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LEFTOVERS: KEEP IT OR TOSS IT

After the feast is over there's always a heap of leftovers – but which to keep and which to toss? That's our lens for this week's edition of “watching and ignoring.


"WHAT WE'RE KEEPING: Dog days in China – The rapid growth of China's middle class has led to a huge increase in dog ownership, but dog care etiquette hasn't quite kept pace. Uncurbed and unleashed dogs have led to disturbances and even fights in some cities. To address the problem, the metropolis of Hangzhou (population 9.4 million) has imposed a toothy set of regulations: no dog walking between 7am and 7pm, confiscation or death for unlicensed dogs, and stiff fines for owners who let their pups off the leash. Several dozen spirited larger breeds of dog have been banned altogether, including, we note, the Tibetan mastiff.Brexit on Ice – Amid growing prospects that the UK will crash out of the European Union next March without any new trade agreements in place, cold storage space in the country is nearing peak capacity. Why? Food producers and supermarkets are worried that a "no-deal Brexit" could interrupt their international supply chains for everything from butter to potatoes to peas, so they are stocking up ahead of time. The pharmaceutical industry has warned it doesn't have sufficient cold storage for medicines either. Can May reach a deal that gets Brexit out of the cold?WHAT WE'RE TOSSING OUT:Viktor Yanukovych's tennis elbow… and back and knee – The former president of Ukraine, who was ousted in the 2014 Maidan uprising and later fled to Russia, was scheduled to testify yesterday, via Skype, to a Ukrainian court about his role in the episode. He is on trial in absentia for treason. But at the last minute his lawyer pulled the plug on it: Mr. Yanukovych, he said, had suffered severe injuries to his back and knee on a Moscow tennis court and would have to reschedule. Thought bubble: Was he playing tennis while falling out of a window?Darting with an F – A foul feud broke out this weekend between two pro dart players who accused each other of farting during the Grand Slam of Darts in the UK. After losing badly to former world champ Gary Anderson of Scotland, Dutchman Wesley Harms said he'd been distracted by Anderson's flatulence. Anderson, for his part, not only denied the allegation but claimed that Harmswas the wily windbreaker of the evening. All we're saying is, with so many sharp objects around, it's a good things these guys aren't Russian poets.

Carbon has a bad rep, but did you know it's a building block of life? As atoms evolved, carbon trapped in CO2 was freed, giving way to the creation of complex molecules that use photosynthesis to convert carbon to food. Soon after, plants, herbivores, and carnivores began populating the earth and the cycle of life began.

Learn more about how carbon created life on Earth in the second episode of Eni's Story of CO2 series.

As we enter the homestretch of the US presidential election — which is set to be the most contentious, and possibly contested, in generations — Americans are also voting on 35 seats up for grabs in a battle for the control of the Senate. The 100-member body is currently held 53-47 by the Republican Party, but many individual races are wide open, and the Democrats are confident they can flip the upper chamber of Congress.

Either way, the result will have a profound impact not only on domestic policy, but also on US foreign relations and other issues with global reach. Here are a few areas where what US senators decide reverberates well beyond American shores.

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On September 23, GZERO Media — in partnership with Microsoft and Eurasia Group — gathered global experts to discuss global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in a livestream panel. Our panel for the discussion Crisis Response & Recovery: Reimagining while Rebuilding, included:

  • Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
  • Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group & GZERO Media
  • Jeh Johnson, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP and former Secretary of Homeland Security.
  • John Frank, Vice President, UN Affairs at Microsoft
  • Susan Glasser, staff writer and Washington columnist, The New Yorker (moderator)

Special appearances by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde, and comedian/host Trevor Noah.

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Jon Lieber, who leads Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, offers insights on the Supreme Court vacancy:

Will Senate Republicans, who stopped a Supreme Court nomination in 2016, because it was too close to an election, pay a political price for the change in tactics this time around?

Not only do I think they won't pay a political price, I think in many cases, they're going to benefit. Changing the balance of power on the Supreme Court has been a career-long quest for many conservatives and many Republicans. And that's why you've seen so many of them fall in line behind the President's nomination before we even know who it is.

At this point, do Senate Democrats have any hope of stopping President Trump from filling the ninth seat on the Supreme Court?

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In a special GZERO Media livestream on global response and recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Eurasia Group & GZERO Media president Ian Bremmer discussed the difference between Europe's unified approach to economic stimulus and the deeply divided and political nature of the current conversation in the US. While initial stimulus support was bipartisan, there is little chance of Democrats and Republicans coming together again ahead of the November 3 presidential election. "It's red state versus blue state. President Trump's saying that coronavirus isn't so bad if you take the blue states out. He's president of the blue states, you can't take the blue states out," Bremmer told moderator Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.

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