We've mentioned before that the diversity of this year's candidates is remarkable. Now we can show you.
Former President Barack Obama is crisscrossing the country in support of Democrats. But, as our reporter notes, some of his supporters "have come to want a fist, not a handshake" in the fight against President Trump and his party.
Meanwhile, the Hub Project, a little-known Democratic organization with deep pockets from anonymous donors — providing funds known as "dark money" — is on track to spend $30 million in closely contested congressional elections across the country.
2. Mourners in Pittsburgh are attending a sorrowful round of funerals, burials and communal gatherings for the 11 victims of the synagogue massacre last weekend. Outside private homes, long lines formed for those paying shiva calls.
"It's very all-consuming, everybody is talking about whose funeral they have gone to and when the next funeral is going to be and where will it be held," said one rabbi as he prepared for a service.
We asked rabbis across the country to let us know how they and their congregations have reacted to the massacre, and dozens responded. They are confronting grief, fear, horror and shock, addressing security and trying to comfort young people with what one called "the outpouring of support that brought people together across all lines of difference.
3. U.S. stocks were up today, but are well off this year's peaks.
The performance of tech giants drove the rise and the companies are sharing in the fall. But the losses — which have wiped out the gains on the benchmark S.&.P. 500 — seem to have far more to do with broad concerns about the fundamentals of the economy and the continuing profitability of companies of all kinds. Above, the New York Stock Exchange.
Among the worrisome elements: the trade war with China; the Federal Reserve's stated plans to keep raising interest rates; signs that labor and other costs could climb; and slowing growth in Europe and China. Tax cuts that increased profit growth will not have the same effect next year.
John Burcham for The New York Times
4. His gift to the planet: $1 billion.
Hansjörg Wyss, a Swiss-born philanthropist and conservationist living in Wyoming, pledged the money to advance land and ocean conservation over the next 10 years.
The goal: protecting 30 percent of the planet's surface by 2030.
"We need to embrace the radical, time-tested and profoundly democratic idea of public-land protection that was invented in the United States," he wrote in an Op-Ed. Above, Saguaro National Park, which Mr. Wyss has supported in the past.
The source, a person familiar with the matter, said the case involved a land deal in Whitefish, Mont., Mr. Zinke's hometown, and the chairman of the energy giant Halliburton.
Mr. Zinke's lawyer said the interior secretary was not aware of any Department of Justice action in the matter.
Some legal experts say that the cluster of investigations into possible ethical misconduct or other policy violations on Mr. Zinke's part is beginning to resemble the challenges that brought down the former E.P.A. chief Scott Pruitt.
Gabriella Angotti-Jones/The New York Times
6. There's an especially troubling aspect to the growing problem of homelessness in New York.
"Pop quiz. At what age are you most likely to be homeless?" our reporter was asked. "The answer is 1," said Allyson Crawford, the chief executive of Room to Grow, a nonprofit that helps poor parents with newborns. More than 11,000 of the 60,000 individuals housed daily in the city's shelter system are under 6.
8. The U.S. and Britain called for an end to the yearslong conflict between Saudi-led forces and Houthi insurgents in Yemen, an abrupt increase in diplomatic pressure on the Saudis.
The war has created the world's worst man-made humanitarian disaster, claiming at least 10,000 lives and pushing millions to the brink of starvation. Our journalists are chronicling the devastation. Above, the city of Sana after an airstrike.
The Saudis have come under intense criticism following the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.
Turkish officials, frustrated by an unproductive visit by a Saudi official this week, abandoned their stream of leaks to the media to say on the record that Mr. Khashoggi had been strangled almost immediately after entering the Saudi Consulate and then dismembered.
Researchers cautioned that the study was small, and the men said the rehabilitation, like the work above, was arduous.
But for one, stepping onto a treadmill was a major milestone. "I wasn't able to do that for so many years; it was a really cool feeling."
10. Finally, a Halloween hat tip to Edward Gorey, the illustrator of meticulously crosshatched grim, anachronistic absurdity, who died in 2000.
Fans are welcome to visit his house in Yarmouth Port, Mass., this evening to pay tribute to the creator of works like "The Gashlycrumb Tinies," a singularly dark alphabet and "A Dull Afternoon," a drawing of Victorian-era women playing catch with a human skull.
"There's an absurdity to Gorey's work that resonates with people," one admirer said. "It helps people deal with the uncontrollable nature of death."
Explore Central and South America by Private Jet in 2020
We're thrilled to announce a new departure date for our popular Central and South America by Private Jet trip! Our itinerary includes a host of new experiences for 2020, including a gala dinner amid the Maya ruins of Uaxactún in Guatemala and the option to stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. As always, you'll travel with an inspiring team of experts, including National Geographic photographer Nevada Wier and National Geographic grantees William Saturno and David Scott Silverberg.
Learn more about our 2020 itinerary below, and see the experts who will be traveling with us. We hope you’ll join us on the adventure of a lifetime!
Washington, D.C. • Tikal and El Mirador, Guatemala • Panama City and the Panama Canal, Panama • Cusco and Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, or Amazon Rain Forest, Peru • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil • Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park, Chile • Buenos Aires, Argentina • Iguaçu Falls, Brazil • Cartagena, Colombia • Miami, Florida
William Saturno has received several grants from National Geographic to support his archaeological excavations of ancient Maya artifacts. His breakthrough discovery at San Bartolo of the oldest intact Maya murals yet found was the focus of a feature story for the January 2006 issue of National Geographic magazine.
Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer who specializes in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. Her work has taken her through deserts, mountains, and urban jungles and has appeared in National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines.
National Geographic grantee David Scott Silverberg has researched the geological development, biological evolution, and economic environment of Argentina and Chile. He spent several years exploring Chilean Patagonia on horseback, and helped establish species monitoring projects in Brazil’s Pantanal region.
When you travel with us, you support the National Geographic Society's researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance our understanding of the planet and its people. To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info.
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