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Democratic debate, Trump’s visit to Baltimore, Taco Bell’s new items: 5 things you need to know Thursday

Democratic debate, Trump’s visit to Baltimore, Taco Bell’s new items: 5 things you need to know Thursday

Editors, USA TODAY
Published 3:06 a.m. ET Sept. 12, 2019 | Updated 3:19 a.m. ET Sept. 12, 2019


And then there were 10: Democratic debate features smaller field

The top Democratic presidential candidates face off Thursday night at Texas Southern University in Houston for the party’s third debate. This time around, only 10 of the 20 candidates were able to meet the party’s requirements of at least 2% support in four polls and contributions from at least 130,000 individual donors, with at least 400 from 20 states. This debate is also the first in which polling front-runner Joe Biden and top rival Elizabeth Warren will face each other. The debate will air at 8 p.m. ET on ABC News and Univision and will stream on ABCNews.com. George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Linsey Davis of ABC, and Jorge Ramos of Univision will moderate.


The top ten Democratic presidential contenders will finally be on one debate stage Thursday night in Houston. The three-hour showdown will be the first time Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have appeared on the same stage. (Sept. 11)

Trump to visit Baltimore, the city he called ‘rat-infested’

He called it a “rat and rodent infested mess” where “no one would want to live” — but on Thursday, President Donald Trump will make his way to Baltimore for a U.S. House of Representatives retreat for Republican lawmakers. Trump made waves in July when he criticized the city and his political adversary, Rep. Elijah Cummings, on Twitter. Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, had decried the administration’s treatment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexican border. Trump followed by blasting Baltimore and Cummings, whom he called “racist” without explanation. 


President Trump told the Washington Post that the city of Baltimore was worse than Honduras in terms of violent crime, pointing to some crime statistics.

Prison has been quite the situation for Mike Sorrentino

The “Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is scheduled to finish his eight-month prison sentence Thursday for participating in a tax evasion scheme.Sorrentino pleaded guilty in 2018 to one count of evading taxes on about $123,000 in income in 2011 and his brother, Marc, admitted to helping prepare a fraudulent tax return. The Sorrentino brothers were arrested and charged in 2014 with multiple tax offenses related to nearly $9 million in income. The Situation, 36, has been serving out his sentence at Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in New York. He will have to serve two years of supervised release after the prison sentence is completed and serve 500 hours of community service.  


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Taco Bell introduces new vegetarian menu

While Taco Bell isn’t jumping on the alternative meats bandwagon, the Mexican fast-food chain is rolling out its “not-so-new ‘new’ vegetarian menu.” Starting Thursday  Taco Bell will have its “first-ever dedicated in-store vegetarian menu board” and is introducing two new menu items. The boards will list the new Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme and new Black Bean Quesarito, 7-Layer Burrito and Bean Burrito. The latter offering is definitely not new to the menu or customers — it’s been served for 50 years and is the chain’s second best-seller. 


The “new” menu will feature items that are all American Vegetarian Association certified.

Get ready for Day of the Dead Barbie 

Mattel is releasing the first, collectible Day of the Dead Barbie. Dia de los Muertos Barbie will be available at Target, Walmart and Amazon.com starting Sept. 12.The doll honors the holiday that runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 by wearing an elaborate headpiece adorned with monarch butterflies and bright marigold and a velvety, floor-length, ruffled black grown embellished with heart, butterfly and flower details. Her delicate face is painted in a traditional skull mask, which represents a deceased loved one or an expression of herself. 


The Mexican holiday surrounds death, but it’s a time to celebrate life with loved ones. Learn more about the holiday that’s gaining traction in the U.S..

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