The attack dog had his day. Though not on the level of the Trump-Clinton fireworks, the veep nominees had a spirited tussle Tuesday night. On taxes and abortion, they battled along the liberal-conservative lines not often seen in this personality-driven election cycle. ”While most polling groups will probably give it to Mike Pence, who kept his cool under a steady barrage of interruptions, I actually thought that Tim Kaine slightly edged him,” says OZY CEO Carlos Watson. “He kept key Trump critiques front and center.”
The Presidential Daily Brief
She’s hitting softballs. At a ballpark recreation center in Haverford, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton took questions from a supportive crowd, seemingly relishing the chance to talk uninterrupted ahead of tonight’s vice presidential debate. “We have to have a counter-movement” against the gun lobby, Clinton said, while pushing for health care and criminal justice reform. Riding high after recent polls showed her breaking away in key states, Clinton served the perfect diss when a middle school girl said she had taken her side against Trump in debate team – and won. “Thanks for winning the debate,” she said. “That makes two of us.”
They’re not ready. With many inhabitants living in low-lying shacks and still recovering from 2010’s devastating earthquake, Haiti’s no place for a new disaster. Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 with 145-mph winds, has made landfall and already killed three as it brings “life-threatening” rain, wind and flooding. Some coastal residents have fled, but others have reinforced their houses, hoping to ride out the storm and protect their property from any looting that follows. Meanwhile, Florida and North Carolina have already declared states of emergency, expecting Matthew to hit Thursday night.
It’s a losing battle. After months of frustration, the U.S. yesterday suspended cease-fire talks with Moscow. Russia and the Syrian government bombed Aleppo heavily this weekend, shattering truce hopes with reported attacks on hospitals and aid shipments. “This is not a decision that was taken lightly,” said a U.S. State Department spokesman. But the torch was passed to the U.N. Security Council, where France and Spain proposed a resolution for a new truce and no-fly zone over Aleppo — which veto-wielding Russia has indicated it would reject.
They’re following the money. New York’s attorney general has ordered Donald Trump’s personal charity to cease soliciting donations for violating state laws regulating charitable institutions. Scrutiny of the Republican nominee’s use of other people’s money is heating up: The New York Times followed its weekend revelation that the mogul lost nearly $1 billion in 1995 with a new exposé that describes Trump’s business decisions as catastrophically bad for those who worked with him. But OZY’s Nick Fouriezos says Trump supporters regard the reports as biased and won’t change their votes.
She’s not laughing. Long criticized for cozy Wall Street relationships, the former New York senator yesterday blasted Wells Fargo for “bullying” employees into defrauding customers. Staffers reportedly opened 2 million unauthorized accounts to meet sales quotas, and Clinton, at an Ohio campaign stop, decried “fine-print gotchas” that prohibit customer lawsuits. She pledged to reform a system that’s designed to favor moneyed interests and that has helped Donald Trump avoid paying taxes — while he’s argued that his “brilliant” handling of tax codes makes him ideal to institute such reforms.
Know This: Britons David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz have just won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on exotic states of matter. Donald Trump sparked debate on veterans’ mental health issues when he suggested “strong” GIs didn’t suffer from PTSD. And the Supreme Court is starting a new session today, still one member short.
Don’t Encourage This: In a survey of 559 girls aged 7-10 by the British charity Girlguiding, 36 percent thought that their most important attribute was their appearance, while 38 percent felt they were not pretty enough.
Read This: One journalist on the trail of Africa’s youngest ex-strongman: “To stop myself from sinking into a spiral of paranoia that I was going to die of Ebola, alone, in a deserted foreign hotel, I’d come up with another plan: I’d busy myself looking for the country’s former dictator.”
You’re gonna need a bigger airboat. Florida has a reptile problem that’s the stuff of nightmares: Native animals are being devoured by invasive species, including Burmese pythons dumped in the Everglades by pet owners. One of the constrictors, which can grow past 18 feet, even burst trying to swallow an alligator. Now Florida is taking the unprecedented step of creating a civilian Python Patrol to catch the snakes. The program’s chief says it’s “surprisingly easy” and even children can do it, which bodes well for native wildlife and exotic boot shoppers.
It still hurts. Many carry childhood trauma with them all their lives, but new research shows it’s not just psychological. People who experienced stressful, scary upbringings are more likely to age prematurely, as chromosome protein caps known as telomeres burn out faster than usual. In a new study, adult-onset traumas didn’t have a measurable effect on telomeres, and neither did financial stress in childhood. But social stress and trauma for kids meant their telomeres were 11 percent more likely to fizzle out quicker, leading to physical and mental aging.
Before Monica, there was Donna. Ahead of his time on terrorism and technology, Gary Hart drew comparisons to John F. Kennedy — whip-smart, good-looking and charismatic — when he sought the 1988 Democratic nomination. But as OZY’s The Contenders: 16 for ’16 (8 p.m., PBS) shows, he lived in a different media age than JFK. The Miami Herald followed pharmaceutical rep Donna Rice to a Georgetown rendezvous with the candidate, and less than a week after the story broke, Hart withdrew, cutting short a very promising career.
Will it ascend the throne? The futuristic drama’s Sunday debut reeled in 3.3 million viewers, the premium network’s biggest opening night since True Detective nearly three years ago. A star-packed cast helps: Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris appear in the adaptation of a 1973 Michael Crichton film about a theme park staffed by human-like robots. Buoyed by strong early reviews, the series could pick up steam like other HBO hits — though it’s a long way from Game of Thrones-level ratings.
It’s all about the D. Minnesota may have lost their starting quarterback, running back and key offensive linemen to injuries — but somehow they keep rolling, with a 24-10 smothering of the New York Giants in Monday Night Football. The Vikings defense forced two turnovers and flummoxed Eli Manning, propelling them to join the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and another surprise, the Philadelphia Eagles, as the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten teams. Minnesota’s fearsome defense combined with just enough offense could make them championship material.