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Ever heard of potassium iodide? If you haven’t, it’s a drug that’s supposed to help protect people against radiation poisoning. And per Kaiser Health News, sales went through the roof after Trump tweeted about how his “nuclear button” was bigger than North Korea’s.

  • One distributor of the drug said he sold out of a month’s supply of the drug in about 48 hours after the tweet.
  • The catch: It’s not actually recommended by either the Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It only protects against radioactive iodine, and if that’s not present, the drug is “not protective and could cause harm,” per the CDC.

The bottom line: Yes, www.nukepills.com is a thing.

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Trump administration cuts refugee cap to new record low

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The Trump administration plans to only admit a maximum of 15,000 refugees this fiscal year, the State Department said in a release late Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: This is yet another record low refugee cap. Before leaving office, President Obama set the refugee limit at 110,000 for fiscal year 2017 — a number Trump has continued to slash throughout his presidency.

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Barstool jumps into sports betting

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Barstool Sports was founded in 2003 as a free gambling newspaper. It later became a sports blog before growing into a media empire, and now things have come full circle with the recent launch of its own branded sportsbook.

Driving the news: The Barstool Sportsbook app saw a record 21,000 downloads per day during its first weekend (Sept. 18–20), breaking DraftKings' and Fanduel's daily records despite Pennsylvania being the only state where it was operational.

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