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🦅 U.S. NEWS
Trump says China should investigate the Bidens, doubles down on Ukraine probe
President Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday that China should launch an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden, though he noted that hasn’t yet asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to do so. Why it matters: It’s another instance of the president publicly calling for a foreign power to investigate one of his top political rivals. Trump is currently in the throes of an impeachment inquiry for doing exactly that with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. See Other Souces: Here’s how this headline is being covered on the right, left, and center. – Axios / Fox News / AP / CNN
What Constitutes A Restaurant in America Is Changing
According to a new report from the National Restaurant Association off-premise sales–including drive-thru, delivery and carryout–now make up 60% of all foodservice occasions. Driving much of this expansion is the advent and acceleration of convenience-driving technologies like mobile ordering. Context: what started as simple table service evolved into fast food and then drive-throughs in 1947, but since then not a whole lot has changed. In the past two to three years, however, the pace of change has been put on turbo boost and we’ve now found ourselves at a clear inflection point that is shifting the “basic paradigm of what constitutes a restaurant in America today”. Why it matters: Gen Z is expected to surpass baby boomers and millennials this year as the largest population. This is a big deal considering that Gen Zers know nothing different than how to get what they want in real-time simply through their phone. Keep reading. – Forbes
No More Twinning: Rates of Twin Births in U.S. Drop After Decades of Increases
The rate of twins born in the U.S. dropped 4% from 2014 to 2018 after roughly three decades of increases. Drivers: Researchers say the decline may reflect advances in reproductive technologies that improved the likelihood of single births. Why it matters: Having twins heightens health risks for both the babies and the mother, so specialists see the decline as good news. – WSJ (subscription)
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
France plans to use facial recognition to let citizens access government services
France is planning to incorporate facial recognition technology into a mandatory digital identity for its citizens, Bloomberg reports. It’s part of plans to roll out an ID program, called Alicem, in November. The government claims the app will “make the state more efficient” by letting citizens access public services like taxes or social security online, using their secure digital identity. Why it matters: It took a hacker just over an hour to break into a “secure” government messaging app this year, raising concerns about the state’s security standards. Not so fast: France’s data regulator has said the program breaks European rules requiring consent for data collection, and it is being challenged in France’s top administrative court. – Bloomberg / MIT Tech Review
Hong Kong protests: Authorities to announce face mask ban
Hong Kong authorities are planning to invoke a British colonial-era law today for the first time in half a century to ban people from wearing masks at protests as police struggle to contain spiraling violent unrest throughout the city. Why it matters: The legislation, called the Emergency Regulations Ordinance, has not been used for over 50 years. Last used in 1967 to help stop violent riots in the territory’s trading hub, the laws could also give the government greater authority to make arrests, censor publications and search premises. – BBC
U.S. and North Korea Agree to Resume Nuclear Negotiations This Weekend
North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations this weekend following a months-long stalemate over the withdrawal of sanctions in exchange for disarmament. There are reports that in order to end the stalemate the United Nations would suspend sanctions on Pyongyang’s textile and coal exports for 36 months in exchange for the verifiable closure of the Yongbyon nuclear facility and another measure, most likely the end of North Korea’s uranium enrichment. Why it matters: Yongbyon is the “heart” of the country’s nuclear program and tearing down its many facilities would greatly blunt Kim Jong Un’s arsenal. – TIME / Vox
Friday’s jobs report should show hiring is slowing, but not that a recession is near
All eyes are on the September jobs report which will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET this morning. Economists expect 145,000 jobs were added in September, a slower pace of job growth than in the past year, but not a signal that the economy is slowing into recession. Why it matters: Weak manufacturing data this week stirred concerns the broader economy is tilting toward a recession, so the jobs report will be an important indicator on the health of the economy. Context: Economists say the trade wars and tariffs are taking a toll on the manufacturing sector and could ultimately push the economy into recession if they accelerate. On the home front, the new plunge in mortgage rates could save borrowers thousands of dollars. Here’s why. – CNBC
Younger QBs stepping into starting roles
Look out, Tom Brady and the rest of the old heads. The young guns are moving in. Every NFL game in Week 4 featured at least one starting quarterback age 26 or younger. There has already been a total of 52 such games this season, the most through four weeks of a season in league history. Why it matters: The NFL is in good hands moving forward with Patrick Mahomes, Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, Baker Mayfield and Jared Goff. Here’s a look inside more entering Week 5. Elsewhere the Big Baller Brand drama continued yesterday as LaVar Ball was sued by the BBB co-founder. LaVar has been accused of embezzling over $2.5 million. And in honor of Tiger Woods winning the 2019 Masters this past April, Rapper Cardi B is naming her next album after the sport’s legendary icon. What a world. – AP / Yahoo Sports / Gold Digest
Don’t Threads on Me
Yesterday Facebook-owned Instagram introduced “Threads”, a messaging app designed to be used only by your closest friends. The takeaway: this is Instagram’s attempt to blunt the growth of Snapchat by building something with lightning-fast, camera-focused messaging. The new app also has AOL-inspired status updates, which if you want, can auto-populate and refresh throughout the day as you move about your life. It will learn when you’re at home and at work, for example, and update accordingly. Why it matters: there are obviously significant privacy implications attached to this addition. – The Verge
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1927: Work begins on Mount Rushmore
On October 4, 1927, sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. It would take another 12 years for the impressive granite images of four of America’s most revered and beloved presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt—to be completed.
Today I learned Mount Rushmore has a hidden hallway with granite stairs that was designed to hold American relics and documents
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A firefighter in Panama City, Florida figured out how to create something new out of something old.
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