BECAUSE 2016 COULDN’T GET ANY CRAZIER, ANTHONY WEINER IS BACK IN THE MIX Talk about an October surprise. On Friday, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to congressional leaders saying new emails had been discovered that could be related to Hillary Clinton’s private server in a separate investigation of Anthony Weiner’s underage sexting allegations. Federal investigators have since obtained a warrant. For starters, here are 10 helpful questions and answers about the latest in the email hullabaloo, as well as a recap of what it was like to be on the Clinton campaign trail as the scandal broke. Eric Holder, Harry Reid and dozens of former federal prosecutors have written letters criticizing the FBI director. And Howard Fineman writes how the developments are the unmasking of Comey. [Howard Fineman, HuffPost]
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE ELECTION Could early voting turnout mitigate the damage? Some 22 million ballots are already in. One of the first polls since the news shows little change to Hillary Clinton’s lead ― for now. And here’s why the news could be a boon for Republicans in down-ballot races. [Matt Fuller, HuffPost]
ICELAND’S PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS After the Pirate Party gains power. And yes, this is a real story. [NYT]
AUTOPSY FINDS ALCOHOL AND COCAINE IN SYSTEM OF MARLINS PITCHER JOSE FERNANDEZ But authorities have still not determined who was driving the boat in the fatal crash that killed Fernandez and two others. [Sebastian Murdock, HuffPost]
DON’T WORRY, EVERYONE Looks like Bob Dylan will accept his Nobel Prize after all. [Reuters]
ABORTION BY PRESCRIPTION ON THE RISE “Women who ask for the medication prefer it because they can end a pregnancy at home, with a partner, in a manner more like a miscarriage.” [Reuters]
A HALLOWEEN COSTUME RUNDOWN From the Hillary Duff offensive bit and Kylie Jenner as Xtina to the queen of costumes herself, Heidi Klum. But our favorite might be the kid that went as Donald Trump’s hair. [HuffPost]
‘FACEBOOK LETS ADVERTISERS EXCLUDE USERS BY RACE’ “Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers. That’s basically what Facebook is doing nowadays.” [ProPublica]
INSIDE THE DEATH OF VINE How the top users tried to save the social tool and were thwarted by Vine execs. [Mic]
‘TRUMP TV IS GOING TO BE YUGELY BIGLY, ETC.’ Imagining the line-up for the expected network after the election. [HuffPost]
BAD NEWS, LADIES Looks like Prince Harry is off the market, and with an AMERICAN ACTRESS no less. Does this mean another American could eventually steal his heart? That’s what we here at The Morning Email are hoping for. Anyways, here’s everything you need to know about new flame Meghan Markle. [People]
‘INFERNO’ DID NOT SET THE BOX OFFICE ON FIRE Sorry, had to. The Tom Hanks movie only managed a paltry $15 million. [Reuters]
WANT TO FEEL OLD? Apparently flipping water bottles is the new school craze. And administrators banning them is the next step. [WSJ | Paywall]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Note to self: It’s not okay to spread the ashes of your mentor on an orchestra pit at the Met.
~ Enjoy the clear skies trick-or-treating tonight!
~ In Colorado, Donald Trump urged his supporters to vote twice.
~ Straight out of “House of Cards”: the first lady of Nicaragua is running to be vice president.
~ ESPN is losing subscribers by the droves ― over half a million a month to be more exact.
~ Twitter really, really, really wants Rory to pick Jess (25 days people, 25 days).
~ The startup that wants to be the Bloomberg terminal of Washington has quite the quirk ― they all live together.
~ The ad “around the web” stories that appear at the bottom of news sites appear to be dying a slow death.
~ As a Monday pick-me-up, check out this adorable video of a twin finding out she’s one minute younger than her sister.
~ And for Halloween procrastination, we admit we’re already addicted to Google’s doodle game today.