⚡ Bulletin: "An Indonesian aircraft with 189 people on board crashed into the sea and sank [today] soon after taking off from the capital, Jakarta, on a domestic flight to a tin-mining region." (Reuters)
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Climate change is reshaping aspects of our environment that many of us thought were static — from where deserts begin and end, to what we can grow in backyard or community gardens, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman writes.
I had asked Andrew for his take on a fascinating article, "Redrawing the Map: How the World’s Climate Zones Are Shifting," by Nicola Jones in Yale Environment 360, published at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies:
Among the findings:
Be smart, from Andrew: Those who will be hit the hardest by these changes will be located closer to the expanding tropics and semi-arid zones north and south of the equator.
"Amid a wave of election-season violence that left many Americans on edge, the contentious midterm campaign has barreled forward with little pause," AP's Catherine Lucey and Julie Pace write:
And AP's Claire Galofaro in Louisville and Margery Beck in Omaha ask if a polarized nation has finally reached its tipping point:
"The digital divide was about access to technology, and now that everyone has access, the new digital divide is limiting access to technology," Chris Anderson, former editor of Wired, tells the N.Y. Times' Nellie Bowles for her talker of a piece, "Rich Parents Ban Devices As the Poor Grow Reliant":
"Jair Bolsonaro swept to power in Brazil’s presidential election [with a 10-point victory], ... marking a hard pivot to the right that promises to open up the resource-rich economy to private investment, strengthen ties to the U.S. and unleash an aggressive crackdown on epidemic crime," Bloomberg reports.
"Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said she would introduce the Equality Act as one of her first orders of business if Democrats retake the House," AP's Juliet Linderman reports:
"The Equality Act, if passed, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the law and expand those protections beyond the workplace."
Be smart: "The House bill has 198 co-sponsors ... But no Senate Republicans have signed on, and social conservatives oppose the legislation. And even if the bill cleared Congress, it would still have to be signed by President Trump."
A literal voice of the GOP in the eight days 'til midterms will be Donald Trump Jr., the president's oldest son.
Andy Surabian, Republican strategist and political adviser to Don Jr.: "Don Jr. is doing everything in his power to help Republicans hold our majority in the House and expand it in the Senate. He's all in."
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Axios' Amy Harder writes from Mongstad, Norway, in her "Harder Line" column that the Nordic nation offers a window into how an economy fueled by oil and natural gas can attempt aggressive action on climate change.
Be smart: If Norway — rich from its fossil fuels and genuinely ambitious about addressing climate change — doesn’t follow through, who would?
"NewsGuard Technologies, which uses trained journalists to produce red or green credibility ratings and 'Nutrition Label' reviews for thousands of news and information websites, today [will announce] that its misinformation SWAT team has discovered and issued red ratings to two networks of hoax websites that are designed to look like local media outlets in the United States — but in fact appear to be based in Macedonia and Australia."
Axios World editor David Lawler is in the Republic of Georgia, where he spent the past four days with a German Marshall Fund delegation, observing yesterday's presidential election and meeting with the leading candidates, the current president, and leaders in civil society, the clergy and business.
Tbilisi and Rustavi, Georgia — The strength of Georgia's democracy and of its all-powerful ruling party will be put to the test in the coming days after a deadlocked presidential election on Sunday necessitated what is sure to be a bitter runoff.
Unlike in much of the former Soviet Union, there is real suspense to Georgian democracy. I found myself on an elevator with Grigol Vashadze, who came in second in presidential balloting, after a meeting in which he exuded all the anger and exhaustion of a man who believed he was being robbed of an election.
"The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions for the fourth time in 15 seasons," The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy writes:
"New England has another masterpiece for its professional sports High Renaissance."
Two stats from AP: