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HC Wake-Up Call: Bernie Sanders Will Debate on Health Care, Violent Protests Over the Turkish President & Kim Jong Un’s New Favorite Word

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Bernie Sanders Will Debate Against Lindsey Graham & Bill Cassidy About Health Care

Sen. Bernie Sanders will have a chance to defend his “Medicare for all” health care bill at a town hall debate on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Appearing alongside Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sanders will debate against Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Graham and Cassidy have been the center of intense media attention this week for their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, particularly after Jimmy Kimmel called out Cassidy for lying to him about the kind of health care he wanted in place. 

CNN anchor Jake Tapper and chief political consultant Dana Bush will moderate the event. 

Fights Broke Out After Protesters in New York Called the Visiting Turkish President a Terrorist

Protestors disrupted a speech from the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at a New York hotel on Thursday. The New York Times reports that one of the protesters yelled in English, “You’re a terrorist. Get out of my country!” In response, many others in the hotel ballroom began chanting Erdogan’s name. Bystanders violently attacked protesters as security ushered them outside, where police briefly detained about five members of the opposing group. At least one assaulter of the protestors was removed by security. 

Protester Meghan Bodette explained that the group’s goal was to “call attention to the Turkish state’s war crimes and human rights abuses against the Kurdish people” in Turkey and Syria. She claimed that Americans deserved to know that the Turkish leader was “hindering the fight against ISIS.”

Erdogan continued with his speech at the Turkish American National Steering Committee event, and later met with President Donald Trump. Although Erdogan’s security team has a history of being violent, the fight was reportedly instigated by “competing protestors.”

Kim Jong Un Has an Interesting Word to Describe President Trump With

Following the announcement of Trump’s expanded economic sanctions on North Korea, North Korean president Kim Jong Un has called Trump a “frightened dog.” “Far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors,” Kim said in a televised speech responding to Trump’s recent UN speech that threatened his country. 

Amidst North Korea’s warnings of holding a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific, Kim directed a strange (but surprisingly real) word at Trump that rivals any of the latter’s verbal oddities. “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” he remarked in the speech.

What to look out for…

Today is pretty notable in pop culture history, marking the 23rd anniversary of the Friends premiere and 13 years since Lost‘s Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on a mysterious island. Most importantly, Sept. 22 is the 30th anniversary of Full House’s 1987 debut. In honor of the milestone celebrating Olsen twins, ’90s fashion and John Stamos’ hair, look out for Season 3 of Fuller House dropping on Netflix today! 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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