More than 40 Chinese firms have sold about $15 billion worth of shares in 2018, accounting for 40% of the cash generated by all tech IPOs worldwide, according to data provider Dealogic.
It’s the most lucrative year for China’s tech startups since 2014, when Alibaba (BABA) raised a record-breaking $25 billion in New York. If you take Alibaba out of the equation, 2018 has been the biggest year ever for Chinese tech IPOs — and there’s still nearly three months to go.
Some big names are in the pipeline. Tencent’s (TCEHY) streaming music business is aiming to raise $1 billion in the United States. Online movie ticketing service Maoyan Weiying is reportedly seeking a similar amount.
Chinese tech companies have “become a very hot topic for the world,” said Ringo Choi, the head of Asia-Pacific IPOs for consulting firm Ernst and Young. “There are still several big IPOs coming in the last quarter and first quarter of next year,” he added.

But some of the largest Chinese IPOs this year have underwhelmed on their market debuts. Investors have been worried by the trade war between the United States and China, the slowing Chinese economy, stricter regulation by Beijing, and doubts about how much Chinese tech companies are really worth.
If more Chinese IPOs disappoint, others that are in the works are likely to be put on hold, cautioned Choi.

Hong Kong or New York?

Last month, online services company Meituan Dianping raised an impressive $4.2 billion in its Hong Kong IPO, pricing near the top of its target range. Shares rose on the first day, but are now trading about 6% below their listing price.
Smartphone maker Xiaomi’s widely anticipated IPO in July was even worse: the company raised less than half the $10 billion it had reportedly been seeking earlier in the year. Its shares priced near the bottom of the target range, fell on their first day in Hong Kong and are now down about 15% from their IPO price.
Chinese companies that debuted in Hong Kong faced a particularly difficult market this year. The city’s benchmark index entered bear market territory last month, and investors in mainland China have been pulling money out of Hong Kong stocks.
Some Chinese companies also rushed to get their IPOs done quickly this year to try to secure higher valuations, according to an Ernst and Young report released last week.
Chinese tech IPOs are on pace this year to outstrip those from the Unites States for the third year in a row.

Chinese tech IPOs are on pace this year to outstrip those from the Unites States for the third year in a row.

Chinese tech companies that chose to IPO in the United States have fared better.
The biggest Chinese tech firm to go public in the United States this year was iQiyi (IQ). The video streaming company raised $2.3 billion on the Nasdaq in March, and its shares are now trading nearly 50% above their IPO price. E-commerce platform Pinduoduo (PDD) is up almost 40% since its New York IPO raised $1.6 billion in July.

Outpacing Silicon Valley, for now

Chinese tech IPOs are on pace this year to outstrip those from Silicon Valley for the third year in a row. So far in 2018, Chinese tech companies have raised more than double the amount pulled in by their US counterparts.
But uncertainty clouds the plans of two of the biggest Chinese tech companies that were previously reported to be considering going public this year or next.
Ant Financial, Alibaba’s digital payments affiliate that’s valued at around $150 billion, has reportedly pushed back plans until at least the end of 2019.
And Didi Chuxing, China’s dominant ride-hailing startup that’s valued at $56 billion, is dealing with a backlash from regulators and customers following two separate killings of female passengers using one of its services.
“It turned out to be totally fine,” said Hoyte-Badu, who was 24 when she participated in the program. “They just appreciated having someone really listen to them and be understanding and nonjudgmental.”
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Her leadership role was part of a new study of faith-based approaches in the treatment of hypertension in the black community; the results were published Tuesday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Journal.
The researchers found that people who received therapeutic lifestyle advice and motivational interviewing sessions in a church environment had a greater reduction in systolic blood pressure levels than those who received only health education in churches.
“What we found was that for the group that had the intervention, there was a significantly lower blood pressure reduction in them than the other group. In other words, that group had a reduction in blood pressure by almost 6 points compared to the control group,” said Dr. Olugbenga Ogedegbe, an author of the study and professor and director in the Division of Heath and Behavior in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Blood pressure is measured in two parts: systolic and diastolic. Systolic is the pressure when your heart is beating, and diastolic is the pressure when it’s resting, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A healthy blood pressure reading is less than 120/80 millimeters of mercury (noted as mmHg), with the first number systolic and the second diastolic. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher.
How barbershops could help lower blood pressure

