The Daily Moth 10-30-2018

October 31, 2018

Trump/14th Amendment; Mob Boss Killed in Prison; Troops to the Border; Nurse Serial Killer; China OK's Rhino/Tiger Meds; Deadly Air Pollution; Trump Visits Pittsburgh

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, October 30. I’m not in my studio, I’m in Washington, D.C. to do some work with Gallaudet University. I will still cover news, “Moth Mobile” style. 

I have six news briefs for you today. 


The first — President Trump said he wants to issue an executive order to stop giving U.S. citizenship to children of non-citizens who are born in the U.S. 

This citizenship right is guaranteed in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Any child that is born in the U.S. can be U.S. citizens, even if their parents don’t have any documents. 

If Trump does go forward with his executive order, this will be challenged in federal court with the Supreme Court making the final decision. 

The question is if the 14th Amendment applies to children with parents who have no or temporary legal status. 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Trump can’t do this. 



The second news brief — famous Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bugler died in a prison in West Virginia. He was 89. It seems like he was killed by prisoners a day after he was transferred to a new prison. 

He was on a life term for his role in 11 murders and many other crimes. It is possible he was a FBI informant, to help the FBI bust a rival Mafia family. 

His gang was called the “Winter Hill Gang.” Bugler was second on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list for 12 years, avoiding law enforcement for 16 years before finally being arrested in 2011. 

At least two movies, “The Departed,” and “Black Mass,” are based on Bugler’s life. 



The third news brief — the Pentagon plans to deploy 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border this week to provide support in stopping the caravan of Central American migrants who are on their way to the U.S. 

President Trump said he wants to build tent cities along the border to hold immigrants who have entered the U.S., applied for asylum, and are waiting for trial. Trump said they will be nice tents where the people can wait. 

Yesterday, Trump said he would deny any requests for asylum and close the border to the caravan.


The fourth news brief —in Northern Germany, a former nurse, Niels Hoegel, has admitted to murdering 100 patients between 2000 and 2005. 

The nurse is already in prison on a life sentence for six deaths of patients he was taking care of. During his trial in 2015, he confessed he killed about 30 people. 

Investigators exhumed 134 former patients and reviewed medial paperwork. The records showed that when the nurse was working, the rate of deaths and resuscitations was double the average. 

The nurse then confessed to a judge that he killed 36 patients in one hospital and 64 in another hospital. 

His motive for doing this was to impress people, or because he was bored. He said he would inject the patients with drugs that cause heart failure, then attempt to resuscitate them to impress co-workers. 


The fifth news brief — yesterday, the Chinese government announced that rhino and tiger body parts can now be used for medical research and medicine, as long as the animals come from specialized farms and is used only by qualified doctors in hospitals recognized by the government. 

In 1993, China banned the trade of rhino and tiger parts. Yesterday China removed the ban with this exception. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, tiger bones and rhino horns are supposed to have healing powers.

Many animal rights groups are upset by China’s decision to remove the ban. They said it will increase demand, cause people to kill more wild rhinos and tigers. Rhino and tiger populations in the wild are already endangered.

Here is the sixth news brief — the World Health Organization (WHO) just published a major report that claims more than 90% of the world’s youth are breathing toxic air. 630 million of those children are under five years old. 

It is the worst in developing countries in Africa and Asia, because they use wood, coal or kerosene gas for cooking and heating. It causes hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, with more deaths caused by environmental air pollution like smog and exhaust fumes from vehicles.

The report found that children are more sensitive to air pollution because of their developing organs. It can also have an impact on fetuses.

Even in richer countries, 52% of children under 5 are often breathing air that is harmful. 

Today breathing in polluted air kills more people annually than tobacco. 

The WHO encourages switching to clean and safe energy technologies. 


Today Trump went to the synagogue in Pittsburgh where 11 people were shot to death on Saturday. He went with his wife, Melania, and his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, who is Jewish. 

There were protesters who did not want Trump to visit the area. 


That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!

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