Today's edition of quick hits:
doesn't even include those who watched online: "The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most watched ever, as more than 83 million people tuned in to see the candidates spar at Hofstra University, according to a tally of preliminary Nielsen figures released by the networks that aired the event."
* Houston shooting
: "A man who injured nine people in a shooting rampage in Houston on Monday was wearing military clothes and Nazi emblems during the attack, and was carrying nearly 2,600 rounds of ammunition inside a Porsche convertible parked at the scene, authorities said."
* I'll have more on this
in the morning: "A combination of Senate Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday soundly rejected a first effort by Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, to advance a temporary spending bill, leaving Congress again flirting with a government shutdown in the latest illustration of how nothing is ever simple on Capitol Hill these days."
* FBI Director James Comey told Congress today fewer Americans
are trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS: "The dropoff began late last summer. At the peak, the FBI was seeing from eight to ten people a month trying to join the caliphate. Now it's averaging between none and one."
* This seems like a very bad argument
: "Former Democratic presidential candidate and DNC chairman Howard Dean is standing by his controversial tweet about Donald Trump's sniffles during Monday's presidential debate."
* Wells Fargo's troubles aren't over
: "Secretary of Labor Tom Perez on Tuesday said he would initiate a 'top-to-bottom' review of labor practices at disgraced bank Wells Fargo."
* The "war on drugs" enters a more sensible
phase: "Arrests for simple marijuana possession in the United States fell to nearly a two-decade low last year, according to new statistics released Monday by the FBI." read more