Up First briefing: McCarthy’s job threatened; how a robot could fight climate change

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is risking his position by working with Democrats on a stopgap spending bill, while a U.K. startup plans to use a robot to combat the Sargassum algae issue in the Caribbean Sea.

Political Tensions: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s role is under scrutiny after helping Democrats pass a stopgap spending bill to avert a shutdown and keep the government open until Nov. 17.
* Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz threatens to introduce a motion to remove him as Speaker of the House.
* NPR’s Susan Davis suggests Democrats now have “tremendous power” over McCarthy’s fate, as they, along with five Republicans, could potentially remove him.

Legal Proceedings: Former President Donald Trump is facing a civil fraud trial brought on by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accused of lying about his property values.
* Trump faces a potential $250 million fine if found guilty.
* There are six more causes of action against Trump, including accusations of drafting false documents, conspiracy, and lying to insurance companies.

Climate Solution: U.K.-based startup Seaweed Generation plans to combat the spiraling Sargassum algae bloom in the Caribbean Sea with its robot, AlgaRay.
* AlgaRay is designed to drag the decaying sargassum into the open ocean and sink it, mitigating the gas it releases which can trigger symptoms like headaches, nausea, and rashes.

Supreme Court Term: The Supreme Court starts a new term today, with significant cases involving guns, abortion, and partisan gerrymandering on the docket.
* A crucial case will determine how easily Americans can obtain mifepristone – a pill accounting for over half of U.S. abortions.

Farewell: After 35 years at NPR, Bob Boilen is retiring. He directed “All Things Considered” for 18 years, and created “All Songs Considered” in 2000 and “Tiny Desks” in 2008.

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