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The Daily Word in elections, fact-checking, and a very boozy deserted island

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Janet Reno died this morning. Reno was the first woman to serve as the attorney general. Her two terms at the White House were tumultuous, defined by several shocking events including a federal raid on a cult in Waco, TX, and in 2000, the government’s seizing of Elián González, a young Cuban refugee who was at the center of an international custody battle and a political tug of war.

Tomorrow is election day. If you haven't done so already, VOTE.

I know we're all going to be glad when this election season is over. But one thing I'll miss? The fact-checking.

In a year full of frightening political threats from China and Russia, it's refreshing to hear of an international dispute done the civil way: with booze. Since 1984, Canada and Denmark have been fighting over the ownership of a small island off the coast of Greenland by regularly placing their country's flag and a bottle of whiskey and schnapps, respectively.

Whatever goes down on election day, the nightmare of Trump will linger for some. He has successfully whipped the nation into a fever-pitch of racist anger and violence, especially against Latinos. And that anger and violence will not go away, even if Trump isn't elected.

The Daily Word in earthquakes in Italy, Dakota Access Pipeline, and Humboldt County weed growers

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Former DEA official Joseph Rannazzisi has accused Congress of prioritizing the pharmaceutical industry's profits over public health in its fight against prescription opioid epidemic. Rannazzisi said that drug companies have a "stranglehold" on Congress, influencing legislation to be more lax in allowing doctors to prescribe disproportionately large doses of prescription painkillers.

Native American water protectors of the Standing Rock Camp in North Dakota are despairing as the Dakota Access Pipeline nears completion. Time is running out, but some are doubling down on their commitment to stopping the pipeline before it reaches the Missouri River. “They can’t go through the river. We are not going to let them,” said Leota Eastman Iron Cloud, a Native American activist from South Dakota.

Central Italy was rocked by a devastating 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Sunday, leaving 300 dead and 15,000 without homes. Aftershocks continued into Monday, including one at 4.2-magnitude. This is the worst earthquake in Italy since 1980.

Lebanon was 29 months without a head of state until today, when Michel Aoun was sworn into office. Political infighting has kept position open since Michel Suleiman stepped down at the end of his term in May 2014.

With the legalization of medical marijuana in California came opportunities for long-time illegal growers in Humboldt County (where most of the weed in the US is grown) to legitimize their businesses. This may seem like a great option for growers, but in reality it's more complicated than that.

The Daily Word in nasty women, nightmare machines, and Leslie Jones

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Earlier today, Elizabeth Warren delivered a searing speech in support of Hillary Clinton on the campus of Saint Anselm College. “We nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever,” said Warren, citing the quickly reclaimed term Trump fired at Hillary on the debate stage last week. Remember, my fellow nasty women, early voting has already opened.

In late August, comedian, actor and Ghostbuster Leslie Jones was hacked by some racist losers on the internet. Nude photos that she had taken years prior were leaked to the public. Over the weekend, Jones appeared in an SNL skit where she proved that there's not much a hacker can do to shame a tell-all comedian. "If you want to see Leslie Jones naked, just ask," she said. "You can't embarrass me more than I've already embarrassed myself."

Certified musical geniuses and hip hop/soul genre-benders Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge released Yes Lawd! last Friday, their debut album as the group Nxworries. It is powerfully good. See the video for the single "Link Up" here.

Scientists at MIT are trying to teach a computer to terrify humans. It's doing a pretty good job. The only question that remains is: why?

In Japan, women are waging a legal battle for the right to keep their own surname after marriage.

The Daily Word in "locker room talk," Hurricane Matthew, and the Standing Rock camp

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The second presidential debate of the year was last night. It was town hall-style debate, where voters were present to ask the two candidates questions. Today, the internet seems to have decided who won the debate after all: Ken Bone, the man in the red sweater.

Last week, some recordings of Trump making lewd comments about women were released, to nobody's surprise. Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, denounced these comments but said that he won't drop out of the campaign. He called getting tapped for the VP spot the "greatest honor" of his life.

Oh, and by the way -- professional athletes are pissed that Trump keeps defending/side-stepping his lewd statements by calling it "locker room talk." That's not how locker rooms work, my dude.

