“I’ll keep you in suspense.” That was the Donald’s response when asked whether he’d respect the election’s outcome, which he’s claimed will be “rigged.” But the GOP candidate modified that today, noting how he’d happily accept the results “if I win.” Fox News’ Chris Wallace moderated a substantive but brutal clash in which Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman,” and Clinton needled Trump for using Chinese steel to build his Las Vegas hotel. For OZY Editor-in-Chief Carlos Watson, last night all but sealed the deal: Not only did Clinton win the night, he said, but “the race is probably over.”
The Presidential Daily Brief
There’s much to discuss. For the contenders’ third scrum tonight in Las Vegas, Donald Trump is bringing President Barack Obama’s Kenyan half-brother as his supportive guest — after the president said Trump should stop “whining” about a rigged election. As Hillary Clinton deals with the drip-drip of WikiLeaks from her campaign chairman’s email, the Ecuadorian government is restricting Julian Assange’s internet access in its London embassy, saying it “does not interfere in external electoral processes.” Regardless, Clinton’s polling lead has solidified, giving her a comfortable electoral college advantage.
ISIS isn’t making this easy. Explosives and booby traps have slowed the Iraqi army’s mission to retake the country’s second-largest city, which has been under ISIS control since 2014. As many as 900 of the 1.5 million people estimated to still be living in Mosul have fled to Syria, fearing that militants will use them as human shields when the battle moves into the city. Meanwhile, U.S. officials say they expect ISIS to use chemical weapons before the battle is over, but they’re likely to be unsophisticated ones.
Oops. Peterson Air Force Base said the leak, which dumped 150,000 gallons of water contaminated with perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) into Colorado Springs’ sewer system, was accidental. It was released from a storage tank into a nearby creek in the last week, but officials stressed that the contaminants didn’t make it into drinking water. PFCs, used in firefighting foam, have been linked to several kinds of cancer. An investigation’s underway into how the water was leaked — and into well water in two nearby communities that’s also contaminated with PFCs.
Who needs the rest of the world? The globe’s second-largest economy is still a manufacturing giant, but until recently it imported most raw materials. Not anymore. Exports to China fell 14 percent last year and are down 8.2 percent for 2016, which could impact the U.S. economy as China stops buying pastes and resins made by American companies. Meanwhile, China’s economy expanded this quarter at a rate of 6.7 percent, meaning it’s on track to meet its yearly growth targets — unless its fragile property bubble bursts.
Know This: The NYPD is investigating why an officer shot and killed a 66-year-old Black woman behaving irrationally rather than tasing her. A Saudi prince has been executed for murder, the 134th person put to death in the kingdom this year. And former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says he’ll likely challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her Massachusetts seat.
Read This: Delve into the life of Jennifer Ringley, the first woman to livestream her life online over the once infamous Jennicam.
Remember This Number: 23 percent. That’s the proportion of voters aged 18-35 who say they’d rather see the Earth destroyed by a giant meteor than see either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House.
The problem is hardly microscopic. Conservative estimates attribute 2 million annual infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. to drug-resistant bacteria, leaving scientists scrambling to come up with next-level medicines to outwit them. UCLA researchers have a novel solution: Cocktails of three or more antibiotics that can work in unexpected ways to kill bacteria, while reducing individual drugs’ side effects. Others are harnessing viruses or the bacteria already in our guts to fight the bugs — though they acknowledge that even the smartest solutions only buy time against evolution.
Steel City’s ready for the future. In addition to self-driving Ubers, the hilly Western Pennsylvania metropolis now has stoplights that use cameras and radar to optimize the flow of cars. With the network in place at 50 intersections, early returns are promising. Surtrac, the startup behind the lights, says they’ve reduced travel time by 25 percent, idling time by 40 percent and emissions by 21 percent. The next step is to have the artificial intelligence communicate directly with cars to alert them of traffic conditions or prioritize emergency vehicles.
Who do you trust with your child? A new poll shows 88 percent of American parents who use babysitters or nursery schools report that they’re very happy with them. But compared to the rest of the world, researchers say the U.S. has “mediocre to poor” child care. It’s a matter of cost: Without access to top-notch services, parents’ standards tend to align with the care that’s available — making activists worry that there’ll be little appetite for European-style reforms that might make a huge difference for low-income kids.
Better late than never. The rock ’n’ roll king celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday by announcing Chuck, his first album in 38 years. Berry’s career’s sailed from genre-making hits like “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode” to off-the-wall disco. But while the man who inspired the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has stayed on the touring circuit, he’s spent decades out of the recording studio. This upcoming album will feature all-new music and performances by Berry’s children, who make up his backing band.
It’s a Texas-sized debate. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said yesterday “I don’t have any idea” who will be taking starting snaps for the first-place Cowboys, softening his prior backing of Tony Romo. The 36-year-old veteran has missed the first six games but is nearly healthy enough to play. Meanwhile, unheralded rookie upstart Dak Prescott has piloted the team to a 5-1 record. The Cowboys have a bye this week but must make up their minds by next Sunday night when they host Philadelphia.