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Boris Johnson emerges from Downing Street before today's vote. Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images
The years-long Brexit saga played out today in miniature as the EU agreed to delay the U.K.'s exit yet again, but an effort to break the deadlock in Parliament — by calling a snap election — itself became deadlocked.
Why it matters: The latest extension, to Jan. 31, is a bitter pill for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had vowed to deliver Brexit by Oct. 31 "do or die." With momentum for his deal now stalled, he's intent on a Brexit election before year's end.
Catch up quick: Johnson defied expectations by reaching a deal with Brussels on Oct. 17, and he even won Parliament's approval last week — in principle.
Driving the news: Johnson sought (and was denied) approval today for an election on Dec. 12, with his deal remaining on the table in the interim.
Behind the scenes: I arrived in Westminster today thinking the U.K. was on course for an election one way or another, but I found the parade of failures and delays had clearly taken its toll on those who'd been watching up close.
What to watch: The aide gave Johnson credit for winning back the pro-Brexit base and giving Conservative MPs a much-needed jolt after Theresa May's hapless premiership. But he said members would be studying opinion polls closely after the Oct. 31 deadline passes unmet.
“There’s a much greater sense of momentum at the top. There wasn’t that sense from 2017 to 2019. The risk is that with this drift and delays, that goes away. How many cycles of this can we go through?” said the aide.
Aerial view of the site where Baghdadi was killed. Photo: Ahmet Weys/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
1. The raid that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi began on the ground in northwest Syria at 5:01pm ET on Saturday, per CNN.
2. Gen. Mazloum Abdi, commander of Kurdish forces in Syria, told NBC, "his intelligence service had a source deep in al-Baghdadi's inner circle who described a room-by-room layout of the terror leader's compound."
3. "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi began life in a dry and desolate plain in the village of Al Jallam in central Iraq. He was one of five sons and several daughters of a conservative Sunni man who eked out a living selling sheep," Rukmini Callimachi and Falih Hassan write in the NYT's deeply reported obituary.
An election night rally for Uruguay's ruling party. Photo: Pablo Porciuncula//AFP via Getty Images
Argentina's election on Sunday was closely watched by analysts and investors, but an election next door shouldn't be overlooked. Martin Aguirre, editor-in-chief of Uruguay's El Pais newspaper explains in an email from Montevideo:
The big picture: "Uruguay and Argentina are two countries with many similarities, to the point that they are usually referred to as 'brothers.' But their elections, held on the same day, couldn’t have shown more different results."
"In Argentina, center-right President Mauricio Macri was defeated by the Peronist opposition in an election that signaled the return to power of one of the most divisive political figures on the continent over the last decade: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner."
"In Uruguay, the left-wing coalition that has ruled the country for 15 years experienced a bitter defeat, getting under 40% of the votes and being forced into a run-off next month that the main opposition candidate, Luís Lacalle Pou, is likely to win."
What to watch: "The Uruguay result was another breakthrough for the center-right in South America, where such candidates tend to be more favorable to U.S. interests on issues like trade and Venezuela."
CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reacts to the results from Thuringia. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
A hard-left successor to eastern Germany’s communist party (Die Linke) and a far-right party (the AfD) led locally by a man considered an extremist even by that party’s standards were the top finishers in the eastern German state of Thuringia on Sunday, winning a combined 55% of the vote.
Zoom out: It’s an extreme example of a trend across Germany, where coalitions are becoming increasingly unwieldy and local results are reverberating through national politics.
Zoom in: “Die Linke and the AfD have been able to harness widespread dissatisfaction in the East, where the collapse of once state-owned industries after reunification led to high unemployment and social hardship,” per the FT.
Iraqi President Barham Salih told my colleague Jonathan Swan on "Axios on HBO" that his country and its neighbors face a "perfect storm" of crises.
Driving the news: Salih, who is Kurdish and has long been supportive of the U.S., told Swan, "The staying power of the United States is being questioned in a very, very serious way."
The bottom line: "I'm here in Baghdad. This is where all these issues are at play. This is quite a moment in history. This is in some ways the perfect storm," Salih said.
New Zealand's players perform the Haka before a 2014 match in which they beat the U.S. 74-6. Photo: Andrew Snook/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Rugby is a sporting curiosity in the U.S., seen on college campuses but hardly anywhere else.
But in Japan, host of this year's World Cup, it's become a national sensation. A whopping 55 million people tuned in to watch the underdog Brave Blossoms defeat Scotland in the group stage. That's nearly half the country.
Zoom in: I landed in London on Saturday just in time to see the mighty All Blacks take on England in the semi-final, rushing past already-full pubs to be in place for the 9am kickoff.
The bottom line: I'm not sure I'm a rugby convert just yet. But if England does win its second world championship, I'm glad I'll be here to see it.
Celebrating Diwali on the River Sarayu in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP via Getty Images
"He's still coming up with ever-more ludicrous excuses for hiding from the British people."— Boris Johnson on Jeremy Corbyn
"The reason I'm so cautious is because I do not trust the prime minister."— Jeremy Corbyn on Boris Johnson