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Brand Spankin’ News: 5 Things You Should Know This Week

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Manhattan chapter.

As busy college students it is all too easy to shut out the world outside of our college campuses, but now you can finally keep up with breaking stories from around the world. Here you can get a sharp and easy-to-digest weekly roundup on what is going on in the news – and even better, you can read it in 5 minutes or less.

1. China Ends Its One-Child Policy.

Communist China will now allow each family to have two children. The sudden change is due to trying to bid a rapidly aging labor force. The decades old “one child” policy had already been eased by the government in recent years, but is now officially over. China has the worlds largest population at 1.4 billion, and with this new allowance for larger families, that number is expected to grow. 

2. Ben Carson Leading in GOP Polls.

Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon from Michigan, is now leading the national polls over Donald Trump, this is the first time in months that Trump is not at the top. Carson and Trump have been running neck-and-neck since September, with other Republican candidates such as Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush struggling to keep pace. Carson has been gaining support from evangelicals. The neurosurgeon has made headlines recently for his belief that a U.S. president should not be muslim and for comparing abortion to slavery.

3. 2015 May Be The Hottest Year Ever Recorded.

Barring any freak weather event, 2015 is on track to be the warmest year ever recorded. In the Washington Post, the NOAA said, “September’s high temperature was … the greatest rise above average for any month in the 136-year historical record.” President Obama has tried to pass climate change policies, but Congress refuses to enact any of them. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is running part of his platform on climate change, saying that it is “real.”

4. Paul Ryan is Elected House Speaker

Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will succeed John Boehner as House Speaker. The representative intially refused to run citing his obligations as a father, however after he was largely supported by the conservative House Freedom Caucus Ryan agreed to step up to the plate. Ryan has agreed on one condition, and that is that the House must unify. Ryan told reporters after the vote that the House under his care is going to “Move forward. We are going to unify.” 

5. Kansas City Leads World Series 2-0

Wednseday night, the Kansas City Royals scored seven runs to beat the New York Mets in Game 2 of the World Series. The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the series by winning both home games and are now just two games away from winning their first championship since 1985. The Mets return home for Game 3 Friday night, with Noah Syndergaard taking the pitchers mound.



Ally Hutzler Writer, swimmer, and coffee-lover.