5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes in Florida's gubernatorial race

  • CIA reportedly concludes Saudi government ordered Khashoggi hit

  • Camp Fire spreads pollution as more than 1,000 remain missing

  • Trump endorses Pelosi, who promptly rejects his support

  • Elon Musk founded a brick store, is hiring a 'knight' to guard it

Democrat Andrew Gillum has officially ended his bid for Florida governor, conceding to Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in a Saturday Facebook video. The progressive Tallahassee mayor was expected to be the state's first black governor, seeing as he consistently polled ahead of the President Trump-backing DeSantis. Election Day results were far tighter, and Gillum actually conceded that night. But after reports showed that votes in some Democratic strongholds had not yet been counted, Gillum retracted his concession, and a recount ensued. Gillum reflected the protracted ballot-counting process in his concession video, calling for updates to Florida's voting system. Gillum's concession comes after Trump tweeted congratulations to the Democrat for "running a tough race" Saturday morning. Florida's Senate race is still undergoing a manual recount.

Source: Andrew Gillum on Facebook, The Washington Post

The CIA has "high confidence" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, drawing upon evidence from a phone call between bin Salman's brother and Khashoggi, officials first told The Washington Post. The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned 17 Saudis "involved in" Khashoggi's murder earlier this week, but this is furthest the U.S. has gone toward implicating Saudi Arabia for the crime, especially considering bin Salman is close with President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia once said the murder was a predetermined rogue operation, but shifted to say it was a random killing when announcing charges against 11 alleged perpetrators earlier this week.

Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times

After burning for more than a week, the Camp Fire has left 71 dead and more than 1,000 missing throughout Northern California. Firefighters have contained 50 percent of the blaze as of Friday night, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The fire has also unleashed some of the dirtiest air in the world to cities hundreds of miles away, leaving air quality as poor as cities in China and India. It’s nearly impossible to navigate the fog surrounding the fire, and hospital workers say reports of respiratory complications have surged. Nearly 200 miles away in San Francisco, the city’s iconic trolleys have been pulled from the streets and residents have taken to wearing respiratory masks.

Source: The New York Times, CBS News

President Trump on Saturday again tweeted that if Democrats won't support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to return as House speaker, he'll have Republicans give her "as many votes as she wants." He specifically cited a New York Republican congressman who has said he'd back Pelosi. But Pelosi rejected Trump's suggestion, saying she'd "never, never, never" accept Republican support. A spokesman for her office similarly said she'd "win the speakership with Democratic votes." Trump's continued endorsement comes after another Democrat, Virginia's Abigail Spanberger, joined the opposition to Pelosi's speakership bid. Pelosi on Friday met with some of that opposition, which is largely made up of young Democrats yet to be sworn in.

Source: CNN, The Washington Post

Elon Musk has really founded The Brick Store, which will sell bricks made from dirt unearthed from his Boring Company, public documents obtained by TechCrunch show. In September, the Tesla and SpaceX founder tweeted, seemingly sarcastically, that he would begin selling bricks as low as 10 cents each in about two months. The Boring Company's first tunnel, which runs under Los Angeles and is Musk's first attempt to alleviate traffic across the U.S., was completed on Friday. Musk then tweeted he was building a "watchtower" outside the tunnel's entrance made from dirt bricks, and documents suggest it also will be the site of Musk's first Brick Store. Musk is hiring a "knight" to guard the watchtower.

Source: TechCrunch, Elon Musk on Twitter
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