The craziest, most surreal debate in modern US history


October 10, 2016 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed during the second, highly tense US presidential debate Sunday night. The Royal Bank of Scotland systematically crushed thousands of companies for profit during the financial crisis, secret files show. And Samsung temporarily halted production of the Galaxy Note 7 after reports that replacements have caught fire.



The second US presidential debate was unlike any other.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage Sunday night in the midst of a Trumpocalypse: On Friday, a 2005 hot mic recording showed the Republican nominee effectively saying he sexually assaults women by grabbing them “by the pussy.” Many Republicans then started jumping ship one after the other.

Trump defended his lewd comments as “locker room talk,” and denied that he sexually assaulted women (despite saying he did).

Moderator Anderson Cooper probed Trump on whether he had actually done the things he claimed to do in the video — and still Trump shifted back to pledging military might.

What else?

In a notable shift, Clinton pivoted her defense of her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. She previously said she had never received or sent information that was marked classified —  but the FBI found that Clinton had indeed sent and received information that was designated as top-secret. Trump said that if he were elected, Hillary Clinton “would be in jail.”

An hour and a half before the debate, Trump held a Facebook Live event with four women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual abuse.

The moments everyone’s talking about:

  • Debate moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz went in hard, and people loved it.

  • Bill Clinton and Melania Trump awkwardly shook hands and people lost it.

  • #Factcheck: Here’s a bunch of things Trump got wrong.

  • This Muslim professor’s clapback was perhaps the best tweet of the debate.

  • A "hoverer": People thought it was really creepy the way Trump was standing right behind Clinton when she spoke.

Who do you think won the debate? Take our poll. Getty Images

A little extra reading

What was not said in Sunday night’s nasty presidential debate. Clinton was unfazed in the face of aggressive personal attacks and Trump did well enough to keep himself afloat. Conservative Mormons are revolting against Trump. Trump goes full Breibart.

The UK’s lead pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage defended Trump by calling him a "silverback gorilla." NBC suspended Today show host Billy Bush after he was caught on tape degrading women with Trump in 2005. And here's how the white vote breaks down.



More than 500 people have died in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

Officials in Haiti continue to assess the death count after the storm tore through the country on Tuesday, but remain certain that it will climb.

In the US, the death toll related to Hurricane Matthew — which was downgraded to a post-tropical storm on Sunday morning — continued to climb with at least 22 people reported dead across four states.

Doctors Without Borders said in a statement that it had deployed four teams to five different regions of Haiti. Dieu Nalio Chery / AP Photo



The Royal Bank of Scotland systematically crushed thousands of businesses for profit during the financial crisis, according to a trove of internal documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The documents lay bare the bank’s strategy to push companies into its feared troubled-business unit, Global Restructuring Group (GRG), which chased profits by hitting them with massive fees and fines and by snapping up their assets at rock-bottom prices to resell for a future profit.  

The bank denies allegations that it destroyed healthy businesses for profit — but the RBS Files call into question the bank’s public insistence that GRG acted as an “intensive care unit” for ailing firms, tasked with restructuring their loan agreements to “help them back to health.”



  • In the US: Two California police officers were shot and killed Saturday after responding to a domestic disturbance call in Palm Springs. The shooter was arrested and charged with two counts of “murder of a peace officer,” police said.

  • Extremist views:  Almost half the adults in 12 European countries hold anti-immigrant nationalist views, a major new study shows.

  • LGBT: The US has run out of injectable estrogen for trans women — again.

  • In tech: Samsung has temporarily halted production of the Galaxy Note 7 after reports that replacements have caught fire. And Facebook recorded an £11 million tax rebate in the UK last year, accounts have shown. It paid £4,327 in tax in 2014.

  • Nobel Prize: Harvard’s Oliver Hart and MIT’s Bengt Holmström won the Nobel Prize in economic sciences for their work in explaining how contracts help the modern economy.

  • Entertainment: Keeping Up With the Kardashians production has been placed on hold less than a week after Kim was robbed in Paris. And The Girl on the Train — and the massively successful books and films like it — serve as fantasy spaces for women to act out their rage at living under patriarchy. Warning: Spoilers!


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