Fuck Columbus Day. Happy Indigenous People's Day.

The indigenous protectors camped at Sacred Stone in North Dakota protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline are now being watched and patrolled by the Morton County Sheriff's Office. The peaceful protestors have already met the brunt of North Dakota's private and state-funded security forces. If this doesn't look like exactly history repeating itself, I don't know what does.

The death toll in Haiti and the southeast US is climbing due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Urgent rescue efforts are underway in North Carolina, after severe flooding forced people to their rooftops.

The Daily Word in Drake, Arnold Palmer and kids in jail

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Tonight is the presidential debate between nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It should be quality entertainment, but it's unlikely the debate will actually change the outcome of the election.

The star pitcher for the Marlins, Jose Fernandez, was tragically killed in a boating accident over the weekend. He was 24.

Apparently, the form of the 'visual album' is the future of pop music. Earlier this morning, Drake released his Apple Music-exclusive short film Please Forgive Me, which provides visuals for several of the songs from his latest album Views.

Legendary golfer (and creator of the eponymous drink) Arnold Palmer died over the weekend. He was 87.

In Syracuse, NY, the Onondaga County Justice Center has come under fire for putting children in solitary confinement -- in the case of teenage Charnasha, for the crime of talking too loudly in public. This week, the New York Civil Liberties Union is filing suit against the Justice Center.

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Megafauna Melts Faces

Wednesday, Sep 21: Megafauna, Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand and GRYGRDNS

Prepare to have your face melted.

The Daily Word in Manhattan bombing, drought farming, and the Emmys

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A homemade bomb exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring 29 people. The prime suspect of that bombing and an earlier one in New Jersey, Ahmed Khan Rahami, was arrested after a shootout with police this morning in New Jersey.

13-year-old Tyre King was fatally shot by police in Columbus, Ohio last week. An independent medical examiner has stated that King was "more likely than not" running from police when he was killed, based on the location and direction of the bullet wounds.

There's been a years-long drought in the Breadbasket of America, and the Ogalalla Aquifer -- the underground water reservoir that serves the farms of the Great Plains -- is drying up. It's time for us to revisit our destructive methods of farming and irrigating.

The Emmy Awards show was this weekend. Here's the highlights.

There's a nip in the air and people are starting to talk about "leaf peeping" again. It's autumn, hosers. In honor of the season, let's revisit this classic McSweeney's essay: "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers."

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I Wish I Was the Tune Tonight

Saturday, Sep 17: Neko Case

Live performance by the American singer-songwriter.

The Daily Word in Standing Rock #NoDAPL protests, Hillary Clinton's health, and Syrian ceasefire

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Big things have been happening in North Dakota. "Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota emerged as climate change heroes when, with little political clout or media spotlight, they halted construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline." The proposed pipeline violated Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as it would cross Sioux land and any potential spills would contaminate the tribe's drinking water. Read Mark Sundeen's excellent report from the camp.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he's stepping down from his seat in parliament today, citing conflict of interest. This news comes three months after he resigned as PM of the country, after his failed campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. His successor as PM, Theresa May, is overseeing the process of Brexit. Cameron's resignation is effective immediately.

After a video hit the internet of Hillary Clinton appearing to stumble -- and possibly faint -- after a 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday, pundits have been quick to latch onto claims of the failing health of the Democratic presidential nominee. Several hours after the incident, Clinton's physician released a note saying that she'd been diagnosed with pneumonia. Some have said that her health could be a serious issue in the election. I think that attending a memorial service in Manhattan summer heat despite having pneumonia speaks volumes about Clinton's tenacity.

China and Russia have launched eight days of joint naval drills in the South China Sea. The sea that the UN said that China had no rights over. So, yeah.

There's a temporary ceasefire in effect in Syria, due to a deal brokered by the US and Russia. The ceasefire will ensure that Syrian government forces will stop airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in an attempt to flush out rebel forces. This time is also being used for much-needed humanitarian aid to be delivered to besieged areas like Aleppo.

There are ongoing concerns about lead contamination in Pittsburgh's tap water.

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Meet Your New Best Friend

Saturday, Sep 10: Lapdog-A-Looza

Bring the family and furfriends to have a great time while helping save New Mexico shelter dogs.