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New York experienced its worst terror attack since 9/11 on Tuesday, October 31st. Eight people were killed in what is being described as a “lone-wolf” attack in Lower Manhattan as a man drove a rental truck down a bike path for more than twenty city blocks, running over pedestrians and bicyclists.
Law enforcement identified the driver as 29-year old Sayfullo Saipov from Uzbekistan. NYT reports that he came to the US in 2010, acquired a valid green card, and lived in Patterson, NJ & Tampa, Florida. An official said he rented the truck from Home Depot in New Jersey.
Saipov was shot in the stomach by police and taken to a local hospital.
Other victims included citizens of Argentina and Belgium.
“We have been tested before as a city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. “New Yorkers do not give in in the face of these kinds of actions. We will respond as we always do. We will be undeterred.”
In that spirit, the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade went on as planned under heightened security.
On Capitol Hill, there are only twenty three (23) working days left in 2017 according to the House Majority Leader’s calendar and on the to-do list: healthcare, budgets, trade, and taxes. On the radar: whether or not the U.S. House of Representatives reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a controversial provision that allows overseas electronic surveillance but ends at the end of the year.
It’s a double-header for tech titans as Google, Facebook, and Twitter testify in open session before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the morning followed by the House Intelligence Committee in the afternoon. C-SPAN and MSNBC are offering live video coverage or you can click on livestreams of the hearings via committee page:
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. (EDT)
House Intelligence Committee — Wednesday at 2 p.m. (EDT)
From the archives:
On this day in 1993, the European Union (EU) went into effect. The agreement called for a strengthened European parliament, the creation of a central European bank, and common foreign and security policies. The treaty also laid the groundwork for the establishment of a single European currency, to be known as the “euro.” And finally, in 1952, the United States detonated the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific.