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📌 BULLETIN BOARD
A Very Good Boy: Is anyone more excited than this guy that the NHL season is back?
🦅 U.S. NEWS
War What is it Good For: White House declares war on impeachment inquiry
The White House sent a blistering 8-page letter to House Democratic leaders on Tuesday informing them that the Trump administration will not participate in their impeachment inquiry into the president, blasting it as “constitutionally illegitimate.” Why it matters: The House committees leading the inquiry intend to call and subpoena more witnesses. The White House’s blanket refusal to cooperate suggests that their strategy is to fight the Democrats in court and stonewall the investigation for as long as possible. Every View: this is how the headline is playing out across the spectrum: right, left, and center. Need some tunes for the commute to work? Play this. – Fox News / New York Times / Axios
Showdown Over LGBTQ Employment Rights Hits Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a long-awaited set of cases testing whether the federal law that bars sex discrimination in employment applies to LGBTQ employees. In Plain English: Specifically, the question is whether employers are free to fire employees because they are gay or transgender. Where it stands: The Supreme Court appeared to be closely divided after hearing two hours of courtroom arguments Tuesday. What’s next: Across the nation, 22 states have their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Seven more provide that protection only to public employees. Those laws would remain in force if the Supreme Court rules that Title VII does not apply in LGBTQ cases. But if the court rules that it does, then the protection would apply nationwide. – NBC News
Border Patrol Apprehended Nearly 1 Million Migrants At The Southern Border In Fiscal Year 2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended nearly one million migrants at the southern border with Mexico in fiscal year 2019, which ended in September, according to newly released figures by the agency – 88% higher than apprehensions in 2018. Why it matters: “These numbers are numbers that no immigration system in the world is designed to handle, including ours,” CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan told reporters at a Tuesday White House press briefing. One more thing: The number of family units who were apprehended more than tripled any previous fiscal year on record. – TIME
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
China lashes out at Western businesses as it tries to cut support for Hong Kong protests
It’s not just the NBA that’s drawing China’s wrath. Tiffany & Co., which relies on the Chinese market for double-digit revenue growth, scrapped a global advertising image that some in China perceived as supporting Hong Kong protesters. Blizzard, the video game giant, suspended a professional player for one year for reportedly shouting “Liberate Hong Kong!” during an interview. Even Apple removed the Taiwanese flag emoji from some iPhones. Why it matters: China has long been sensitive about its image at home, controlling what it allows Western businesses and its own citizens to say or do there. Now, however, with Hong Kong in its fourth month of street protests, China is increasingly imposing the same strictures on what’s said about it beyond its borders. – The Washington Post
Brexit: Deal essentially impossible, No 10 source says after PM-Merkel call
A No 10 source has said a Brexit deal is “essentially impossible” after a call between the PM and Angela Merkel. Details: Boris Johnson and the German chancellor spoke privately yesterday about the proposals he had put forward to the EU – but the source said she made clear a deal based on them was “overwhelmingly unlikely”. With efforts to get a deal by the end of the month on an apparent knife-edge, Mr. Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar have said they hope to meet later in the week. But Mr. Varadkar told an interviewer on Tuesday evening he thought it would be “very difficult” to secure an agreement by next week. – BBC
Ecuador’s Government Departs Capital Amid Deepening Violence And Unrest
President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador has moved his administration out of the capital, alleging he is the target of a coup attempt. What’s happening: recently Ecuador scrapped its nationwide fuel subsidies, prompting a massive spike in prices and popular anger resulting in violent protests. In a nationwide address, Moreno announced that he and his ministers are presiding from the coastal city of Guayaquil after Quito’s dangerous descent into “looting, vandalism, and violence.” Big picture: The president adopted these unpopular measures as part of a broader austerity plan, stipulated by the International Monetary Fund in a loan agreement inked with Ecuador earlier this year. – NPR / Daily Mail
Hot Skincare Brand Drunk Elephant Sells For $845 Million, Minting Founder A Fortune
Shiseido announced Tuesday that it will spend $845 million to acquire Drunk Elephant, the female-founded clean beauty brand that has become one of the fastest-growing prestige skin-care companies in history. By the numbers: Drunk Elephant had net sales of close to $100 million last year and the $500 billion beauty industry has been going through a boom in recent years. Remember: It Cosmetics sold to L’Óreal for $1.2 billion in 2016 and Unilever acquired luxury skin-care startup Tatcha for a reported $500 million in June. Big picture: According to Forbes, Drunk Elephant’s 50-year-old founder Tiffany Masterson will pocket roughly $120 million when the sale closes at the end of the year. – Forbes
Simone Biles leads US women to fifth consecutive title at world gymnastics championships
Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday as the United States women retained their team all-around title. Why it matters: It was the 15th world championship gold of Biles’s career, and it broke a tie with the Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals over all by a woman at the world championships. She is now two short of Vitaly Scherbo’s 23, which is the record for both men and women. As for the U.S. team as a whole, the five titles in a row ties a record set by Romania from 1994 to 2001. – USA Today Sports
Bipartisan Senate report calls for sweeping effort to prevent Russian interference in 2020 election
A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called for sweeping action by Congress, the White House and Silicon Valley to ensure social media sites aren’t used to interfere in the coming presidential election, delivering a sobering assessment about the weaknesses that Russian operatives exploited in the 2016 campaign. What’s happening: According to a communication disclosed in a new Senate Intelligence Committee report outlining Russia’s sweeping social media efforts, Kremlin-directed operatives opened champagne when Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. Why it matters: “Russia is waging an information warfare campaign against the U.S. that didn’t start and didn’t end with the 2016 election,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) – The Washington Post / Bloomberg
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1936: Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles
On October 9, 1936, harnessing the power of the mighty Colorado River, Hoover Dam begins sending electricity over transmission lines spanning 266 miles of mountains and deserts to run the lights, radios, and stoves of Los Angeles.
Today I Learned that because the concrete of the Hoover Dam was poured into individual, rectangular-shaped sections–rather than with a single, continuous pour–the physical dam itself will survive up to 10,000 years and be one of the last remaining visible and recognizable monuments of humans on the planet.
🇺🇸 TOP TAGS
Yesterday’s Top Tag: Can anyone name this mountain range?
The early 20th century is known as the “golden age” of dam building in the United States. Between 1950 and 1979 over 40,000 dams were built across the country, mainly for hydropower and irrigation.
That being said, this might be the most important dam you’ve probably never heard of…