German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that there are threats "at Europe's doorstep," and that U.S. protection is not implicitly reliable anymore, explaining that "[i]t’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us,” reports Newsweek.

The big picture: Her comments demanding a more coordinated foreign policy effort across Europe come in a moment of growing tension between Washington and its European allies, after President Trump decided to leave the Iran deal against the explicit recommendation of France and Germany. French President Emmanuel Macron echoed Merkel's warning explaining “[w]e made the choice to build peace in the Middle East."

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3 hours ago - Energy & Environment

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."