Inside Daily Brief - September 10th, 2016

Inside Daily Brief (Sep 10th, 2016)


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Hillary Clinton says she regrets her recent comment that half of Donald Trump's supporters belong in the "basket of deplorables." By this, she was referring to the perceived support Trump gets from those Clinton terms "irredeemable." The other half of Trump supporters, Clinton opined, were the ones who were desperate for change. Trump was quick to respond in a tweet: "Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard-working people. I think it will cost her at the polls!" – CNN

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman has admitted for the first time that she was wrong to tell the public that the air around Ground Zero was safe to breathe. Whitman maintains she never lied about it, but that the information available at the time was simply faulty. "Every time it comes around to the anniversary I cringe, because I know people will bring up my name and say that... people died because I made a mistake." More than 37,000 people surveyed by the World Trade Center Health Program have fallen ill, and upwards of 1,100 people (including first responders) have died. – GUARDIAN

Oliver Stone's film "Snowden" premiered to passionately divergent reviews last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. While Variety called the picture 'the most important and galvanizing political drama by an American filmmaker in years," The Hollywood Reporter felt Stone's work was "measured, methodical, and totally lacking in the fire and flamboyance" that made his 80s and 90s films such memorable socio-political cultural totems. In an interview with the Reporter, Stone expressed his hopes that President Obama would pardon his subject, Edward Snowden, but says he has his doubts. – THR

Geneticists have discovered that the world's population of giraffes is actually made up of four different species, as opposed to the long-held belief that there was just one. Until the realization, the entire species was classified under the Giraffa camelopardalis umbrella. Now, the accepted number is four species: the northern giraffe, the southern giraffe, the reticulated giraffe, and the Masai giraffe. In the wild, the four different groups do not mate with each other, further defining themselves as individual species. The fault for the misconception is the lack of giraffe studies relative to the amount of time studying other African charismatic megafauna. (The number of giraffes in the wild has plummeted over the last three decades to under 100,000. Of that number, fewer than 10,000 are reticulated giraffes, and fewer than 5,000 are the northern variety.) – WAPO

The DEA is planning to add two active ingredients in the herbal supplement kratom to the Schedule 1 section of the Controlled Substance Act, making their possession or sale illegal. Schedule 1 drugs are classified as those that have no medical benefit and huge potential for abuse. Kratom, made from the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree from the coffee family, contains alkaloids that are known to work on a sufferer's opioid sensors to help reduce pain. It also serves as a mild stimulant, not unlike caffeine. The rush to ban the ingredients seems to run counter to the federal government's stated desire to stifle the U.S.'s synthetic opioid addiction crisis, as kratom could conceivably manage pain more safely. (While the quickness of the DEA's movements on kratom would imply the drug is somehow "new," it has in fact been in dependable use for thousands of years in Asia.) – HUFFPO

Eddie Murphy delivered a classically spot-on impression of comedian Tracy Morgan during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Morgan had mentioned to Kimmel that Murphy was the first person to make him laugh after his near-fatal traffic accident of a few years ago. Murphy (promoting his upcoming drama, "Mr. Church," in which he plays a cook) decried his own cooking skills, despite the fact that the Morgan anecdote has the older comedian preparing Ball Park Franks for his younger peer. – VULTURE

A recently displayed 48-million-year-old "three-part-fossil" captures three animals in one: a snake that ate a lizard that had just eaten a beetle. (The lizard is displayed in orange for the image below; the beetle is blue.) – FOX NEWS

The original manuscript for Charlotte Bronte's beloved gothic romance novel Jane Eyre is set to go on display for the first time in the U.S. The work, on loan from the British Library for the 200th anniversary of Bronte's birth, is part of the "Charlotte Bronte: An Independent Will" exhibition at NYC's Morgan Library & Museum, which also includes a portrait of the writing Bronte sisters by their brother Branwell (who painted over his own likeness in the piece), and a blue dress tailored for the 4 foot 9 Charlotte. The bound manuscript is opened for viewing to the passage (from where the Morgan sourced the exhibition's name) where Jane memorably shoots down Rochester's further advances: "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you." – NYT

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