10.9.2018

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Need To Know.
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Kavanaugh Confirmed.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday, capping a contentious two-week nomination process that included emotionally charged testimony over sexual assault allegations during Kavanaugh's time in high school and college. Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 - Republican Steve Daines did not vote in order to attend his daughter's wedding - with only a handful of senators splitting ranks. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted no, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted yes - the deciding vote came down to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) who laid out her decision to support Kavanaugh in a nearly 45-minute-long floor speech (see full speech here). Kavanaugh is President Trump's second selection on the Court - as a Washington veteran and solidly conservative choice, Kavanaugh will tilt the Court's balance towards the right. 

Here's a quick look through Kavanuah's track record as a judge (plus an interesting take on how he laid the ground work to preserve Obamacare).
Deadly Limo Crash.
The vehicle involved in a deadly limo crash in upstate New York had failed inspection a month before the accident and the driver was not properly licensed, officials said yesterday. The tragic crash killed 20 people - including all 18 passengers inside the limo - when the limo sped through a stop sign, crashing into a passing SUV. Initial reports said that the passengers were part of a wedding party - family members of the victims later clarified the group was on a tour of local wineries during a birthday celebration. It was the deadliest transportation accident in the US since 2009, when a plane crashed (paywall) into a house outside Buffalo, NY. One of the victims reportedly texted a friend that the limo was in "terrible condition" shortly before the crash - officials moved to shut down the company, Prestige Limousine, on Monday. 
Banksy.
A $1.4M piece of art from renowned street artist Banksy self-destructed moments after it was sold at auction over the weekend. The secretive artist - whose identity remains a mystery - had reportedly placed a built-in shredder into his painting, Girl With Balloon. The remote-controlled device was designed to cut the painting if it was ever sold at auction. The painting itself was a variant of an image originally depicted in a 2002 mural - Banksy has subsequently used the image in multiple campaigns, most notably in a 2014 effort supporting Syrian refugees. The British artist had clearly contrived the prank, posting a video from the scene soon after the incident occurred (see video here). Banksy has been operating in stealth as early as 1990, and is known for his satirical and politically-themed graffiti art. You can see some of Banksy's best works here

Editor's note: In Friday's digest we incorrectly implied that the #MeToo movement started with accusations against Harvey Weinstein. In fact, the movement was coined back in 2006 by women's rights activist Tarana Burke. As always, thanks to our readers for correcting us.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Venom, A Star is Born lead North American box office to biggest October opening weekend ever (More) | Bradley Cooper scores first entry on Billboard 100 with Lady Gaga duet from A Star is Born (More)
> QB Drew Brees breaks all-time NFL record for career passing yards at 71,940 yards; tops Peyton Manning and Brett Favre (More) | John Gagliardi, winningest coach in college football history, dies at 91 (More)
> Former White House communications director Hope Hicks hired as Fox's communications director (More)
Science & Technology.
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> NASA places venerable Hubble Telescope into safe mode after gyroscope fails (More)
> New DNA tool accurately predicts height and bone density by analyzing a person's genome; shows promise for predicting serious ailments like cancer and heart disease (More)
> Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to two Americans for studying connection between climate change and economic growth (More) | New report says global temperature rise could become irreversible within next 12 years (More)

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Business & Markets.
> US unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% in September, lowest level since 1969; wages also grew 2.8% year over year (More)
> Ford to reorganize & significantly cut its salaried workforce in move to flatten operations and increase efficiency (More) | Toyota recalls 2.4M hybrid vehicle due to risk of stalling while driving (More)
> Facebook enters the hardware market with launch of Portal, an at-home-assistant (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Interpol chief Meng Hongwei disappears, reportedly under investigation by Chinese government (More)
> Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder in 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald (More)
> Hurricane Michael expected to make landfall along Florida panhandle as Category 3 storm late this evening (More)
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In Depth.
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How to Write About a Vanishing World.
The New Yorker | Elizabeth Kolbert. As more and more species and geographic features vanish from the Earth, geologists and other environmental researchers are having a challenging time. Many are charged with not just documenting the change, but are faced with watching their life's work disappear in the process. (Read)
How Times Have Changed at SNL.
The Washington Post | Amy B. Wang. After her recent breakout role in Crazy Rich Asians, Nora Lum (known by her stage name Awkwafina) hosted Saturday Night Live last week - only the second Asian-American to ever host the show. See the young actresses' heart-felt monologue, where she describes Lucy Liu's appearance on SNL 18 years prior as a life-changing moment. (Read, paywall)
Etcetera.
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Why our addiction to stories prevents us from understanding history
This new font is scientifically designed to help you remember better
Time Magazine's 50 most genius companies of 2018
Ranking the world's 50 best bars
Prestigious university gives its renowned literary award to one of its janitors
Hallelujah!: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reduces its Sunday meetings from three to two hours.
Man wins $1M after finding forgotten lotto ticket lost in his wallet.
8-year-old girl finds 1500-year-old sword while wading in Sweden's Lake Vidostern
Clickbait: Michigan high school cheerleader gives out pot brownies in exchange for homecoming votes
Historybook: HBD John Lennon (1940); Landslide in Itlay kills over 2,000 (1963); Che Guevara is executed (1967); Oskar Schindler dies (1974); Malala Yousafzai survives assassination attempt (2012);
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