Friday, October 5

ByKevin Sheekey

Inspiration of the Day: Nobel Peace Prize Awarded for Combating Sexual Violence (Bloomberg)
One year after the beginning of the Me Too movement, Nadia Murad, former captive of Islamic State turned global advocate, and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work against sexual violence.

Today in Washington: The U.S. Senate’s Moment of Truth on Brett Kavanaugh (Bloomberg)
–The latest: The Senate voted today to advance to a final floor vote on Brett Kavanaugh. The vote is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
–Last night, The Washington Post editorial board published an editorial against Kavanaugh’s nomination, the first time it has opposed a nominee since Robert Bork in 1987.
–At the same time, Brett Kavanaugh defended his independence in a Wall Street Journal oped, and then…
–The Washington Post published a column in opposition from Kavanaugh’s Yale drinking buddies.

The Talk of London: Russia Accused of Hacking Those Probing It (Bloomberg)
The U.S., Dutch accuse GRU agents of trying to disrupt inquiries, and a seized laptop shows alleged agent looking into downing of MH17 with 300 on board. It’s front page news across London.

Brazil Election Sunday: Poll Boost For Far-Right Brazil Candidate As He Skips Debate (Bloomberg – Em português)
Brazilians vote for a new president on Sunday, with Fernando Haddad, a leftist academic, and Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right Army captain, leading the polls. If no one wins a majority, a runoff will be held on Oct. 28. Catch up fast: Your Guide to Brazil’s Wildly Unpredictable Election

Hot on the Bloomberg:
Elon Musk Ridicules SEC in Tweet Storm Putting Tesla Back in Peril
Less than a week after settling a lawsuit with the SEC, Musk mocked the SEC by referring to it as the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission” and sarcastically quipped that it was “doing incredible work.”

Michael Bloomberg: Public Art is Not Just Culture. It Brings Energy and Cash to Our Cities (Evening Standard)
“The success of any city depends on its ability to attract creative, talented people. The arts can help do that, and London and New York are perfect examples. During my time in City Hall we hosted one of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s largest public art projects, The Gates. For 16 days, saffron-coloured fabric panels towered over 23 miles of pathway in Central Park — and brought more than four million visitors into the park. The Gates generated around $250 million in economic activity for our city, much of which went to restaurants, hotels and other businesses. Culture attracts capital more than capital attracts culture, because the arts are a magnet for dreamers and innovators from every walk of life. They make our cities more vibrant and our economies more prosperous.”

Headlines from around the world.

Weekend arts.

London: Frieze Art Fair 2018: Where Women Have Parity in the Art World (The Independent)
Women have most of the leadership positions at Frieze London and Frieze Masters, the sibling art fairs taking place through Sunday in Regent’s Park. In London through Oct 7.

São Paulo: Artists Get Carte Blanche at São Paulo Biennial (Financial Times)
Bloomberg is a lead sponsor.

New York: The New York Film Festival, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, runs through October 14. Get tickets here.

Best of late night.

On Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I’m an optimist, but it doesn’t seem like there’s much anybody can do besides wait and see. We may as well go out and get drunk, like Brett Kavanaugh, and try to forget that this ever happened, like Brett Kavanaugh.”
— Trevor Noah

“The F.B.I. report detailing its investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was released last night, and is reportedly over 1,000 pages. But only because they had to use a font size that these guys could actually see.”
— Seth Meyers, showing a picture of Senators Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley

“They do a more thorough investigation of the contestants on ‘The Bachelor’ than they did for the Supreme Court. I’ve interviewed more people this week than the F.B.I. has.”
— Jimmy Kimmel

“Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos was No. 1 on Forbes Magazine’s annual list of 400 richest Americans. Bezos said he owes his success to his two best friends, Shipping and Handling.”
— Seth Meyers

For more Best of Late Night from the New York Times, click here.

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