Motown showdown. The second night of Democratic presidential debates featured a lot of attacks on former vice president Joe Biden. Cory Booker and Tulsi Gabbard had good nights, but there weren't any breakout moments [Politico].
- This is a fun read. Go inside the Daily Show's "social media war room" during the Democratic debates to see how they respond with jokes in real-time [Fast Company].
Pay attention to this. President Donald Trump holds his first campaign rally since the "send her back!" chant on Thursday night [AP].
Congressional Republicans brace for a wave of retirements. So far, five GOP House members said they won't be returning next year. There are fears that some of the most vulnerable Republicans could decide to call it quits before the 2020 election [Politico].
North Korea. Leaders said they test-fired a new multiple rocket launcher system that could enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there [AP].
Markets. As expected the Fed cut rates for the first time since 2008 in an effort to stave off a possible economic downturn [CNN].
Prescription drugs. The Trump administration is considering a proposal to make it easier to import prescription drugs from Canada in order to combat rising prices [NYT].
Equifax settlement. So many people opted to take payment as part of the settlement for the Equifax data breach that those who signed up will get "nowhere near" the $125 per person initially promised [WaPo].
Climate. Temperatures in Alaska have been above average every day since April 25. None of the state's weather stations have recorded a temperature below freezing since June 28, the longest streak in at least 100 years [WaPo].