For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to ban a previously approved opioid due to its addictive qualities. In this decision, the FDA specifically recognized the public health risk of the opioid epidemic and committed to making other similar evaluations with other drugs.
As news of the growing likelihood of a surprise upset by Donald Trump reached traders in Asia, markets there plunged nearly six percent. By the time his victory was all but certain, they had pushed down the dollar, spiked the price of safe havens such as gold, and punished the Mexican peso by bringing it to record low levels.
European markets followed suit, with major markets in Frankfurt, Milan and London shedding between two and three percentage points. Markets pared their losses somewhat following Trump's acceptance speech.
Donald Trump's public break with GOP leaders and nosedive in the polls since the first presidential debate and the release of a 2005 tape containing his lewd comments and boasts about sexual assault have Democratic strategists openly considering going after two historically red GOP strongholds--Georgia and Arizona. Supporters have begun urging Hillary Clinton to move aggressively on Congressional races to try and take back not just the Senate but the House of Representatives.
Trump Assails His Own Party’s Leadership
For the first time in 34 years, USA Today broke precedent and weighed in on the presidential race: "This year, one of the candidates––Republican nominee Donald Trump––is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency."
First Lady Michelle Obama weighed in on the long-running insinuations about her husband's birth while at a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Obama never mentioned Donald Trump by name in her comments, but the incendiary Republican nominee has been the most vocal perpetrator of Birther conspiracies and lies throughout Barack Obama's presidency. Mrs. Obama slammed Trump's comments were "Hurtful, deceitful questions deliberately designed to undermine his presidency, questions that cannot be blamed on others or swept under the rug by an insincere sentence uttered at a press conference."
Hillary Clinton was the clear winner of last night’s presidential debate.
A CNN/ORC analysis revealed that 62 percent of voters who tuned in deemed Clinton the winner, compared to 27 percent who said they preferred Donald Trump’s performance. (CNN noted that the poll sample was weighted more heavily Democratic, but the rout was still evident.) Voters lauded Clinton for expressing her views more clearly more Trump, saying she had a better understanding of the issues by a margin of 2 to 1. Further, 56 percent said Clinton did a better job at addressing concerns voters might have about her potential presidency, versus 39 percent for Trump. Viewers were more divided on which candidate appeared more authentic, but Clinton also topped Trump on this question 53 percent to 40 percent.