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7 things to know now: Peres dies; California police shooting; Mary J. Blige

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Peres dies: Shimon Peres, a founder of the state of Israeli who later became its prime minister and its president, died Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. Peres served in his country’s government in some capacity for decades. In the 1990s, he brokered the Oslo Peace Accords, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Israeli President Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat.

2. Police shooting in California: Police shot and killed a man Tuesday who was reported to have been acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego, Calif. Police say the man pulled an object from his pocket and “assumed a shooting stance” facing officers. According to El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis, one officer tried to use a Taser on the man before he was shot by another officer.

3. Saudi bill veto: The Senate is set to vote Wednesday to override a veto by President Barack Obama of a bill that would have allowed families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Obama vetoed the bill saying it would interfere with a president’s ability to set foreign policy.

4. Government shutdown: A funding bill meant to stave-off a federal government shutdown Friday, failed to clear a procedural hurdle that would limit debate on the bill and move it to the floor of the Senate for a vote. The continuing resolution (CR) got only 45 of the 60 votes needed to move the bill along. The services of the federal government are funded only through midnight Friday. The  CR would keep the government running until Dec. 9.

5. Marijuana on the ballot: Americans in nine states will see a measure on their ballots in November that addresses expanding access to legalized marijuana. Voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada  will consider legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota are looking at using it for medical purposes. Montana voters will consider easing restrictions an existing medical marijuana law.

And  one more

Teasers  from singer Mary J. Blige’s interview with Hillary Clinton for an Apple Music show  has tongues wagging on  social media. One clip from “The 411” shows Blige singing to the Democratic nominee for president then clasping her hands. The second clip shows Blige telling Clinton that "a lot of people in my community think Obama was blocked in congress because he was black." According to the Associated Press, Apple is billing the interview as "an intimate conversation" featuring Blige. ''The 411 with Mary J. Blige" airs Friday.

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'Hillary's Shimmy' is now a thing on social media

Hillary Clinton may not have a future on “Dancing  with the Stars,” she has bigger fish to fry, but she did pop a move during the first presidential debate Monday night that has the social media world talking.

And shimmying.

It was a little shrug of the shoulders, a response to a claim she doesn’t have the temperament to be president, that took only hours to become a “thing” on the internet.

A viral “thing,” in fact.

When Clinton heard her opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump say, "I have a much better temperament than she does,” it seemed it was all Clinton could do to contain herself. She sighed, said “Ok,” then gave a little shimmy.

The move lasted a little bit longer than just a shudder -- not as long as a full shoulder roll.

It went like this:

At that moment, or soon thereafter, a gif was born, and it was named “Hillary’s shimmy.” The most popular gif using the move also  featured  former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and some cat that,  frankly, knows how to shake it.

Here’s a few versions of the “Hillary shimmy”:

You get the picture.

Whether this moment, out of  an hour-and-a-half of moments, will define the debate is another question. 

Is '#trumpwon' tongue-in-cheek or straight-up? Depends on your point of view.

There is a hashtag trending on Twitter Tuesday named “#trumpwon.” At first blush, you would think the hashtag refers to what it says it does – the assumption that Donald Trump won the presidential debate last night in New York. 

Unless, of course, you don’t think he won the debate and you are mocking the fact that he thinks he won the debate, and you’re in on the joke.

On the other hand, maybe  you’re not sure it’s a joke (and maybe it isn’t),  and you're  just left shaking your head --  or at least a gif you post is. On the other hand, it may just be fun to sit back and watch what everyone else on social media does with it.

Monday's first presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle was the most-tweeted debate ever, and Trump did win that contest with 62 percent of the Twitter conversation from the night. 

Here's what people are saying about #trumpwon on Tuesday.

Those who think he won:

Surprisingly, filmmaker Michael Moore came down in the “winner” column (we think)

No so surprisingly, Trump thanked twitter users for declaring him the winner (if they did)

Those who wonder  why Trump supports don’t get the joke

Those who aren’t so sure either way

Those  who use science to prove it

Those who love conspiracies

Really,  just funny

But did he win?

Who won the first debate? Here's what they are saying

Who won the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? Well, that’s a good question.

If you look at online polls, Trump seems to have had the edge. If you look at media sites, Clinton gets the edge.

