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✨ Good morning! Today is Friday, November 1, 2019, and we finally know why Sriracha is so damn popular.
BULLETIN: LET THE GAMES BEGIN
• The Background
Things aren’t going so well for President Trump, personally or professionally. (We feel for you, FLOTUS.) In a major victory for House Democrats, the U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to endorse the impeachment inquiry. The historic 232–196 vote sets the stage for a new (and very public) phase of the impeachment process. Contrary to popular belief, the vote wasn’t about whether the President should be removed from office. The resolution detailed how the inquiry will actually move forward. Not surprisingly, the White House condemned the vote. But surprisingly, two Democrats parted ways with their party and voted against the resolution. New York Times
• What Else You Need to Know
Meanwhile, Timothy Morrison, a National Security Council aide, testified that he was told by a top diplomat with close relations to President Trump that a package of military aid for Ukraine would be held hostage until the country agreed to investigate the Bidens. Morrison’s deposition served as yet another piece of testimony corroborating a key question in the impeachment inquiry: was there any quid pro quo? (It sure sounds like a yes.)
• What’s Next?
Morrison’s testimony will be useful to House Democrats as they continue to build their case against Trump. The framework for the rest of the inquiry is still unclear. It depends on how quickly Democrats can move to formalize their charges, and whether they can win over any loyal or undecided Republicans.
• Train Wreck
A devastating fire onboard a moving train in Pakistan left at least 74 people dead and 30 more injured. A gas canister being used to prepare breakfast exploded, causing the stove to burst into flames. The blaze ripped through the entire train, sending black smoke shooting into the sky and torching passengers. Many on board the train were en route to a protest in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. CNN
• World: Stripped from Statehood
Yesterday, India’s capital officially revoked the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir’s decades-old special status. Along with formally stripping the state of its autonomy, India also divided it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — giving the New Delhi government more control over the Muslim-majority region. The unprecedented split comes three months after the Indian government commenced a security crackdown in Kashmir, suspending all communications initially, and placing aggressive restrictions on residents. The Guardian
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Do not be happy.”
– An audio recording, broadcast by the Islamic State (ISIS), days after its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed by U.S. forces. ISIS warned America that the terrorist group will remain and is expanding, and announced its new leader: Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi. New York Times
• Going South
One of Canada’s oldest, largest, and most prominent energy companies is moving its headquarters to the U.S. from Calgary. Encana Corp., which is changing its name to Ovintiv Inc., says it’s moving south of the border to increase its exposure to possible investors. Having Encana’s headquarters at a Canadian address means the company can’t be included in the stock market indexes alongside its U.S. counterparts, making it less attractive to investors. The CEO of the energy company promises the move will not impact any Canadian operations, result in any layoffs, or divert investment strategies in oil and gas formations in British Columbia and Alberta. Globe and Mail
• Tennis: Game, Set, Match
Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has advanced to the quarter-finals at the Paris Masters after beating No. 6 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany in three sets. It’s the first time Shapovalov has ever won a match against Zverev, and is the second upset win in 24 hours for the 20-year-old. Earlier, he knocked off No. 11 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy. Shapovalov, currently ranked 28th in the world, will face No. 13 seed Gael Monfils of France on Friday. While we’re happy for Shapo, we’re still sad for Bianca Andreescu. Canada’s queen of tennis withdrew from the WTA Finals due to a knee injury. CBC Sports
• The Giving Tree
As part of a mission to plant trees across the world, YouTubers raised more than $10 million for an initiative called Team Trees. The goal is to raise $20 million by the end of the year, and with the help of YouTubers and viewers, the halfway mark came very quickly. Big names in business like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, among other high-profile execs, made very generous donations to the cause. The ultimate goal of the fundraiser is to plant 20 million trees around the world by Jan.1, 2020. The Verge
• Siri, Send Help
There is nothing genius about this. Not long after Rudy Giuliani was named Trump’s cybersecurity advisor in 2017, he walked into an Apple Store looking for help — he was locked out of his iPhone after having forgotten his passcode and entering the wrong digits more than 10 times. (Did he try 1-2-3-4?) Needless to say, the fact that POTUS’s cybersecurity advisor can’t remember his password, or figure out how to unlock his iPhone, is deeply troubling. What’s even more concerning, though, is his decision to go to a commercial Apple location for help, as his phone obviously contained highly sensitive information. (Do you think he also asked them where to find the App Store?) NBC News
• Plant People
Today is World Vegan Day, an annual celebration to embrace the benefits of veganism both for the health of humans and the health of the environment. Curious about the plant-based way of life? Here’s what the buzz is all about.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• At least 12 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in the West African country of Niger in an attack suspected to be carried about by Boko Haram extremists.
• More than 200,000 people, including 100,000 children, have been forced to flee their homes in the wake of massive flooding that submerged the majority of a town in central Somalia.
• Automakers, beware: Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, owner of PSA Group, have announced a $48-billion merger, making the combined companies the third-largest automaker in the world.
• Taylor Swift is about to get a casual new title: she’s set to receive the Artist of the Decade trophy at this year’s American Music Awards.
• Fruit of the Loins
Fake news in political ads is A-OK, but apparently this is where Facebook draws the line.