[Content note: racism, gun violence, misogyny, terrorism, homophobia]
All The News In Fits and Spurts:
The Drudge Report released their much-touted October Surprise yesterday. Turns out it was an old video of Barack Obama speaking at Hampton University in Virginia. The video was covered in the last election by everyone (including Fox News where the tape was aired last night) and has been on YouTube since 2007. It also turns out that President Obama might be black, which concerns some conservative pundits.
It's debate night! I hope there are lots of zingers! If not, you can always get some Zingers here.
The Los Angeles City Council voted to repeal the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries it approved just a few months ago.
Unknown assailants killed at least 25 people at a polytechnic school in northeastern Nigeria.
Iran's currency plummeted at least 17 percent in trading on Monday. US officials said the decline was evidence of the success of the international sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.
Brad Staats, a Republican running for Congress in Tennessee, posted a picture of a semi-automatic pistol on his Facebook page. Underneath it he wrote: "Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama." Good lord.
Speaking of Republicans: Todd Akin has been really terrible for a very long time.
Know who's not terrible, but in fact totally fucking awesome? Jessica Luther of scATX.com. Check out this great poster featuring a quote from her.
Legal victory: Transgender woman wins insurance coverage for sex reassignment surgery. Woot!
Citing security concerns, Serbia's Gay Pride parade planned for this weekend in Belgrade has been canceled as have all activities related to it.
Attention Fans of Lorries and Crisps: Downtown Abbey is on out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Cheerio!
HIV treatment is now officially free for all who need it in England, including undocumented migrants and non-United Kingdom citizens. Hail Britannia!