>>READ MORE: 5 must-see moments from the first debate 

Ask undecided voters and they are all over the map.

Here’s a look at what some media outlets are saying about who came out on top during the first  of three debates.

Clinton had a better night

The New York Times

“In the first showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, the presidential candidates exchanged blows on trade and foreign policy, called each other racist and inept, and could not resist letting out stray smirks or occasional sniffles.

Commentators across the web on Monday night tended to conclude that their favored candidate had come out on top. But on balance, Mrs. Clinton was seen as having had the better night, based on the contrast between her steady grasp of policy and Mr. Trump’s tendency to ramble and occasionally raise his voice.”

>>Trump sniffing at the debate gets a lot of attention on Twitter

The lawyer vs. the salesman

BBC

“It was a battle between the lawyer and the salesman, and for the most part the lawyer came out on top.

It may be hard to remember, but before Mrs Clinton was a secretary of state, or a senator or a first lady, she was a lawyer - and, by all regards, a talented one.

And after all these years, she still campaigns like one. Meticulous, cautious, controlled. What works in the courtroom, with its rules and customs, often doesn't fly in free-wheeling political debates, however.

Mr Trump, on the other hand, is the consummate salesman. Rules, tradition, even the truth are only relevant in so much as they help seal the deal.”

Online poll results

Time

“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met for their first presidential debate Monday, and we want to know who you think won.

 A disclaimer: Online reader polls like this one are not statistically representative of likely voters, and are not predictive of the debate outcome will effect the election. They are a measure, however imprecise, of which candidates have the most energized online supporters, or most social media savvy fan base. After all, what they are counting is the number of Internet-devices controlled by people who want to vote.”

(Note: At 9 a.m.  (ET) Donald Trump led 54 to 46 percent)

The winner: Twitter and Facebook

USA Today

"So who won the debate? Social media, in a landslide.

While presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump slugged it out for 90 minutes, touching briefly on cybersecurity, Facebook and Twitter racked up huge numbers of posts and tweets, to borrow a favorite word from one of the debate participants.

Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio called it the "most tweeted debate ever," though final numbers were not available yet. There were 10 million tweets during the first presidential debate in 2012, according to Twitter.

Who won: Ask Congress

The Washington Post

“Immediately after the first presidential debate, congressional Democrats were elated.

House and Senate Democrats said unequivocally that their candidate had won the first face-off: Hillary Clinton, they said, came across as strong, presidential and well prepared.

Yes, that's the usual post-debate routine: Your party's candidate is always the winner. Unless you're a Republican, and your candidate is Donald Trump. A scan of GOP Twitter feeds from Capitol Hill after the debate ended revealed scant words of praise for Trump.”

A win for Clinton

 Fortune

“We ranked the candidates’ performances in Monday’s contest.

Hillary Clinton won. In the first and potentially most consequential presidential debate of 2016, the Democratic nominee presented as composed and commanding, ticking through her policy prescriptions while landing a series of devastating blows on Donald Trump’s record and readiness. A fidgety Trump meanwhile tried repeatedly to ruffle her with interruptions while riffing his way through his own answers, but struggled on both counts.

Trump arguably had his best moments in the opening section of the debate, which tends to be its most-watched portion. Drawing from his stump speech, he conjured an image of a blighted U.S., outsmarted by its trading partnersand abused by its own companies. He promised, with his trademark bluster and imprecision, to get tough on those responsible at home and abroad. “We have to stop our jobs from leaving,” he said, dismissing Clinton as a member of the entrenched political class that’s presided over an economic hollowing-out.”

Trump wins on Twitter

CBS

“Now that the first presidential debate is one for the books, here’s how the it unfolded on social media.  According to data released by Twitter, Donald Trump dominated Twittersphere. Sixty-two percent of Twitter conversation went to @realDonaldTrump compared to @HillaryClinton who claimed 38 percent.

The GOP nominee also outshined his Democratic rival in the top three most-Tweeted debate moments. The most discussed moment involved Trump’s description of his temperament.

“I think my strongest asset may be by far is my temperament,” he said at the first presidential debate at Hofstra University. “I have a winning temperament.”

7 things to know now: Presidential debate; Musk on Mars transporter; 'big meteor' in Australia

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now

1. First debate: He said he’d release his taxes when she releases her emails. She said she’s prepared to be president and that he’s “dangerous.” There was no shortage of fireworks at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in New York on Monday. The Democratic and Republican candidates argued trade, ISIS, race issues, “stop and frisk,” and who has stamina during the 90-minute debate. Both sides claimed victory.

