The nation marks Constitution Day and Citizenship Day today, reflecting on the day that the US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, September 17, 1787. An opportunity to revisit the Constitution and ruminate on the duties and privileges of citizenship, it’s an annual reminder of the principles upon which the nation stands.
In other news, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a staunch conservative and ally of former President Trump, has been acquitted in his state Senate impeachment trial. This result has highlighted the stark divides within the Republican Party in Texas. Meanwhile, the United Auto Workers union has initiated strike actions against General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis. It’s an unprecedented move that has seen employees from Missouri, Michigan, and Ohio walk away from their respective plants in protest.
Post-tropical cyclone Lee has wreaked havoc on Canada and Maine with heavy rain, punishing winds, and coastal flooding, causing massive power outages and prompting evacuation calls. Once a feared hurricane, Lee hit land on Long Island in Nova Scotia. Additionally, deadly flooding in Derna, an eastern coastal city in Libya, has killed at least 11,300 people, a figure revealed by a UN report, with over 10,000 people missing. In California, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, Ryan Clinkunbroomer, was tragically killed when he was shot inside his patrol car in Palmdale.
This coming week also promises significant events. On Monday, Apple will launch its iOS 17 operating system, following last week’s unveiling of the iPhone 15. Enriched with new features, including a journaling app, voicemail transcriptions, and an automatic “Check In” feature, the new OS serves to optimize the Apple user experience more than ever.
Come Tuesday, President Biden will head to New York City to address the 78th United Nations General Assembly. Notably amongst the attendees will be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, with plans for a Biden-Zelensky meeting in the pipeline.
Wednesday heralds the Federal Reserve’s next interest rate decision, attracting speculations on Wall Street that rates will remain unchanged. Simultaneously, Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to face fierce scrutiny from Republicans and Committee Chair Jim Jordan during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
Friday sees the sale launch of Apple’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, and as history informs, Apple aficionados will be making patient queues from the night prior. Meanwhile, the week concludes with Saturday marking the fond farewell to the hot summer and the welcoming of the first official day of fall.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the Chief Medical Correspondent, lends his expert voice to the current situation and offers advice on rising hospitalization rates and updated vaccines in a recent podcast. As for entertainment, upcoming highlights include a new docuseries featuring renowned supermodels, a fresh season of the beloved “American Horror Story”, and the mystery-shrouded origin story of Winston Scott in “The Continental: From the World of John Wick”.
Lastly, with the 2023 WNBA playoffs in full swing, defending champions Las Vegas Aces and the second-seeded New York Liberty look to lock in their dominance, as first-round matchups continue later this week. Sports enthusiasts can head to CNN Sports and Bleacher Report for all their sports updates and analysis.