How barbershops could help lower blood pressure

The American Heart Association says nearly half of all non-Hispanic black adults in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease. According to the American College of Cardiology’s Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults, 45.6% of American adults have hypertension.
For the new study, researchers split 373 people from 32 New York City churches into two groups. One, called the MINT-TLC group, attended 11 90-minute weekly group sessions focused on making healthy lifestyle changes. The sessions were run by members of the church acting as lay health advisers. These were followed up with three monthly phone calls updating one of the group leaders from the weekly sessions about their progress.
The other group received one lifestyle session focused on high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and 10 sessions given by health experts on another topic such as Alzheimer’s disease or fire safety. Members of this group did not receive motivational calls.
Both groups had their blood pressure measured at the start of the program, six months after it began and nine months from the start.
The MINT-TLC group had a systolic blood pressure reduction of 16.53 mmHg after six months; members of the health education group had a systolic blood pressure reduction of 10.74. This culminated in a net reduction of 5.8 mmHg. The MINT-TLC drop had shrunk to 5.3 by nine months, but this was still clinically significant, according to Ogedegbe, who is also director of NYU Langone’s Center for Healthful Behavior Change.
Hoyte-Badu’s church was one of the first to become involved in the project.
Dr. Olugbenga Ogedegbe, second from right, demonstrates the proper technique for taking blood pressure readings at a church in New York.

Dr. Olugbenga Ogedegbe, second from right, demonstrates the proper technique for taking blood pressure readings at a church in New York.

She said she wanted to bring the project there because of the prevalence of high blood pressure and her own experience with family members who had hypertension.
“I thought it would be great to work with a program that would help people dealing with the condition lower their high blood pressure and just give them skills to help their health overall,” she said.
In her role as a health adviser, Hoyte-Badu was trained to lead sessions on topics such as how to lower blood pressure and set goals to improve health. She and two other advisers from her church also followed up with participants in the months after the intervention.
“The curriculum encouraged more dialogue and collaboration as opposed to us just lecturing to them, and I think they appreciate that, us being more collaborators as opposed to just teachers,” Hoyte-Badu said. “I think it created a safe environment and supportive environment for them to kind of share how they were doing with the challenges and just feel comfortable to share their journey in trying to make behavioral changes, because that’s really difficult.”
The sessions were always opened with a prayer by a health adviser or a participant, including Scripture that was relevant to that week’s topic, Hoyte-Badu said.
Nearly half of Americans now have high blood pressure, based on new guidelines

Nearly half of Americans now have high blood pressure, based on new guidelines

Members of her church received the project well and were excited to be a part of it, she said. At the end of the program, they had a potluck meal, and everyone bought a healthy dish they had learned about or had found themselves.
“The lay health model was a good one to have as part of the design,” said Mimi Kiser, a research assistant professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, who was not involved in the study. “It fits well into the culture of the church and also into effective community-based strategies.”
She also said the study contributes to a gap in the literature around whether faith-based intervention projects are effective.
The use of the church as a location is significant to Kiser, who is also a senior program director at the Interfaith Health Program at Emory, especially in a community that may not have a trusting relationship with health care.
“Faith-based settings, they do tend to be sources of trusted information, and so when public health can align with those sources of trust in community-based efforts, it strengthens disease prevention and health promotion activities,” she said.
Dr. Joseph Ravenell, associate professor of population health and medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, also saw the benefit of the lay health advisers. Although recent successful community-based methods have used counselors with doctorates and have focused on medication, Ogedegbe’s study emphasizes the need for other approaches.
The study “supports the notion that non-clinicians based in the community can be effective messengers for healthful behavior change in blacks with high blood pressure,” said Ravenell, who was not involved in the new research.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April found that placing health educators in barbershops in Los Angeles led to 63.6% of participants lowering their blood pressure to a healthy level. This showed how the combination of health promotion by community figures such as the barbers, combined with the use of medication, could have health benefits.
Ravenell also praised the latest study for its setting and its focus on the need for lifestyle changes in black adults with high blood pressure, which he described as “an important cornerstone of therapy for high blood pressure that is both underappreciated and under-studied in black populations.”

