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The government shutdown is now the longest in history.
At midnight on Saturday, the partial shutdown reached 22 days, surpassing the previous record of 21 under the Clinton administration in 1995.
2. More Twitter power than top media companies.
A freshman congresswoman is dominating the Democratic conversation on Twitter, generating more interactions (retweets plus likes) than the five most prolific news organizations combined over the past month.
Axios' Neal Rothschild and Chris Canipe found that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while miles behind President Trump in online action, has far more Twitter power than the most prominent Democrats, including the congressional leaders and the likely 2020 presidential candidates.
3. "President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter," the WashPost's Greg Miller reports.
4. Days after President Trump fired James B. Comey, as F.B.I. director in May 2017, the bureau opened an inquiry into whether Mr. Trump had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests — either knowingly or unwittingly.
5. Julián Castro is running for president.
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement for president in his hometown of San Antonio, less than 200 miles from the border. (San Antonio Express-News)
"He became the second Democrat to formally enter the race, after former Maryland Rep. John Delaney." Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced an exploratory committee. (AP)
6. "Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical 'Hamilton' to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise millions of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria," AP's Danica Coto reports from San Juan.
A damning turn for President Trump and his associates:Federal prosecutors say he directed illegal payments during the presidential campaign to help prevent a possible sex scandal.
What we now know about Trump-Russia
Even before Robert Mueller reports his findings in the Russia probe, what we already now know is highly damning and highly detailed.
Go deeper: Every big move in the Mueller investigation
Some lawmakers are not taking their midterm losses quietly. After Gov. Scott Walker’s stunning loss last month, Wisconsin Republicans pushed through a sweeping set of bills Wednesday designed to limit the power of the incoming Democratic leaders. The move sent protesters flooding into the State Capitol, above.
Michigan Republicans followed suit, but may not have the support of their departing governor, Rick Snyder, who portrays himself as a pragmatic businessman.
The arrest of a top executive at Huawei, one of China’s flagship technology firms, has thrown President Trump’s trade negotiations with China into disarray.
The French "yellow jackets" were at it again Saturday, but with less steam after president Emmanuel Macron suspended a tax on fuel. By the numbers, per the BBC:
"An estimated 125,000 people took part in marches across the country on Saturday, the interior ministry said... More than 1,700 people were arrested..."
"Nearly 90,000 officers had been deployed, including 8,000 in Paris where 12 armoured vehicles were also used.
"Around 10,000 people demonstrated in the capital, where the scenes were the most destructive. Windows were smashed, cars were burned and shops were looted."
Go deeper: The fallout from France's fuel tax cave
The nominees are here for the Grammys and the Golden Globes.For both awards, there were surprises, snubs and refreshing developments: All four of the Grammys’ major categories — record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist — are dominated by women. Our writers had some opinions on the picks. And our critics put out their guides to their favorite albums, movies and performances of the year.
Smartphones, tablets and video games are physically changing the brains of adolescents, early results from an ongoing $300 million study funded by the National Institute of Health have shown, according to a report by “60 Minutes.”
George Bush, who saw the nation out of the Cold War as the 41st president of the United States, died on Friday at age 94. We recounted the milestones and telling objects of Mr. Bush’s life, his relationship with his adopted hometown, Houston, global leaders’ reactions and his last words to his son George.
General Motors announced it would idle five plants in the United States and Canada and cut about 14,000 jobs, angering President Trump and workers who blamed the company rather than Trump administration steel tariffs that have made car-making more expensive.
Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was inaugurated on Saturday. He inherited a crisis on the United States border that will test his promise to defend the poor and his ability to deal with President Trump.
Now, squalid conditions in Tijuana, where thousands of migrants have gathered, fleeing violence in Central America, threaten to create a humanitarian emergency. Mr. López Obrador will have to contend with the dire crisis there and an unpredictable neighbor to the north.
More than 220 people were arrested in Paris Saturday as "yellow vest" protesters assembled for the third straight weekend.
“Like many who are now incarcerated, I was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. I got lucky, but because of dysfunctional, discriminatory rules, most don’t.”
Global warming threatens American lives, cities and jobs, according to a major report by 13 federal agencies, unless the U.S. takes significant steps to rein it in.
At the report’s heart: Predictions are coming true — record wildfires, increasing floods, disrupted supply chains — and it could get much worse. Fire season could spread to the Southeast, crop failures could desolate the Midwest and cascading disasters could knock 10 percent off the U.S. economy by 2100.
Migrants in Tijuana Run to U.S. Border, but Fall Back in Face of Tear Gas A peaceful march by Central American migrants waiting at the southwestern United States border veered out of control on Sunday afternoon, as hundreds of people tried to evade a Mexican police blockade and run toward a giant border crossing that leads into San Diego. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/world/americas/tijuana-mexico-border.html)
A federal judge blocked President Trump’s proclamation that banned migrants from applying for asylum anywhere but a port of entry. The temporary restraining order means the Trump administration must resume accepting asylum claims from migrants, no matter where or how they entered the U.S., at least until the case is decided.
