9.5.2018

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SCOTUS Confirmation Begins.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process began yesterday, the first of at least four days of hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats disrupted the hearing as it began in protest of documents that had yet to be released detailing Kavanaugh's judicial history - though most believe his confirmation is inevitable. Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old Yale graduate and George W. Bush appointee to the DC Court of Appeals, would assume retiring justice Anthony Kennedy's seat and tilt the Court solidly to the right. Due to rule changes enacted during the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Republicans only need a simple majority vote in the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh, and they currently hold a 51-49 advantage - assuming the incoming replacement for John McCain, former three-term Arizona Senator John Kyl, is present to vote. 

The first day of the next Supreme Court term is October 1st.
Amazon Hits $1 Trillion.
Amazon passed the symbolic mark of $1T in market valuation yesterday, capping a 12-month run that has seen its stock price almost double. Shares of Amazon traded as high as $2,050.50, passing the threshold of $2,050.27, before settling at $2,039.51 (see current value). The growth makes the online retail giant the second publicly-traded company in history to pass the trillion-dollar mark, just one month behind Apple - though it took Apple 38 years to reach the mark, versus Amazon's 21 years. Although known primarily for e-commerce, Amazon's core profit center is actually Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides cloud computing capabilities and raked in over $4.3B in profit on $17.5B in sales in 2017. 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also topped Forbes' 2018 list of most innovative leaders in the world, released yesterday. 
Primary Stunner in Massachusetts.
44-year-old Ayanna Pressley upset 10-term congressman Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 7th district yesterday. Pressley, who sits on the Boston City Council, was able to overcome nearly every major political figure in Boston endorsing Capuano for the seat once held by former president John F. Kennedy. The win follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's ousting of longtime incumbent Joe Crowley in New York's 14th district and reflects the growing movement within the Democratic party of younger voters pushing for new, more progressive candidates. With no Republican challenger on the ballot Pressley is essentially assured to become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. 

Here are some other districts where similar upsets are possible in upcoming primaries. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> USA Gymnastics President & CEO Kerry Perry resigns in wake of sexual abuse scandal (More)
> FBI sting operation recovers Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz; slippers were stolen 13 years ago and are worth between $2M-7M (More)
> Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson named to US Ryder Cup team; Mickelson breaks record with 12th appearance (More) | What is the Ryder Cup? (More)
Science & Technology.
> 11 European countries commit to making their funded research open access (no fees) by 2020, would prohibit researchers from publishing in 85% of current journals (More)
> Instagram to roll out standalone shopping app; will allow users to purchase items from businesses they follow within the app (More)
> Scientists engineer artificial cells that can sense, kill harmful bacteria like E. Coli (More)
Business & Markets.
> Facebook & Twitter executives to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee to address election-related abuse today (More) | Read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's opening statement (More)
> US manufacturing activity hits 14 year-high (More)
> Mercedes-Benz unveils the EQC - its first fully electric car - in challenge to Tesla (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Nearly 90 elephants slaughtered near Botswana wildlife sanctuary, poachers make off with tusks (More)
> Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reverses course, announces he won't run for third term (More)
> Veteran journalist Bob Woodward previews book detailing inner workings of Trump administration (More) | Read transcript of call between Trump and Woodward (More) | White House fires back (More)
Etcetera.
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2018's most expensive zip codes for renters
How to learn anything, according to a learning expert. 
Oy Oy Oy: The 2018 championship of high-diving cannonballs, belly flops, and suicide jumps (from YouTube).
Italy is considering waving taxes for ten years to get you to retire there
Computers can estimate the average obesity of a location based on its buildings
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name their dog - the Internet over-interprets its meaning
The 20 books that travelers always leave behind them
Movie critics break down the best war movies of all time
Clickbait: Researchers say chocolate cookie addiction is similar to cocaine
Historybook: First Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia (1774); HBD Raquel Welch (1940); HBD Freddie Mercury (1946); Voyager 1 is launched, is currently most distant man-made object from Earth (1977);  RIP Mother Teresa (1997).
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