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With more women running than ever, the 2018 midterms have the largest voting gender gap on record, with Democrats overwhelmingly winning women's support, Axios' Stef Kight and Alexi McCammond write.
The great divide: Democrats are winning over women voters 58% to 33%, while Republicans have men's support 50% to 42%, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
And that record field of women candidates is mostly made up of Democrats.
Despite the #MeToo movement, more than half of the men ousted for sexual misconduct have been replaced by other men, the N.Y. Times reports in a powerful graphic.
On policy issues, men and women still have very different views:
Women who work still make only 82% of what their male counterparts make, according to a Pew Research analysis of census data.
Be smart: Women’s voices are being listened to in a way that they haven’t been before. And it's not just women candidates: It's women voters and women activists at all levels.
"In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It's whether there will be a wave at all," AP's Steve Peoples, Tom Beaumont and Lisa Mascaro write.
"Democrats say they never assumed it would be easy."
Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC's "Morning Joe":
Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking in Brussels this morning to the International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners, vividly sketches the dark side of what he calls a "data industrial complex":
"Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our 'likes' and dislikes. ... These scraps of data — each one harmless enough on its own — are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded, and sold."
"Taken to its extreme, this process creates an enduring digital profile that lets companies know you better than you may know yourself. Your profile is then run through algorithms that can serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into hardened convictions."
Be smart, from Axios' Ina Fried: Supporters of meaningful privacy regulations can count on Apple's backing, as the company continues to try to stand apart from other tech giants, particularly Google and Facebook.
Chinese President Xi Jinping officially opened the world's longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began, the BBC reports.
Why it matters: "It is part of China's plan to create a Greater Bay Area, including Hong Kong, Macau and nine other cities in southern China."
A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll shows President Trump's approval rating on foreign policy is 45%, statistically tied with his 46% overall approval.
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who got a standing ovation at the investor conference that many executives shunned, pronounced the event a success as $50 billion in deals were announced:
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The most popular way for political campaigns to reach voters ahead of this year's midterm elections isn't placing ads on social media or TV — it's flooding cellphones with personalized political text messages, Axios' Kim Hart writes:
The big picture: TV and email ads are still used, but are less effective in an era of new media consumption habits. Text messages, though, are hard for voters to avoid, and have high "open" rates: 90% of text messages are read within five minutes, according to Opn Sesame, a messaging provider.
Campaigns usually get phone numbers from voter records or firms that buy and sell voter data.
"[A]lmost $5 million has been spent running ... more than 100,000 ads ... on President Donald Trump's main Facebook page."
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is likely to juice his last-minute spending on the midterms, taking him past the $100 million mark.
Why it matters: Bloomberg, with friends believing he'll make a White House run, is determined to make his mark as Democrats' biggest outside spender.
"To Kill a Mockingbird," the coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overpowered wizards and time travelers to be voted America's best-loved novel by readers nationwide, AP's Lynn Elber writes.
Books that were published as a series counted as a single entry.