Good Monday morning, and happy holiday. 29 days to midterms ...
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For three straight years, October has shocked, not just surprised, America with revelations of sexual assaults on women.
Axios' Alexi McCammond says those were such galvanizing moments because women felt they "had, in a way, lost it all" — that the country wasn't where they thought it was.
The October surprises go back to Anita Hill's testimony on Oct. 11, 1991. Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, told me that each of these successive events has been "more explosive":
Debbie Walsh, director of Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics, tracked each race this year as women set records for the largest number of candidates — then for the most nominees — for House, Senate and governor.
But she said she thinks "this has great potential to continue beyond Trump":
Be smart: New York magazine's Rebecca Traister writes in her new book, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger," that feminism "had been successfully coded as unattractively old." Now, "public and politicized challenge to male dominance" has become a major force in American society and politics.
"A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought," the N.Y. Times' Coral Davenport reports.
Axios science editor Andrew Freedman tells me the report is "landmark both for its content and its timing":
This was a striking graphic that David Nather spotted in a recent slide deck by Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas.
The long game: The gender gap is widening. Given that more women vote than men, this is a short- and long-term peril for Republicans.
P.S. ... Rep. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota's Republican Senate candidate, criticized the #MeToo movement on Sunday, per the N.Y. Times:
The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, illuminate the sky along the Ring Road in southeastern Iceland, between Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Hofn.
This fight is going to get bigger. Apple is getting even more categorical in its denial of a Bloomberg Businessweek story saying that Apple was among nearly 30 U.S. companies that had computer equipment compromised by China, which inserted malicious chips during the manufacturing process.
Apple yesterday wrote to the House and Senate commerce committees to say that its internal investigations "directly contradict every consequential assertion made in the article — some of which ... were based on a single anonymous source."
George Stathakopoulos, Apple's vice president of information security, wrote to the committees: "I will be available to brief your staff this week to further address the information we’ve offered."
Bloomberg reissued its earlier response: "Bloomberg Businessweek's investigation is the result of more than a year of reporting, during which we conducted more than 100 interviews.
The takeaway: Ben Thompson writes in his Stratechery today: "[A]t this point it is very difficult to assume the story was correct. I suspect there is something there, but that Bloomberg got some very important details wrong."
"Jair Bolsonaro, the divisive, far-right former Army captain, stormed to a huge lead in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections ... as voters enraged by years of recession, corruption scandals and soaring crime rallied around his strongman message," per Bloomberg.
Why it matters, from Reuters: The vote underscores "a seismic shift in Latin America’s biggest nation as voters raged against the political establishment."
A devastating accident near Albany (Schoharie, N.Y.) killed 20, including all 18 occupants of a limo speeding to a birthday party, AP reports:
"The crash appeared to be the deadliest land-vehicle accident in the U.S. since a bus ferrying nursing home patients away from Hurricane Rita caught fire in Texas in 2005, killing 23."
🚨 You should know: "[V]ehicles converted into stretch limousines often don’t have safety measures including side-impact air bags, reinforced rollover protection bars and accessible emergency exits."
Grace Meng — the wife of Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who vanished in China — said that using his Interpol mobile phone, he sent her an emoji of a kitchen knife, which she thinks was to warn that he was in danger, per AP.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Orin Kramer, a veteran Democratic fund-raiser and founder of a hedge fund, says donating to once-obscure Democratic House candidates has gained a never-before-seen cachet on Wall Street:
Breaking her long silence on politics, Taylor Swift, 28, took to Instagram last night to weigh in on Tennessee’s closely contested U.S. Senate race, endorsing Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen and harshly rebuking Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican nominee, per The (Nashville) Tennessean.