Curse, Lifted

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Curse, Lifted
November 3rd, 2016
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Brexit and the Billy Goat

For today's stories, not one but two of the top items have absolutely nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election! Rejoice and celebrate two whole glorious paragraphs of respite from election insanity:

Brexit, Revisited

The people have spoken, but the United Kingdom is finding it's not that simple to leave the European Union. According to the BBC, the High Court has ruled that Parliament must hold a vote before the country can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty—the statute which allows it to start the process of leaving the EU. The government led by Theresa May will appeal the decision, but Brexit opponents like literature professor Brycchan Carey argue that the ruling is simply business-as-usual: "High Court confirms we do after all have a parliamentary democracy in the UK."

Curse, Lifted

Cubs win! Cubs win! No tweet can be as evocative of the relief felt by Cubs fans as this GIF of an actual cub:


And now, the inevitable segue back into election news...

Vocativ throws cold water on Hillary Clinton's and every other Democrat Cubs fan's celebration with the headline, "Guess Who Had the Same Chance To Win As The Cubs?" Spoiler, it's this guy:


The FBI Vs Hillary Clinton, Part 2,398

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI and federal prosecutors have been battling over whether or not to launch a corruption probe against Bill and Hillary's Clinton Foundation, as the FBI touts "secret recordings" of a suspect revealing actionable offenses committed by the Foundation. Meanwhile, the prosecution dismisses this and other evidence as hearsay which wouldn't hold up in court. Responses to the story have fallen into two camps, with some arguing that prosecutors and the Justice Department were acting in an obstructive way by preventing FBI investigators from doing their job, while others like Quartz Washington correspondent Steve LeVine dismissed the evidence used to persuade agents to probe the Clinton Foundation as "a screed from a Breitbart editor."

The FBI Vs... Itself?

And finally, according to an article by ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, the FBI has launched an investigation against... its own Twitter account. This happened after a long-dormant Twitter handle, @FBIRecordsVault, suddenly came to life by releasing a series of documents including one that referred to Fred Trump, Donald Trump's father, as a "philanthropist." "The FBI can't even manage a damn Twitter account," says Slate's Jordan Weissmann.

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked:

Today is National Stress Awareness Day (which is all too fitting considering the consternation caused by this insane election). Stress can cause serious health problems, so please do what you can today to relieve some tension, whether it's yoga or squeezing a stress ball. Speaking of stress balls, their history actually dates back hundreds of years when they were made out of iron and called Baoding Balls. Can you name the stress ball's country of origin and the historical era in which they were invented?

Answer: China, Ming Dynasty. Congratulations to Ron Casalotti for coming in first, with the 2nd place honorable mention going to Emily Brooks.

Today's question: Now that the Cubs have finally broke their 108-year championship drought, what major league sports franchise (MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL) holds the new record for the longest championship drought?

Good luck! And as always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

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