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Miss Universe is voting for Hillary | Did Hill smile enough? | Bernie’s sad | and more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump battled it out in their first debate at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, on Monday night.

For the first time in American history, a female presidential candidate faced off with a male candidate on the debate stage. And it was the most-watched debate in history too - over 80 million people tuned in. It was the most tweeted debate so far, too.

Let's take a look at what it was like at the debate less than a month and half to the big day.

Person of the Day

Meet Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe who Donald Trump keeps body shaming

The first presidential debate showcased a lot of criticism, denial, and truth bombs. At one point, Hillary Clinton put Donald Trump on blast for calling a former Miss Universe winner "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

Trump kind of denied doing that, but then repeated those body-shaming comments during a phone interview on Fox & Friends the following day. So much for denial.

The victim of Trump's body shaming? Alicia Machado, Miss Universe class 1996.

Machado, of Venezuela, said she was the first Miss Universe after Trump bought the pageant, and she was humiliated by him.

During her time with Trump, he taunted her about her weight, made racist comments about her ethnicity, and failed to pay her for commercial work she did for the company. After gaining some weight following the pageant, Trump had reporters follow her around to watch her work out and threatened to take away her crown. She said it was not only humiliating, but harmful to her self esteem and health.

Fast forward to today, Trump is interviewed on Fox & Friends. He reiterates Machado's claims.

"I know that person, she was a Miss Universe person and she was the worst we ever had — the worst, the absolute worst...She was the winner and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem."

Well, to show Trump how she really feels about him, Machado just became a U.S. citizen and will cast her vote in November for Hillary Clinton.

Quote of the Day

Here are the top 5 most memorable quotes from the first presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went at it in round one of the presidential debate series at Hofstra University in Hampstead, New York. Like most debates throughout history, there was a lot of bickering, interrupting, criticizing, and fake smiling.

While the first presidential debate has come and gone, the quotes will live on. Here are the top five most memorable ones.

  1. Trump seeming to boast about not paying federal taxes after Clinton claims he doesn't pay them.

    "That makes me smart."

  2. Trump claiming his temperament is much better than Clinton's.

    "Well I have much better judgment than she does. There's no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has...I think my strongest asset by far is my temperament. I have a winning temperament."

  3. Clinton with a powerful one-liner.

    "I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. You know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that's a good thing."

  4. Clinton saying Trump blames her for everything, and him agreeing.

    Clinton: "I had a feeling by the end of this evening that I'd be blamed for everything."

    Trump: "Why not?"

  5. Clinton's wordplay re: Trump's economic plan.

    "I call it Trumped-up trickle-down, because that's exactly what it would be."

The first debate was full of gems, but there's sure to be more to come in debate two and three.

Image of the Day

This image of sad Bernie Sanders had the Internet feeling some type of way

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, like everyone else, was watching the debate last night. He decided to tell everyone by posting a tweet.

Sanders probably did not intend for the image to spark so many emotions, but it definitely did. Many people were quick to point out how sad he looks. Others basked in their own sadness at his absence on the stage. Regardless, the Internet was in its feels last night about Bernie.

The bern is indeed felt.

Number of the Day

For the first time, a baby has been born with DNA from *3* parents

This is a major breakthrough for science, and the world: a baby has been born with DNA from THREE biological parents. That's right, three!

Meet Abrahim Hassan, the five-month-old baby who just made history.

Abrahim's parents, Ibtisam Shaban and Mahmoud Hassan, were treated using the controversial three-parent technique by a U.S. team based in Mexico. Because, well, the treatment isn't legal in the U.S. currently. The technique has actually only been legally approved in the UK.

So, why did Shaban and Hassan go through this treament?

Basically this treatment gives parents with rare genetic mutations the ability to have healthy babies. For Shaban, that rare disorder is called Leigh syndrome. While she is healthy, she has had two children die due to the disorder.

How does it actually work?

Doctors performed something called a "spindle nuclear transfer." Basically, they removed the nucleus from a donor egg and inserted the nucleus from one of Shaban's eggs in it's place. Then, they took said egg and fertilized it with Hassan's sperm. Five embryos were created, but only one developed normally, and that was the one they implanted in Shaban.

Voilà! Nine months later, Abrahim was born.

The team of doctors will be monitoring baby Abrahim closely to ensure he is a healthy baby.

Place of the Day

What you need to know about the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum Of African American History And Culture is officially open to the public. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., it's the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonion Instituation, and the first museum of its kind.

The opening ceremony included moving speeches from Congressman John Lewis, former President George W. Bush, and President Barack Obama. Oh, and there were tons of notable celebs in attendance as well.

Here's some fun facts to know about the legendary museum.

