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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"You will inevitably be disappointed and more than likely sent into a manic-depressive state for days" – Chef Anthony Bourdain on ordering a room service hamburger when you're alone. Don't ask him how he feels about gas station snacks.
Yesterday, North Carolina sued the US Justice Department. And the Justice Department said 'right back atcha.'
WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?
Bathrooms. And who goes into which ones. Earlier this year, NC passed a law that bans people from using public bathrooms that don't match the gender on their birth certificates. Critics — including Bruce Springsteen and big-name businesses like PayPal — have said 'this is called discriminating against transgender people.' Supporters — including NC Gov. Pat McCrory — have said 'this is called protecting women's privacy in the stall.' Then last week, the Justice Department got in on the debate.
The feds wrote NC a strongly worded letter saying the policy violates all kinds of civil rights laws, and gave the state until yesterday to respond. And it did. With a lawsuit accusing the feds of rewriting these civil rights laws without congressional approval. So the feds responded. With a lawsuit accusing NC of discriminating against transgender people.
NC risks losing billions in federal funds — including much-needed cash for the UNC school system — if it doesn't back down. And it doesn't look like either side is getting out of the bathroom legal line anytime soon.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO ALWAYS CHANGES HER ORDER AT THE LAST MINUTE..
You and Brazil both. Yesterday, the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress said 'never mind' to last month's vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Reminder: Rousseff is not a fan favorite in Brazil. That's because the country's economy has been in a recession for years. And because Brazil's spent a lot of money on things like the 2016 Olympics and not a lot of money on things like social programs and infrastructure. Oh, and because Rousseff's accused of covering up the country's budget deficit to help her win re-election. All of which have led to massive anti-government protests calling for her impeachment. Which Congress has been moving towards. But then yesterday, the speaker of the lower house decided to annul the impeachment process, saying that it violates some of the country's rules. To which Brazil's senate said 'we don't care what you think,' and pressed forward with the process anyway. Unclear if the official impeachment vote will happen, when it will happen, or who will be president of Brazil at the end of this week. But right now, the country's politics are about as fun as a Brazilian wax.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING...
Germany. Today, one person was killed and three more were injured in a knife attack at a train station near Munich. Police are investigating whether the attacker was motivated by Islamic extremism, as he reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" ('God is Greatest' in Arabic). Police have arrested the suspected attacker. Germany — which has been helping out in the fight against ISIS — has not recently suffered a major attack by Islamic militants like in Paris and Belgium. But security forces have been on alert, since Germany was a transit country for the militants who carried out the attacks in those two places. Plus, Germany rolled out the biggest welcome mat in the EU's migrant and refugee crisis, and there have been security concerns that many of them have slipped off officials' radars.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO STILL WATCHES "JUDGE JUDY"...
This courtroom drama is better. Yesterday, a CA judge tossed out a lawsuit against billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone after just one day in court. 92-year-old Redstone — who's been in poor physical health for years — only recently stepped down after decades of leadership roles at Viacom and CBS. Meanwhile, his former girlfriend filed a lawsuit challenging his mental health, saying he wasn't all there upstairs when he removed her as his caregiver. Yesterday, the judge said videotaped testimony from Redstone – in which he says he wants the ex out of his life – makes his wishes perfectly clear. But if you're following this case like it's "The People v. OJ Simpson," stay tuned. The ex-girlfriend filed a new lawsuit yesterday against Redstone's daughter, grandson, and nurses, saying they conspired against her. Billionaires, they're just like us.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO HEAVILY FILTERS HER PICTURES...
Facebook might be doing some self-editing of its own. Yesterday, a group of anonymous former Facebook contractors came out and said they were routinely told to suppress conservative news while they worked at the company. Translation: they're saying it's not a coincidence if the list of trending news topics on your FB page seems to lean to the left, to the left. The group of ex-workers also said they were told to plug stories into the trending topics, even if those stories weren't actually trending. Facebook says it relies on computer algorithms to figure out trending news stories, and then a team of staffers curates the list to meet FB's standards -- which it says are unbiased. It responded to these accusations yesterday by saying 'not true at all.' But if the accusations are true, it would mean that Facebook — which markets itself as a neutral platform — might actually be biased. So you'll be hearing more about this. Maybe not from your news feed.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR FRIEND GETS HER MARRIAGE LICENSE...
The American Bison just made it official with the US.
THING TO KNOW
Solomon Islands: A chain of islands in the South Pacific. Five of them recently pulled a Snapchat and disappeared due to rising sea levels. A study that came out yesterday said that's thanks to climate change. Not so fun fact.
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