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Residents in those areas are being warned to prepare for Michael to make landfall Wednesday as a “dangerous major hurricane,” bringing damaging winds, and life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding.
“#HurricaneMichael isn’t heading to any one town…” the National Weather Service tweeted Monday. “There are warnings for more than 300 miles of coastline. It’s forecast to be a large and dangerous hurricane at landfall.”
Michael underwent a period of “rapid intensification” from mid-day Sunday to mid-day Monday, growing from a tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 mph to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph.
A storm undergoes rapid intensification when its maximum sustained winds increase at least 35 mph in 24 hours or less, according to the National Hurricane Center. Michael is expected to undergo another rapid intensification in the next 24 hours.
The Category 1 hurricane now has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The center said Michael could reach land as a Category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph. Storms with winds of at least 111 mph are designated as “major” hurricanes.
Early Tuesday, Michael’s center was about 455 miles south of Panama City, Florida and 425 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida. The storm was moving northward at 12 mph. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 175 miles, the National Hurricane Center said.

Damaging winds to extend inland

A hurricane warning is in place from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida. Meantime, tropical storm warnings extend from the Chassahowitzka River to the Mississippi-Alabama border.
“Damaging winds will also extend inland across portions of the Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia, and southeast Alabama as Michael moves inland,” the hurricane center cautioned.
Storm surge warnings also are in place along the Florida and Alabama coasts.
“Regardless of the eventual track and intensity of Michael, life-threatening storm surge inundation is expected along portions of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend/Nature Coast, and the storm surge watch has been upgraded to a storm surge warning for parts of this area,” the center said.

Some Florida counties ordered to evacuate

Floridians scurried to prepare after Gov. Rick Scott extended a state of emergency to 35 counties and activated 1,250 National Guardsmen for hurricane duty.
“This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous,” Scott said at a news conference Sunday. “This storm has the potential to bring devastating impacts to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend and every family must be prepared.”
The anatomy of a hurricane

“Everybody’s got to get ready. Don’t take a chance,” he said. “We’re going to get storm surge, we have wind, we have a chance of flooding, we have a significant chance of tornadoes.”
The governor has declared states of emergency for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus, Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Alachua, Union, Bradford and Baker counties.
Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders were issued along the Florida Panhandle and Scott said on Twitter that he has directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls in the northwest Florida region.
The Florida Highway Patrol is sending 100 state troopers to the Panhandle and Big Bend areas in preparation for the storm, he said.
Florida State University campuses in Tallahassee and Panama City plan to close Tuesday through Friday.

Alabama prepares for widespread power outages

In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency, saying on Twitter that it was “in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds & heavy rain associated with #HurricaneMichael.”
The governor’s declaration activates the state’s emergency operations plan, according to Ivey’s office.
Michael is latest storm fueled by 'rapid intensification'

Michael is latest storm fueled by 'rapid intensification'

“I am concerned about the cone of uncertainty as Hurricane Michael is leaning west today,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hastings said in a statement Monday. “Residents and businesses in coastal Alabama must be vigilant and closely monitor the storm’s path and be prepared for a major hurricane.”

Hurricane conditions expected in western Cuba

In the Caribbean, a hurricane warning is in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio — where most of Cuba’s famed cigar tobacco is grown — and a tropical storm warning has been issued for the Isle of Youth. A warning for the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, was canceled late Monday.
“Hurricane conditions will continue over portions of the far western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio through this evening. Tropical storm conditions are expected across the remainder of the warning areas in Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula through tonight,” the center said.
“Michael is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding over portions of western Cuba and the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico during the next couple of days,” it said.
According to an alert published by the Cuban Civil Defense, meteorologists warned affected residents that they could experience hurricane-force winds. Officials also alerted residents living on the coast of the possibility of flooding caused by the storm.
Over the weekend, flooding related to Michael led to at least 13 deaths in the Central American countries of Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador, according to officials in those countries.
According to state media, two of those who fell in after the sinkhole opened up around 2:30 p.m. local time Sunday in Dazhou, Sichuan province, died after being pulled from the pit and rushed to hospital.
They were reportedly married only days before, walking together when the pavement beneath them collapsed.
Two others are still missing, with rescuers straining to access them deep within the hole.
Local media identified them as a father and his 11-year-old son. They are believed to be trapped around 10 meters (32 feet) underground, some two meters further than local rescuers’ equipment can currently reach.
Four people were swallowed by the sinkhole when it opened up.

“The biggest difficulty is that the road surface is thick with a large amount of soil,” Gao Mingyue, a fire service official, told CCTV.
“We had to move excavators to a lower place and we now have two large excavators digging out soils so that we can stand on a lower place and use the long arm excavator to dig deeper.”
Rescuers have been working around the clock since the sinkhole emerged.

