The Starting 5: Greta Thunberg, Berlin Wall, College Football, Kamala Harris in Vegas and 'Sesame Street' Turns 50

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Since Tuesday's elections around the country, much of the focus has been on gubernatorial and state house races. But a quieter revolution is also happening. After the close loss of former public defender Tiffany Cabán in the race for Queens District Attorney in August, numerous progressive DAs across the country—including Virginia and Delaware—won their elections this week after vowing to end cash bail and de-privatize county prisons. And in San Francisco, where final rank choice votes are still being tallied, a deputy public defender received more first-place votes than the incumbent DA.

But the November 5 elections could also have an impact on 2020. Kentucky's new governor has vowed to return voting rights to more than 140,000 ex-felons and Democrats in power in Virginia may finally end their state's lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a felony. While Republicans may fear the growing voter rolls, ex-felons' extremely low voter turnout means little will likely change.

Here's what else you need to know today:

1. Where in the World is Greta Thunberg?

Since millions of young people marched around the world in September to demand action on climate change, teen activist Greta Thunberg has been travelling around the U.S. Today, she'll head to Charlotte, North Carolina, where one student has been staging protests every Friday since February. The next day, Senator Bernie Sanders will be hosting a Climate Crisis Summit in Iowa on Saturday with his biggest endorser so far: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Greta Thunberg
Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg (C), 16, speaks during a "FridaysForFuture" climate protest at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado, on October 11, 2019. Thunberg will be in North Carolina on Friday. Frederic J. BROWN / AFP/Getty

2. What Happens In Vegas

Tonight Senator Kamala Harris will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall with Nevada's highly influential Culinary Workers Union Local 226. With 57,000 casino workers as members—a majority of whom are women and a majority Latinx—the union bills itself as the state's "largest immigrant organization" and one of the hottest endorsements in the state.

Senator Kamala Harris
Presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks during The Iowa Democratic Party Liberty & Justice Celebration on November 1, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris will address a Culinary Union in Las Vegas on Friday. Joshua Lott/Getty

3. Ich bin ein Berliner

Saturday November 9 marks the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall (which was not supposed to happen the way it did). The concrete barrier separating East and West Berlin was a symbol of the world's conflict and division, and a little over two years after it was torn down the Soviet Union also collapsed. If you have holiday plans this weekend, remember you can visit parts of the Berlin Wall that are now scattered around the world.

Berlin Wall
Visitors snap photos of a mural by artist Dmitry Vrubel that shows former Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing former east German leader Erich Honecker at a still-standing section of the former Berlin Wall called the East Side Gallery on November 6, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. November 9 will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Sean Gallup/Getty

4. Game On

Dubbed the "Game of the Century, Part 2," Saturday's college football matchup will see No.1 team LSU go head-to-head with No. 2 Alabama. The game is not only the most anticipated game of the season, the reception for Donald Trump, who is reportedly planning to attend, should provide additional drama. The president was booed during his recent appearances at the World Series and UFC.

LSU v. Alabama
Nick Brossette #4 of the LSU Tigers tries to escape the tackle of Shyheim Carter #5 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The two teams meet again on Saturday. Gregory Shamus/Getty

5. Can You Count to 50?

On Sunday, Big Bird and friends are turning the big 5-0! Sesame Street now reaches children in 150 countries and 70 different languages, and have recently received praise for introducing Muppets with autism and dealing with parents' addictions. To celebrate being on our screens for half a century, a special will air on HBO on Saturday featuring the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Sterling K. Brown and the very first Big Bird puppeteer. If you cancelled HBO after that Game of Thrones ending, PBS will air the special on November 17.

Sesame Street Muppets
Sesame Workshop's 50th Anniversary Benefit Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 29, 2019 in New York City. John Lamparski/WireImage/Getty

BONUS

We'll be off for Veteran's Day on Monday, but I recommend taking a look at this piece about how the Pentagon is struggling to grapple with suicide and alcohol-related deaths within the military and how there may be "something bigger at play." We'll be back on Tuesday.

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