New York City Terrorist Attack Kills 8, Injures 11
On Tuesday afternoon in lower Manhattan, a man drove a rented flat-bed pickup truck down a crowded bike path paralleling the Hudson River. After eventually colliding with a school bus roughly a mile from the starting point, the suspect jumped out of his car and yelled, “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is good.” He was then shot by police officers and taken into custody before being sent to a hospital to be treated.The attack killed eight and injured 11 more. Two of the injured were children.
The driver has been identified by officials as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, originally from Uzbekistan, living in the United States on a permanent green card. Authorities believe that Saipov had been planning the attack for weeks, and that it was carried out in the name of the Islamic State.
Saipov has been charged with federal terrorism. The FBI is currently seeking information on a second person—32-year-old Mukhammadzoir Kadirov—who may be connected to the attack.
Multiple Allegations Against Actor Kevin Spacey for Sexual Misconduct
In a BuzzFeed article published on October 29th, actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of sexual advances in 1986. While Spacey was 26 years at the time of the incident, Rapp was 14. Rapp details that Spacey “[laid] down on top” of him.
Spacey responded with a tweet, saying that he had no recollection of the incident. In the same tweet, Spacey revealed that he “had romantic encounters with men throughout [his] life.” However, the timing of this revelation has drawn criticism, as many claim that Spacey is deflecting attention from his sexual misconduct allegations.
In response, Netflix has suspended the production of its original series House of Cards, which stars Spacey. Although the show is in its last season, filming has stopped indefinitely.
On Wednesday, others brought up allegations against Spacey. Among them are filmmaker Tony Montana and Roberto Cavazos.
First Trump Aides Charged in Mueller Probe
Two former Trump campaign aides were charged Monday with crimes stemming from their involvement as lobbyists and political consultants for Ukraine. Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager, and Rick Gates, a campaign advisor and Manafort’s longtime associate, both pled not guilty and are currently under house arrest awaiting trial.
In addition, on Monday, the FBI unsealed court records indicating that another Trump aide, George Papadopolous, lied to them about his actions regarding Russia and the Trump campaign. While the Manafort and Gates charges do not directly relate to the 2016 election, Papadopolous’ statement indicates some level of collusion.
The White House has denied these accusations, claiming that Papadopololus was only a volunteer and had no significant role in the campaign.
DPR Highlight of the Week
Last week, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, declaring that, “it is time to liberate our communities of this scourge of drug addiction.”
For an in-depth look at the issue, check out Abby Kingsley’s new article “The Color of Crime: Rhetoric About Drug Use.” Kingsley assesses President Trump’s plan and looks at the history of drug policy in America. Pointing out the racial discrepancies in how the issue is addressed, Kingsley argues that ending the crisis will require a new perspective.
In Other News…
On Friday, Trump will leave for an official 12-day Asia trip, the longest foreign trip of his presidency.
Sir Michael Fallon, the Defense Secretary of the UK, resigned on Wednesday following allegations of sexual assault.
The GOP tax plan faces delays as Republican members of Congress are divided on how to implement certain tax breaks.
Donald Trump, Jr. sent out a Halloween tweet disparaging socialism, sparking debate online over government handouts.
The owner of the iconic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, died in the house on Tuesday.