(TRUMP) HOTEL FEVER It appears at least the Trump marketing team is concerned about the effect the 2016 race has taken on the brand name, as the candidate’s latest hotel venture does not have his name on it. And the New York Times has a brutal story with this quote today: “As his poll numbers have declined in the closing weeks of the presidential race, Donald J. Trump has begun to engage in barely veiled promotions of his business brand off the campaign trail, dragging reporters to his marquee properties in between his campaign events.” [Jason Linkins, HuffPost]
MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN Mike Pence is headed to Utah, now a competitive state, and Trump will not be holding any big-money fundraising events that would benefit the GOP. [WaPo]
WHEN TERROR GROUPS COMPETE “Over the past year, the jihadist group also known as ISIS and Daesh has launched a broad recruitment campaign across Somalia to pry foot soldiers and senior operatives from al-Shabaab, a two-decade-old insurgency allied with al Qaeda that has made it very clear they have no desire to switch franchises. Stung by battlefield losses to larger al-Shabaab forces, Islamic State has offered promises of an easier life: lower taxes, more tolerance for substance abuse and fewer political diatribes.” [WSJ | Paywall]
THE GRAVEYARD OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Mass casualties plague the coral. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]
ARE MINORITIES AND WOMEN VALUED LESS IN LEGAL SETTLEMENTS? “White and male victims often receive larger awards than people of color and women in similar cases, according to more than two dozen lawyers and forensic economists, the experts who make the calculations. These differences largely derive from projections of how much more money individuals would have earned over their lifetimes had they not been injured ― projections that take into account average earnings and employment levels by race and gender.” [WaPo]
BAD NEWS FOR THE GENDER PAY EQUITY GAP Looks like we have another 170 years before it’s closed. [Reuters]
‘ISIS SENT FOUR CAR BOMBS. THE LAST ONE HIT ME’ A photojournalist documents the fight for Mosul. [NYT]
‘THERE ARE NO MORE PANES OF GLASS IN ALEPPO’ “When the bodies of 16 members of the Qasim family were pulled from the rubble of their home last month, there was no space left in one of Aleppo’s largest cemeteries to bury them.” [WSJ | Paywall]
THE INTERNET MIGHT REVOLT If Justin Timberlake is locked up for taking a voting booth selfie. [HuffPost]
GREAT TO SEE JENNA BUSH HAGER SPEAKING OUT FOR VACCINES And reminding us all what a privilege they are. [HuffPost]
LEAKED IMAGES OF NEW MAC SHOW POTENTIAL TOUCH ID Hello Apple Pay. [MacRumors]
JUST IN CASE YOU NEED ANOTHER REMINDER (WHICH YOU REALLY SHOULDN’T) Don’t wear blackface for Halloween. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ What health coverage looks like for the ever-increasing number of folks in the gig economy.
~ Colin Powell has announced he’ll support Hillary Clinton.
~ Inside Roger Stone’s plan to send “Vote Protectors” to the polls this year.
~ This Megyn Kelly-Newt Gingrich fight is one for the ages.
~ Congrats to the first American to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
~ We can’t help obsessing over this Roald Dahl children’s clothing line.
~ Check out the first photos of Larry Page’s top-secret flying car project.
~ So “teen caves” are a thing now?
~ Bad news for fans of Chipotle’s Shophouse ― the chain has decided to refocus on its burger and pizza concepts.
~ Not that you can monetize Princess Charlotte’s cuteness ― but you can. And the palace is making more money.
~ Congrats to Ciara and Russell Wilson, who announced they areexpecting their first child.
~ And happy middle of the week everyone ― here are photos of some flying cats.