Rescuers have been working around the clock since the sinkhole emerged.

The cave-in area is over 10 square meters (107 sq ft), the broadcaster said. More than 40 firefighters are currently involved in the rescue effort.
“When we arrived, the caved-in area was not big, which only covered two meters both in length and depth. But during the rescue process, it collapsed again, causing another two-meter sink. Firefighters at once evacuated while doing the rescue work,” Gao said.
The presence of high-voltage power cables and water pipes has made the rescue work especially difficult.
Two of the missing people are believed to be a father and his young son.

Two of the missing people are believed to be a father and his young son.

“Given what we found in the hole, cables are crossed in a mess, including two high-tension lines, weak electric wires and gas pipelines. It makes the rescue more difficult. Firefighters are doing the rescue work in risk of collapse any time. So we have to rescue the trapped, staying alerted to ensure us safety while digging the caved hole by machines and hands,” Gao added.
The cause of the cave-in is currently unclear.
Sinkholes typically form when acidic rainwater dissolves limestone or similar rock beneath the soil, leaving a large void that collapses when it’s no longer able to support the weight of what’s above — whether that be an open field, a road or a house.
Venezuelan government officials say Fernando Albán, a 56-year-old city councilor in the capital of Caracas and Maduro critic, died by suicide after jumping out a tenth floor window of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service, the country’s top intelligence agency.
But Maduro critics have accused the regime of murdering Albán as part of a massive crackdown on opposition groups and human rights activists.
Albán was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement in the apparent assassination attempt on August 4, when armed drones flew toward Maduro during a speech at a military parade. Two loud explosions were heard and while Maduro escaped the attack unharmed, seven members of Venezuela’s national guard were injured.
It’s unclear exactly what happened to Albán in the time between his arrest and death.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (left) at the ceremony where the attack occured.

Venezuela’s interior minister, Nestor Luis Reverol tweeted Monday that as Albán was being transferred to court, he threw himself out of a window. That account seemed to differ from that of Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab, who said in an interview with state broadcaster VTV that Albán flung himself from the window after asking permission to go to the bathroom.
Albán’s lawyer, Joel Garcia told CNN that Saab’s account is “totally false,” as it would have been impossible for his client to go unaccompanied to the bathroom and jump out the window given the high level of security and surveillance inside the building.
Officials outside Venezuela have also cried foul.
Luis Almagro, the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, said on Twitter that Albán’s death was the direct result of a “torturing and homicidal regime.”
Opposition and human rights groups have accused Maduro’s administration of holding hundreds of political prisoners on phony charges in an attempt to stifle dissent. The United Nations has said detainees are often subjected to ill treatment, and in some cases torture.
The Venezuelan government consistently denies that it is detaining people as political prisoners and claims those who are being held have been fairly jailed.
US Senator Bob Corker called Albán’s death “disturbing” and said the government of Venezuela “has a responsibility to ensure all understand how that could have happened.”
Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations, is in Venezuela on a fact-finding mission, meeting with US officials, Venezuelan lawmakers and opposition leaders. He met with Maduro in Caracas earlier this year.
Albán is one of several people Venezuelan authorities have arrested in connection with the attack.
Maduro claims far-right agitators and former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos were behind the assassination attempt. He later claimed to have proof linking Colombia to the attack, but has yet to reveal it.
Colombia has denied the allegations.
They did so at the campaign office of Katie Hill, a Democrat running in a district that has been held by Republicans for more than two decades, and amid the drama unfolding thousands of miles away in Washington, DC, over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who stood accused of sexual assault himself.
In this culturally tumultuous moment when Donald Trump seems to believe that Republicans can win the midterm elections in part by stoking a backlash to the #MeToo movement, the most intensely personal experience for 31-year-old Hill — and for so many other women across the country — has suddenly entered the realm of the political.
Hill was sexually assaulted as a teenager, and watching the testimony of Kavanuagh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, she and her campaign decided to invite a group of women together to talk about why so many stay silent after a sexual assault.
“It brought up a lot of trauma. … I decided, if we’re reacting like this, if this is happening for us, and you’ve got millions and millions of people across the country who are glued to the TV, then this is happening across the board,” Hill said. “Regardless of what happens with Kavanaugh, this is here. Right? We have to deal with this.”
In interviews with dozens of women in competitive congressional districts across the country, the frustration with Trump — and the impression that Republicans have simply yielded to his whims — has built steadily over the past year and hardened during the Kavanaugh fight as the midterm election approaches.
The prime time ceremonial swearing in of Kavanaugh at the White House on Monday night highlighted a crowning achievement for Trump and conservatives — tipping the ideological balance of the Supreme Court potentially in their favor for generations. Republicans say that the achievement — particularly after the bitterly partisan confirmation fight — will mobilize their base heading into November.
But Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle has also been a galvanizing force for Democratic, independent and even some Republican women and not a singular one.
Trump calls Kavanaugh accusations a 'hoax set up by the Democrats'

