What we’re reading: Delivery


By Brittany Kasko

We’re back and we’re reading – everything from “ABC News” to “BBC News.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got a suspicious package, a new study about the 2016 election and PTSD, and interesting information about Election Day.

A suspicious package arrives in Washington and New York

On Wednesday morning, multiple suspicious packages were found with the intent to reach Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the White House and the Time Warner Center.

According to CNN, the package sent to the White House contained a pipe bomb, but was found at Joint Base Bolling in D.C.

Neither Obama nor Clinton ever received the package, but the CNN newsroom in the Time Warner Center was evacuated as a precaution.

The border is about to get crowded

U.S. immigration enforcement might need to up their game due to the nearly 7,000 migrants that plan to attempt to cross the border.

According to NBC News, the migrants began in Honduras and plan to arrive at the U.S. border soon.

While discussing the possibility that Middle Easterners are part of this group, President Donald Trump said “we cannot allow our country to be violated like this.”

A former CIA agent is running for Congress

 Abigail Spanberger was once in the CIA, but now she’s taking on Congress.

According to ABC News, Spanberger began working for the CIA in 2002 and was dedicated to her life undercover until the 2016 election when she decided that she wanted to make a difference.

Spanberger supports the Affordable Care Act, believes in background checks for all firearm purchases and opposes the privatization of Medicare.

Turns out the 2016 election could have caused PTSD

According to the Washington Post, 25 percent of college students had “clinically significant event-related distress” from the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, decided to conduct the survey based off of what she saw in her classes the day after the 2016 election.

Hagan explained that the mere fear of the election could linger and tends to interfere with young people and their concentration.

First female Supreme Court Justice announces battle with dementia

Sandra Day O’Connor announced that she is battling dementia and will be withdrawing from public life.

According to The New York Times, she called for a renewed commitment to nonpartisan values that require “putting country and the common good above party and self-interest and holding out key governmental institutions accountable.”

O’Connor will continue living in Arizona surrounded by her friends and family.

Go ask your boss for time off to vote, they might say yes

Levi will be offering paid time off on Election Day for their employees to go vote, Patagonia will be shutting down their stores and Uber and Lyft will be offering free rides to polling stations.

According to CNBC, Nov. 6 will be an interesting work day for some, due to companies letting their employees go vote during business hours.

The campaign is called ’Time to Vote,’ which is a nonpartisan effort to increase the voting turnout on Election Day.

That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more.