Good luck, Holt


September 26, 2016

NBC News anchor Lester Holt has the honor (and the burden) of moderating the first 2016 US presidential debate, which will broadcast live tonight. The alleged gunman who fatally shot five people at a Washington mall on Friday is now in custody. And golf legend Arnold Palmer, aka "The King," has died at 87.



It’s time: The first US presidential debate of 2016 is tonight. Just how much fact-checking should a debate moderator do?

NBC’s Nightly News anchor Lester Holt is moderating a historic television event Monday night, between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The debate, which kicks off at 9pm ET, is expected to draw tens of millions of viewers.

Fact-checking has been a persistent issue throughout this election cycle, where Trump has often lied about his past positions and given credence to conspiracy theories in the span of a single interview or speech.

Clinton’s campaign says Holt should call out Trump’s falsehoods, while Trump’s campaign insists it’s not the media’s job to be virtual fact-checkers.

Retired CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer summed up the whole thing perfectly: “If I was moderating the first debate, I think I’d be under the bed hoping they couldn’t find me.”

When Holt steps onto the Hofstra University debate stage tonight, he’ll find himself between two campaigns with opposing visions of his role. Sara D. Davis / Melina Mara / The Washington Post / Getty

Pre-debate extras

2016 y’all. Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America



Shootings in the US.

In North Carolina: Charlotte police released video of the death of Keith Lamont Scott on Saturday, following days of protests in the community. Footage from a police dash cam shows Scott getting out of his SUV as police have their guns drawn, but doesn’t show what Scott is holding in his hands. An attorney for Scott's family said, “I don’t see anything there, in my opinion, that would lead to him losing his life.”

In Washington: The alleged gunman who fatally shot five people at a mall in Burlington, Washington, on Friday, is in custody, officials said. Police identified him as 20-year-old Arcan Cetin and said he’s previously been arrested for domestic violence and drunk driving. He’s also posted photos of himself online posing with guns. The FBI said there are no indications of terrorism.

Here’s what we know about the Washington mall shooting victims. From left: Chuck Eagan, Sarai Lara, Belinda Galde and her mother Beatrice Dotson. Not pictured: Shayla Martin. Via Facebook



A BuzzFeed News investigation helped free Arlena Lindley from prison, decades before her sentence was to end.

Almost two years ago, BuzzFeed News published an investigation into the laws that sent Lindley and many battered women to prison. Their crime: They didn't stop their violent partners from also harming or killing their children — "failure to protect," in legal terms. In some cases, the women got longer sentences than the men got for actually beating or killing the children.

This is an intimate, moving tale of a woman who got the ultimate second chance — and some who didn’t.

Lindley in prison in February 2016. Ilana Panich-Linsman for BuzzFeed News



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