FBI's Kavanaugh report, Apple's new emoji, "presidential alert": The Short List

FBI's Kavanaugh report, Apple's new emoji, "presidential alert": The Short List

What day is it? It's October 3rd. Today we're covering that upcoming FBI report, but also keeping things light, with emojis and Geoffrey the giraffe.

But first, we read the New York Times' 13,000-word report on Trump so you don’t have to.

Here are the headlines.

Let's talk about this FBI report

The clock is ticking on the FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The report is due Friday, though likely to come sooner, and Republicans are taking care to keep it secret. Naturally, we have questions. 

What's the format? The report will be a background file with separate documents, including either interview summaries or the transcript of interviews, officials said. 

Who gets it? First, the White House. Then a single copy will be sent to Capitol Hill, where it will be housed in a safe in the Senate Judiciary Committee office. 

Who can see it there? All 100 senators can review it, as well as nine staff members.

How will we know it's on the move? White House officials said they do not expect to comment publicly on the report but may confirm its receipt because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding Kavanaugh's nomination. Stay tuned.

What happens after? Whatever the report shows, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insists that the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this week. But a final up-or-down vote could take longer because of Senate debate rules. Here's a look at how the process would work.

In the meantime ...

  • President Trump criticized Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford at a rally Tuesday night for having difficulty remembering details from 36 years ago. It was a move Sen. Jeff Flake, a deciding Judiciary Committee vote, found "kind of appalling." 
  • At the same rally in Mississippi, Trump also put significant distance between himself and his nominee, saying, "I don't even know him." 
  • And in eight days, a GoFundMe for Kavanaugh has raised $500,000. 

New name, same mascot 

You might start seeing a familiar goofy giraffe around, but don't be fooled: Toys R Us isn't back. The first signs of how the firms who carved up the company plan to resurrect the iconic toy brand have started to emerge, and there's a name: Geoffrey's Toy Box. The company describes itself as a wholesale toy distributor. Also: Geoffrey LLC, a subsidiary of Toys R Us that owns the companies' intellectual property rights, said it is working on a plan that could bring "new and re-imagined Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores" back to the United States. 

In other retail news that surprised no one, Sears and Kmart are closing more stores. Oh, and here's a stat for thought: 68% of Americans say they would shop at businesses that back LGBTQ equality.

Feeling salty? Apple's got you 

If you were upset that Apple's recent iOS update didn't add new emoji, you can now turn that frown upside down. 🙃 In its upcoming iOS 12.1 update, the iPhone-maker will soon be adding 70 new emoji, including more options with red hair, curly hair and a new emoji for bald people. Other ones to look for 👀: swan, cupcake, bagel, llama and a salt shaker. (And if you want even more emoji, the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit group that makes sure emoji are standard across platforms, announced 157 new emoji earlier this year.) This has us feeling all heart-eyes.

Speaking of texting, Trump kinda texted you today

What was that sound of everyone's phones buzzing at exactly the same time today? Oh, just a text from the president, NBD. At 2:18 p.m. ET today, cell phones across the country got a special test message from the Trump administration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was testing the national system that allows "presidential alerts" to hit the majority of cellphones. The goal is to warn residents of national emergencies, such as dangerous weather. And, no, you can't opt out.

And guess what? We found out today that we can put emoji in here, so here's a last one from us: TTYL 👋

The Short List is a compilation of articles from across USA TODAY. This week's is brought to you by editors Mary Nahorniak and Teresa Lo. 

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