Tonight, sparks flew as Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence defended their respective running mates at the vice presidential debate last night. Kaine repeatedly attacked Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and drew criticism for interrupting Pence throughout their debate. For the most part, Pence remained even-tempered and was tapped as the winner of the night by many pundits. But not everyone saw it that way. The New York Times published an editorial saying Pence set out to invent a new version of Trump and ignored his running mate’s history of controversial comments. To help us put it all in perspective, we’ll be joined tonight by Amy Holmes, a political analyst for the polling company Rasmussen Reports, and Mike Morey, a Democratic strategist.
Next, last month, the bodies of Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, were found viciously beaten near an elementary school just one week before the remains of Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, were uncovered just two miles away. Officials have since attributed their deaths to gang violence, specifically the work of Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13. MS-13 is a gang with roots in Los Angeles and El Salvador and for almost 20 years they have tormented the residents of the Long Island town of Brentwood. Local members of MS-13 have been accused of at least 14 murders since 2009. Now, in the wake of these four tragic deaths, authorities are redoubling their efforts to protect the community. New York Times reporter Liz Robbins joins us to give us an in-depth look into these horrifying events and discuss what steps are being taken to curb the violence.
Finally, on October 5, 1969, a group of actors dubbed themselves Monty Python’s Flying Circus and brought sketch comedy to British television and endless laughter to living rooms around the world. The show, later shortened to Monty Python, wasn’t originally meant to make the crossover to America, but the contagiously hilarious antics of the troupe eventually found a home on PBS. Tonight, we sit down with Monty Pythoner John Cleese to discuss the show’s monumental run from it’s humble beginnings to its international success.