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November 27, 2023

Good morning and happy Monday! Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Daryl Hall generated headlines last week when his lawsuit against musical partner John Oates became public. The reason for the legal action is now known: Oates wants to sell his share of their joint venture company to a music production firm, and Hall can't go for that. A Nashville judge has temporary blocked the sale, so stay tuned. Have a great day!

In Today’s Brief

  • Vermont: Alleged hate crime near campus
  • Asia: Push for trilateral summit begins
  • Mannings: Next generation debuts
  • Black Friday: Almost $10B in sales

... and more

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American hostage freed in Gaza

The first American hostage was released in Gaza yesterday, the third day of the four-day truce between Israel and Hamas.

  • The details: Fifty-eight hostages have been released in three waves. Abigail Eden, a four-year-old girl with dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship, was released yesterday. President Joe Biden said the girl, whose parents were killed by militants, is safely in Israel. The U.S. has said it expects at least two more American women to be freed during the truce period. Israel has released several waves of Palestinian prisoners in return.
  • Truce extension: Hamas said it wants to extend the pause in fighting if Israel will agree to release more prisoners. Israel said it is open to extending the truce, set to expire Monday, if the militant group agrees to release 10 more hostages for every additional day the pause is extended. The U.S. and Qatar expressed optimism an extension could be reached.
  • Aid arrives: At least 120 trucks carrying humanitarian aid arrived in Gaza yesterday via the border with Egypt. Dozens also arrived on Saturday. The trucks have brought over 200K gallons of fuel to the enclave. Hamas briefly held up Saturday’s captive exchange because it said Israel was not fulfilling its aid commitments.

Congress exits could have 2024 impact

Almost 40 members of Congress have announced they will not seek reelection next year, the most turnover in over a decade.

  • Headed out: Thirty-eight lawmakers — 31 House members and seven Senate members — have bowed out of running in 2024. That is seven more exiting House members than at this point in the 2022 cycle and it matches this point in the 2018 cycle, the first after former President Donald Trump’s election.
  • The reasons: Some attrition is driven by age or the political climate. Twenty-two of the 37 lawmakers who will not seek reelection are retiring. But ambitions are also in play, as 16 of the 38 legislators will seek a higher federal office or a state-level position instead.
  • Chamber races: Republicans likely stand to have more opportunities to pick up seats in the House and Senate based on the exits announced so far. Most of the GOP House members leaving are in solidly-held districts, while more swing-district Democrats are stepping away.

George Floyd cop attacked in prison

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in George Floyd's killing, was attacked in prison.

  • The details: Chauvin was stabbed by another inmate last Friday at a medium-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona. Chauvin's injuries were severe, but a Minnesota state attorney general spokesman said he is expected to survive. Chauvin's attorney and family have criticized the Bureau of Prisons for a lack of information and transparency following the incident.
  • Appeal denied: Chauvin was attacked days after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction. Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for his role in Floyd's death, which sparked protests nationwide.
  • Big picture: The attack on Chauvin renewed scrutiny of the federal prison system's ability to protect high-profile inmates. Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was stabbed at a federal prison in Florida and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's died by suicide in 2019 at a federal facility. Chauvin's attorney previously said his client should be in protective custody as a precaution.
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U.S. News

  • Three college-aged men of Palestinian descent were shot Saturday night near the University of Vermont campus in Burlington; police said the shooting suspect was still at large as of last night. The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee said it believes the incident was a hate crime (More)
  • New York Rep. George Santos expects to be expelled from the House, he said Friday on a X stream. Santos, who faces federal charges, would be the 21st man removed from Congress (More)
  • Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s water authority had a booster station hacked by an Iranian-backed cyber group. Officials said there were no threats to the water supply for the city, which is about 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh (More)

World News

  • Diplomats from China, Japan and South Korea met in Seoul to begin planning the first trilateral summit between the nation’s leaders in four years. The three countries account for 25% of the world’s gross domestic product (More)
  • Pope Francis did not make his typical Sunday appearance due to lung inflammation. But he still plans to attend a climate conference in Dubai this week (More)
  • Sierra Leone has declared a nationwide curfew after attacks on the country’s main military barracks. The West Africa country sits in a region that has seen eight governments overtaken by coups since 2020 (More)

Entertainment & Sports

  • Arch Manning, the nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning and grandson of Archie Manning, made his collegiate debut at quarterback in Texas’ lopsided victory over Texas Tech last Friday. He threw for 30 yards and rushed for 12 (More)
  • Marty Krofft, who co-produced famed 1970s children’s programs with his brother Sid, died Saturday at 86. The Kroffts were responsible for Land of the Lost and H.R. Pufnstuf, among other shows (More)
  • South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was paroled last week after serving over 10 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, a sprinter with carbon-fiber prosthetic legs, will be released Jan. 5 (More)

Business & Markets

  • Major indexes had a mixed close on Friday. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 closed higher, but the Nasdaq closed lower (Dow +0.33%, Nasdaq -0.11%, S&P 500 +0.06).
  • Black Friday set a one-day holiday shopping record with $9.8B in sales, up 7.5% from 2022. Demand for electronics drove the historic pace (More)
  • The U.S. could soon face an office space shortage, according to CoStar. The real estate firm expects competition for premium commercial space as overall inventories decrease (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good Follow-Up: We told you about Casey McIntyre, a Brooklyn woman who established a fund to raise money to purchase and forgive personal medical debt before she succumbed to ovarian cancer. The campaign has now raised over $650K, which should allow for $65M of debt to be wiped out.
  • Good Cause: Many charitable campaigns coincide with the holiday season. But it can be daunting to identify which causes to prioritize and the organizations you should donate to. These helpful tips can make giving easier and more impactful.
  • Be Safe: Honda has recalled over 300K cars due to faulty seat belts. There is a part missing in 2023-24 Accords and HR-Vs that could reduce the efficacy of belts in a crash.
  • New Idea: The human nose is believed to have almost 400 scent receptors and the ability to smell over 1T different odors. Scientists believe even more smells can be identified with technology, some of which can keep us safe. Israeli researchers have developed an electronic nose they say can sniff out foodborne bacteria like E-coli and salmonella.
  • Go Deep: Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips has launched a long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. While it is very unlikely he can compete with President Biden, his presence in the New Hampshire primary could have a significant impact on the Republican race.
  • Sneak Peek: Check out this trailer for The Iron Claw, an anticipated film starring Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White as members of the Von Erich family, a storied group of professional wrestlers who experience great triumphs and immense personal tragedies.
  • Life Hack: The holiday season is not typically considered the ideal time to start a diet. But if you are looking to focus on health in the month or so between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Mediterranean diet is an option to consider.

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