The doors will stay open. After flirting with deadline pressure, both chambers of Congress cleared a short-term bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 9, striking a compromise that dedicates $1.1 billion to fighting Zika, but postpones action on the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. President Obama is expected to sign the bill by Friday’s deadline, as Congress recesses until after the election. Meanwhile, Congress overrode the president’s veto of a bill that will allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia, which Obama warns sets a “dangerous precedent.”
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The world’s been watching. Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his role in negotiating 1993’s Oslo Accords with Palestine, has died in a Tel Aviv area hospital two weeks after suffering a stroke. One of the last survivors of the political generation of Israel’s 1948 founding, the Polish-born Peres served twice as prime minister and once as president during seven decades in the public eye. Remembered for building the country’s defenses while seeking regional peace, Peres was memorialized by President Obama as ”the essence of Israel itself.”
There’s no pivot. A record-smashing 84 million people tuned in to Monday’s debate, and the commentariat’s consensus that Hillary Clinton won led to a whirlwind of complaints and countercharges from Donald Trump. Clinton pressed forward on the campaign trail, arguing that the debate showed her GOP foe unfit for office. Trump, meanwhile, again bashed a former Miss Universe pageant winner for gaining weight and said he will attack Clinton for her husband’s infidelities when they next clash on stage — a move Democrats believe will backfire with women voters.
It’s been a long time coming. All 298 people aboard the July 2014 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur died when it was apparently shot down over Ukraine, and Dutch-led investigators have released new specifics about the incident. The report says the Buk missile that brought down the plane was brought to Ukraine from Russia, and fired, as Ukraine has long contended, from territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists — though Russian authorities have flatly denied this in the past. Next step: Identifying the people who actually launched the Buk.
His golden parachute lost some luster. Following a board of directors investigation into the practice of secretly creating hundreds of thousands of unauthorized accounts to meet sales targets, John Stumpf agreed to give up the stock awards and won’t receive a bonus this year. Carrie Tolstedt, former head of community banking, will also give up $19 million in unvested equity rewards. Stumpf is set to testify before Congress on Thursday, as the U.S. Department of Labor launches its own investigation into the bank’s workplace practices.
Know This: More than a thousand people were evacuated when an Indonesian volcano erupted. A small Southern California town is roiling with outrage after police shot a Black man who they say assumed a “shooting stance.” And Afghanistan’s experiencing a feminist musical revolution.
Watch This: A nine-year-old girl gave a tearful speech to the Charlotte City Council about the discrimination experienced by the Black community.
Remember This Number: 6,000 pizza chefs. That’s how many Italy says it needs to meet demand, as young people opt for less traditional, better-paying jobs — or no jobs at all, with 43 percent youth unemployment nationwide — but continue to munch ever more of the cheap snack.
Better red planet than dead planet. The tech entrepreneur says his company, SpaceX, has already spent tens of millions on his just-revealed plan for an Interplanetary Transport System — a fleet of reusable transit ships bound for Mars that could carry 100 people at a time and make the trip in as little as 90 days. Musk told the International Aeronautical Congress he’s gunning for humans to become a “spacefaring civilization.” SpaceX’s timeline: Unmanned missions to Mars by 2018, and sending humans to check out the terrain by 2024.
Speed kills. Algorithm-based high-frequency trading already dominates the U.S. stock market, and now it’s become established in Brazil and Russia, with traders’ sights set on more remote markets. Advocates say trading from data centers in milliseconds makes markets more liquid and accurate, but the practice can increase risk and make markets prone to “flash crashes,” such as the 2010 blip that wiped $1 trillion off the books in minutes. Global regulators are taking notice and building new safeguards, but rapid-fire trades show no signs of slowing.
It’s a dog eat dog world. Montreal’s passed a controversial ban on pit bulls, one of the first for a major city, after a fatal dog attack. But animal lovers strongly oppose the legislation, saying there’s little evidence breed-based bans work. The law puts strong restrictions on pit bulls who already reside in the city, while encouraging euthanasia for unregistered members of the breed. But the Montreal SPCA has threatened to stop all dog services to the city if the ban, which goes into effect Oct. 3, is enforced.
They’re letting it go. After 11 years of princess dominance in Halloween costumes — most recently fueled by Frozen — superheroes like Batman, Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn and Star Wars’ Rey now rule the streets, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. Box office smashes like Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse have fueled the costume change, but princesses could be due for a comeback next year: Disney’s Moana and a live-action Beauty and the Beast hit theaters in the coming months.
She’s adding her voice. One of the most dominant athletes of all time, Williams wrote a Facebook post yesterday describing her emotions driving past a police officer with her 18-year-old nephew at the wheel — stirring memories of the death of Philando Castile in Minnesota, streamed live by his girlfriend. “Why did I have to think about this in 2016?” the tennis star wrote, joining a growing chorus of high-profile athletes, from the NFL to the NBA to women’s soccer, protesting racially charged police killings.