☕️ Good Wednesday morning.
Situational awareness: In a debate in Texas last night, a tougher, more aggressive Beto O’Rourke (D) launched pointed attacks against Sen. Ted Cruz (R): "He’s dishonest. It’s why the president called him Lyin’ Ted." (Dallas Morning News)
America is an increasingly diverse nation but a loud, hyper-active group of well-to-do whites on the left and right are tearing it apart from the edges, according to an astonishing new study of our electorate.
Oh, and these two groups basically hate everything about each other.
This eye-opening breakdown comes from "Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape," by the international nonprofit group More in Common.
The study finds that America's two extreme wings comprise just 14% of the population, "yet it often feels as if our national conversation has become a shouting match between these two groups."
I interviewed one of the study's co-authors, Stephen Hawkins, research director of More in Common USA, who told me the two wings are "talking to each other too little, with too much suspicion and too little giving credit."
Be smart ... Good news for third-party dreamers: Tw0-thirds of Americans (the study's "Exhausted Majority") have had it with this white fight — and yearn for something new.
Uber has received proposals from Wall Street banks valuing the company at as much as $120 billion for an IPO that could take place early next year, per The Wall Street Journal (subscription).
"The New York Times has confirmed independently that at least nine of 15 suspects identified by Turkish authorities [in the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi] worked for the Saudi security services, military or other government ministries," the N.Y. Times' David Kirkpatrick, Malachy Browne, Ben Hubbard and David Botti report.
P.S. President Trump, in an AP interview:
Above, a man walks through a beachfront neighborhood in Mexico Beach, Fla.
Below, neighbors Sherry Frantz and Chris McNeal hug as they meet in front of their homes in Mexico Beach.
President Trump, in an AP interview, on whether he might take responsibility, as his predecessor did, for midterm losses:
"In the year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, political parties, candidates and voting rights groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to court residents who fled to the mainland, hoping to register them and get them to the polls," USA Today's Deborah Barfield Berry reports:
"[S]ome displaced Puerto Ricans relocated to Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York."
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
A hostile actor could cause just as much chaos after the midterm elections by making it look like someone had meddled with votes than by actually doing so, security experts tell Axios' David McCabe.
How it works: Hackers could probe voting systems without actually breaching them or altering vote totals.
Be smart: Experts say that a major goal of election meddling campaigns is to erode trust in democracy rather than to actively shift vote tallies or choose winners and losers.
"Homelessness in New York Public Schools Is at a Record High: 114,659 Students" out of 1.1. million, the N.Y. Times' Eliza Shapiro reports.
The chance of nuclear war between the U.S and Chinese is "higher than most policymakers and analysts think," Caitlin Talmadge, a security studies professor at Georgetown, warns in the new issue of Foreign Affairs:
"As China’s power has grown in recent years, so, too, has the risk of war with the United States":
"Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years ... Spinney’s remarkable run as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, two of the most beloved characters on television, will end this week," the N.Y. Times Dave Itzkoff reports:
"[I]n recent years, Spinney said, the physical requirements of performing the characters had been become difficult for him, and he had developed problems with his balance."