2. Musk to Mars: Elon Musk is expected to outline his plan to build a city on Mars within the next 10 years as he speaks at the International Astronautical Congress meeting Tuesday in Mexico. Reportedly, in the speech, “Making Humans a Multi-planetary Species,” Musk will talk about his “Mars Colonial Transporter” which he says will take 100 people at a time to Mars.

3. Iowa flooding: The Cedar River is expected to crest at 23 feet Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which would cause the second largest flood in the city’s recorded history. Residents there have placed sandbags and other barriers to hold back the rising waters which are already 4 feet above major flood stage.

4. The new SAT: The new version of the SAT college entrance exam has been taken by nearly a million and a half high school students since its debut in March, according to the company that owns the test. The new test offers more “real world” vocabulary and has a new format. No word on scores yet.

5. Rescued at sea: A Vermont man whose family says he has a form of autism was rescued off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday after spending a week at sea in a life raft.  Nathan Carman, 22, and his mother, Linda Carman, were last seen on Sept. 18 when they left to go on a fishing trip on Nathan’s boat. A freighter found Nathan Carman adrift in the life boat, but there was no sign of his mother.  Carman told Coast Guard officials his boat ran into trouble and sank quickly. He said he tried to find his mother after the boat sank, but could not.

And one more

People are still trying to figure out what caused a bright flash and loud boom over the skies of northeastern Australia Monday. Residents reported that the earth shook as they saw a bright light streak across the sky. Scientist say it was likely a “big meteor” strike. 

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Ex-Syrian Intelligence officer lied to get U.S. citizenship, may be hiding in Florida, FBI says

A former brigadier general with Syrian Intelligence Directorate lied to apply for U.S. citizenship and may be hiding out in South Florida, the FBI said.

The most recent photo available to law enforcement of 75-year-old Moustafa Abed Ayoub was taken in 2006, investigators said.

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An FBI release said Ayoub was a commander with the Syrian Intelligence Directorate from the early 1980s through the late 1990s.

Officials said he is wanted on accusations he provided false testimony during U.S. naturalization proceedings.

To be eligible for U.S. citizenship, an individual filing for citizenship must have been in the country for at least 30 months, which Ayoub said he had been, the FBI Miami field office said.

Travel records show that during the past 30 months, Ayoub had traveled outside the U.S. for more than 1,020 days, investigators said.

A warrant for his arrest was filed in Florida, where he has ties to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the FBI said. It is also possible he is in Syria or Lebanon.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading directly to the arrest of Moustafa Abed Ayoub. If you have any...Posted by FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, August 22, 2016

Are debate moderators biased? Many survey respondents say yes.

Are the journalists who moderate the presidential debates biased toward one candidate over the other? With the presidential debate only hours away, a survey released Monday shows that a lot of people think so.

According to a survey by Rasmussen Reports, a majority of voters surveyed said they think the moderators at the three presidential debates are likely to help Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump.

The telephone and online survey, conducted Sept. 20-21, found that 46 percent believe that the moderators – Lester Holt for the first debate, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz for the second and Chris Wallace for the final debate – are more likely to go easier on Clinton, while 32 percent said the moderators will try to remain  unbiased. Fifteen percent said they are undecided about how the moderators will act, while 6 percent said the moderators are more likely to help Trump.

According to Rasmussen, the results are similar to a poll before a 2012 debate in which 71percent of Republicans and 56 percent of unaffiliated voters said debate moderators are biased.

The survey was of 1,000 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Here are some more numbers from the latest surveys. (Firm that conducted the survey in parentheses).

• (Rasmussen): The candidates have similar support from their respective parties. Seventy-six percent of Republicans surveyed said they support Donald Trump and 75 percent of Democrats said they support Clinton. Fourteen percent of Democrats prefer Trump, while 10 percent of Republicans said they support Clinton. Amon those who are not affiliated with either party, Trump has a 45 percent to 27 percent lead in support. 

• (Bloomberg): Clinton is expected to do better in the debate Monday night. Forty-nine percent said Clinton will win. Thirty-nine percent said Trump will have a better night.

