Breaking bulletins for Thursday
"Wow, life changing, literally," reacts Katrina Strickland from the Australian Financial Review after learning that China will officially end its one-child policy by allowing all families to have two kids (at 27,500+ whopping shares so far). The new relaxed policy signals China's attept to address its falling birthrate and aging population. "Wow! Never expected this in my lifetime," admits freelance journalist Ruchika Tulshyan. "Two kids and counting," quips former New York Times journo James Cobb. "But don't get greedy on Papa Xi now," warns NYT's Jonathan Weisman. Others had a less positive response: "China ends one-child policy, does not apologize for orphans, murder, human trafficking, and little emperors," points out Yiqing Shao of Boston Magazine. "Draconian policy backfired in many ways," similarly reflects Martha Groves at the LA Times. Worse yet, it's more than likely the reversal has come too late to replace the workforce that's rapidly aging out. And as Grist's Lisa Hymas predicts, "few couples will have more kids anyway because they’re so expensive."
So last night's CNBC debate fell well short of Fox and CNN in the ratings game, but it's still expected to be the network's highest-rated program in its history. "The 'Trump bump' continues to amaze CNBC's GOP debate in 2011: 3.1 million viewers. This time: 14 million!" shares CNN's Brian Stelter. Sadly for Jeb Bush, it was a big bomb. "Bush seemed gutted, pallid—a ghost rising spectrally from a car crash, looking down on the wreckage below," beautifully writes John Heilemann. Which led a Bush campaign manager to confront CNBC over the debate debacle. "Jeb spoke less than anyone else on stage last night. His staff made displeasure known to CNBC producers," explains NYT's Michael Barbaro. Meanwhile, the NY Times is telling Gov. Chris Christie "Time to Go Home." Kevin Manahan with the New Jersey Star-Ledger neatly summarizes, "Here's @nytimes channeling @tomamoran and telling @ChrisChristie to back to NJ and (as my wife says) FIX SOMETHING!" Simultaneously, another GOP-er Ben Carson tells the Associated Press that Seventh-day Adventism is the right faith for him, responding to criticism from fellow candidate Donald Trump. And elsewhere in politics, Paul Ryan is all set to be elected House speaker.