Good morning. Today is the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terror attacks on the United States. Each year, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers a 35-minute interactive program to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.
Have a great weekend, y’all.
“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified.”
-Rudy Giuliani (Mayor of NYC during 9/11)
Senate Democrats Block GOP Relief Bill
On Thursday, Senate Democrats blocked a GOP coronavirus relief bill in a 52-47 vote – mostly along party lines – that failed to garner the 60 supporters needed to overcome a filibuster.
A deeper dive… The ~$650B GOP relief bill (which would repurpose $350B from earlier stimulus packages) represents a scaled-down version of the $1.1T HEALS Act promoted by GOP leaders this summer, but never brought to a formal vote. The legislation would provide:
$300 per week in federal unemployment benefits through Dec. 27, after the previous $600 per week expired July 31.
An additional $257B for the Paycheck Protection Program, which offers forgivable loans to small businesses to retain employees on payroll.
New COVID-19 legal protections for businesses, $105B for schools, and more spending flexibility for the USPS.
In a press conference Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the GOP relief bill doesn’t go far enough. She added that Democrats have offered to come down to $2.2T after the House previously passed the $3.4T HEROES Act in May.
What’s Next? There is only one must-pass bill on Congress’s agenda this month – a stopgap funding measure with a Sept. 30 deadline to keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year.
However, both lead negotiators in the COVID-19 relief talks (Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin & Speaker Pelosi) have ruled out attaching pandemic relief to the stopgap measure.
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International Hackers Target 2020 Election
Russian government hackers targeted more than 200 Republican and Democratic organizations involved in the 2020 presidential election, according to a Microsoft report. The company also identified China as having engaged in cyberattacks against high profile members of the Biden campaign (and at least one prominent individual formerly associated with the Trump organization), while Iran targeted individuals linked with the Trump campaign.
The August Complex wildfire in Mendocino County, California, grew to become the largest wildfire in state history yesterday, spanning more than 470k acres. As of Thursday, the ongoing blazes across the U.S. had burned 5.34M acres (up from 4.43M acres the day before).
A massive fire broke out in Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday at the same port where a warehouse storing 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate exploded last month, devastating the city. In a public address, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the fire could have resulted from “sabotage, technical error, or negligence.”
Worth Noting: Nine people have died over the past two days in Bogota, Colombia, during civil unrest sparked by a viral video showing a man repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by police. He died shortly thereafter.
🎵 The Boss Is Back… Bruce Springsteen announced a new 12-track album to be released Oct. 23, featuring nine recently-written songs and three unreleased songs from the 1970s.
🎭Rest In Peace… actress Dame Diana Rigg – who appeared in Avengers, James Bond, & Game of Thrones – died Thursday at 82 after a cancer diagnosis in March.
The Woman Of Wall Street
Citigroup tapped President Jane Fraser to succeed CEO Michael Corbat when he retires in February. Fraser, 53, will be the first woman to lead a major Wall Street bank. Her promotion marks the culmination of 16 years working at America’s third-largest bank.
Pedal To The Metal
Peloton posted its first-ever profit for the quarter ending June 30, taking home $89.1M on $607.1M total revenue (compared to a net loss of $47.4M in the year-earlier quarter). The earnings report comes days after the company announced the Bike+, a new, more expensive stationary bike ($2,495), and cut the price of its original model to $1,895.
The Drone Zone
Walmart launched a small pilot program to deliver “select grocery and household items” by drone to customers in Fayetteville, NC, with the help of Israeli drone startup Flytrex. Each drone can fly at speeds of 32 mph, travel a round-trip distance of 6.2 miles, and carry up to 6.6 pounds – “roughly 6-8 hamburgers,” according to Flytrex’s website.
Worth Noting: Another 884k Americans filed for unemployment last week, virtually the same amount as last week (881k).
🗳️ Election Protection… in separate announcements Thursday, Google and Twitter both pledged to more aggressively label or remove election-related content that includes disputed or misleading information.
Bonus Read: TikTok revealed several details surrounding its prized video-selection algorithm on Wednesday. Inside the secret sauce.
Work To Do
When electrician John Kinney of Woburn, MA, visited an elderly customer’s home last month to complete a minor repair on a malfunctioning light fixture, he was distraught to discover that the woman’s house was in a dramatic state of disrepair. The house’s entire electrical system was in abysmal shape – the front porch was crumbling, and the encroaching forest almost entirely enveloped the exterior.
After completing the initial repair to the light fixture, John called on his network of contractor colleagues to donate their time and money to help restore the aged woman’s home. Over the last month, John and his fellow workers have equipped the house with a new electrical system, rebuilt the front porch, and cleared away the fierce foliage free of charge.
You Can Handle The Tooth
Earlier this summer, the beloved dog of Dr. Cameron Garett and his wife, Debra, passed away. Still mourning their loss, but eager to find companionship during the pandemic’s isolation, the couple visited Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating aged animals. There, Cameron and Debra met Kismet, a 13-year-old Chihuahua with no teeth.
The toothless pooch was a perfect match for Cameron and Debra, a dentist and dental hygienist, respectively, who run Corte Madera Family Dentistry in Corte Madera, CA. The Garretts adopted Kismet without hesitation and quickly integrated her into their staff as a dental therapy dog. Kismet now helps anxious patients at Corte Madera stay calm during dental procedures by resting on their laps as they receive routine cleanings, fillings, and even root canals.
A Stinky Situation
As grocery store shelves cleared of paper products, cleaning wipes, and canned goods at the start of the pandemic, 11-year-old Cartier Carey of Hampton, VA, noticed that another essential item was in short supply – diapers. Realizing that the circumstances of COVID-19 only made childbirth more stressful, Cartier decided to develop a way to help new parents find and afford the essential item.
Throughout the summer, the compassionate Cartier ran a lemonade stand to raise money for diapers, bringing in $4,500 in his first month of operation. The young boy also conducted a diaper drive from his successful stand, asking customers to donate diapers. By his first day of virtual school this month, Cartier had amassed more than 22,000 diapers, which he has since donated to single mothers in his community.
Pumpkin Spice Your Fall Up With Don Juan Chiles
Season’s greetings! As the leaves start falling and the weather cools down, we are reminded that it is once again Fall. There’s no better way to bring in the season than with all of the herbs, spices, and teas that remind our taste buds that the new season is here. Luckily, we’ve got you covered, and you can find everything you need on our site. Take an extra 10% off your entire order and get FREE shipping with the code ‘PUMPKINSPICE’.
📷 The Big Picture… the largest digital camera in the world just took the first-ever 3,200-megapixel photo. Its subject? A piece of broccoli.
🛰️ Reach For The Stars… SpaceX said Starlink, its high-speed satellite internet service, achieved a latency of under 20 milliseconds (102-103Mbps download & 40-42Mbps upload) in a presentation to the FCC last Friday.
📱 Taking It Slow… in PCMag’s annual mobile-network testing – released today – 5G phones connected to AT&T’s network got slower speeds than 4G phones in 21 of 22 cities tested.
🚘 The Empire Strikes Hack(s)… Tesla can reportedly detect aftermarket hacks designed to defeat EV performance paywalls (giving users a quicker 0-60 mph time), and may even log such data to use in any future warranty claims.
Heart On Their Sleeve
What everyday item was worn by Norweigan citizens during WWII as a symbol of resistance against Nazi Germany?
A) A buttercup flower B) A paperclip C) A blue scarf D) A piece of white string
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