1 big thing: #MeToo takes down a congressman
Rep. John Conyers retired today, effective immediately, as a result of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. He was the longest serving member of the House of Representatives.
- Why it matters: This is a win for victims who've come forward. Conyers' resignation was the first among sitting members of Congress. His fellow Democrat Al Franken has refused to resign despite sexual misconduct allegations of his own, and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) has admitted to using taxpayer funds to pay a sexual harassment case.
- Why it doesn't matter: Roy Moore is charging ahead in the Alabama Senate race.
What's next: Conyers has endorsed his son as a successor.
2. Tweet du jour
3 What you missed
- Russia gets banned: The International Olympic Committee announced today that Russia has been banned from the 2018 games.
- Our fellow Americans: Flames from the Thomas fire have burned 45,500 acres and forced 27,000 people to evacuate the city of Ventura in southern California as of late Tuesday morning. The numbers.
- A senior al-Qaeda leader was killed in Afghanistan as a result of joint U.S.-Afghan operations. More.
- Fidelity participated in Lyft's $500 million extension of its newest financing round. Details.
- Merger watch: Disney and Fox are close to a deal, per CNBC. Dive in.
4. 1 fun thing
Starting today, fans can purchase music and merchandise from 35 music artists and several additional online stores using privacy-focused cryptocurrency Monero, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
Artists accepting the currency include Mariah Carey, the Dixie Chicks, the B-52s, G-Eazy, and Weezer.