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✨ Good morning! Today is Wednesday, September 11, 2019, and this is such a mood.
• The Background
BULLETIN: A MAJOR WIN
With just a little over a month until our federal election, Manitobans went to the polls yesterday to elect their MPs, and in turn, their new premier. But turns out they didn’t want a new premier. Brian Pallister was re-elected and the Progressive Conservatives won a second majority government, winning 36 out of a possible 57 seats. (Twenty-nine is the magic number.) The NDP picked up six seats, bringing the total to 18 (including NDP Leader Wab Kinew, who won his seat in Fort Rouge). The Liberals took three (one shy of the four seats needed to retain official party status), while the Greens took none. CBC News
• What Else You Need to Know
In addition to giving the PCs another majority government, Manitobans also elected their first black queer MP, Uzoma Asagwara, who was elected in Union Station, and Josh Guenter in Borderland, who defeated former PC MLA Cliff Graydon, after he was expelled from the PC caucus over sexual harassment allegations.
• What’s Next?
The PCs promised to cut taxes and reduce government bureaucracies if re-elected, so that will likely be the focus over the next few months. The NDP campaigned on a promise of improved health care, so expect them to grill the Tories on their plans for that. (The PCs closed three Winnipeg hospital emergency rooms over the past four years.)
• In the Red
Speaking of elections: after a midterm riddled with accusations of ballot fraud, voters in North Carolina finally had their chance to elect a new congressman for the Ninth District yesterday. In a vote that was too close to call for most of the night, Republican Dan Bishop narrowly edged out Democrat Dan McCready to win the seat. It’s good news for President Trump who won the district by 12 points in 2016 — Bishop managed to maintain (or add to) the GOP’s lead in rural and exurban stretches, while McCready picked up more votes in the suburbs, which typically lean more Democratic. In other North Carolina election news, Republican Greg Murphy won the Third District yesterday, but that was pretty much a shoo-in. Politico
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“His services are no longer needed at the White House.”
– President Donald Trump, announcing that he fired national security advisor John Bolton, because Trump “strongly disagreed with many of [Bolton’s] suggestions as did others in the administration.” (We think he Bolt-ed.) CNN
Jack Ma, the Lady Gaga of the tech industry and China’s richest man, is stepping down as chairman of his $460-billion Alibaba Group empire. Ma started the e-commerce business back in 1999 out of a small apartment with 17 others; the company now employs more than 100,000 people. While no longer chairman, Ma, who has a net worth of $40 billion, will take a position in the Alibaba Partnership, allowing him an indirect role in the empire’s governance. Business Insider
• How About Them Apples?
Apple’s 2019 hardware extravaganza just wrapped, and here’s the scoop: the iPhone 11 is happening, and the company’s streaming service, Apple TV+, will launch Nov. 1, 2019, and will cost just $5.99 per month. (Netflix who?) More big news: Apple is giving anyone who buys an Apple product (iPhone, iPad, laptop, or desktop) a one-year subscription to Apple TV. Other big takeaways include improvements to the iPad (think a 10.2-inch display and a Smart Connector), three new iPhones (the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max), and the new Apple Watch Series 5 will be the first to support the always-on feature by dimming the brightness to maintain battery life, without showing users a blank screen. The Verge
• Hockey: Local Legends
Fall is officially headed our way, and no, we’re not talking about pumpkin spiced lattes. Season six of Rogers Hometown Hockey is set to start Oct. 5 in Halton Hills, Ont., right as the NHL kicks off its 2019–20 season. After Halton Hills, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will stop in 24 other communities across the Great White North to celebrate local hockey stories. Make sure to check if they’re making a stop near you — every free, weekend-long festival includes live entertainment, hockey-themed activities, NHL alumni, and an outdoor NHL viewing party (so get your toques ready). Sportsnet
• Love in Lights
For the first time since they shared the stage in 1996 (and married IRL a year later), real-life husband and wife of more than 20 years, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, will be retaking the Broadway stage in acclaimed play, Plaza Suite. Broderick and Parker will play a trio of couples across three comedic acts directed by Tony-winner John Benjamin Hickey. The play opens April 13 at New York City’s Hudson Theatre. People
from the concert will go towards organizations that support mental health needs and suicide prevention. Rolling Stone
• Playing Chicken
First came non-chicken chicken, and now Kentucky Fried Chicken is getting into a new business altogether: Gaming. The fast food restaurant is apparently working on a video game called I Love You Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator. (You really can’t make this sh*t up.) Players will have control of a “promising culinary student” who’s studying alongside Colonel Sanders, while also looking for love. (Um, what?) If this sounds like your idea of a (finger lickin’) good time, the game will be available for free Sept. 24 on Steam. Polygon
• A Moment in Time
Today marks the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Four planes were hijacked by 19 members of al-Qaeda, with two planes bringing down the twin towers in New York City, one hitting the Pentagon and the other crashing into a field in Pennsylvania after brave passengers fought back. It’s the deadliest attack in world history.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• It’s official: the Canadian federal election is set to kick off today, after Prime Minister Trudeau visits Rideau Hall at 10am ET.
• Speaking of elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the Jordan Valley if he wins next week.
• Talk about political perks. A new report has revealed that Jody Wilson-Raybould claimed $125K in spousal travel expenses over the last four years.
• David E. Kelley has teamed up with director Jack Bender to develop Stephen King’s latest novel The Institute into a limited series.
• Burning Benjamins
Where do we even start with this?