Need 2 Know: Debate Takeaways, Russia Mocks U.S.

October 16, 2019

These are the headlines you Need to know for Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

  • DEM DEBATE: Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the main focus of last night’s debate, taking sustained criticism from the other candidates for the first time about her policy agenda and whether she is too far to the left to be the party’s standard-bearer next year. It’s another sign that Joe Biden has faded, and he did not do much to change that dynamic. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigeig were the most forceful moderate voices on stage, with Klobuchar taking on Warren directly over how she plans to pay for her Medicare for All plan. CNN

  • RUSSIA IN SYRIA: Russian military troops have started patrolling the Syria-Turkey border, filling the vacuum left when President Trump withdrew U.S. forces there. A journalist posted a video showing Russian troops walking through an abandoned American base, seeming to mock the U.S. military. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are headed to Turkey to try and negotiate a cease-fire between Turkey and Kurdish forces. Turkish President Erdogan said he will never declare a cease-fire and was unconcerned with U.S. sanctions on his government. ABC News

  • GM STRIKE BREAKTHROUGH: There’s reportedly been a breakthrough in talks between the UAW and GM, with the two sides close to reaching a deal to end the strike, which is now in its fifth week. The strike has cost GM about $2 billion, and nearly 50,000 workers have been getting by on $250 a week in strike pay. Reuters

  • NEW GOOGLE PRODUCTS: Google unveiled its latest smartphones and other products, plus software updates, at the company’s annual fall event in New York. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, at $799 and $899, respectively, will no longer be exclusive to Verizon. Google also showed off an update to the wireless Pixel Buds and a new Recorder app that transcribes audio in real-time -- a possible game-changer for students and journalists. The Verge

  • SPOTTED… Jennifer Aniston in her inaugural Instagram post. The actress launched her account with a pic of her Friends co-stars, saying: “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too.” Her page had so much traffic after her first post that it crashed. She already has 7 million followers. See pic

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