Chief Justice John Roberts rebuked President Trump, ending years of studied restraint in the face of the president’s attacks on the judiciary.
"Why Amazon Wants to Buy 22 Regional Sports Networks," per the N.Y. Times' Ed Lee: "Amazon expects — or plans to create — disruption."
"Streaming could become the dominant media business in the next few years, which could mean that streaming companies become the leading sports broadcasters if they line up the right deals."
"Amazon could aim to win exclusive rights for Monday and Sunday N.F.L. games when they come up for renewal around 2021."
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments on the immigration citizenship question the Trump administration is adding to the 2020 census.
President Trump gave his support to legislation that could begin a major overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system, lowering mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenses and directing money to anti-recidivism programs.
More than 80,000 people have been forced to evacuate in the California wildfires.
The official death toll from the fires is at 63, with more than 600 people missing. Specialists are combing the incinerated areas for human remains.
Florida’s Senate race churns on, and now ballots are being recounted by hand.
Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson were separated by just 12,603 votes.
The governor’s race escaped a second recount, with the Republican Ron DeSantis ahead of the Democrat Andrew Gillum. The race is effectively over, but Mr. Gillum has declined to concede and court fights continue over additional uncounted ballots.
Stacey Abrams Ends Fight for Georgia Governor. On Friday, Abrams acknowledging that she did not have the votes to beat her Republican rival, Brian Kemp, but sounding a defiant note by declaring that an “erosion of democracy” had kept many of her backers from the polls.
Half of U.S. post-millennial generation is non-white
Why it matters: Rapidly changing American demographics will have a profound impact on elections, government policies, economic opportunity, and more. The political impact of changing U.S. demographics can already be seen in the high turnout of young Americans in the midterm elections, Frey tells Axios — an estimated 31% of people 18 to 29 voted, the most since 1994.
Who rules YouTube?
It isn’t Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber, or even Luis Fonsi.
Despite the international reach of those stars, the most-watched channel on the video service belongs to T-Series, an Indian music label and film production company. Its videos have been seen 53 billion times, and the channel gains over 100,000 subscribers a day, thanks in part to a rapidly growing online Indian viewer base.
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis The NY Times investigative journalists recreate how the social network navigated its crisis.
The midterms "laid bare the growing chasm between urban and rural America," the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns write in "A Political Realignment Without a Clear Winner":
That leaves "Republicans deeply concerned about their declining fortunes in the metropolitan areas that extinguished their House majority."
And Democrats are "just as alarmed about their own struggles to win over voters in states that strengthened the G.O.P.’s grip on the Senate."
Why it matters: "Democrats took control of the House not merely by making gains in coastal states that supported Hillary Clinton, but also by penetrating deeply into suburban corners of traditionally conservative states in the South and across the Plains, like Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma."
"The House results made clear that the Trump-induced difficulties Republicans are suffering with once-reliable voters are hardly limited to blue states and could make it substantially harder for the president to remake his upscale-downscale coalition in 2020."
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, one of three red-state Senate Democrats swept out of office (along with Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota), when rural counties she relied on 12 years ago largely broke for her Republican rival, Josh Hawley:
"The further you get from metropolitan areas, the more powerful Donald Trump is and the more allegiance there is to whatever he says and does."
• The House: Women, who ran for office in record numbers this year, helped the Democrats gain at least 26 seats.
• Election firsts: There will be at least 100 women in the House next year. Here are some others who made history on Tuesday.
• Governors: Democrats wrested control of six states, including Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker was defeated, and Kansas, where Laura Kelly beat Kris Kobach.
• Too close to call: Several races, including the one for Georgia governor, have yet to be decided.
• Ballot initiatives: Florida restored voting rights to 1.5 million felons who have completed their sentences, one of dozens of referendums across the country.
A man was arrested and charged in a weeklong pipe bomb campaign targeting critics of President Trump. The man who's suspected of sending 13 pipe bombs to Democrats and other critics of President Trump has a lengthy criminal history and financial troubles, and "appears to be a partisan," according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
"Fixated on the migrant caravan moving north through Mexico, President Trump is weighing a plan to shut the U.S. border to Central Americans and deny them the opportunity to seek asylum, asserting similar emergency powers used during the early 2017 'travel ban.'" (WashPost)
U.S. GDP grew at a 3.5% annual rate in the third quarter, more than economists were expecting but slower than the second quarter. What it means.
Google stayed silent, protecting three top executives over the past decade after they were accused of sexual misconduct, NY Times reporters found.
