The third debate. One headline is dominating the Thursday morning news cycle after the third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: the Republican nominee’s refusal to say he’ll accept the results of the November 8 election. Several members of Trump’s own party told Politico the answer could be the death blow to his campaign. The GOP itself said it’ll accept the results. More: Fact check, via the Associated Press; the night's other winner: #BadHombres; Why Excedrin decided to embrace this headache of a campaign.
How it’s playing in the media: LA Times: Trump undoes his best debate performance with a few words; The Atlantic: The most irresponsible thing ever said at a presidential debate; NBC News: Trump sets the stage for a November crisis; Daily Beast: Inside Team Trump’s Vegas after-party; AP: Trump needed a debate reset, instead riles the GOP; Vice: Why are the debates so awful? Because the candidates are in different universes.
#TrumpTV’s soft launch. One of the 2016 campaign’s biggest rumors is that Donald Trump will launch a TV network after the race ends on November 8. He may have given Facebook fans a preview of Trump TV on Tuesday night via Facebook Live with a broadcast featuring Trump surrogates Michael Flynn and Jan Brewer. About 200,000 people watched the broadcast at its peak, according to BuzzFeed.
Publicis Q3 numbers flat. The Paris-based holding company blamed the loss of major U.S. media accounts for a flat third quarter, in which its sales were only up 0.2% organically. The holding company, the parent of MSLGroup, is set to pick a successor to CEO Maurice Levy in February.
Wells Fargo to face criminal inquiry in California. The state’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, has begun a criminal probe into the bank, looking into whether employees committed false impersonation and identity theft. The bank is facing a public backlash after Wells Fargo staffers opened as many as 2 million accounts without customers’ knowledge or permission.
Tesla’s surprise announcement. After teasing a big reveal for weeks, Tesla said Wednesday that its fleet will be entirely made up of cars with self-driving technology "at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver."
Here's the new hardware at work https://t.co/XAZFJcNvuh— Tesla (@TeslaMotors) October 20, 2016