DEBATE NIGHT Debate expectations for Donald Trump are at record lows. Ratings should be through the roof, as race and gender are expected to take center stage. Here’s what tonight means for moderator Lester Holt’s career. And here’s what to watch for at 9 p.m. ET. [Amanda Terkel, HuffPost]
MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN WASHINGTON MALL SHOOTING Twenty-year-old Arcan Cetin opened fire at a mall in Oak Harbor, Washington, killing five people Friday, and a motive has yet to be determined. Details about the victims are emerging. [Reuters]
GOLF LEGEND ARNOLD PALMER DEAD AT 87 Tributes have poured in for golf’s first superstar. And here’s how he came up with his signature drink, so you can cheers to his legacy. [Peter Andrew Hart, HuffPost]
YOU’RE PAYING FOR TRUMP TO FLY WITH HIS GOLD-PLATED BATHROOM FIXTURES Your tax dollars at work. [S.V. Date, HuffPost]
EMERGING FROM POVERTY “The Caicedos are among the 3.5 million Americans who were able to raise their chins above the poverty line last year, according to census data released this month. More than seven years after the recession ended, employers are finally being compelled to reach deeper into the pools of untapped labor, creating more jobs, especially among retailers, restaurants and hotels, and paying higher wages to attract workers and meet new minimum wage requirements.” [NYT]
INSIDE ROGER AILES’ FINAL DAYS AT FOX “Ailes was a famously involved manager who handpicked the talent he wanted and then dictated to them what they would say on the air and how they would say it. His crude and cavalier behavior toward women was well known inside the company.” [Vanity Fair]
ALTHOUGH THE PHOTOS OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND GEORGE W. BUSH THIS WEEKEND ARE PRETTY GREAT Along with that fantastic hug between Michelle Obama and former president George W. Bush. [HuffPost]
MAYBE THE 1 PERCENTERS DON’T HAVE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU THINK At least in some counties. [NYT]
YOUR REGULAR OLD SNAPCHAT STORY JUST GOT BORING With the announcement of Spectacles, Snapchat’s glasses recording hardware that sees the world as you see it. [HuffPost]
TURKEY HIGHLIGHTS THE WORLD’S LACK OF RESPONSE TO THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS “Turkey, which hosts the largest number of refugees in the world and shares a 566-mile border with Syria, bears the brunt of the influx of refugees and migrants. Now it wants the global community to take more responsibility over the refugee crisis and share some of the burden.” However, Turkey’s president left the U.N. meeting last week early, missing “what was meant to be his big pitch to a U.S. audience.” [HuffPost]
THE STORE THAT LETS YOU PAY WHAT YOU CAN FOR GROCERIES THAT WERE GOING TO BE TOSSED “The Real Junk Food Project (RJFP), an organization that combats food waste, recently opened what is calls ‘the warehouse,’ a supermarket in the English town of Pudsey. Unlike your typical grocer, it sells other stores’ surplus food for a ‘pay as you feel’ price.” [HuffPost]
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BEFORE YOU GO
~ Arrests were made in the Pippa Middleton hack.
~ Who’s excited for Ralph Lauren’s tell-all book?
~ We love that Obama is throwing a South By South Lawn event.
~ But we sincerely question his pronouncement that ketchup does not belong on hot dogs.
~ The New York Times feature on women in India “chasing big-city dreams” is worth the read.
~ A post-mortem on Les Miles’ quirks at LSU.
~ What our new Cuba relations mean for the future of the country.
~ Of course Lifetime is making a JonBenet Ramsey movie.
~ We couldn’t love this “Will & Grace” reunion photo more.
~ What it means to be the selfie campaign.