  • The idea for the museum has been in the works for over 100 years. In 1915, when a group of black Civil War vets wanted something dedicated to black service members. After many ups and downs, it finally came to fruition when former Prez George W. Bush signed the bill in 2003 to create the museum.
  • The museum is 400,000 square feet and sits on the National Mall, across from the Washington Monument, right in the heart of the nation's capital.
  • It houses 12 inaugural exhibits based on three main themes: history, community, and culture. It's open to the public 364 days a year, every day except for Christmas Day.
  • Due to the museum's powerful and emotional exhibits, there are several quiet spaces meant for reflection. In the center, there is also an auditorium where talks and symposiums will take place.
  • The museum displays over 3,000 artifacts, many of which were donated by citizens eager to share their experiences and history.

Tickets are already sold out through October, but you can grab timed passes that are offered to the general public for self-guided tours for the following months.

Word of the Day

What to know about the mass shootings that rocked Washington and Texas

Within a couple-day span, two mass shootings rocked neighborhoods in Washington and Texas, and the details are -- warning -- disturbing.

Here's what you should know.

In Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, a gunman dressed in black opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy's store. He killed five people. The suspected gunman then fled the scene, on foot, but was ultimately found and arrested the follow night after a tip. His name? Arcan Cetin.

Cetin is a 20-year-old American citizen who was born in Turkey. His criminal history showed a series of domestic violence assault charges against him, as well as drunk driving. As part of one of his domestic assault charges, he was told he could not possess firearms. He stole the three guns used in the mall attack from his father.

Since the attacks, Cetin has apparently confessed to the crime, telling detectives that "he did bring the rifle into Macy's and shoot all 5 victims." He has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, but no motive has been uncovered.

A few days later, in Houston, Texas, a lawyer opened fire on morning commuters on a typically quiet street near West University Place. The shooting lasted about 20 minutes before the gunman, identified as 46-year-old Nathan DeSai, was shot and killed by police. DeSai was wearing a vintage-style military uniform with Nazi emblems on it, had two weapons on him, and over 2,500 rounds of ammo.

Nine people were injured during the shootings; six were shot and three were wounded by broken glass. Only one person died, and that was the shooter. Details are still slowly unraveling, and as of now little information has been released about DeSai.

Video of the Day

Watch how late-night hosts tackled the presidential debate

Here's how the most prominent late night hosts tackled Trump vs. Clinton: Round 1.

Stephen Colbert covered it in real-time, calling out all the lies told throughout the night.

Seth Meyers took an in-depth "Closer Look" about minor details during the debate, like how many time Trump sipped his water.

Trevor Noah did a recap called "2 Podiums 2 Furious," where he nails Trump for his statement about not paying taxes and third-world airports.

Then there was Jimmy Kimmel, who took a very different approach with his "Lie Witness News" squad.

Tweet of the Day

And the winner of the debate is … #TRUMPSNIFFLES

Arguments over who won the first presidential debate are in full throttle, but if you ask Twitter who won, there was definitely a crowd favorite. No, it's not Trump or Clinton, it's Trump's sniffles.

Immediately after the debate began, Twitter noticed something odd about Mr.Trump: he sniffed repeatedly throughout the evening. Not only did his sinuses spark a hashtag, #TrumpSniffles, but also some parody accounts, Donald's Sinuses (@TrumpsSinuses) and Trump sniff (@TrumpSniff), and of course, memes.

Twitter doctors came up with a mess of diagnoses for Trump, from allergies, to pneumonia (a reference to Clinton's recent illness), and even cocaine use.

When Trump was asked why he was sniffling so much, he had the ultimate Trump response: there were no sniffles. Instead, it was totally the microphone's fault.

"No, no sniffles. You know, the mike was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing...But no sniffles. No cold."

Controversy of the Day

Can Hillary Clinton ever smile the right amount for men?

Remember during the March primaries when Hillary Clinton was scolded by male pundits because she didn't smile enough? Or that time former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Clinton's one downfall is her inability to smile? Or every other time a woman has been told by a man to "smile?"

Well, last night Clinton put a smile on her face throughout the entire presidential debate, even when Trump was continuously interrupting her. And, guess what. That did not meet their standards either.

Now, Clinton is being criticized for smiling TOO MUCH.


Issue of the Day

Jill Stein was escorted out of the debates last night. Here’s why.

The first primetime presidential debate showcased only two candidates: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But other candidates exist, and they have a pretty large following.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson were not invited to the stage to debate with the two major parties, since they had not reached 15 percent in national polls beforehand.

In a time where a major part of America dislikes the main candidates, many were holding out hope that moderators would allow third party candidates to grace the stage with the big dogs.

Stein actually showed up to the debate site at Hofstra University, but was escorted off the premises by security. Supporters had joined her for an #OccupyTheDebates sit in, in attempt to get her on the debate stage.

When that didn't work, Stein's supporters and Johnson's supporters took to Twitter. The hashtag #LetJillDebate and #LetGaryDebate quickly became a trend among young voters online.

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Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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