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Good afternoon. Here’s what you should know today, Oct. 11:
  • Competitive midterm races are awash in crime ads
  • NASA said its asteroid-smashing mission was a success
  • Coincidences have hidden power
By Liz Webber and Leigh Kamping-Carder


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1. Thousands of executive branch officials reported owning or trading stocks in companies whose fates were directly affected by their agencies, a Wall Street Journal investigation found.
An analysis of more than 31,000 financial-disclosure forms for about 12,000 senior career employees found more than 2,600 officials made such disclosures.. They include a top EPA official who reported purchases of oil and gas stocks and an FDA official who owned dozens of food and drug stocks on the agency’s no-buy list. U.S. law prohibits federal officials from working on any matters that could affect their personal finances. The Office of Government Ethics, which oversees the conflict-of-interest rules across the executive branch, is “committed to transparency and citizen oversight of government,” said a spokeswoman.

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2. The IMF warned global central banks’ moves to quickly raise interest rates have fueled risks to the financial system.

Its report on global stability also said the U.K.’s financial turmoil is mostly contained. After Bank of England Gov. Andrew Bailey said its bond-buying program would end Friday, the pound slid and Nasdaq closed in a bear market. Fallout from the crisis in U.K. financial markets has spilled into U.S. junk debt. Separately, the IMF released economic projections that showed global growth is forecast to slow next year more than previously expected.

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3. A barrage of Republican ads in competitive House and Senate races play on voters’ fears of a surge in crime.

Higher violent-crime rates since the Covid-19 pandemic began have made the issue a major concern in local and national elections. Republicans have called Democrats too tolerant of crime after social-justice protests in 2020 swept through the country over policing abuses, and have tied Democratic candidates to calls from activists to defund police departments. Democrats have responded by citing bills that would send grants to law enforcement, as well as their advocacy for tighter gun laws they say would reduce crime.

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4. Russia launched another round of strikes across Ukraine.

Kyiv said it shot down many of the missiles, though at least one person died in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia region, according to regional governors. The country’s delays in acquiring sophisticated air defenses from the West are at least partly responsible for its limited ability to defend its population centers against such attacks. The death toll from Monday’s strikes rose to 19, with 105 injured, Ukraine’s emergency services said.

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5. Airlines tout their green credentials but push back against regulations.

Industry groups succeeded last week in watering down a United Nations-sponsored effort to offset emissions, saving carriers billions of dollars. A spokesman for the global trade group International Air Transport Association said the industry is committed to meeting the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 but wants to get there via the best route. Air travel is a significant producer of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Fossil-fuel alternatives are expensive or not yet commercially viable.

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Wall Street Journal, Oct 11, 2022

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