• (Bloomberg): Trump and Clinton are tied at 46 percent in a survey of  likely voters. Trump has a slight advantage – 43 to 41 percent – over Clinton when Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson are included in the survey.

• (Bloomberg): In August, likely voters under 35 years old broke for Clinton by 29 percentage points over Trump. Last week, Clinton held a 10 percentage point lead over Trump in that category.

(Los Angeles Times/USC Tracking): Trump is up four percentage points over Clinton in a national race in survey results released Monday.

• (Quinnipiac): Clinton is up one percentage point on Trump in a national race in survey results released Monday.

• (ABC/Washington Post): Fifty-five percent of those surveyed have an unfavorable impression  of Clinton; 59 percent have an unfavorable view of Trump.

• (Gravis): In the battleground state of Ohio, Trump is up one percentage point on Clinton when those surveyed were asked to choose among Trump, Clinton and Johnson.

• (Bloomberg): In a number that could bode well for Trump, 66 percent of those surveyed said they believe that the country is “on the wrong track.” 

7 things to know now: First debate is tonight; Arnold Palmer dies; LSU fires Les Miles

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Debate night: The first presidential debate is set for Monday night in New York, in what could be one of the most watched events ever on television. Some estimate more than 100 million viewers will tune in to see the first of three debates between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. The national race for the presidency, in some polls, is a dead heat as the two get set to meet for the first time on stage together. (Click here for everything you want to know about the debate).

2. Washington mall shooter: A man who shot and killed five people at a makeup counter in a Burlington, Wash., Macy’s is due in court Monday morning. Arcan Cetin, 20, faces five counts of first-degree murder in  the shooting  deaths Friday. Cetin was captured Saturday after a 20-hour manhunt.

3. Palmer dies: Arnold Palmer, who earned the title of “The King” of golf during his years dominating the sport, died Sunday. Palmer who won seven major victories in his career, and went on to design golf courses and endorse products after retiring, was 87 and had been suffering from heart disease.

4. Les Miles fired: Louisiana State University has fired its head football coach Les Miles. Miles, along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron were both dismissed Sunday following a loss to Auburn on Saturday. In the loss, LSU appeared to win the game on a last second touchdown pass, but a replay showed the quarterback did not  get the play off before time ran out. Miles had before been criticized for not managing the game clock well. Miles was at LSU for 11 years and won a national championship title there in 2007.

5. Fernandez death: Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died from blunt force trauma, not drowning following a boating accident early Sunday morning, according to authorities. Fernandez, along with two friends, was killed when the boat they were riding in hit a jetty as they approached a channel near the port of Miami. Florida Wildlife Commission authorities said Fernandez, 24, was a passenger in the boat.

And  one more

Three people, including  a 17- year-old girl have been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people in a Southern California home. Police would not confirm that the 17-year-old was the daughter of the couple who was killed, as some media outlets have reported. The third person killed was a friend of the couple. Two girls, ages 6 and 9, were also found in the home. They were unharmed.

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First Presidential debate: What time, what channel, who is the special guest?

It’s expected  to be the most watched debate in U.S. history.

Upward of 100 million people could tune in Monday night to see the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The two will meet in  New York for the first of three debates scheduled for the next few weeks.

Here’s a quick look at Monday’s debate.

What time is it?

The debate begins at 9 p.m. It will be 90 minutes long, without commercial interruption.

Where can I see it?

The debate will be broadcast live on cable news networks, the three major networks and other media outlets including social media.

Where is it?

The debate is being held at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y.

What is the structure  for the debate?

The first debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Who will moderate the debate?

The moderator of the first debate will be NBC's Lester Holt.

What are the topics for the debate?

The topics will include "America’s Direction," "Achieving Prosperity" and "Securing America," in that order. 

Will anyone else be on the debate stage?

No, the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, and the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, failed to qualify for a spot on the debate stage.

Special guest?

Rumors are that Gennifer Flowers, who in the 1990s had an affair with Bill Clinton, will be in the front row of the debate audience. Apparently, Trump invited Flowers after he was told that Dallas Mavericks owner and Trump detractor  Mark Cuban would be attending the debate, sitting in the front row.  

(Update: Gov. Mike Pence told Fox News that Gennifer Flowers will not be  attending the debate and that Trump was simply mocking the Clinton campaign's announcement that Mark Cuban will be there.)

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