Screen panic is gripping Silicon Valley. The tech elite are increasingly sure that screen time is bad for kids. So they’re asking their nannies to keep phones, tablets, computers and TVs off and hidden. Some even make sitters sign no-phone contracts.
"The final stretch of the midterm campaign is increasingly dominated by debate over one of the most sensitive issues in American culture: race," writes Errin Haines Whack, AP's national writer on race and ethnicity.
Also check out The Tip Sheet from the NY Times, a daily analysis of the midterms.
Voters in Washington State will decide this Election Day whether to charge companies and utilities for their carbon emissions. Washington would be the first state to do so.
EARLY VOTING CALENDAR
Some 7,000 Central American migrants have been making their way toward the U.S. border. President Trump has seized on the issue to fire up his base, two weeks ahead of the midterm elections. He has made a number of assertions about the migrant caravan, nearly all of them inaccurate, misleading or incomplete.
#MeToo's power shift. Of the 201 men to lose major jobs as a result of #MeToo, 43% of their replacements have been women, the NYTimes reports in a stunning data visual.
Pregnancy discrimination takes many forms. An investigation by The Times tells the stories of women in strenuous jobs who miscarried after their employers denied requests for light duty, even ignoring doctor’s notes.
Another attack on democracy: The Justice Department accused Russia of interfering in the U.S. elections — again.
Turkey says Saudis planned writer's murder. After weeks of carefully orchestrated leaks, Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, used a televised address to parliament to lay out what he said was a Saudi plot to kill the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, per the N.Y. Times' Richard Pérez-Peña.
Election Day is just 13 days away. To help you keep up with the flood of political news, we’re introducing the Tip Sheet, a daily catch-up on the most watched midterm races — based on interviews with Republican and Democratic insiders.
Facebook has stepped up its efforts to assure a wary Washington that it can protect elections, Axios' David McCabe writes.
EARLY VOTING CALENDAR
1. Rescue crews in Florida and Georgia continued to search for survivors after Hurricane Michael. The storm has been blamed for at least 16 deaths so far, and the toll may rise. At least 1.5 million people lost power, and officials are scrambling to get food and water to hard-hit areas. Our journalists have live updates from the region — and one reporter gathered the team’s coverage in a Twitter thread.
2. Voter Registrations Spike as Deadlines Loom. Taylor Swift Had Something to Do With It.
Registrations on Vote.org typically increase in October, the month before Election Day, but “this is leaps and bounds beyond what we typically see,” a spokeswoman said.
3. The Battle for the Future of TV
The race to own the future of TV is intensifying, with mobile and streaming video companies looking to build or expand video services that will launch by next year
Why it matters: There’s billions of dollars at stake for whichever company can win the attention of younger generations, who are abandoning traditional TV in droves. The scramble is so urgent that five of the new initiatives in this space were announced within hours of each other Wednesday.
4. MIDTERM UPDATES
NYT polled the Texas Senate race and found Ted Cruz ahead by eight percentage points.
Beto O'Rourke raised more than $38 million in the third quarter, all from individual contributions. Go deeper.
And Eric Holder has outlined a new strategy for Democrats: “When they go low, we kick them.”
OCTOBER VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES
KEY STATES VOTER REGISTRATION INFO
- In-Person: October 16, 2018
- Online: October 18, 2018
October 22, 2018
A huge Republican victory. At a cost.
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to a lifetime appointment as a justice of the Supreme Court after being confirmed by a 50-48 vote in the Senate on Saturday. His arrival swings the court to the right for what could be a generation.
The partisan fight over his confirmation triggered #MeToo fury and rage at white male entitlement, and President Trump encouraged a sharp backlash. The battle has left the Senate and the country bruised, divided and raw, and the Supreme Court tarnished. (The court hears arguments on Tuesday.)
Democratic anger may move Congress to the left in midterm elections, just four weeks away, that will determine Mr. Trump’s prospects for the last two years of his term. House Democrats have already promised to investigate the accusations of sexual misconduct and perjury against Judge Kavanaugh should they retake the chamber.
2. Jason Van Dyke is guilty.
The white police officer who killed Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, became the first Chicago police officer convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting in nearly 50 years.
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald. Go deeper.
3. The U.S. economy added 134,000 jobs in September, fewer than the 185,000 economists were expecting, but the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.7%, the lowest level since 1969. Wages rose 2.8% from a year earlier. Go deeper.
4. The Nobel Peace Prize went to two activists for their campaigns against sexual violence.
The winners are Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi woman who escaped harrowing imprisonment by the Islamic State; and Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecological surgeon who has treated thousands of women in a country once called the rape capital of the world.
They were recognized by the Nobel committee for using their stories “to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
OCTOBER VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES
KEY STATES VOTER REGISTRATION INFO
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
- Mail: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
- In-Person: October 16, 2018
- Online: October 18, 2018
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