About last night: If your drinking game involved taking a swig every time the candidates lobbied for more time or ignored the bell meant to cut off long answers, you must be nursing a pretty sick hangover this morning. Still, compared with the circus the CNBC spectale was two weeks ago, the fight night on Fox Business Network was a more organized affair with substantive questions. That’s not to say the candidates didn’t try to pull a few fast ones, such as The Donald “meeting” Vladimir Putin. But that’s why we have the debate fact check team. You’re welcome, America.
Tense Tigers: As two Mizzou officials step down, the tension steps up on campus. Racially charged threats against students exploded yesterday on social media, while campus police labored to knock down various rumors. They tried to be as plain as possible: there’s no imminent danger to campus and no active threats. Meanwhile, a mass media professor caught on camera asking for “muscle” to keep reporters away from protesters — yes, we recognize the irony — apologized and resigned her special appointment with the School of Journalism. She’s not out of a job though; she gets to keep her gig as assistant professor at the communication school.
Don’t be my Valentine: All the single ladies (and fellas), rejoice. Today is your day, if you live in China. It’s Singles’ Day, a kind of anti-Valentine’s Day where single folks treat themselves. And all those shopping singles create a Black Friday-like atmosphere for Chinese retailers such as Alibaba. Last year the e-retailer made $9 billion on Singles’ Day. Will it do that well this year? Well, Alibaba made $5 billion in the day’s first 90 minutes, so um, yeah. And since almost all of this shopping is done online, China avoids the Black Friday in-store chaos we enjoy in the U.S. every holiday season. Looks like yuan is not a lonely number after all.
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