Long before Trump mocked Ford’s testimony on stage at a rally in Mississippi and pronounced the #MeToo era a “very scary time” for young men, his support among women was cratering, dragging the image of the GOP along with it. In CNN’s latest polling, Democrats top Republicans among white female likely voters with college degrees by a 67% to 31% margin.
It is most palpable here in the more than a half-dozen California Congressional districts that could determine control of the House: a convergence of the long-roiling anger at Trump among Democratic women, and the deepening disdain for the President among independent and moderate women, who were once willing to give the GOP a chance but now want change in Washington.
Women historically are less likely to turn out in midterm elections. But they are springing from the sidelines to canvass and activate less engaged female voters at campaign headquarters like Hill’s in California’s 25th district, and that of Katie Porter, an Irvine law professor who is challenging Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in the 45th district in Orange County.
Hill, surrounded by young men and women from the University of Southern California who drove north to canvass for her, said, “We have the power right now. This is literally how we change everything. So let’s freakin’ do it.”
Voters like Meryl Cook, a marketing director from Foothill Ranch, describe a new sense of urgency. For her the tipping point was Trump’s tweets about Ford, the California research psychologist who testified that Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school.
“It put me over the edge, I said, ‘Ok, game over, I’m totally behind getting rid of him,'” said Cook, a Democrat in Walters’ district who had tuned out of politics for much of the year due to what she calls “post-election stress trauma.”
“There was a long period of time where I couldn’t even put the news on, because I was so depressed. Now I’m paying more attention,” Cook said during an interview at an Irvine mall. “My goal is to pick candidates and help them campaign.”
That same level of disgust brought Michelle Thomas, 52, and her 23-year-old daughter Brenna to Porter’s headquarters on a recent Saturday where they were trained as first-time canvassers.
In the year of #MeToo, Thomas found Trump’s rhetoric on women appalling. When asked about the drift of female voters away from the GOP, she answered in a word: “Trump.”
“It’s the lack of stability (in the White House). It is the disrespect for women that is incredibly polarizing, and frankly a little bit scary,” said Thomas, a clean energy strategist from Orange, California. The Kavanaugh nomination “just keeps reminding women that he doesn’t have respect for women,” she said. “He doesn’t see women as equal. Anything he does say in support of women is just lip service. His actions do not support it.”
Katie Hill, Democrat running for California's 25th Congressional district seat in Congress.

Katie Hill, Democrat running for California's 25th Congressional district seat in Congress.

Brenna Thomas, who recently graduated from University of California-Santa Barbara, decided to join her mother on the midterm campaign trail in part because of her regret that she didn’t vote in the 2016 presidential election.
The last two years under Trump have been “a rude awakening, specifically for my generation,” she said, noting the low turnout among millennials in 2016.
“It’s exciting, coming to this place of — you do have the power to actually do something,” Brenna Thomas said after listening to Porter kick off a day of canvassing. “But at the same time, it’s power that needs to be wielded in order to actually do something.”
Here in Orange County, once a Republican stronghold, the excitement is being fueled, in part, by the closeness of the race and the sense that flipping control of the House could come down to a few seats. A recent New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll conducted in late September showed Porter leading Walters 48% to 43% with a 4.5% margin of error.
“I think Trump’s rhetoric just rubs everyone in this community the wrong way,” Porter said in an interview outside her garage-like headquarters. She noted the rich diversity of Orange County (which is now more than a third Hispanic and one fifth Asian): “It’s just not who we are as people.”
Pocketbook issues still rule, however, in close congressional districts across the country, including this one.
But Democrats here have also been helped by Trump’s taunting attitude toward California. In conversations with independent and moderate voters, Porter often argues that Trump and Walters are backing policies at odds with the state’s interests. The Republican tax bill is deeply unpopular here because it reduced state and local deductions.
In a politically nimble move to show independence from her party, Porter said she opposed the state’s Democratic-led increase in the gas tax and that she will support the Republican-led ballot measure that would repeal it.
When asked why women are leaning away from Republican control of Congress, Porter, who has spoken openly about her own history of domestic violence, quickly steered the conversation back to pocketbook issues.
“You want to talk about women’s issues? Let me tell you how hard it is as a parent to make ends meet and try to save for college while I’m paying for daycare,” said Porter, a single mother of three. “It’s not enough to just check the ballot for anyone who has a name that’s a woman. It’s about making sure that you know what that person is doing and what they are fighting for.”

