"Morning after" must-reads
"So, about that 'very boring' debate @realDonaldTrump predicted," tweets CNBC's David Montalvo, sharing Brian Stelter's report that the Democratic debate live stream actually outdrew the GOP debate (at 2,610 shares so far). To be specific, the live stream peaked at 980,000, as compared with the network's GOP debate that peaked at 921,000 concurrent streams. "The cordcutters appear to vote Democrat," concludes CNNMoney's Heather Long. At some point during the night, there were "people in 73 countries watching #DemDebate in virtual reality - including someone in Uzbekistan," notices Jason Farkas, also at CNNMoney.
And now for some fact-checking -- and what better platform for the task than Politico's Wrongometer? "@BernieSanders wants to close the 'gun show' loophole. One problem: the 'gun show' loophole doesn’t actually exist," points out Politico's Kenneth Vogel. "My favorite fact check so far: Actually Jim Webb you can get to the Tripoli airport thx," editor Susan Glasser shares. Meanwhile, at the Washington Post, Philip Bump is declaring Bernie Sanders the candidate breaking through in the Democratic debate. "Sanders has done something unusual for a Democrat: He's getting more Google interest than Donald Trump," Bump tweets. But at the New York Times, Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro are concluding that Hillary successfully turned up the heat on Sanders. "Dominant Clinton turns night expected to X-Ray her character into referendum on Sander's judgment," Barbaro explains on Twitter. For more insights on last night's tussle, you can check out NYT's live analysis here and WSJ's live blog here.
Stepping away from American politics, here's a trending Financial Times report on how oil fuels jihadi terrorists. "Isis Inc. The inside story of how Isis makes a mint from oil undisturbed by the air campaign. Outstanding work," praises Alec Russell there. Over at the New York Times, they're delving into how the Taliban targeted women during their takeover of Kunduz. "Terrifying story about the Taliban systematically wiping out all female-empowerment efforts in Kunduz," elaborates The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum. Meanwhile, Foreign Policy's Andrew Quilty goes inside the MSF Hospital in Kunduz. "Disturbing images from inside the Kunduz hospital the US bombed," reacts Vanity Fair's Kia Makarechi.
Controversies of the day: Goldman Sachs Group has been entangled in a Malaysia fund scandal while NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. Engadget's Richard Lawler reflects, "ah man, hope Lamar Odom gets through this and pulls his stuff together."