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November 1st, 2023

Good morning, and happy Wednesday! We hope you had a fun Halloween last night, full of tricks and sugary treats. Instacart has compiled a list of America’s top 10 most popular candies. Consistent with our poll yesterday, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the most commonly bought candy. Take a look and let us know what you think is the best candy!

In Today’s Brief

  • Spain: Princess Leonor turns 18
  • FTX: Bankman-Fried defense rests
  • 76ers: Plans to trade James Harden
  • Budlight: Sales continue to decline

...and more

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Gaza refugee camp strike

At least 50 people have been killed in an Israeli air raid on the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza, according to Palestinian authorities.

According to a statement by the Israel Defense Forces, the airstrike targeted and killed Ibrahim Biari, whom it described as one of the Hamas commanders responsible for the October 7 attack on Israel. Hamas however, has denied the presence of its leaders in the camp. Per Gaza’s Interior Ministry, at least six airstrikes destroyed a number of apartment blocks in a residential area of the Jabalia refugee camp on Gaza City’s outskirts. Jabalia is the largest of the Gaza Strip's eight refugee camps, with 116K registered residents in the area.

Israeli ground forces, meanwhile, continue to advance towards some of northern Gaza's most populated areas, including Jabalia. On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls for a cease-fire, following the first successful rescue of a captive held by Hamas.

Jack Lew Senate confirmation

Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was confirmed by the Senate yesterday to serve as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Israel.

The U.S. has been without a Senate-confirmed ambassador to Israel since July when Tom Nides departed the post. President Biden had previously nominated Lew in September to fill the role. The Senate voted to approve Lew's nomination 53-43. Lew had faced some opposition due to his past involvement in the Iran nuclear deal. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to advance Lew's nomination largely along party lines. Lew has said that as ambassador he would work "to end the horrific attacks by Hamas" and make sure Israel has all "it needs to defend itself".

Lew held several positions during the Obama administration, including Treasury Secretary between 2013 and 2017 and White House chief of staff. Lew’s confirmation comes as the Israel-Hamas war entered its 25th day yesterday.

Man found dead at amusement park

A man armed with firearms and explosive devices was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Colorado amusement park.

According to authorities, the man, who appeared to be planning to carry out a shooting at a mountaintop amusement park at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado, killed himself before executing his plan. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said park officials found the 20-year-old inside the park before it opened to the public, apparently having broken in. A message saying, “I am not a killer, I just wanted to get into the caves,” was written on a wall of the bathroom where his body was found lying on the floor.

The park, which is surrounded by state-owned public land, is on a mountain above the Colorado River, where it hosts cave tours. The FBI is assisting in the ongoing investigation and said it would go through the man's cell phone and social media accounts and conduct interviews to learn more about him and what he intended.

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Around the Globe

  • 20K Afghans living in Pakistan journeyed to the border yesterday ahead of a midnight deadline for undocumented migrants to leave the country; Pakistan says 1.7M undocumented people must leave by November 1 or face arrest and deportation (More)
  • Princess Leonor, the heir to the Spanish throne, swore allegiance to her country’s constitution on her 18th birthday yesterday, laying the groundwork for her eventual succession as queen when the time comes (More)
  • China’s Minister of Public Security visited military-ruled Myanmar to discuss security along the countries’ shared border, according to Myanmar state media; the visit comes as fighting launched by an alliance of ethnic minority groups continues along Myanmar’s northeastern frontier (More)

On the Homefront

  • Cornell University confirmed yesterday that a person who made antisemitic threats against Jewish students at the Ivy League school over the weekend has been identified and taken into custody (More)
  • The defense rested yesterday in the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange; deliberations on whether Bankman-Fried is liable for the assets allegedly misappropriated from customers may begin as soon as Friday (More)
  • A wildfire tore through rural land southeast of Los Angeles, forcing about 4K people from their homes, according to authorities; the so-called Highland Fire erupted Monday, growing in size by yesterday as it was fueled by the Santa Ana winds (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • Robert De Niro took the stand on the first day of his civil trial against a former employee who sued the actor over claims of gender discrimination; the actor has in turn accused her of misusing company funds and watching Netflix on the job (More)
  • Saudi Arabia is set to host the 2034 men’s FIFA World Cup after Australia withdrew its interest in hosting the global showpiece just hours before the bid deadline yesterday (More)
  • The Philadelphia 76ers are trading James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers; in August, the 10-time All-Star guard was fined $100K by the NBA for what the league called “public trade demands” in relation to the player’s “belief that the 76ers would not accommodate his request to be traded” (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed higher for the second day in a row, with the S&P 500 leading the gains (Dow +0.38%, Nasdaq +0.48%, S&P 500 +0.65%)
  • Toyota is boosting investment by $8B and adding about 3K jobs at its electric-vehicle battery manufacturing plant in North Carolina; the company plans to have electrified options for all its car models available by 2025 (More)
  • Budlight parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev reported a 13.5% decline in third-quarter U.S. revenue per 100 liters; that company said that sales to U.S. retailers declined nearly 17% “primarily due to the volume decline of Bud Light” (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Meet Marcel LeBrun, a Canadian entrepreneur who, after selling his company for eight figures, has built a community of tiny homes for those who need it most - LeBrun is focusing his efforts on creating a gated community of 99 homes and an enterprise center to give unhoused people a true second chance with shelter and work
  • Sneak Peek: Watch the official trailer for Part 1 of the sixth and final season of The Crown, which follows Princess Diana in the final weeks leading up to her tragic death on August 31, 1997
  • Bump This: Progressive house DJ and EDM elder statesman Kaskade proves he can still get a trance beat stuck in your head all day in his new single “On My Way” - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: It’s always a win-win situation when you come across a dish that is full of superfood ingredients and also tastes delicious - try out this recipe for whole roast cauliflower with tahini and roasted chickpeas that’s sure to become a go-to winter staple on your kitchen
  • Go Green: We were surprised to learn that coffee can be grown indoors and that it–with the proper care and some patience–can produce beans that can be roasted for brewing - here are some strategies for growing coffee beans indoors that you can then use to brew your very own cup of joe
  • Hot Goss: Zoe Kravitz and Channing Tatum are engaged after two years of dating, according to multiple sources close to the couple - the two first began seeing each other in the summer of 2021
  • Life Hack: The days continue getting shorter and shorter, and a lot of us need all the help we can get to keep our spirits boosted during the literal dark times - here are three simple tips for preventing seasonal affective disorder, according to a psychiatrist


A chart ranking of the all-time highest-grossing horror flicks.

…and a map of each state’s favorite Halloween movie for kids.

Breaking down why children make for the creepiest characters.

The new trend hitting working life in the USA: super commuting

A magician shows off the nine difficulty levels of pickpocketing.

Examining whether seasonal pumpkins are, in fact, a superfood.

Based on Instagram selfie data, see America’s smiliest cities.

…and visuals of the world’s most loved & hated vehicle brands.

Looking Back…

On November 1st: The Maastricht Treaty enters into force, thereby establishing the European Union (1993); James Cameron’s Titanic has its first public screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival (1997); football player Walter Payton dies from bile duct cancer (1999); executive Tim Cook is born (1960).

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