison11869
Winnebago118229
Mitchell115634
Louisa114130
Cass112541
Chickasaw110512
Emmet110231
Sac110215
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Union108122
Humboldt104219
Guthrie102224
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Unassigned9210
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Lucas6468
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