Kavanaugh, J.F.K. Airport, ‘Genius’ Grants: Your Thursday Evening Briefing
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Very good evening. Right here&rsquos the most recent.
1. Brett Kavanaugh&rsquos prospects of being confirmed to the Supreme Court appeared to be on the upswing by way of the afternoon, right after senators had a opportunity to look at the F.B.I. investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
Two Republican senators who could hold the deciding votes, Jeff Flake of Arizona, above, and Susan Collins of Maine, sounded good following a closed-door meeting in which they have been told that no witnesses had corroborated the accounts of Judge Kavanaugh&rsquos main accusers.
Senate Democrats had been crucial of the report, saying it left out a lot of crucial witnesses. We gathered comments from senators on the left and proper.
A essential vote in the complete Senate could come tomorrow, confirmation possibly this weekend. Right here is what readers are telling us about the message that would send.
two. &ldquoWhen you invest in a black woman, she brings her house, her block, her church and her story.&rdquo
That&rsquos from an organizer of 1 of the numerous groups that have sprung up across the South to nurture political leadership amongst black females. Exit polls regularly indicate that they are the single most loyal Democratic voting bloc.
We accompanied a tiny army of 50 black women on a bus tour to muster voters across Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. They shared their views on divisions in the country more than race, Donald Trump&rsquos presidency, and their vision for the future.
three. Seven Russian intelligence officers were charged by the Justice Department with trying to hack into antidoping agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
But that was just 1 element of a coordinated work by diplomats in the West to publicly shame the Kremlin over cyberattacks. European officials also accused Russia of attacks on an organization investigating the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, and pointed to interference with a Malaysian investigation into the passenger plane shot down over Ukraine in 2014.
Vice President Mike Pence focused on a different country: China, which he accused of attempting to undermine President Trump and tilt the midterm elections.
And the White Home released its lengthy-delayed counterterrorism strategy, pledging to to fight &ldquoradical Islamist&rdquo militants, as properly as Iran, as element of a multifront campaign to eradicate the terrorist threat to the U.S.
four. A heavy sense of anticipation is hanging more than Chicago as a jury decides whether a white Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke, is guilty of murder for fatally shooting a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, three years ago.
&ldquoThere&rsquos a actual sense of anxiety when it comes to this case and what it says about relations between the police and residents,&rdquo stated a Roman Catholic priest who leads a South Side parish.
In city schools, teachers have been asked to talk about the case with their students. Ministers and activists have been organizing demonstrations in case of acquittal.
Barricades have been in spot outdoors the courthouse, police officers have been asked to function 12-hour shifts and cancel their days off, and city officials said they had created a 150-page action program to prepare for a verdict.
five. Elon Musk requires a swing.
Significantly less than a week soon after the Tesla chief executive reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission more than a tweet that affected stock costs, he dubbed the S.E.C. the &ldquoShortseller Enrichment Commission&rdquo in another tweet.
That&rsquos a reference to the investors he blames for betting against him, merged with a taunt at the federal regulators who are producing him step down as Tesla&rsquos chairman for three years.
six. The &ldquogenius&rdquo grants were awarded.
The foundation, which accepts no applications or unsolicited nominations, awards grants every single year to help &ldquocreative men and women, successful institutions, and influential networks creating a much more just, verdant, and peaceful globe.&rdquo
This year&rsquos recipients &mdash scientists, artists, a lawyer and a journalist &mdash each get $625,000 more than five years, no strings attached. Right here&rsquos the full list of winners.
7. Disjointed terminals. Delayed flights. Lengthy security lines. Brutal site visitors. To a lot of of the 60 million travelers who passed by way of J.F.K. Airport final year, the encounter was less than uplifting.
Governor Cuomo proposed a $13 billion solution, which includes two new terminals to manage larger planes and larger crowds. And the Port Authority, which runs the airport, says it will devote $1 billion on improving roadways.
But the strategy is not most likely to impact long waits on the tarmac. No money was earmarked for new runways or enhancing air-targeted traffic handle.
eight. Are Neanderthals assisting to preserve us effectively?
Scientists have located evidence that a tiny bit of genetic code carried by the descendants of ancestors from Asia and Europe might offer protection from viruses &mdash like these associated to influenza, herpes and H.I.V.
That sliver of DNA is an ancient legacy, a result of interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals, who became extinct 40,000 years ago.
9. Just north of Tokyo, Yuki Kawauchi, 31, wakes up early to run. And then he cleans up and runs to work. In a dress shirt and slacks.
A single of the planet&rsquos leading marathoners, he is a cult favorite, recognized as Citizen Runner. He competes in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. It&rsquos his ninth this year &mdash which is about seven more than most at his level.
And he holds down a full-time job, operating 40 hours a week at a high college. As a government employee, he can maintain his race winnings and bonus money but should forgo corporate sponsorships, which includes a potentially lucrative shoe contract.
ten. Finally, you could be familiar with the pleasantly savory flavor of umami, and like your pasta cooked al dente, just firm sufficient.
But there&rsquos a less frequent word to describe the satisfyingly chewy, elastic texture discovered in each sweet and savory foods, like bubble tea tapioca, noodles and sweet potato balls. The Taiwanese get in touch with it &ldquoQ.&rdquo
&ldquoIt&rsquos like al dente but not fairly,&rdquo stated a chef. &ldquoThere&rsquos also that added element of bounciness.&rdquo
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Published at Fri, 05 Oct 2018 01:19:44 +0000