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  • Last night's presidential debate was "a stark reminder that the most direct threat to the electoral process now comes from the president of the United States himself," the NY Times reports.
  • Nominal debate moderator Chris Wallace, who did an awful job, told the Times it was “a terrible missed opportunity,” adding, “I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did.”
  • The Commission on Presidential Debates said it will add “additional structure” to future debates because “more orderly discussion is needed.”
  • The Atlantic has a chilling article about the Oath Keepers, an armed militia that has drawn in thousands of Trump supporters from the military and law-enforcement communities.
  • Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune, was sentenced to 81 months in prison for her involvement with the NXIVM cult.
  • Beloved Williamsburg diner Kellogg's Diner says it is in danger of closing for good.
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have pulled out of next week’s New Yorker Festival in solidarity with unionized editorial staff members, who are planning a digital picket line.
  • Longtime Washington Heights resident and grassroots historian Barry S. has been posting vintage photos of his neighborhood and Inwood on lampposts.
  • Eater examines how restaurants and gentrification are inextricably interconnected.
  • The White House blocked a new order from the CDC to keep cruise ships docked until mid-February, "a step that would have displeased the politically powerful tourism industry in the crucial swing state of Florida."
  • Newcomer Iman Vellani will play the titular Ms. Marvel in the upcoming MCU Disney+ series.
  • Here's an amusing Reddit thread about the dumbest things people "actually believed," like that only bald people wore hats, that people had divorce ceremonies when they broke up, that people can smell underwater, and that the Great Wall of China had a cat adoption program.
  • And finally, beaver ASMR is the next great frontier: