☕️ Happy Friday!
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There's a reason Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation saga has exposed so much raw anger and deep sadness among women, Axios managing editor Kim Hart writes:
The big picture: For many, this news cycle has felt like an excavation of the wounds of women.
But not all women side with Ford: Some believe the judge has been treated unfairly, and worry about what the new #MeToo climate means for their husbands and sons
This saga has spurred complex, and sometimes conflicting, reactions:
The bottom line: This turmoil may lead us to a better place in the long run. But in the short run, it's going to feel like the country is coming apart.
Sources involved with Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation were nervous going into today's 10:30 a.m. test vote, Jonathan Swan reports:
A senior source involved in the process told Swan fairly late last night:
"Sometimes you just have to vote," the source added. "But what if ... something f—g happens in the morning? This whole process has just been ... so much drama, so many balls coming out at the last minute."
At 7:30 last night, Kavanaugh gave his final argument in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, "I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge: Yes, I was emotional last Thursday. I hope everyone can understand I was there as a son, husband and dad."
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi plans sweeping regulation of tech if Dems win the majority, Recode's Kara Swisher reports in a New York Times essay:
Kara reports Khanna's list: ... "You should have the right":
First Lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, today.
More than half of Americans say they have had conversations about Kavanaugh at work, and almost three-quarters have been talking about the debate with their friends and families, according to an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll taken this week.
Axios managing editor David Nather reads between the lines:
The gender gap is substantial: Just 36% of women approve of Kavanaugh, compared to 55% of men.
CEO Evan Spiegel has given Snap Inc. the directive of achieving full-year profitability in 2019 and has refocused the company around a new set of strategic goals, according to a 15-page memo sent to employees last week," Cheddar's Alex Heath reports:
Why it matters: "Spiegel’s memo ... surfaces at a time when the company’s stock is trading at all-time lows."
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Mary Barra, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, writes for Axios Expert Voices: "Federal legislation is essential to enabling" a smooth transition to a world of driverless cars.
Go deeper: Read the entire piece.
"Brazil for years reveled in its image as a post-racial, left-leaning society. Now Jair Bolsonaro  — a far-right outsider who says he 'loves' President Trump — has surged to the front of the pack in Sunday’s presidential election, sharply dividing Latin America’s largest nation," the WashPost's Anthony Faiola and Marina Lopes report from São Paulo:
Why he matters: "Like Trump, he embraces social media to reach legions of loyal followers. His rallies have become outlets for white men rattled by social and economic change. He has vowed to drain the swamp in the capital and make Brazil 'great.'"
The MacArthur Foundation named 25 people — academics, activists, artists, scholars, scientists — to receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please (via AP):
"Only 15 percent of full-size pickup buyers use the trucks for business."