- There was another round of GOP presidential debates last night! (Check out Reason staffers bon tweets and increasingly-inebriated observations from throughout the night here.) According to the pundits, there was "no clear winner," but a Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio debate over foreign policy "will have meaningful implications," Jeb Bush "finally showed spine"—not that it will matter—and Sen. Rand Paul "was in a fighting mood."
- Fifty-three percent of Americans oppose a ban on "assault weapons," the first time a majority has been against such a ban in more than 20 years of ABC News/Washington Post polling.
- Austrian police have arrested two men with suspected links to the recent terror attacks in Paris.
- U.S. use of the death penalty this year was at a four-decade low.
- Congressional leaders have reached a tax and spending deal in time to stave off the fabled government shutdown. More on the winners and losers in this arrangement here.
- The Tuesday terror threat at Los Angeles schools was a hoax, but the resulting increase in police in schools is real.
- The Federal Reserve is expected to raise short-term borrowing rates today.
- Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Brig. Gen. Diana Holland has been named the first female commandant of cadets at West Point.
New at Reason:
Brickbat: Could It Be…Satan? —By Charles Oliver
Pretend Answers on Terror: Politicians and pundits think they know what should be done. —By John Stossel
Mass Shooting Delusions: The illogic of "common-sense gun safety laws." —By Jacob Sullum