He could be talked into it. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and party intellectual stalwart says he’s willing to become the next Speaker of the House but only if all of the GOP factions unite behind his candidacy and publicly endorse him. The party has been struggling to find a consensus candidate since Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race. Despite his bonafides, some members of the House Freedom Caucus and Republican Study Committee have privately questioned his conservative convictions. Ryan’s spokesman said he’s giving the conference until Friday to decide on an endorsement.
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He was hoping to bring out American independence. But Jim Webb, who began his career as a Republican and ran as a Democrat, found that he didn’t have much of a base of support among voters and has exited his campaign after just one debate. The former Virginia senator left the possibility open that he could mount an independent bid for the nomination, but said he didn’t want to “attack the Democratic Party” — whose voters appear to be largely supporting either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
They’re leaning left. Canadians delivered victory to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in yesterday’s parliamentary election, handing them at least 184 seats and dismissing three-term Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who will also resign as Conservative Party leader. Trudeau hailed it a win for “positive politics” as he follows in the footsteps of his father, Pierre, the former prime minister known as the father of modern Canada. The Liberals promise “more proactive diplomacy” from the new leader, who will first reach out to President Obama before attending November’s G20 summit in Turkey.
Didn’t the trouble start at home? The Olympic and Paralympic athlete was released yesterday to finish the remaining four years of his sentence at his uncle’s house in Pretoria. The 28-year-old was convicted last year of manslaughter in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he claims he mistook for an intruder. His movement will be restricted, and he must undergo psychotherapy and refrain from owning firearms. But prosecutors aren’t finished: They’re appealing, arguing that Pistorius should’ve been convicted of murder, which could send him back to jail.
She’s following in her father’s footsteps. Le Pen, who leads France’s far-right nationalist party, has been charged with “incitement to discrimination, violence or hatred” after she compared praying Muslims to the Nazi occupation. Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie, has been convicted of hate speech several times — but the accused is questioning the trial’s timing, saying it’s suspicious that they’re bringing charges now for statements she made in 2010, and implying it may have to do with a regional election in December.
They’re taking aim … with very different weapons. California Gov. Jerry Brown responded to recent college shootings with legislation banning concealed firearms on campus. But lawmakers in many other states have debated the opposite approach: arming students and faculty to fight back. Carrying concealed weapons on Texas campuses will be legal as of next August, and similar moves are being considered by lawmakers in Florida, Michigan and Ohio. With most state legislatures now out of session, it’ll be next year before we see whether gun enthusiasts hit their targets.
Is it being frozen out? Silicon Valley is chillier these days, with tech companies accounting for only 14 percent of U.S. IPOs — a rate not seen since the mid-1990s. Astronomical valuations are starting to look like pie-in-the-sky thinking when it’s time to go public. Early last year, for example, Dropbox was valued at $10 billion, but one estimate has cut its per-share value by 24 percent — part of a trend that could have profound consequences for still-private companies and threaten future startup funding.
Uber driver in India is convicted of rape. (BBC)
Former Fukushima worker diagnosed with cancer. (Reuters)
Israel arrests Hamas leader during West Bank raid. (Al Jazeera)
Thousands gather for PEGIDA’s first anniversary in Germany. (The Guardian)
Chinese octogenarian completes eighth college diploma. (SCMP)
He’s causing a buzz. The Virgin Group founder yesterday leaked a copy of a policy paper by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calling for the international decriminalization of the personal possession and use of drugs. Long an advocate of drug legalization, Branson said his embargo-breaking announcement aimed to counteract any political pressure against the proposal. But UNODC fired back, saying the document was neither official nor complete. They strongly denied rumors of being strong-armed to withdraw it, noting that the paper remains “under review.”
Got a license to fly? Sales of unmanned aerial vehicles are soaring and making federal regulators nervous. So with an eye on safer skies, they will soon demand that drone owners register their devices. This will help enforce basic rules of ownership, like not flying within five miles of an airport or higher than 400 feet. Aiming to build a “culture of accountability” and protect the public, the new system — which will probably not include smaller, toy-like varieties — is set to take off within two months.
Does Turkey’s leadership want to keep females at home? After losing its majority in a June vote — leftist pro-feminists won 13 percent — the ruling AKP party has sought new elections. Activists fear they’re now casting feminists alongside terrorists to secure more votes and a mandate to promote traditional female roles like early marriage. Not everyone agrees that AKP is exclusionary, but all eyes are on the Nov. 1 polls to see which direction Turkey takes … and what it means for women’s careers.
Stars Hollow is back in business. The fictional setting of the iconic Warner Bros. series about mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore is reportedly being brought back to life by Netflix. Having revived other beloved franchises like Wet Hot American Summer and Arrested Development, the on-demand service is set to navigate the class war, parenting and growing up, Gilmore-style. Though unconfirmed, reports say the “major players,” including creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, will return for four 90-minute episodes.
Home, sweet home! Toronto went into Game 3 haunted by two road losses, but they batted away the demons on home turf, toppling Kansas City 11-8 in an election-night slugfest. Fans watching the Jays’ first home playoff game since 1993 weren’t disappointed as Ryan Goins made amends for Saturday’s defensive blunder with three RBIs, a homer and stellar fielding. Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson also homered off Johnny Cueto, who didn’t last three innings. Today the Jays will be looking for a repeat performance in Game 4.