Inside Daily Brief - November 8th, 2019

Inside Daily Brief (Nov 8th, 2019)

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1. President Trump on Friday called the whistleblower whose complaint set off the impeachment inquiry "a disgrace to our country." Trump also said impeachment investigators shouldn't hold public hearings, despite calls from his allies for more transparency. Meanwhile, one of the whistleblower's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist letter Thursday to the White House to try to stop Trump's public attacks. Andrew Bakaj tells White House counsel Pat Cipollone in the letter to advise Trump against "engaging in rhetoric and activity that places my client, the Intelligence Community Whistleblower, and their family in physical danger." Trump is accused of using his office to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democrats in the U.S. in exchange for military aid. – WAPO

2. Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed is receiving a surge of support from celebrities, clergy, and Democratic and Republican politicians as his Nov. 20 execution looms. Reed was sent to death row for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas, just outside of Austin. However, his attorneys are pointing to evidence and new witness accounts they say prove his innocence. More than 2.3 million people have signed online petitions in support of Reed's exoneration. – CNN

3. Ten people at an Oklahoma facility that cares for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized this week after they were accidentally injected with insulin instead of flu shots. Emergency responders were called to Jacquelyn House in Bartlesville, where multiple people were found unresponsive. The pharmacist that the organization contracted with to administer the shots is cooperating with authorities, and investigators say they believe it was an accident. – AP

4. Amazon and Disney have reached a deal to make new streaming service Disney+ available on all Amazon Fire TV devices. Part of the arrangement will allow Fire TV customers to use Amazon's universal search feature to find Disney+ content, including calling on Alexa for assistance. The two media empires were disputing advertising rights, but it's unclear what deal was reached on that front. Disney+ launches Tuesday. – THE VERGE

5. A Hong Kong student's death after a fall during pro-democracy protests on Monday sparked more unrest and vigils on Friday. Alex Chow, 22, fell from a ledge at a car park when police were clearing the area. It's unclear how he fell, but reports say he was trying to avoid tear gas. Chow, who died Friday, had been in a coma since Monday. His death follows Wednesday's stabbing of a pro-China lawmaker who was tricked by someone pretending to be a supporter. The lawmaker suffered only minor injuries. – BBC NEWS

6. Democrats in six swing states prefer a moderate nominee, according to a New York Times/Siena College survey. A majority of voters said they want a candidate who would "promise to find common ground with Republicans" (62 percent), "be more moderate" than most Democrats (55 percent) and "promise to bring politics in Washington back to normal" (49 percent). The six states polled were Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. – NYTIMES

7. Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young won't play against Maryland on Saturday due to a possible violation of NCAA rules, according to the university. Young said in a tweet that he won't be playing because of an "eligibility issue." The Heisman Trophy contender admitted to accepting a loan from a family friend the summer before his freshman year at Ohio State in 2018. Young said he's working with the school and NCAA to resolve the matter. – ESPN

8. Japanese women are pushing back against an eyeglasses ban imposed in many of the country's workplaces. Nippon TV featured a story Wednesday about companies in Japan requiring women employees to wear contact lenses instead of glasses. After the report, #GlassesBan started trending on Twitter, and one post attacking the policy was retweeted about 25,000 times. Women also spoke out earlier this year about workplaces requiring them to wear makeup and high heels. The latter requirement inspired #KuToo, referencing the words kutsu, shoe in Japanese, and kutsuu, which means pain. – BLOOMBERG

9. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, former Detroit Lions safety Quandre Diggs said he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in October because of his strong personality. "It was more of just a control thing," he told the paper in an article published Friday. There were "disagreements on how things should be done," he added. The Lions traded Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2020. – DETROIT FREE PRESS

10. Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy tried to stop the late singer Whitney Houston from marrying Bobby Brown back in 1992, according to a new memoir from Houston's best friend Robyn Crawford. Crawford claims in "A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston" that Houston was interested in Murphy, but he was "elusive." Houston eventually got Murphy's attention, when he called the singer on her wedding day to convince her she was making a mistake, but "she pressed ahead," Crawford writes. – PEOPLE


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Written and curated by Johnathan Silver in Austin, Texas. Johnathan is a freelance writer and small-business owner. He has written for the Victoria Advocate, Latino Leaders Magazine, The Texas Tribune, Austin American-Statesman and CultureMap. Follow his tweets about breaking news and other topics in Texas: @JohnathanSilver

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