Today is Election Day in many U.S. states. And even though we’re in what political analysts call an off-year — with neither a presidential election nor midterm congressional elections — a steady stream of voters still showed up at polling stations.
Two governorships are at stake in competitive races in typically Republican southern states. In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat with high approval ratings, is seeking a second term. In Mississippi, Brandon Presley, a second cousin of Elvis Presley who is running on Medicaid expansion, has a narrow chance to become the first Democrat to win the position in decades.
In Ohio, voters will decide whether to enshrine the right to abortion in the state’s Constitution and whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. We will have live results.
Today’s elections, which also include all 140 Virginia legislative contests and a race to fill a Pennsylvania Supreme Court seat, will probably be dissected for hints about 2024. The results may determine whether Democrats find some reassurances about their approach to key issues like abortion, which has been a bright spot for their party.
The Supreme Court suggested it would uphold a gun restriction
During a lively but one-sided oral argument today, the Supreme Court looked ready to rule that the government may disarm people under domestic violence orders. Such a decision, which is not expected until June, would limit the sweep of last year’s blockbuster gun rights ruling.
Several conservative justices seemed to be searching for a narrow rationale that would not force them to retreat from the court’s new Second Amendment standard, which requires historical precedent for gun restrictions. Still, they appeared prepared to accept that a judicial finding of dangerousness was enough cause to restrict gun rights.
Israel plans a long-term role in Gaza
As the military campaign against Hamas entered its second month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered some indication of his plan for the war’s aftermath: He said that Israel would “have the overall security responsibility” of Gaza “for an indefinite period” to prevent future attacks.
Netanyahu provided few details, but his plan would appear to stop short of a full reoccupation of Gaza, which the U.S. and other countries have warned against. There appeared to be broad political support in Israel for his stance, which was backed by the centrist opposition leader, Yair Lapid.
On the ground, hundreds of thousands of people remained in northern Gaza as Israel’s military closed in on Gaza City. Many said the trip to the south was too dangerous.
In related news, human rights advocates and some world leaders have accused Israel of war crimes. Israeli officials said they had no choice, using historical examples from the U.S. in their defense.
Carmakers are worried about their huge bets on EVs
U.S. electric vehicle sales increased 50 percent in the three months from July to September compared with the same period last year. Such a major spike is usually reason for celebration. But in this rare case, automakers said they were disappointed.
General Motors, Ford Motor and Tesla all recently announced delays in EV investments, citing slower-than-expected sales. The worries have raised new doubts about the Biden administration’s plan to fight climate change by promoting zero-emission vehicles.
Barbra Streisand is ready to tell all
Any book trying to capture the barrier-breaking and generation-defining life of Barbra Streisand was sure to be enormous. But “My Name Is Barbra,” the star’s 970-page victory lap of a memoir, which came out today, delivers even more than you might expect. More glory, more pain, more Yiddish.
“I don’t know that any artist has done more sharing,” my colleague Wesley Morris wrote. Wesley recently visited Streisand at home, where he tried her favorite ice cream and discussed with her the book’s grand revelation: that her life has been defined by an endless quest to maintain control — to direct, in all aspects of life.
Read our review of the memoir.
It’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving
Serving the perfect Thanksgiving meal is all about having the right plan. First, decide what should be on the menu (). Then determine when to prepare the turkey.
For anyone thinking about making the bird ahead of time, my colleague Melissa Clark has a plan for you. She tested a dozen make-ahead methods until she reached the desired result: a reheated turkey that tastes nearly as good as it did right after roasting.
Their final wish? A burial in space
There are two ways to contemplate the question Where do we go when we die? One is philosophical, ultimately unanswerable. The other is a logistical decision of what to do with our remains.
For a few people, their answer to that second consideration is in outer space. For reasons spiritual, pragmatic or romantic, they’ve decided to send their remains into orbit. We spoke to seven people who made such a decision.
Have an everlasting evening.
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Matthew
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