☕️ Good Saturday morning.
Situational awareness: "At least 384 people were killed, many swept away [from a beach festival] as giant waves crashed onto beaches, when a major earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi." (Reuters)
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Imagine if Brett Kavanaugh had offered his emotional, tearful, you-ruined-my-life opening speech to the Judiciary Committee — and then called for a quick FBI probe to clear his name and perhaps find the true assailant.
Well, he and Republicans had an epic failure of imagination, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei writes:
There's a reason for this miscalculation:
In an interview posted this morning, Flake tells The Atlantic's McKay Coppins that his dramatic call for further FBI review came because he felt the Senate was "coming apart at the seams":
Above, Senator Flake listens to fellow Judiciary Committee members debate the Kavanaugh confirmation.
Below, Republican members of the committee surround Flake as he huddles with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Senator Flake, telling his Judiciary Committee colleagues that he had extracted a promise from Republican leaders to delay the final vote on Kavanaugh until after a short FBI investigation:
Ana Maria Archila, 39, a national committee member of the Working Families Party, and an executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, a New York-based liberal organizing group:
"On Monday, I stood in front of your office ... I told the story of my sexual assault. I told it because I recognized in Dr. Ford’s story that she is telling the truth. What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable."
"You have children in your family. Think about them. I have two children. I cannot imagine that for the next 50 years they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl. What are you doing, sir?"
Maria Gallagher, 23:
"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me. I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them you are going to ignore them. That’s what happened to me, and that’s what you are telling all women in America, that they don’t matter. They should just keep it to themselves because if they have told the truth, you’re just going to help that man to power anyway." ...
"Look at me when I’m talking to you. You are telling me that my assault doesn’t matter, that what happened to me doesn’t, and that you’re going to let people who do these things into power. That’s what you’re telling me when you vote for him. Don’t look away from me. Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their bodies."
The protesters persisted:
Facebook crossed into new territory yesterday as it publicly disclosed a massive security breach that gave away the keys to as many as 50 million Facebook user accounts, Axios' David McCabe writes.
Facebook says it doesn't know yet whether or how the access tokens were used, but if they were used, they provided full access to the account and its data.
Policymakers called for investigations.
Slack — the popular workplace instant-messenger, with more than 8 million daily active users (including all of us @Axios) — is preparing to go public next year at a valuation well in excess of $7 billion, per The Wall Street Journal.
"[A]s the fall season begins this month, 13 shows are entering at least their 10th season, believed to be a modern-day record," Steven Zeitchik writes in the WashPost:
Why it matters: "The traditional criterion for the renewal of a series has been supplemented by other factors, including networks’ ability to sell the shows to overseas and streaming platforms.'
Go down the rabbit hole: The N.Y. Times divides the first 29 "Simpsons" seasons into five eras ("The Prime" is seasons 3-8), with an iconic episode for each.