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July 13, 2015
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Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki insisted that his 2013 feature, The Wind Rises, would be his last. But the mastermind behind such beloved works as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away is, in fact, back at the drawing board.

Still, he might not exactly be doing a lot of drawing, per se.That's because the proposed short film (only 10 minutes!) will be Miyazaki's first ever in a 3D CG format. This despite the director having claimed in 2005, "I think CGI has the potential to equal or even surpass what the human hand can do, but it is far too late for me to try it."

Miyazaki's new film will star a "hairy caterpillar" as its protagonist, Variety reports. While it is so far only slated to be shown in the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, and will take an estimated three years to complete, don't despair — that gives you all the more time to start planning your trip to Japan now. Jeva Lange

3:07 p.m. ET

Senate Democrats blocked the government spending bill 55-45 Tuesday, threatening a government shutdown if an agreement is not reached by Friday's midnight deadline. The GOP resolution, which would have funded the government through Dec. 9, was rejected on the grounds that it did not give aid to Flint, although it did for flood victims in Louisiana, Maryland, and West Virginia. Democrats have said they don't oppose the flood aid but that it should not be included unless aid also goes to Flint for the water crisis.

"Why do you feel you have to punish people in Louisiana ... for Flint when there's a pathway forward on Flint through the WRDA bill?" Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said, naming a bill the Senate approved to give Flint $220 million for water infrastructure, although it was not included in the House's draft, meaning the two chambers would need to negotiate it after the elections.

Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said, “The Republicans are essentially saying the disasters in our states are more important than the disasters in your state. It is unfair, and it is wrong.” Jeva Lange

1:41 p.m. ET
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The first presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle was the most-watched debate ever, with 80.9 million people tuning in to see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head to head. Clinton and Trump's first presidential showdown topped the second-most viewed debate in U.S. history, between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in 1980, by 300,000 viewers.

The debate was especially accessible for viewers this year as it was shown on every major news network, in addition to being streamed on Facebook and YouTube. By comparison, the first debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama in 2012 garnered only 67 million viewers on average. And while some analysts had expected viewership to drop after the first hour of the debate, Nielsen data showed early signs of viewers sticking around to watch the whole thing.

The official Nielsen number tallies only traditional TV viewers, disregarding online streaming or group-watching events, so likely many more than 80.9 million people actually watched the debate. Still, Monday's record falls short of some early expectations the debate would attract 100 million or more viewers, which would have been comparable to Super Bowl 50. Jeva Lange

1:11 p.m. ET

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in a Monday night interview that Hillary Clinton might be "too stupid to be president," if she really believed her husband Bill Clinton over then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky when he denied early allegations of their affair in the 1990s. "She didn't just stand by him, she attacked Monica Lewinksy," Giuliani said. "After being married to Bill Clinton for 20 years, if you didn't know the moment Monica Lewinsky said that Bill Clinton violated her that she was telling the truth, then you're too stupid to be president."

While Donald Trump was too "gentlemanly" and "reserved" to bring up the subject at the presidential debate Monday night, Giuliani suggested he would not have hesitated to mention Bill's past indiscretions. Giuliani also said the fact that Trump didn't broach the topic is evidence he's a feminist.

You can hear the rest of Giuliani's evidence in his full interview, below. Becca Stanek

12:47 p.m. ET

Monday night's presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York began at 5 a.m. Tuesday in Moscow, but that didn't deter journalists of the country's state-owned media from rising bright and early to cover the event. They didn't exactly take an unbiased stance, either: "At the very least, [the coverage] shows exactly how smoothly Donald Trump's policy positions dovetail with Moscow's," Julia Ioffe wrote at Foreign Policy.

One such example was when Trump claimed the U.S. shouldn't be the "world's policeman," a stance that Russian President Vladimir Putin has strongly backed. The quote was promptly shared by Russian newspaper Izvestia:

Ioffe runs through other examples of where Trump sounds eerily similar to the Kremlin's messaging, such as in his assertion that Americans created the conditions for the rise of the Islamic State or his denial that there is any evidence to suggest Russia hacked the DNC. See more examples of the overlap at Foreign Policy, here. Jeva Lange

12:27 p.m. ET
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Hillary Clinton wasn't particularly impressed with Donald Trump's debate performance Monday night, and she suggested Tuesday that Trump's complaints about his microphone indicate he wasn't either. Earlier Tuesday, Trump wondered whether his debate microphone was purposely tampered with, because he said his volume seemed lower than Clinton's and his microphone seemed to be capturing a sound some thought sounded like the sniffles. "Anyone who complains about the microphone is not having a good night," Clinton said, in response to a question about their microphones during a brief presser aboard her plane.

Clinton thought Trump's biggest stumbles of the night were his "charges and claims that were demonstrably untrue" and the opinions he offered that "a lot of people would find offensive and off-putting." "I'm excited about where we are in this country," Clinton said. "He talks down America every chance he gets. He calls us names. He calls us a third-world country."

Clinton and Trump will face off again Sunday, Oct. 9, in a presidential debate hosted by Washington University in St. Louis and moderated by ABC's Martha Raddatz and CNN's Anderson Cooper. Becca Stanek

11:30 a.m. ET
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Donald Trump apparently upset his fans on the alt-right message board 4chan during the first presidential debate Monday night, when he characterized the perpetrator of the hack on the Democratic National Committee as probably "someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds." One anonymous user posted an image titled "fat-computer-guy.gif," alongside the comment, "[Your face when] Trump calls you out for being a 400-pound hacker." Another asked, "Which one of you 400lb a** holes hacked the DNC."

4chan users have previously supplied Trump's campaign with some of its favorite controversial memes, but it's safe to say their comments Monday certainly won't be retweeted by any Trump surrogates. As The Daily Beast reported, Trump's remark blaming the DNC breach on a 400-pound hacker rather than on Russia — which U.S. officials have suggested is the real culprit — was just the one of the issues 4chan users had with their preferred candidate's performance. "I watched it with family mixed Democrat/Republican," wrote one user. "Every single person on both sides thought Trump looked horrible." Another flat-out wrote: "Trump actually sucked tonight."

You can read the rest of 4chan users' takes on Trump's debate performance over at The Daily Beast. Becca Stanek

11:24 a.m. ET

Archaeologists have uncovered a forgotten 200-year-old pub beneath the city of Manchester, England. And the best part? It still has full, untouched bottles of brandy inside, The Independent reports.

Archaeologists discovered the underground pub — once known as the Astley Arms — when they were brought in to inspect the site of a future skyscraper. During the excavation, they found pottery belonging to Thomas Evans, who was the landlord of Astley Arms in 1821. "It's brilliant because you can suddenly connect it to the local people in the area. We looked online about [Evans'] family history and one of his descendants now lives in Texas," said the site's archeological supervisor, Aidan Turner.

As many as 20 bottles have also been found in the former pub, Manchester Evening News reports. "We opened the cork on a few and you can still smell it," said James Alderson, the site's developer. "It's amazing knowing there's so much history at this site and it's really exciting." Jeva Lange

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