Happy Friday! Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,176 words ... ~ 4 minutes.
Democrats' internal fissures over health care crystallized in Houston during the third debate last night. This top-polling issue will continue to animate 2020:
Other takeaways, including reporting by Axios' Margaret Talev and Zach Basu:
Keeper moment ... Julián Castro: "I'm fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama, and you're not."
From Axios' Alexi McCammond, reporting from the debate hall at Texas Southern University:
Biden, Warren won the clock (minutes:seconds) ...
Biden's record-player line:
We bring social workers into homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It's not want they don't want to help. They don't — they don't know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the, the — make sure that kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time they get there.
Cory Booker and Kamala Harris greet each other in the Spin Room:
Why also-rans run ... Julián Castro works the Spin Room:
How reporters watch the debate ... Behold the filing center:
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Between the lines: According to Mike Bloxham, SVP of global media and entertainment at research consultancy Magid, people are willing to spend around $38 monthly total on streaming services.
Our thought bubble: The key differentiator for all of these new streaming offerings will be whether the packages are "sticky" enough to keep users coming back after they finish their favorite show or original series.
A streaming-era disruption to the economics of TV shows is the talk of agents and talent ... "The end of the backend? Disney wants to limit profit participation on its new TV shows," the L.A. Times' Steve Battaglio and Wendy Lee report:
Why it matters: "Although Netflix and Amazon have been making such deals for the last few years, Disney would be the first legacy media company to require them for all new TV shows — whether on cable, broadcast or streaming."
Outside observers will not be allowed without permission inside "tent courts" in South Texas where the Trump administration is processing thousands of migrants forced to wait in Mexico, AP's Nomaan Merchant reports:
After the Trump administration said it would act to ban flavored e-cigarettes, the industry is considering legal challenges or lobbying efforts to keep two flavors — mint and menthol, the N.Y. Times reports.
"Saturday Night Live" announced three new featured cast members yesterday, including Bowen Yang, who will become the show’s only Asian American performer, writes the AP's Lynn Elber.
Why it matters: "SNL" has taken heat over the years for an overall lack of ethnic diversity, with scant Asian representation among its cast members or hosts.