November surprises

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November surprises
November 1st, 2016
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"It's not too late for an October surprise."

"Here's something the FBI should really be investigating..."

That's Eric Savitz, former Forbes writer and current Brunswick Group partner weighing in on today's top story (over 30,000 shares): According to the New York Times, Donald Trump used a "legally dubious" (and now outlawed) manuever to avoid paying federal income taxes for years. Trump himself has admitted to exploiting "tax loopholes." But as Steven M. Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, notes, “Whatever loophole existed was not ‘exploited’ here, but stretched beyond any recognition,” said Steven M. Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

"It's not too late for an October surprise."

That's Slate's Franklin Foer commenting on his own scoop published late on the last day in October highlighting evidence suggesting that a Trump server may have been communicating with a Russian bank. It's a complex, highly-technical story proving that while there's only a week left in the election, we've come nowhere near the end of potential scandals.

Well, actually...

Interestingly enough, also published yesterday was at article at the New York Times stating that "no clear link to Russia" exists with Donald Trump. On the other hand, as Foer's report shows, discovering the alleged link was like finding "a needle in a haystack" and involved an enormous amount of serendipity.

OK, now I'm just confused...

"Russia loves me... Russia loves me not..." Here now is a third report via Mother Jones on Donald Trump and Russia and it once again suggests that the ties do exist, citing information provided to the FBI by a veteran spy. Regardless of whatever other reports are coming out, as speechwriter Jon Lovett puts it, "This is a chilling story."

"Vitriol, racism and xenophobia"

That's what you get, says the New York Times' David Gelles "when you try to help refugees gets jobs in '16," linking to his own story on the threats and hatred being directed at the founder of the yogurt brand Chobani for employing about three hundred refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

"OMG, my heart is exploding right now."

We need a happier story, and so here's one courtesy of Twitter's Stephanie Kahan who posted about a father who passed out candy on his flight so that his 3-year-old could still go trick-or-treating 30,000 feet in the air.

 

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Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked you to name the horror movie shown in the GIF below:

 

Answer: Congratulations (again!) to Craig Pittman who answered House, the 1977 Japanese horror film directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi.

Your question of the day for today is...

November is "National Novel Writing Month". While Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, and Moll Flanders have all been named at one point or another "the first novel ever written," there's another non-English novel that predates them all by centuries and has now become the consensus "first novel ever written." What is it?

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