How the GOP lost women

Under the shadow of Trump, the shift among women away from the GOP is stark.
That tilt toward Democrats is stunning when compared against the long-term trend of how white women with college degrees voted in House races.
Exit polling from 1980 to 2016 shows that the best that Democrats have ever done with that group is 53% (twice in 2006 and in 1990).
One of the most prescient observations about the GOP’s troubles with women came earlier this year from former White House strategist Steve Bannon who told Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman that “the Republican college-educated woman is done. … Trump triggers them.”
Countless national polls this year have traced how female support for Republicans tumbled off a cliff after Trump won the White House in 2016. Even before the Kavanaugh nomination became the central focus in Washington, the yawning gender gap was evident.
Sixty percent of women likely voters polled by CNN recently said they were leaning toward the Democratic candidate in their congressional race, compared with 36% who said they were more likely to support the Republican. (Among men, 49% were leaning Republican, while 44% were leaning Democrat).
Trump was a negative driving force behind those numbers: 60% of women voters said they were more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who opposes Trump (compared with 30% who said they’d favor a candidate who supports Trump).
Where women are turning toward Democrats. And where they're not

Where women are turning toward Democrats. And where they're not

While Trump is clearly repelling many college-educated female voters, UCLA political science professor Lynn Vavreck, notes that antipathy toward the President overlays two longer-term trends that spell trouble for Republicans.
“White women are moving away from the Republican Party, that’s been happening. And white college-educated people are moving away,” said Vavreck, a co-author of “Identity Crisis,” a new book about the 2016 election.
“People have created this character out of college-educated women, because they seem to be the leading indicator of this decline for the Republican Party,” Vavreck said. “But the story is about white college-educated people and white women.”
Still, Trump’s role as a driving force in Republican problems at the polls has been evident in interviews over the last year. Many Democratic women were immediately activated by the GOP vote against Obamacare shortly after Trump took office.
First-time female activists protested outside the offices of conservative members of Congress like Darrell Issa, the congressman representing parts of Orange and San Diego counties who ultimately announced he would retire and leave an open seat in California’s 49th district (where the Democratic candidate is now leading, according to the NYT Upshot/Siena College poll).
In interviews late last year, many moderate or independent women who supported Trump — or skipped the presidential line of the ballot altogether in 2016 — said they were exasperated with the President’s tweets and the atmosphere of chaos he sows within his administration.
This year, the mood notably soured on Republicans at various inflection points. Some women were unnerved by Trump’s standoff with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of North Korea. Then this summer, alarm seemed to peak among women who had a visceral response to children being separated from their parents at the border as a result of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
Donna Oberg, a 67-year-old retired secretary from Aurora, Colorado, who is an independent, said she got goosebumps when she heard the recordings of young children crying after being separated from their parents.
“He just thinks he can bully everybody,” Oberg said of Trump in an interview earlier this summer in Colorado-6, a closely divided district in the suburbs of Denver. Of Republicans, she added: “I think they are afraid of him. There’s got to be a better way.”
(In a telling move, the Republican super PAC known as the Congressional Leadership Fund recently pulled out of Colorado-6 where they had intended to help GOP Incumbent Mike Coffman in his race against Democratic newcomer Jason Crow).
In Utah-4, where Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is challenging Republican Congresswoman Mia Love, 72-year-old independent voter Loraina Anderson said she was leaning away from Love for similar reasons, even though Love has openly criticized Trump’s immigration rhetoric and some of his policies.
“I’m just frustrated, not so much with her, but with Trump,” Anderson said in an interview this summer after McAdams showed up at her door while canvassing undecided voters.
“It’s just devastating, just him as a person. The lies,” Anderson said of the President. “The kids being separated. I don’t quite understand why he’s so into Un and (Russian Leader Vladimir) Putin. To me they are horrible men, they torture and do this and that. In my opinion, he wants to become a dictator. He’s following in their footsteps if you ask me.”
Trump’s cavalier attitude during the fight over Kavanaugh’s nomination has become the latest — but perhaps most powerful — rallying cry for women determined to rebuke to his agenda at the polls in November.
Strategists from both sides say the winners in November will be determined by which party has the better turnout game. What’s clear is that Democrats have a lot of female energy on their side.
Pausing outside Hill’s headquarters after picking up her 14-year-old daughter Emma, who attended the discussion on sexual assault, 41-year-old Sara Tisdell described the Kavanaugh debate as “scary” and said she was discouraged watching “our President stoop to the lowest common denominator constantly, and it gets glossed over somehow.”
“When I was her age, I didn’t have the same fears that we were drifting backwards,” said Tisdell, a Democrat who owns a local brewery. “I think we have an opportunity for change. We have an opportunity to continue on a path of moving forward, as opposed to regressing backward as a society.”
Tisdell had been texting her sisters from the parking lot about Katie Hill, and how she’d organized the closed-press event on sexual assault. She doesn’t plan to help canvass, but Emma (who can’t yet vote) is organizing her friends from Valencia High School to knock on doors for Hill.
“It’s easy to be comfortable as a white person in suburbia,” Tisdell said. “We really blew it collectively as a group in the previous election,” she added, referring to women. “Nobody said anything and everybody just kind of went along. … I hope this time people get out and vote.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr wears a Seattle SuperSonics T-shirt as he listens to a question during a news conference before the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Everyone has days where they just don’t want to be at work, and Monday was one of those for Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Kerr was ejected from Monday’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena following a Stephen Curry technical foul and proceeded to tell the official “I don’t wanna be here anyway” while waving goodbye and leaving the court:

