HousingWire takes a look at the most prominent news across the country.
Today, our coverage ranges from devastating tropical storms, airplane flight scares, landmark primary results, social media confrontations and presidential commentary.
The Gulf Coast has seen its share of devastation from tropical storms. Last year, Harvey and Irma left thousands of homeowners without shelter, and many are still struggling to rebuild their communities.
Unfortunately, the coast will have to worry about another storm. Tropical storm Gordon has now been elevated into a full-blown hurricane.
According to AccuWeather, Gordon is predicted to release inland flooding and isolated tornadoes in the south-central region of the United States. AccuWeather meteorologists expect Gordon to head northward across the Mississippi Valley this weekend.
Fevers and coughs were enough to quarantine an Emirates airline jetliner this morning. According to BBC news, Flight 203, an inbound flight from Dubai to New York’s JFK airport, contained a disputed dozens of ill passengers.
As a precaution, police and health officials arrived on the scene to tend to the ill. The airline expects healthy passengers to disembark shortly.
As of now, there is no official word of what made the passengers sick, but food poisoning is the suspected culprit.
In political news, a female democrat politician is set to become the first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress in Massachusetts.
Ayanna Pressley, a Boston councilor, beat House Veteran Michael Capuano D- Massachusetts. Capuano served 10 years as Massachusetts’ House Representative.
Pressley’s win is the latest victory for underdog candidates across the nation, and potentially signals political shakeups for months to come.
It seems that Facebook just can’t catch a break, right? Well Senate sure isn’t giving them one. Today, Facebook and their social media counterpart Twitter headed to Capitol Hill to face questioning about election meddling.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are expected to explain their companies’ social media censorship practices.
Earlier this year it was revealed that Russia used Facebook and other social media platforms to influence American voters in the 2016 and 2018 elections.
Lastly, Bob Woodward continues to paint a truly harmful portrayal of President Trump. In his book titled, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” the Washington Post reporter claims that top national security staff are worried Trump will trigger and “unprecedented national emergency,” according to CNN.
The book, expected to be released on the anniversary of September 11, has already received backlash from the president and his supporters, possibly because it details intimate conversations and even accuses the president of shady practices. Whatever the book may entail, it is expected to send ripples across the political realm.