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Americans Head to the Polls
Today voters across the U.S. will choose among candidates for 35 of 100 Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 36 of 50 state governorships, and many other local posts. Democrats are favored to win control of the House, while Republicans are predicted to retain control of the Senate. Here’s what could happen to markets depending on the outcome of today’s elections. – CNBC
Under Armour’s culture stripped bare
According to the Wall Street Journal, employees at Under Armour can no longer charge visits to strip clubs to their corporate cards. Back Up: In February, the sports-apparel company sent out an email stating the company would no longer reimburse certain expenses like adult entertainment, limousines, and gambling. Big Picture: companies are increasingly coming under scrutiny over their treatment of women in the workplace as the #MeToo movement continues to spread. – WSJ (subscription)
Senior Citizens Are Replacing Teenagers as Fast-Food Workers
A number of fast-food and casual-dining restaurants around the country, like McDonald’s and Bob Evans, are actively recruiting senior citizens who employers say are more sociable and punctual than teenagers. The big picture: The labor market is tight. Bloomberg, citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that the amount of working Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 is expected to grow by 4.5% between 2014 and 2024. Meanwhile, the rate of people working between the ages of 16 and 24 is expected to plunge by 1.4%. – Axios / Bloomberg
Pompeo to meet North Korean counterpart in New York Thursday
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold a new round of talks with a senior North Korean official in New York on Thursday, hoping to open the way for a second summit of the two countries’ leaders and make progress on denuclearization. Over the weekend, North Korea criticized the U.S. for its continued support of sanctions and hinted it may resume nuclear development. – Fox News
Bin Salman launches Saudi Arabia’s first nuclear plant project
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has launched a project to build the first nuclear research reactor in the kingdom. Background: In March, MBS announced his country’s readiness to develop nuclear weapons in the event that Iran heads in that direction. – Al Jazeera
Beijing is ready for talks with the US to resolve trade issues: China’s vice president
Speaking at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum held in Singapore, China’s Vice President Wang Qishan said today that his country is ready to have talks with the U.S. and work to resolve trade issues. “The Chinese side is ready to have discussions with the U.S. on issues of mutual concern and work for a solution on trade acceptable to both sides,” he said. – CNBC
Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 Evenly Between Two Cities
Reports have now emerged that Amazon plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city, a surprise decision that will spread the impact of a massive new office across a pair of communities. The cities reported to be in the running are still Crystal City, located in northern Virginia and Long Island City in Queens, New York. – WSJ / NYT / Washington Post
U.S. Olympic Committee moves to oust USA Gymnastics following Larry Nassar scandal
The U.S. Olympic Committee said Monday that it was seeking to boot USA Gymnastics as the sport’s governing body, a move long sought by critics of the organization’s handling of the Larry Nassar molestation scandal. What this means: it will allow the U.S. Olympic Committee to virtually take over the operations of the team. – NBC News
Hours before U.S. election day, Facebook pulls dozens of accounts for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’
Last night, Facebook pulled the plug on 30 accounts and 85 Instagram pages that the company says were engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” Facebook said they were tipped off by U.S. law enforcement who had been monitoring the accounts. Big picture: It’s the latest batch in account takedowns in recent weeks, ahead of today’s midterm elections. – Tech Crunch
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