It’s hard to blame Kerr for not exactly being enthusiastic about a preseason contest against the team that finished with the worst record in the league in 2017-18. After all, this Warriors squad is loaded with talent and could essentially sleepwalk through the regular season and still be in prime position to flip the switch and win a third straight championship.

Somehow a roster with Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins will manage not to splinter apart even though the head coach is getting thrown out of preseason games.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said in an interview with Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” that she harbored “ill will” for the President’s former attorney due to his work trying to keep her from speaking about her alleged affair with Trump. Trump denies having such an affair.
“I definitely think that I had a lot of ill will for him — towards him — but in the end, you know, he kinda did the right thing. He admitted that I wasn’t lying and that Trump had ordered him to do this. So in a way I guess I forgive him,” Daniels said.
A source with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN last week that Trump directly told Cohen to get a restraining order against Daniels to keep her from speaking out.
Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, pleaded guilty in August to eight criminal counts, including campaign finance violations, tax fraud and bank fraud as part of a deal that includes jail time.
In the plea deal, he implicated the President and admitted that “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” he kept information from becoming public that would have harmed Trump during the 2016 election cycle. This includes the payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate designed to silence women, like Daniels, who claimed affairs with then-candidate Trump.
Daniels told Lemon that she passed “within three feet” of Cohen at LaGuardia Airport a few days ago, and he acknowledged her and her bodyguards with a smile.
“It was very strange,” Daniels said. “He looked happy and healthy, though. He looked like he had a weight off his shoulders.”
The young North Korean leader arrived in what appeared to be a black Rolls Royce at his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this weekend.
Eagle-eyed North Korea experts first spotted the luxury automaker’s logo on the car’s rim, sparking speculation that the young leader had a new set of wheels.
Kim's Rolls Royce could be seen briefly as he greeted Pompeo.

Kim's Rolls Royce could be seen briefly as he greeted Pompeo.

Kim is usually seen being chauffeured in a top-of-the-line Mercedes limousine — as was the case in April when a security escort ran alongside Kim’s car at his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
That vehicle is believed to be a Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Guard armored limousine, which carries a price tag upwards of $1 million.
It’s unclear how Kim would have procured either vehicle, as their purchases are almost certainly violations of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, which prohibit the sale of luxury goods and automobiles to the North Korean government.
Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, reportedly satisfied his fancy tastes with the help of a personal shopper that traveled throughout Europe with suitcases full of cash to skirt international sanctions and procure items for the late North Korean leader.
The fact that Kim drove such a luxurious car to meet with Pompeo could be construed as a bit of a slap in the face to the top US diplomat, as the Trump administration has insisted that the international community must strictly enforce the UN sanctions levied against North Korea until Pyongyang denuclearizes.