1. 'Break Her Kneecaps'
The man accused of attacking Nancy Pelosi's husband while looking for her was charged with attempting to murder Paul Pelosi and attempting to kidnap the House speaker, among other charges brought Monday by state and federal prosecutors. Federal prosecutors said David DePape, 42, told police that he wanted to hold Pelosi hostage and "break her kneecaps." DePape, who published a blog with racist, sexist and anti-LGBTQ attacks and far-right conspiracy theories, faces up to 50 years in prison on the federal charges alone.
2. Crowd Control
The South Korean government is investigating what caused a crowd of Halloween revelers to become a crush that killed at least 154 people and injured 149. Anger at law enforcement has grown after witnesses said there were few or no police officers to manage it. On Monday, as criticism poured in from elected officials and residents, the national police said they had sent more personnel than in the years before the pandemic.
3. Election Issues
While 49% of voters told Gallup in October that the economy will be "extremely important" when choosing their member of Congress, it's not so clear that pocketbook issues will be the dominant factor in midterm elections next week, reports Cheddar News' Alex Vuocolo. In the first federal election since Roe v. Wade was overturned, 42% of voters polled said the abortion issue was "extremely important." But for voters who do say the economy is top of mind, Republicans appear to have the advantage. In a report from Pew, of those who said the economy was "very important" to their decision, 47% planned to vote for the Republican candidate and 34% said they'd vote for the Democrat.
4. Affirmative Action
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases that could end race-based affirmative action in college admissions, reports Cheddar News' Chloe Aiello. Justice Samuel Alito, one of six conservative justices that form a supermajority on the court, likened the practice to letting minority applicants "start five yards closer to the finish line." Court watchers expect the supermajority to rule in some form against the practice.
5. Musk Buys Time
Elon Musk wants to remove Twitter's content restrictions but can't go too far without risking a mass flight of advertisers, reports Cheddar News' Michelle Castillo. Buying himself time from this self-imposed bind could be one reason that Musk has set up a new moderation council at the company, Fast Company editor Harry McCracken told Michelle. If Musk takes his moderation-removal push too far, that might fill Twitter with spam, hate speech and misinformation that could make it unpleasant to even the conservatives who have cheered on his acquisition of the company.
6. Trump's Legal Woes
TAX FRAUD: Opening arguments began Monday in the tax fraud trial of the Trump Organization. Prosecutors accused the former president's company of helping executives claim off-the-books compensation for 15 years, while defense attorneys said wrongdoing was the sole responsibility of former CFO Allen Weisselberg, who became a prosecution witness in exchange for a short jail sentence.
TAX RETURNS: Also on Monday, Trump asked the Supreme Court to prevent a congressional committee from seeing his tax returns while he challenges a lower court's ruling that approved their release. If the high court does not grant the request, the Treasury Department would be allowed to hand over the returns to the Ways and Means Committee starting Thursday.
7. Kids' Data Exposed
Halloween is over, but this is a real-life scare for the privacy of students. The Federal Trade Commission on Monday said the tutoring and textbook rental company Chegg exposed 40 million users' email addresses, passwords and, for some users, even their date of birth and information about their sexual orientation and disabilities. The company won't be fined but has agreed to improve its data security to meet FTC standards.
8. Salary Transparency NYC
New York City's salary transparency law takes effect today, meaning that people looking for a job in the nation's largest city should be able to see the pay range for a role before applying. (Employers with three or fewer employees are exempt.) States including Colorado and Maryland have implemented similar laws, as have smaller cities like Cincinnati. California will begin requiring pay ranges for employers with at least 15 employees and will require companies with at least 100 employees to show regulators a breakdown of salaries by race, ethnicity and sex.
9. In Entertainment
Here are some of the entertainment headlines we're following right now: Julia Roberts reveals a truly unguessable and very cool fun fact, Hallmark's holiday magic is coming to NBC's streaming platform, and Dwayne Johnson's Rock-solid reputation as a bankable star continues with Black Adam becoming his 18th film to earn more than $100 million.
Sir Hiss, a venomous king cobra, slithered back into his terrarium at a Swedish aquarium after a week at large following his escape through a light fixture. Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm said the snake's enclosure has since been secured and is available for visits — and Sir Hiss has now been rebranded as Houdini.
Supporting Women in Business
Kristen Scholer, Cheddar News' senior anchor, sat down with fashion designer and entrepreneur Rebecca Minkoff to discuss the Female Founder Collective and The North, a mentorship program that connects women entrepreneurs for one-on-one sessions with executives, investors and others who can help them grow their business.