News Headlines – October 16

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Get caught up quick! Here are the top news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, October 16.

Cherokee Nation Slams Elizabeth Warren

In a statement on Monday, the Cherokee Nation slammed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test to prove Native American ancestry, saying that it proves nothing.

“Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation,” said Cherokee Nation’s Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”

Pompeo to Meet with Saudis Regarding Journalist’s Murder

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia regarding the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The journalist vanished two weeks ago while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Officials in Turkey believe Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the diplomatic compound itself, but Saudi’s initially denied the reports. New reports surfacing that the Saudis were preparing to come clean and admit that Khashoggi was killed during an interrogation-gone-wrong instigated Pompeo’s visit.

Trump Raises $100 Million for 2020 Run

President Donald Trump has already raised $100 million for his 2020 reelection campaign. The President seems to be floated mostly be a small but avid donor base. According to FEC filings, 56 percent of the total raised from July to September were donations of $200 or less.

Trump wasn’t the biggest fundraiser last quarter, however. Beta O’Rourke, who is challenging GOP incumbent Ted Cruz in Texas, raised more than twice as much as Trump last quarter. The $38.1 million raised set a record for Senate campaigns.

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dies at 65

Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft along with Bill Gates, has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Monday. He was 65-years old.

Allen dropped out of college with Gates in the late 1970s to establish Micro-Soft and set out on their plans to revolutionize the personal computer. By the ‘90s, Microsoft was the dominating force in the PC world. Windows and Microsoft Word were used on more than 90 percent of computers world-wide.

“Paul Allen’s contributions to our community, our industry and to our community are indispensable,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a tweet. “As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in so doing, he changed the world.”

Myanmar Used Facebook to Assist Ethnic Cleansing

According to new reports, Myanmar’s military used Facebook’s reach to create and stir up hatred against Rohingya Muslims for nearly half a decade.

Military personnel created hundreds of fake accounts and celebrity pages to propagate incendiary posts meant to drive public opinion on the Rohingya. By the time Facebook got around to removing the accounts in August, more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the country. The UN called it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”