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Developing: At least 11 people were injured late last night into early this morning when a gunman opened fire at a bar in Southern California.
General awareness: China will release trade data today and the U.S. will publish the weekly report on initial jobless claims. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been at his new job for weeks, but he’ll get his ceremonial welcome today during his formal investiture.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out
Yesterday Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation at the request of President Trump. Why it matters: The President has made it clear he wants Sessions out of the Justice Department and has blamed him for Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Matthew Whitaker will replace Sessions as acting attorney general. Here are 3 things to know about him. Axios / Fox
Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over name change
The Girl Scouts of the USA has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America after it announced that it would drop “boy” from the name of a program in 2019. The boys’ group has already begun to welcome older girls. Details: the Girl Scouts said in the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court that the Boy Scouts do not have the right to use “scouts” or “scouting.” – CNN
San Francisco OKs homeless tax
San Francisco voters have approved a measure that will hit its biggest businesses with an additional tax to fund the city’s homeless problem. Proposition C will charge corporations that earn more than $50 million in revenue about 0.5% on gross receipts. Analysts estimate the measure will boost homeless funding by up to $300 million a year. Tech executives were split on the vote with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey spending heavily to oppose it, while Salesforce boss Marc Benioff forked out $2 million to endorse it. – NYT / SF Chronicle
North Korea Cancels Nuclear Talks With Pompeo
The indefinite delay of the high-stakes talks scheduled for today dealt a setback to a rocky diplomatic process and lowered hopes for progress on denuclearization. – ABC
Australia launches Pacific fund to counter China’s influence
Australia will offer Pacific countries up to $2.18 billion in grants and cheap loans to build infrastructure, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today, as the country seeks to counter China’s rising influence in the region. Why it matters: Australia and China have been vying for influence in sparsely populated Pacific island countries that control vast swathes of resource-rich oceans. Note: it’s a good start, but China is expected to spend US$4–8 trillion (that’s trillion with a “T”) on its belt and road initiative. – Reuters / Business Insider
Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy freed in Pakistan
A Christian woman acquitted after eight years on death row for blasphemy was released but her whereabouts in Islamabad today remained a closely guarded secret in the wake of demands by radical Islamists that she be publicly executed. Who is Aasia Bibi? Here’s what she did in 2010 to cause such a stir. – AP / The Guardian
S&P 500 and Dow surge in best rally after midterm elections since 1982
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up more than 540 points yesterday, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both rose over 2%. Why: this was because “Trump indicated he is willing to work with Democrats on policy initiatives that would help the economy keep growing.” – CNBC
Bryce Harper Turned Down Nationals’ 10-Year, $300 Million Contract Offer
Bryce Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million contract offer by the Nationals in late September and is now on the open market. Record Breaking: It would have been the biggest free agent deal by total money paid in the history of the four major American sports leagues. Sources say his agent is trying to get him a $400 million offer now. – Sports Illustrated / Washington Post
Amazon employees hope to confront Jeff Bezos about law enforcement deals at an all-staff meeting
Amazon employees angered by the company’s commercial ties to law enforcement agencies are hoping to ramp up pressure on management at the company’s all-staff meeting today. The technology in question is Amazon’s artificial-intelligence software “Rekognition”, which is a tool that can be used for such purposes as “preventing human trafficking” and “inhibiting child exploitation.” With that said, the ACLU revealed in May that Amazon had sold Rekognition to government and police agencies for the purpose of public surveillance and to identify “people of interest.” – Business Insider / Recode
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