The third Democratic debate of the 2020 election season is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday night at Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
While the summer's previous two debates had to be split into two-night events in order to accommodate all the qualifiers, only 10 candidates met the DNC's polling and donor thresholds for the three-hour event on Thursday. On stage will be former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), and Kamala Harris (Calif.); South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and former Housing Secretary Julián Castro. You can see their podium placement here.
Many other candidates who are still in the running are missing from the stage, including former hedge fund investor Tom Steyer, who has qualified for the October debate, as well as author Marianne Williamson and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, both of whom were among the most googled candidates after the July debates but failed to reach the polling threshold of 2 percent for September. Other candidates, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, dropped out of the race after failing to qualify for Thursday night's debate.
George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, and Jorge Ramos are set to moderate the event, with all 10 participants having been sternly warned to watch their language live on air (looking at you, Beto).
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Have you ever wondered what it would look like to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds? Probably not, because before yesterday, it was almost impossible. All that changed when on Thursday, Tesla's Elon Musk unveiled the second-generation Roadster, the Roadster 2, which is the fastest production car ever made, The Verge reports.
Can't quite wrap your head around that? Here's what it looks like, if you're the unlucky bystander watching the Roadster 2 peel off into the California night:
If forecasters are correct and there are warmer-than-average waters in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and weak El Niño conditions this summer, the 2017 hurricane season could be an active one.
"There's a potential for a lot of Atlantic storm activity this year," acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Ben Friedman told The Associated Press Thursday. NOAA's forecast calls for 11 to 17 named storms and five to nine hurricanes, with two to four expected to be major; the long-term season averages 12 named storms and six hurricanes, with three major ones. Tropical storms are classified as having sustained winds of at least 39 mph, while hurricanes have sustained winds of at least 74 mph. The Atlantic storm season lasts six months, and will officially start on June 1.
Friedman told AP a new weather satellite that will move into a permanent position over the East Coast later this year will give forecasters a better view of the continental U.S. and tropical waters where hurricanes form. They will be able to watch storms as they develop and "see lightning in the clouds like we've never seen before," Friedman said. Catherine Garcia
After six reported deaths, Takata is likely to recall 33.8 million U.S. vehicles with "potentially defective" airbags, The New York Times reports.
The Japanese airbag supplier is expected to announce the recall on Tuesday in conjunction with federal safety regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If Takata recalls the 33.8 million vehicles and admits its airbags may be defective, it would be the largest-ever automotive recall in the country.
In addition to the six deaths, more than 100 injuries have been reported that fault the airbags. According to the Times, Takata's airbag inflators are known to "explode violently" and spray metal fragments onto passengers.
If Takata announces the airbags are defective, repairs to the recalled cars would happen in phases. Affected cars in high humidity areas would be the first repaired, because humid areas have seen most of the airbag issues, The Detroit News reports.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: Takata agreed on Tuesday afternoon to recall the 33.8 potentially defective airbag inflators, which will lead to the U.S.'s largest-ever auto recall. "Takata has agreed to confirm that Takata airbag inflators are defective," Anthony Foxx, the U.S. transportation secretary, told NBC News. "It is fair to say this is the most complex consumer recall in U.S. history."Meghan DeMaria