Demonstrators stand across the street from the federal courthouse in Houston, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, before a hearing in federal court involving drive-thru ballots cast in Harris County. The lawsuit was brought by conservative Texas activists, who have railed against expanded voting access in Harris County, in an effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Five national stories of the week

A large voter turnout is expected across the U.S. on Election Day, a judge rejected the effort to throw out drive-thru ballots cast in Houston, hospitals hire short-term travel nurses to combat rising coronavirus cases, Kyle Rittenhouse's bail is set at $2 million and a federal judge in Chicago blocks the effort to deny green cards to immigrants who use food stamps make up this week's five national stories.

A man looks as floodwaters inundate an area as Typhoon Goni hit Daraga, Albay province, central Philippines, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. The super typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds early Sunday and about a million people have been evacuated in its projected path, including in the capital where the main international airport was ordered closed. (AP Photo)

Five international stories of the week

At least 19 people were fatally shot at Kabal University in Afghanistan, Germany closes restauarnts for four weeks, a typhoon devastates the eastern Philippines, thousands of people continue to protest in Belarus and a new lockdown announed in the U.K. may have to continue after one month.

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Political Commentary: 5 Reasons to Adopt a Black Cat

Growing up I heard stories of black cats running under ladders and breaking mirrors causing bad luck. The person who let me in on the secret witchcraft of black cats also threw salt over their shoulder if a grain of it spilled on any surface but their plate. It is a pretty common superstition to think black cats are a bad omen, but thinking it could cause misfortune or death has led to the substantial decrease in appeal for the furry creatures. Because of this, and several other factors, black cats struggle to get adopted. 


Superbloom shows Irwin blooming into a standout solo artist

Superbloom is the solo record fans of Irwin didn’t know they were going to get, or thought they would ever get, but are a million times thankful they did. Listeners will see Irwin from a different perspective, overall making him more human. It’s comforting to know that he deals with similar issues that many other people deal with. Irwin is his most authentic self, and it shows. 

President Donald Trump delivers remarks during the swearing-in ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. Joyce N. Boghosian, White House Photo Courtesy

Abstraction: It’s not just another political controversy.

As I am writing this, it is my birthday — Oct. 26 — my favorite day of the entire year. When the calendar hits October, I look at this day in anticipation. Every year, everyone I know gives me their best wishes, I put on my best outfit and strut myself all the way to a high-quality fast food restaurant because I deserve it. I allow myself to have a little too much ice cream, sleep in later than necessary and not do a single thing on my to-do list all day. 


Remote has Wallows closer than ever

 Being insecure and being worried about sharing those insecurities with someone else is something listeners everywhere can surely relate to. It’s hard to open up to someone about your insecurities; especially someone you care so deeply about. You don’t want to scare them away and have it blow up in your face if you open up, but it’s also scary to be vulnerable enough to let someone in. The lyricism is exceptional, but it's admirable that the song implements an intentional rhythmic vocal pattern and synth beats. The rhythmic vocal patterns and synth beats balance the heavy subject matter of the lyrics, which discusses personal insecurities and trust issues. This EP stands out from previous music they’ve released because it’s showing their growth as not only lyricists but artists as a whole. The lyrics, production, and transitions on Remote are better than any of the other music they’ve released. 

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