1.10.2019

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Rosenstein to Step Down.
US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is planning to step down from his position within the next few weeks, according to multiple reports yesterday. Sources differed on the timing - some outlets said Rosenstein was waiting for William Barr, the nominee to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, to be confirmed, while others indicated he would step down when Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. As the second in command at the Justice Department, Rosenstein has overseen the Mueller probe - often drawing the ire of President Trump - following Sessions' recusal from the case. Barr will assume oversight of the Mueller probe if confirmed by the Senate, though the timing may be delayed as the new congress settles in.
Brexit Brinkmanship.
Debate over embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union began again yesterday, with Parliament trying to wrest control of the exit plan away from May. A 2016 national referendum required the UK to divorce the EU, and May has spent the last two years negotiating a complex package governing how the exit would proceed (see Brexit 101). The package was signed off by EU leaders but has fallen victim to a fractured Parliament. May has refused to consider an alternative, choosing instead to try to shore up support for the existing bill after delaying a December vote to consensus. The UK is scheduled to legally cut ties with the EU on March 29th, 2019, with or without a deal.  

Here is what may happen if the deal is not approved
Congo Elects Surprise Winner.
Chaos reigned in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner of a December 30th presidential election. In naming Tshisekedi the victor election officials brushed aside independent assessments saying that a second opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, had actually won the vote. Officials were also criticized for attempting to delay the vote in three opposition areas ostensibly due to an ongoing Ebola outbreak - the decision to delay the vote sparked protests and ultimately led to an attack on an Ebola treatment center. While Fayulu is expected to contest the vote, either candidate would take over for outgoing president Joseph Kabila, who suffered a massive defeat after holding power for nearly 18 years. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> The Favourite leads British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award nominations with 12; Bradley Cooper nominated for 5 awards for A Star Is Born (More) | See full list of BAFTA nominations (More)
> Sundance Film Festival to screen world premiere of Leaving Neverland, a documentary introducing new Michael Jackson sexual abuse allegations (More)
> 50th Anniversary Woodstock Festival concert announced for this summer from original organizer of the iconic 1969 festival (More)
Science & Technology.
> Hubble Space Telescope's main camera goes offline after hardware issue; government shutdown likely to delay repair (More)
> Unexpected changes in Earth's magnetic field leave geologists befuddled; forces updates to model used by global navigation systems (More)
> Researchers uncover molecular mechanism responsible for "locking" brain cells into place, also known as brain plasticity, in mice; findings could shed light on how brain develops during critical period in early childhood (More)
Business & Markets.
> MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos - CEO of Amazon & world's richest couple - to divorce after 25 years of marriage (More)
> US and China end trade talks in Beijing, US stock markets up slightly on hopes of trade war avoidance (More)
> NYC's iconic Chrysler Building is up for sale, last sold for $800M in 2008 to Abu Dhabi investment fund (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Talks between Trump, congressional leaders on border wall funding quickly fall apart as partial government shutdown enters 20th day (More) | GOP senators express concern over shutdown strategy (More)
> North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes fourth visit to China in 10 months; tells Chinese President Xi Jinping he wants to achieve "results" in a second summit with Trump (More)
> Union delays teachers' strike in Los Angeles, the nation's second biggest school district, until Monday (More)
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In Depth.
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Riding Alongside One of the World's Last Whaling Tribes.
Esquire | Doug Bock Clark. Of the few hunter-gatherer communities still in existence, the Lamalerans of Indonesia do it the hard way - continuing the tribal tradition of hunting whales to survive. Killing around 20 whales a year, see how this community of about 1,500 continues to survives in a modern world. (Read)
The Unsolved Mystery of the Soldier Who Died in the Watchtower.
Vanity Fair | William Langewiesche. When US Army private Matthew Warren Brown died of a gunshot to the head at his base in Afghanistan, the easy conclusion was suicide. But with lingering evidence of foul play, it has become clear the Army might not be fully investigating noncombat-related deaths. (Read)
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Ancient History: Never-before-seen photos of young celebrities just hanging out, before the era of social media.
52 places to go around the world in 2019 (ranked by the New York Times). 
Here is the cast for HBO's upcoming Game of Thrones prequel
Need some leisure travel? See the country's best hot springs
Pain experts discuss the worst types of pain possible.
Paris' first nudist restaurant to close after diners shy away
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones buys yacht as long as a football field
That feeling when you drop a grenade and forget it's virtual reality (via YouTube). 
Clickbait: Australia's prime minister fails at Photoshop
Historybook: UN General Assembly gathers for first time (1945); HBD George Foreman (1949); RIP fashion designer Coco Chanel (1971); US and Holy See re-establish diplomatic relations for first time in 117 years (1984); RIP David Bowie (2016)..
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