The VP debate was ~painful~ to watch

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October 5, 2016 

US vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine squabbled about pretty much everything during their one and only debate Tuesday night. At least 11 people died as Hurricane Matthew continued to move through the Caribbean and toward the US. And Yahoo apparently built the US government a tool to spy on hundreds of millions of emails.

 

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You probably didn’t watch, but US vice presidential candidates Mike Pence (R) and Tim Kaine (D) talked over each other and argued about pretty much everything in their only debate.

Here’s some bipartisan consensus: Both campaigns agreed the debate was unpleasant to watch.

The candidates squabbled over immigration — having the discussion Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should’ve had — community relations and policing, abortion, and Trump’s taxes. This video pretty much sums up the night.

Russia was also a thing: Pence split with his running mate Trump on Russia, calling the country a geopolitical aggressor led by a “small and bullying leader.” He may also have made up an ancient proverb about Russia. Who knows.

 
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (left) and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence at Longwood University on Tuesday night.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (left) and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence at Longwood University on Tuesday night. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

 

Some other highlights

  • The Republican Party declared Pence the winner of the debate…before it even started.
  • People were annoyed that the candidates constantly interrupted and talked over moderator Elaine Quijano.
  • Pence said “you whipped out that Mexican thingand Twitter was all over it.
  • But the real winner of the night was Vice President Joe Biden, because a debate without Uncle Joe is just a bunch of malarkey.
 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Hurricane Matthew is battering Haiti and Cuba and threatening the US East Coast. 

At least 11 people died as Hurricane Matthew continues to move through the Caribbean and toward the US with winds up to 130 mph. The storm made landfall in Haiti Tuesday morning, becoming the first Category 4 hurricane to strike the country since Hurricane Cleo in 1964. Matthew later made landfall a second time in Cuba.

To prepare for possible impact, the governors of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina have declared states of emergency.

 
Fallen trees are seen after Hurricane Matthew passed through Les Cayes, Haiti.

Fallen trees seen after Hurricane Matthew passed through Les Cayes, Haiti. Andres Martinez Casares / Reuters

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

This Saudi teen is probably behind the hacks of dozens of tech CEOs and celebrities.

Over the past six months, the hacking group OurMine has attacked the social media accounts of some of the biggest names in tech, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

Lacking a clear raison d’être — OurMine has variously claimed to be raising awareness of security problems and to be charging for its security services — the group has nevertheless established itself as a nuisance to dozens of tech luminaries and celebrities.

And while OurMine comprises an unknown number of hackers, BuzzFeed News can confirm that one of the OurMine crew is likely a young man living in Saudi Arabia who goes by the name “Ahmad Makki” on social media.

 
Makki's name has repeatedly come up in doxxes by rival hacking groups. But this screenshot is the first hard proof of his participation in OurMine.

Makki’s name has repeatedly come up in doxxes by rival hacking groups. But this screenshot is the first hard proof of his participation in OurMine.

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • Clinton leaks: In a chat with BuzzFeed News, hacker “Guccifer 2.0” continued to insist that the documents released Tuesday came from the servers of the Clinton Foundation

  • In tech: Google unveiled a new phone called Pixel, the first designed entirely by the company. And Yahoo apparently built the US government a tool to spy on hundreds of millions of emails and people aren’t happy.

  • Health: New research reveals that black women in the US are much more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.

  • UK news: Diane James has quit as leader of the UK Independence Party, just 18 days after being elected to the position.

  • Nobel Prize: Three European scientists have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry for building the world's smallest machines.

  • Hip-hop artist Kid Cudi has checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges.

“Theres a ragin violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like,” Cudi wrote on Facebook. Michael Hickey / Getty Images

 
 

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