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Supreme Court faces slew of issues in new term — and possibly President Trump

Sex. Immigration. Guns. Abortion. Religion. Executive power. Pirates, even. That’s the menu so far for the Supreme Court’s new term, which Monday begins an extended run through much of the 2020 election season. Before the justices adjourn next June, their influence will be felt by tens of millions of Americans, including President Trump and Congress. Democrats’ demands for documents and testimony pertaining to the president’s personal and business finances already were working their way through lower courts when Trump’s dealings with Ukraine turned the buzz in the nation’s capital to impeachment. All of those skirmishes will produce battles over congressional subpoenas and administration claims of executive privilege.

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Chief Justice John Roberts is doing all in his power to help the Supreme Court not look overtly political as it moves ideologically to the right. USA TODAY

MLB Playoffs: Astros, Yankees eye first-round sweeps

The top two teams in the American League have asserted their dominance thus far. The Houston Astros and New York Yankees, coming off 100-win regular-season campaigns, have each taken 2-0 series leads and can cap off the sweeps on Monday. Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke takes aim at a Tampa Bay Rays lineup that was throttled by stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in Games 1 and 2 of the series. Meanwhile, the Yankees travel to Minnesota with hopes of ending the Twins’ season after the Bronx Bombers put up a combined 18 runs in the first two games of the series.

‘Joker’ gets last laugh with record ticket sales

Final numbers are expected Monday for the supremely dark new movie, “Joker,” which grossed an estimated $93.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend — a record October opening — despite concerns over its violent themes and ramped-up theater security. The previous October record-holder was the Spider-Man spinoff “Venom,” which opened to $80 million last year. Internationally, “Joker” earned $140.5 million from 73 markets, resulting in a stunning $234 million global debut. 

Pig out! McDonald’s McRib is coming back

McDonald’s is once again bringing back its popular McRib sandwich for a limited time. The company last week said the McRib will be available “as early as Monday, Oct. 7” in more than 10,000 U.S. restaurants. The McRib – seasoned boneless pork, barbecue sauce, onions and pickles on a hoagie-style bun – launched in 1981. It came back late last October for a limited run. To find participating restaurants, enter your ZIP code at

Nobel Prize week kicks off 

The Nobel Prize week begins Monday with the awards for physiology or medicine at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.  Nomination for the prize is by invitation only. The names of candidates and nominations are not revealed until 50 years later. The Physics Prize is handed out Tuesday, chemistry the following day, this year’s double-header Literature Prizes will be awarded Thursday and the Peace Prize will be announced on Friday. The economics prize – officially known as the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – will be awarded on Oct. 14. Nobel fame this year comes with a $918,000 cash award, a gold medal and a diploma. 

Contributing: Associated Press

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