The country has been divided for a long time now. Passions are high. As word starts to trickle out about the final results, Americans are nervous, anxious, even a little bitter.

We're talking, obviously, about Amazon's search for "HQ2," its so-called second 
headquarters.

Leaks suggest the company will split 50,000 jobs between a Washington, D.C., suburb and a part of New York City that almost nobody outside New York even knew about.

Supporters of other contestant cities are crying foul--suggesting the whole thing was a setup to entice bigger concessions out of the obvious frontrunners. As the The New York Times reported, Twitter was rife with people in the apparently losing cities calling the whole thing a "farce," "sham" or "stunt."

But does that mean they're calling it quits in Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and all the other cities that made the final 20 list of contenders? Hardly.

"We are in the ninth inning of this process, with no finalist having scored yet," Aisha Glover from Newark, N.J.'s pitch, toldThe Times. "It's not over until it's over."

Here's what else I'm reading today:

Oh, also, there was an election.

Maybe you were smart enough to go to bed last night, but a lot of the country stayed up watching Republicans keep the Senate while Democrats took the House. Of note: more than 100 women will take seats in Congress next year. (Colleen Shelby and Andrea Roberson, The Los Angeles Times)

They have great jobs, but they're not happy.

A survey of more than 10,000 tech employees by workplace-gossip site Blind, says almost 1 out of 4 people who work at large tech companies are disenchanted. That includes employees at big, prestigious places like Uber, Microsoft, Facebook, and Intel. (Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, Inc.com)

Where's the company holiday party this year? Maybe nowhere.

A survey shows that despite a booming economy, only about 65 percent of companies expect to have a holiday party this year, down from 89 percent in 2014. One theory why: Firms are afraid of employees behaving badly during the #MeToo era. (Leslie Patton, Bloomberg)

Yet another reason to feel good about coffee.

Scientists at the University of Toronto just revealed the results of a neuroscience-based study on the effects of drinking coffee. One big one: a potential lower risk of developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. (Bill Murphy Jr., Inc.com)

Bill Gates and the toilet.

The founder and former CEO of Microsoft, now the second-richest person on the planet, took the stage at a conference in China recently with a highly unusual prop: a jar of human poop. "It caused some giggles in the crowd--but I brought it out to draw attention to a serious issue that kills more than 500,000 people every year: poor sanitation," he writes. (Bill Gates, Gates Notes)

Published on: Nov 7, 2018
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