Each Friday, Torchlight Media will publish a summary of the major news that happened for that week: the announcements and events, the twists and turns of ongoing stories, and all of the other highlights in between. Our goal is to give you a big-picture look at the week’s news so that even if you can’t follow everything yourself, you can have a general sense of where things stand. We hope, too, that seeing the highlights laid out will help you separate the small, pointless stories that crop up over the week from the more impactful, ongoing stories.
Here’s what’s in the spotlight for this week:
- Over the weekend, the fires near LA continued to rage, and more evacuation orders were set in southern California.
- On Monday, a bomber attempted an attack in NYC. Fortunately, no one was killed. The perpetrator survived and is in the hospital with severe burns.
- On Monday, a federal judge ruled against a stay for the DoJ, and transgender people will be allowed to enlist at the beginning of next year.
- On Tuesday, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore for the open US Senate seat in Alabama. Jones won a narrow victory over Moore, whose candidacy was plagued by past scandals from his time on the Alabama Supreme Court and the recent revelation that he had secually harassed teenage girls while in his 30s. The Jones campaign did extensive work to reach out to African American communities, who provided the major block of votes that pushed him over the top.
- On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality rules. The Obama-era rules prevented internet service providers from favoring certain content with higher speeds, or from charging for access to particular content.