FIORINA'S DEBATE NIGHT The clear winner of Wednesday’s debate, Fiorina might as well have dropped the mic after her comeback to Donald Trump's commentary about her face. After making it to the primetime stage this go-round, Fiorina blew already high expectations out of the water. [Scott Conroy, HuffPost]
DEBATE DEEP DIVE Check out these winners and losers from the debate, as well as a breakdown of who spoke the most. (Yes, of course it was Trump.) Take a look at the full transcript, with annotation. Here's how Lindsey Graham managed to run away with the JV debate. And yes, you should go back to read Bernie Sanders' live tweets of the debate. [Marina Fang, HuffPost]
8.3-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS CHILE "A major earthquake just off the Chilean shore killed five people, forced 1 million to evacuate and shook the Earth so strongly the tremor was felt across South America. Several coastal towns were flooded from small tsunami waves set off by the quake." [WaPo]
ANALYSTS EXPECT FED TO KEEP INTEREST RATES STEADY Which bodes poorly for their evaluation of the overall health of the global economy and financial markets. [WSJ]
OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FOR MUSLIM BOY WHO BROUGHT CLOCK TO SCHOOL Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school to impress his teacher, but ended up in the principal’s office because school officials assumed it was a bomb. After Mohamed was handcuffed and interrogated, social media sprung to his defense. As of today, he has an invite to the White House and assurance from MIT that he's the kind of student they like to see. [Andy Campbell, HuffPost]
BURKINA MILITARY DISSOLVES COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENT AMID COUP "While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso's military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup has taken place just weeks before elections." [AP]
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND: OCEAN'S FISH POPULATION CUT ALMOST IN HALF The World Wildlife Fund's disturbing report found that the "world marine vertebrate population declined by 49 percent between 1970 and 2012." [Andy Campbell]
IRAN SOCCER CAPTAIN TO MISS ASIAN CUP BECAUSE HER HUSBAND TOOK HER PASSPORT In 2015, this is a thing you can do in Iran: take your wife's passport to prevent her from traveling. [AP]
WHY PEOPLE LIE ABOUT 9/11 "Though actual victims of trauma often struggle to talk about their experiences, there is no lack of pretend survivors eager to tell their tales. False memoirists have written for years about drug addiction, child abuse and Holocaust survival. In one famous case, an American woman claimed to be a survivor of both the Holocaust and abuse by a Satanic cult." [WaPo]
THE BEST PLACE TO STREAM TV What's your "Dream Stream?" [The Verge]
THE NEW HUMMERS How obnoxious hoverboards are taking over. [Vanity Fair]
MATT DAMON APOLOGIZES FOR DIVERSITY COMMENTS He walked back his "Damonsplaining," saying "I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. I love making movies." [HuffPost]
MAGIC IS TAKING OVER THE INTERNET "Irrational optimism, they argue, is especially resonant with a generation of young people whose future is uncertain, their adult lives defined by economic and social upheaval. 'There isn’t a procedural way to live your life, and that might be inspiring people to think mystically for guidance,' Sean Monahan, a founder of the agency, said. 'If you can’t get the job you want by getting a certain degree from college, maybe you can cast a spell.'" [NYT]
THE MOON IS SHRINKING Don't panic … yet. [WaPo]
GET COLLEGE KIDS TO SCHOOL WITH A TEXT "Each summer, 20 to 30 percent of students in urban areas who have accepted a spot at a college fail to attend simply because they do not fill out forms or complete other administrative tasks, researchers have found. But simply sending students text messages with reminders, researchers discovered, boosted college enrollment by 3.1 percentage points overall and 8.6 percent among low-income students." [HuffPost]
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SENATOR FEINSTEIN: HELPING HOMELESS CHILDREN "Since 2006, there has been a 67 percent increase in the number of homeless children in this country. The recession pushed millions of families over the edge and many never recovered. Today, 2.5 million children in the United States under age 18 are without a permanent roof to live under -- more than ever before." [HuffPost]
WHY RISK A CHILD'S LIFE FOR A SANDWICH? "I see similar conversations play out again and again. Scared moms and dads beg their fellow parents to leave the peanut butter at home, while other parents refuse, saying, 'It's my right to feed my child what I want -- your child's health is not more important.' As if the risk of hunger-induced crankiness is the same as the risk of death." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ A new study declares antidepressent Paxil unsafe for teenagers.
~ Check out chapter two in Steven Brill's Johnson & Johnson expose.
~ A Facebook detox.
~ Of course you want to read The New Yorker's monster Julianne Moore profile.
~ Venmo scamming: more common than you'd think.
~ Turns out Elton John got tricked by Russian prank callers pretending to be Putin.
~ How to better brown your ground beef.
~ Yesterday was the most common birthday of the year for Americans. So if September 16th was your birthday, feel average.
~ Proof all your TV shows take place in the same universe.
~ Don't look at these photos if you have a fear of heights.
~ This pilot diverted a plane to save a dog from freezing to death. What a guy.
~ North West stole the show during Kanye West's NYFW presentation.
~ Those Vitamin C megadoses? They're not stopping your oncoming cold.
~ Yes, your baby is trolling you.
~ Can dogs be racist?
~ And all the reasons Bill Murray missed out on some massive movie roles.
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