SeaWorld announced on Thursday that the marine parks would be putting an end to their orca breeding program, making the killer whales currently in captivity the last generation. The decision was applauded by many after SeaWorld faced heated criticism for its treatment of the whales, which was highlighted in the 2013 documentary Blackfish. It also just so happens that President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland played a small role in SeaWorld's decision to shutter the whale performances for good, The Chicago Tribune reports:
In 2014, the federal appeals court judge issued a ruling that effectively banned SeaWorld from allowing trainers to swim with orcas during performances. In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, of which Garland is the chief judge, upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of trainer Dawn Brancheau, who in 2010 was pulled underwater by an orca named Tilikum during a live performance in Orlando. [The Chicago Tribune]
SeaWorld's attorney in the case, by curious coincidence, happened to be Eugene Scalia — the son of Antonin Scalia, whose spot in the Supreme Court Garland has been tapped to fill. However, Garland and the other judge decided that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was correct in determining that SeaWorld should not expose trainers to the "recognized hazard" of a killer whale and that contact between them should be limited. The decision helped put a stop to the shows — and a halt to breeding the whales in captivity. Jeva Lange
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Eugene Scalia as the dissenting judge in the case.
At Monday's debate at Hofstra University, Donald Trump blamed Hillary Clinton for her husband's signing of NAFTA, saying she has ruined the economy over the past 30 years, when she was a first lady, senator, and secretary of state, and he also said she has been fighting the Islamic State "for your entire adult life." Clinton at one point quipped, "I have a feeling that by the end of the evening, I will be blamed for everything that's ever happened." Trump jumped in: "Why not?" "Why not, yeah, why not?" Clinton responded, laughing. "Just join the debate by saying more crazy things." Peter Weber
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump got into their first heated exchange of the presidential debate in a fiery clash over the North American Free Trade Agreement. "You approved NAFTA," Trump interrupted Clinton, "which is the single worst trade deal ever approved."
Trump continued to charge Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, over NAFTA, to which Clinton snapped, "Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts."
But Trump wasn't letting anything go. Watch the candidates lock horns, below. Jeva Lange
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton didn't wait too long during Monday night's debate to use earlier comments made by Donald Trump during the Great Recession against him.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 27, 2016
Trump, she said, was one of the "people who rooted for the housing crisis." In 2006, Clinton continued, Trump said, "'Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.' Well, it did collapse." She was interrupted by Trump, who embraced his remarks, saying, "That's called business, by the way." Clinton finished her statement by reminding the audience that "nine million people lost their jobs, five million lost their homes, and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out" during the Great Recession. Catherine Garcia
From the beginning of Monday's presidential debate, Hillary Clinton has referred to her Republican rival, Donald Trump, as "Donald." Trump, at least in the first few minutes, made a show of referring to Clinton as "Secretary Clinton." In a response about NAFTA, Trump said "Secretary Clinton — yes, is that okay? I want you to be very happy. It's very important to me."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 27, 2016
Later, he called her "Hillary." Peter Weber
Hillary Clinton wants to get a rise out of Donald Trump at the presidential debate, and she plans to do so ... by calling him by his name. "Mrs. Clinton is eager to play offense and try to get under [Trump's] skin, by doing things like calling him 'Donald' and questioning his net worth," The New York Times reported last week.
And calling him Donald she certainly is. "How are ya, Donald?" Clinton asked her opponent as soon as they walked out on stage.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 27, 2016
Trump, for his part, is apparently calling Clinton "Secretary Clinton" — for now. Jeva Lange
It's been 10 years since the final episode of Will & Grace aired, but everyone's favorite BFFs have reunited — and they're with her.
In a nearly 10-minute video released Monday, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes reprised their roles as the 2016 versions of Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack. Will and Grace, unsurprisingly, are Hillary Clinton supporters (as is Messing in real life), while Karen is firmly ensconced aboard the Trump Train, even having sent her maid Rosario to Trump University (where she studied dusting). Jack, meanwhile, is an angry, unemployed white man who happens to be registered to vote in Pennsylvania, making him the one to court this election.
After running through the many reasons why he should vote for Clinton, Grace finally convinced him by dangling a pop star supporter in front of his face (and no, it's not Cher). It's the same Will & Grace as before, with off color jokes (and some NSFW language), but the underlying message is serious: Get out and vote. Watch the reunion below. Catherine Garcia
With the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump expected to draw record viewership, you won't want to miss one gaffe, fact check, or fiery rejoinder. Thankfully, you have quite a few options for watching the event, depending on what kind of coverage you're looking for.
All the major networks will be showing the debate with their own pre- and post-debate coverage: ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC are all options for people who prefer to watch on TV. Facebook users can also stream the debate via ABC's page, here.
And while the networks can choose how to display the event — which candidate fills the screen, and when — C-SPAN presents another option for viewers with an ongoing split-screen. You can stream it live here, and also review every question and answer on their website.
Or you can stick around! You can watch the debate below, via The Washington Post, and follow our ongoing coverage here.
The first presidential debate begins at 9 p.m. ET at Hofstra University in New York and will run for approximately 90 minutes with no commercials. Jeva Lange