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Good morning. I remember when my brother and I would argue, my dad would sit down and make us duke it out — then hug each other. Get ready for tonight’s presidential debate with surprising moments from past global debates, fun candies to sweeten any bitterness, an update on COVID-19 vaccines, the world’s best detective novels and the answer to yesterday’s quiz. Just to be clear — I’m not counting on any hugging at the end of this night.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has mooted a fresh $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, a compromise from the Democrats’ earlier $3.4 trillion demand, in a bid to break a deadlock with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin before the election. Pelosi and Mnuchin have spoken about the proposal and are expected to talk again on Tuesday. Will America get the relief it needs? Vote on Twitter.
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If you’ve listened to the first episode of When Katty Met Carlos, the new podcast brought to you by OZY and the BBC, you’ll know it’s time for America to seek lessons from others — to both learn and laugh. How about starting with televised presidential debates? No other country has had them as long as America has, yet these pivotal moments from other nations hold valuable teachings.
Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was trailing in polls in 2017 and was seen to have underperformed in the early debates. Then he took a bold step by demanding fundamental changes and accusing the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards of corruption. It worked. Rouhani managed to galvanize his voters and win reelection. The lesson: Being the centrist doesn’t always work against a more polarizing candidate.
2. Grab the Spotlight
After incumbent Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari bailed on the 2019 presidential debate, his principal challenger Atiku Abubaker also dropped out of the television spectacle, and only three other candidates continued. But in trying to appear on par with Buhari, Abubaker missed his chance to draw a distinction with the president, who comfortably won a race he was initially expected to lose. The lesson: Never underestimate a sitting president stubborn about staying.
Here’s how to really get your television ratings soaring, networks! The presidential debate in Mexico was focused on drug-related violence and the economy — but the viewers only had eyes for a former Playboy model helping the candidates on stage. The joke? The model won the debate. And the lesson: If you can’t win the debate, make sure the news the next day isn’t about you at all.
Check out special coverage of the first presidential debate from our partners at Cheddar, covering all the players and issues you care most about. Watch tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET.
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Art for a Cause
Enjoy the Sphinx Organization’s virtual gala. For nearly 25 years, the Detroit-based social justice organization has empowered young voices in the world of classical music. Get tickets for the Oct. 15 event, featuring world-class performances.
If you think eating gingerbread is a tradition restricted to Christmas, you’re mistaken. Tula gingerbread (or pryanik) is a jam-filled Russian delicacy that’s been around since the ninth century and is eaten throughout the year.
Hardened sugar syrup typically molded into balls, the jawbreaker — a childhood favorite for so many of us — was made famous by an Italian confectioner named Salvatore Ferrera who settled in the U.S. and co-founded the Ferrara Pan Candy Company.
Just as we’re obsessed with mysteries and thrillers. Meet some of the world’s most intriguing fictional detectives you’ve never heard of.
1. Mario Conde
The cigar-smoking, cognac-drinking Cuban detective who loves women is at the heart of the Havana Quartet, award-winning novelist Leonardo Padura’s brilliant series that captures the communist nation’s transformation from hope to desperation. There’s a Netflix version too.
2. Mma Precious Ramotswe
From cheating husbands to a cook who’s being blackmailed, no case is beyond Botswana’s first lady detective. With dollops of humor enlivening every page, this Alexander McCall Smith series will make you fall in love with the southern African country. Catch the BBC version too, starring Jill Scott.
Yesterday we asked you which 20th-century global leader and war hero once overruled opposition to allow children to roller-skate in a major city. Many of you thought the answer was Dwight Eisenhower. It was actually Winston Churchill in London.