11.8.2018

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Need To Know.
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Sessions Resigns.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation at the request of President Trump, according to reports yesterday. Sessions, one of the earliest Trump supporters, left his Senate seat to assume the office in February 2017, but fell out of favor after recusing himself from Special Counsel Mueller's probe into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election (see timeline). Sessions' Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker, will take over the head post at the Justice Department until a new nominee is confirmed. Early reports say Whitaker, who previously penned an op-ed criticizing the scope of the investigation, will assume oversight of the Russia probe from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Aside from the probe, Sessions had publicly opposed a bipartisan prison reform bill led by Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).  
Election Postmortem.
With the dust settling from the 2018 midterm elections, candidates in a number of tight races waited for remaining ballots to be counted while the rest of the country began to assess the new political landscape. In Montana, incumbent Jon Tester (D) came from behind to win as ballots trickled in early yesterday. In Georgia's gubernatorial race, Brain Kemp (R) declared victory over Stacey Abrams (D), while Abrams refused to concede - Abrams hopes to push Kemp's vote total under 50% in order to trigger a runoff. After winning control of the US House, current minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) began her campaign for Speaker of the House, while conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R, OH-4) announced he will challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) for role of minority leader in the next congress. In the Senate, where Republicans expanded their control, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled openness to bipartisan health care reform, noting that a Democrat-controlled House would not support an overhaul to Obamacare.
Breaking: Shooting in California Bar.
Reports say that at least one person is dead and ten injured, including a sheriff's deputy, after a gunman opened fire in a bar in southern California. The shooter, described as a middle-aged male, was reportedly shot and killed by police after barricading himself inside the bar. Early witness statements indicate the shooter used smoke grenades and carried at least one semi-automatic weapon. Hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, which was hosting college night when the attack occurred. 

Editor's note: In the early morning hubbub following the elections yesterday, we made two mistakes we'd like to correct. First, we mistakenly said the GOP defended the former seat of John McCain when it was actually Jeff Flake's seat. Second, we referred to Nancy Pelosi as "now-Speaker", when in fact she must run for that position within the chamber (as noted above). 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Breaking Bad movie in the works with original creator Vince Gilligan signed on to write and executive produce (More)
> Andrea Bocelli becomes first classical musician to top Billboard Artist 100 chart (More)
> Baseball star Bryce Harper reportedly rejected 10-year, $300M contract from Washington Nationals (More) | Former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant signs 1-year deal with New Orleans Saints (More)
Science & Technology.
> Analysis of 400-million-person family tree shows genetics contributes no more than 7% to person's average lifespan, previously thought to be up to 30%; lifespan of spouses more correlated than siblings of opposite gender (More)
> "Bionic" mushroom, covered in 3-D printed bacteria, generates electric current from photosynthesis (More)
> 40,000-year-old animal figures found in Borneo cave take crown as world's oldest figurative drawings (More)
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> US stocks surged following the midterm election results, with the Dow and S&P 500 both closing up 2.1%; largest post-midterm gain for both indexes since 1982 (More)
> Ford Motor Company agrees to buy electric scooter company Spin for an estimated $40M (More) | Singaporean ride-sharing company Grab, buyer of Uber's Southeast Asian business, receives $250M investment from Hyundai in Series H funding round (More)
> Japanese holding conglomerate SoftBank Group to seek a record $18B in IPO of its mobile phone unit (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> US-backed, Saudi-led coalition captures critical port neighborhood in Yemen as country's civil war drags on (More)
> Catholic Church in Guam declares bankruptcy amid 180 abuse lawsuits; allows archdiocese to avoid going to trial in many cases (More)
> Press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta revoked after heated exchange with President Trump; White House says he put his hands on woman reaching for mic (More)
In Depth.
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A Debaculous Fiasco.
Damn Interesting | Jennifer Noonan. Before major successes like Cat in the Hat, Theodor Geisel had a number of somewhat bizarre works. That includes a tremendous failure: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, the most expensive and obscure work ever produced by the author known as Dr. Seuss. (Read)
Ultrasounds on the World's Biggest Shark.
Washington Post | Jason Bittel. Whale sharks can weigh up to twice as much as a T-Rex and regularly lurk at depths of 6,000 feet, but that didn't stop marine biologist Rui Matsumoto from performing ultrasounds on the superbly understudied reproductive systems of these humongous creatures. (Read)
Etcetera.
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Over 80% of parents say they let their children watch YouTube on occasion - and 60% of those say they've encountered unsuitable content
You may have seen the viral video of a cute baby bear climbing up a mountain...
...but scientists say you should be outraged by what the footage actually was
Shanghai opens the world's first underground hotel.
Check out the top submissions to Nat Geo's 2018 photography contest.
This artist turns recycled packing materials into elaborate Renaissance costumes.
Scientists confirm that Earth actually has three moons - the other two are giant dust balls.
Oprah's Favorite Things list includes $168 adult onesies
Clickbait: Colorado votes to abolish slavery
Historybook: HBD astronomer Edmond Halley (1656); X-rays are discovered (1895); HBD singer Minnie Riperton (1947); HBD chef Gordon Ramsay (1966); Edward Brooke becomes first African-American elected to US Senate since Reconstruction (1966).
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