Happy Thursday! The world of Irish step dancing convulsed with cheating allegations after evidence surfaced this week that teachers have been fixing competitions for their students.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Despite pleas from the Biden administration, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced Wednesday that, in response to a weakening global economy, it will cut output by 2 million barrels of oil per day—about 2 percent of global supply—starting in November. The White House expressed disappointment with the decision—which will likely increase gas prices—and accused OPEC of aligning with Russia. Following OPEC’s decision, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced the Biden administration will release 10 million more barrels of oil from the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve in November. The Wall Street Journal reported last night the administration plans to ease sanctions on Venezuela to allow Chevron to begin pumping oil in the country again, but a National Security Council spokeswoman later denied such relief was on the table without “constructive steps by the Maduro regime to restore democracy.”
The U.S. will reportedly send the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier back to waters near the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea firing an intermediate-range missile over Japan on Tuesday. The U.S. and South Korea also conducted a joint exercise Wednesday in retaliation for North Korea’s test, and a South Korean missile malfunctioned, crashing inside a South Korean air force base. North Korea criticized the carrier’s redeployment and on Thursday fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward South Korean waters.