A FIGHT OVER RUNNING MATES The vice presidential debate Tuesday night between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine featured an ongoing back-and-forth about the top of their tickets’ qualifications and positions. Kaine struggled at times with authenticity, while Pence came across as unflappable ― despite having to constantly defend and deny Donald Trump’s past statements. Trump’s biggest GOP critics loved Pence’s performance, and many pundits said the Republican vice presidential nominee won the debate with his appeal to classic conservatism aimed at reassuring voters unsure of the top of the ticket. Check out the transcript from the debate, along with the highlights. [Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel and Jen Bendery, HuffPost]
HURRICANE MATTHEW PUMMELS HAITI, FORCES EVACUATIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA The storm was labeled the worst humanitarian crisis for the country since the 2010 earthquake. In the U.S., South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) ordered the evacuation of 1 million people. [Makini Brice and Sarah Marsh, HuffPost]
BARACK OBAMA: REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONISM IS UNDERMINING THE SUPREME COURT “It’s been 202 days since I nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. That’s more than five months longer than the average nominee has had to wait over the last 40 years to receive a hearing in Congress – let alone an up or down vote.” [HuffPost]
THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR CHEMISTRY GOES TO... Jean-Pierre Sauvage of France, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart of Scotland and Bernard L. Feringa of the Netherlands “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. [Reuters]
YAHOO SECRETLY SCANNED CUSTOMERS’ EMAILS FOR THE GOVERNMENT The bombshell report from Reuters comes after weeks of bad press for the company, which recently discovered a massive hack. [Reuters]
AL GORE IS SET TO STUMP FOR HILLARY CLINTON The whole gang’s back together again. [WaPo]
BEN STILLER: THE PROSTRATE CANCER TEST SAVED MY LIFE “If [my doctor] had waited, as the American Cancer Society recommends, until I was 50, I would not have known I had a growing tumor until two years after I got treated.” [HuffPost]
ALL OF THE THINGS WILL GO WRONG IN THIS NETFLIX SERIES But we’ll love every minute of watching “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” which introduced a generation of children to postmodern literature. [HuffPost]
SLOW CLAP FOR THIS WSJ HEADLINE “India Detains Pigeons as Authorities Fret Over Risk of a Coo.” [WSJ | Paywall]
RORY AND LORELAI AREN’T BACK JUST FOR YOUR NOSTALGIA Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are reportedly getting paid $750,000 per Netflix episode of the “Gilmore Girls” revival. And here’s who else is raking in the moolah on TV these days. [Vulture]
A NEW STUDY POINTS TO DEPRESSION RISK FROM BIRTH CONTROL PILLS Particularly in teenage girls. [Quartz]
LOOKING TO MIX UP YOUR MUSIC VIDEO? Shoot it on an iceberg. [WSJ | Paywall]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Props to Kid Cudi, who has checked into rehab for depression, for seeking treatment and being open about his fight.
~ We’ve got to hand it to Sarah Palin for this VP debate observation.
~ A look at the sad truth of sexism haunting women in the medical profession.
~ Koala + butterfly = internet gold.
~ Benedict Cumberbatch covers Vanity Fair this month, and seriously thisguy does not age.
~ This very lonely frog is lonely no more, marking the end of the species.