DEBATE COMISSION TO MAKE CHANGES TO MUTE VERBAL SLUGFEST
NEW YORK (AP) – How do you stop a presidential debate from turning into a street brawl? That’s the challenge facing the presidential debate commission – and it says it will take steps to keep that from happening again next time President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden lock horns. The panel says it will adopt the changes in time for the second debate to prevent the kind of mudslinging that marred Tuesday night’s clash in Cleveland. What changes? The panel says nothing has been decided yet. But one that has been discussed would give the moderator the power to mute the microphone of a candidate who interrupts. It’s unclear how much that would help – because the interrupter could still be heard over his opponent’s mic. The next presidential debate is a town hall format set for Oct. 15 in Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) – Many may not have liked what they saw – but lots of us watched the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. Nielsen reports 73.1 million people tuned in for the event, which was carried by 16 networks. That’s more viewers for any other TV event since the Super Bowl. However, Tuesday’s ratings fell short of the 84 million who watched the first presidential debate four years ago between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. That remains the most-watched presidential debate ever.
EVENTS IN LAS VEGAS TO MARK LAS VEGAS CONCERT SHOOTING
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A lot has happened since Oct. 1, 2017. But it’s hard to forget the shock people felt after hearing about the shooting at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The rampage left 58 dead and ranks as the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Today there will be a memorial at several places in Vegas, with events being spread out because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, a court approved a settlement totaling $800 million from MGM Resorts International and its insurers to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the shooting.
HELEN REDDY REMEMBERED AS FEMINIST ICON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For those who weren’t around in the early 1970s, it’s hard to believe a pop song by an Australian-born singer had a major effect on what was then called the Women’s Liberation movement. But when Helen Reddy died Tuesday, many acknowledged the role “I Am Woman” had on the social landscape. Reddy said in a 2013 Associated Press interview she was impressed that her feminist anthem helped many men see the need for women to take their rightful place in society. She said a former brother-in-law would play the song to psych himself up in college. And she noted with pride that she had heard that martial arts icon Bruce Lee would sometimes work out to “I Am Woman.” Helen Reddy was 78 years old.
BORAT TO RETURN
NEW YORK (AP) – Don’t look now – but Borat is back. Sacha Baron Cohen has finished filming a sequel to his 2006 film. The new one has a long, complicated title – just as the original did. It’s reportedly called “Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan.” It was filmed in secret during the pandemic – and will be streamed on Amazon just before the election.