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ENDA, Bezos's Book Controversy, and Good News for Space Travelers—THE EDGE Brought to you by AbbVie

November 4, 2013

By Patrick Reis (@Patrick_C_Reis) and Dustin Volz (@dnvolz)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is set to pass the Senate after Nevada Republican Dean Heller threw his support behind the bill. A cloture vote on the measure is expected Monday night. The measure would ban gender and sexual-orientation discrimination in the workplace, but it appears unlikely to become law, as House Speaker John Boehner reiterated his opposition to it Monday morning. Elsewhere, Virginians are set to elect a new governor Tuesday, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe the expected victor over Ken Cuccinelli. New Jersey is picking a new top executive as well, with Chris Christie expected to win another term.


ENDA ON VERGE OF SENATE APPROVAL: Heller is the 60th vote for the measure, joining Republicans Susan Collins, Orrin Hatch, Mark Kirk, and Lisa Murkowski, as well as all 55 Senate Democrats. Heller said he made his decision in the name of doing "the right thing. Nevada has established a solid foundation of anti-discrimination laws. This legislation raises the federal standards to match what we have come to expect in Nevada, which is that discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance." (Elahe Izadi, NJ)


AN OFF-YEAR ELECTION TUESDAY TELLS US EVERYTHING AND NOTHING ABOUT 2016: Chris Christie's expected rout will send reverberations throughout the Republican Party about how the GOP can break away from tea-party influence, while Joe Biden, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul lend their star power to the Virginia governor's race. Is 2013 a bellwether for 2016? We won't know for three years. (WaPo)

SAC CAPITAL AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY IN RECORD-BREAKING SETTLEMENT: The giant hedge fund will pay $1.2 billion in criminal penalties on top of the $616 million already settled with the SEC on charges of insider trading. The cumulative sum is believed to be the largest financial penalty in history for such offenses. (Michael Rothfeld, WSJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Obama will visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to meet with wounded soldiers. The Senate is in session; the House is out. Virginia decides between Macker and the Cooch for governor.


DELAYED FLIGHTS: Alcohol and those annoying passengers who can't follow crew instructions are to blame for your next aggravating delayed departure. (Rafat Ali, Skift)

FED TAPERING: Two top officials of the central bank said there should be no rush for the Fed to scale back its monthly bond-buying program. (Bull/Saphir, Reuters)

BATHROOM ATTENDANTS: They're going the way of the horse-drawn carriage in New York City. Blame technology. (Noreen Malone, TNR)

BEZOS BOOK BEEF: MacKenzie Bezos slams the author of a book about her husband. (Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch)

A HOME IN THE STARS: The universe appears to have many more Earth-sized planets potentially hospitable for life than previously thought, according to observations from NASA's Kepler telescope. (Joel Achenbach, WaPo)


YOU SAW FARGO, RIGHT? As it turns out, hiring a hitman can turn your life from "The Sims" to "Grand Theft Auto," especially if you hire the worst hitman of all. Fair warning: strong language. (Jeanne Marie Laskas, GQ)


THE WEEKEND'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Angela Merkel is upset with the NSA because she has some skeletons hiding in her Internet browser history, and Seth Meyers returns to SNL's Weekend Update to lambast the botched Obamacare site rollout. (Reena Flores, NJ)

ARRESTING PHOTOS OF AFGHANISTAN, 2001 TO PRESENT: Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus document the decades-long strife in the war-torn country. (The Atlantic)

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