October 9, 2017: What to Know 

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  • Most city, county, state and federal offices are closed, but schools are open for this second Monday of October. The majority of Americans consider this to be Columbus Day, but the City of Moscow, Boise State University and the University of Idaho prefer to call it Indigenous Peoples Day, a growing movement that has been accepted by more than two dozen U.S. cities including Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas. Today is also a holiday north of the border. Canadians are celebrating their Thanksgiving Day and, yes, they mark the holiday with a big turkey dinner. On this date, Canada takes note of of explorer Martin Frobisher's 1578 arrival in Newfoundland—four decades before the pilgrims landed near Plymouth Rock.
  • Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on Fox News Sunday morning saying that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is "one of three people in the [Trump] administration who separate our country from chaos." Not surprisingly, President Trump took to Twitter to say that Corker was "largely responsible for the horrendous Iran deal," and "didn't have the guts to run" for reelection next year.  That's when Corker, according to The Washington Post, "became fully uncorked," writing on Twitter that "the White House has become an adult day care center" and "someone obviously missed their shift this morning." Corker later called a New York Times reporter to say that Trump's "recklessness threatens World War III."
  • Critics say Vice President Mike Pence flew more than 1,000 miles to an NFL football game in Indianapolis Sunday for a stunt. Pence walked out of the game after players knelt during the national anthem, a common occurrence around the league since the beginning of the season. The New York Times reports that President Trump ordered Pence to walk out if anyone knelt during the Star Spangled Banner. Immediately after the game, Pence flew 1,000 miles to California to attend a fundraiser.
  • Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired Sunday by the studio that bears his own name. The board of directors of The Weinstein Company canned its co-founder in the wake of a New York Times investigation which uncovered allegations of rampant sexual harassment by Weinstein. One of the company's board members told the Times that Weinsten had violated his own company's code of conduct.

  • CNBC reports that Amazon is in the final stages of deciding whether to start selling prescription drugs. A source told CNBC that the company will decide before Thanksgiving. Analysts predict that the U.S. prescription drug market tops $550 billion.

Amazon is on the brink of deciding if it will make a big move into selling drugs online from CNBC.

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  • Blade Runner 2049 didn't exactly tank at the box office this past weekend, but it didn't come anywhere near what analysts had expected, taking in $31.5 million. Reports indicate that it was mostly older men who attended the film's opening weekend, leaving women and younger audiences to look elsewhere. The Los Angeles Times reports that Blade Runner 2049 debuted below comparable fall-season sci-fi titles such as Gravity, The Martian and Interstellar.

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