On the sixth debate of the year, the candidates gave to thee...no better clue on who's the nominee.
Right – the sixth out of 12. Seven people qualified this time – the smallest stage yet. It's based on polls and donor requirements. Sorry to the people who didn't make it: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Former HUD Sec Julián Castro, and more.
The face time helps. Because now's the time for candidates to start differentiating themselves. Here's how they did that last night:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)…wants to be progressive, but make it practical. Case in point: the House just passed a new version of Trump's trade deal with Canada and Mexico – and Klobuchar is all for it. She wants to build on the Affordable Care Act. And has taken on Brett Kavanaugh. Oh, and she thinks James Madison was tall enough.
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang…pointed out that economic growth doesn't take into account mental health. He hopes to inspire other immigrant families. And wants to outcompete China on tech and give everyone $1,000...plus a copy of his book.
Don't worry, we wouldn't forget the third impeachment of a US president in history. And neither did the candidates. They mostly agreed it was the right move. Klobuchar and Steyer said the American people deserve clarity at the Senate trial. Yang said we all need to stop being obsessed with it. And Buttigieg said it's up to voters in 2020 to decide what happens next.
There's only one debate left before the Iowa caucuses on Feb 3, when Americans cast their first votes for their 2020 pick. It's a big deal as most Dem candidates who have won Iowa since 1976 have gone on to become the nominee. So enjoy the holiday break, candidates, because it only gets more intense from here
Facebook. Yesterday, the company said it won't allow misinformation about the 2020 census on its platforms. The census, which happens every 10 years, is there to get a headcount on who's living in the US. And it's been drumming up attention since the Trump admin wanted to add a question on US citizenship. It's since given up on that. But critics are still worried that undocumented immigrants and their family members could be scared off from answering the census. Now, Facebook's saying it won't allow posts or ads that discourage people from filling it out, or that share false info on how to participate.
...Oh and speaking of bans, Instagram announced earlier this week that it's blocking branded content promoting vaping, tobacco products, and weapons.
Skimm More: We explain more about the vaping crisis – including how it got started – here.
This mafia bust. Yesterday, Italian police arrested more than 300 people tied to one of the world's most powerful criminal orgs – the 'Ndrangheta. Known for its violence, the group controls much of Europe's cocaine trade. Authorities said they arrested politicians, lawyers, accountants, and other officials in the crackdown – which was carried out across Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Bulgaria. Those arrested face a number of charges including murder, extortion, and money laundering.
This study. Earlier this week, a study found that almost half of people in the US will be considered obese by 2030, with one in four Americans experiencing severe obesity. The consequences could be deadly, since it's associated with a higher risk of health issues like diabetes and heart disease. The study doesn't share a miracle solution, but previous studies have found that things like limiting sugary drinks and exercise could help.
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