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Wang-Li Moser, Facebook's executive tasked with "courting" China, resigned last month, according to the New York Times, underscoring the difficulties of getting the social network into China's market.

Why it matters, per Axios' David McCabe: Facebook has been trying to find a way to get to China — and its more than 1 billion consumers — for years.

  • China doesn't allow Google, Snapchat, or Twitter, per the NYT, and Moser was overseeing negotiations between the government and Facebook, which is a platform some officials think "could be dangerously destabilizing."
  • Per the Times, companies, government entities, and state media "all use advertising on Facebook as a way to reach beyond Chinese borders."

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Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."