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Trump implodes, Saturday Night Massacre, National Suspenders Day, Scientists create Asgardia, a nation in space
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Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 6:21 AM EDT
Oct 20 2016

Donald Trump's claim the election is rigged and his refusal to say he'll accept the results of the election elicited lots of reaction, but perhaps the best came from Stephen Colbert, in response to Trump's "I'll keep you in suspense" comment: "Oh, suspense! Democracy's going to end in a cliffhanger! I guess we're all going to have to wait until November 9th to find out if we still have a country. If Donald Trump is in the mood for a peaceful transfer of power, or if he's going to wipe his fat ass with the Constitution."

Speaking of respect for democracy, on this day in 1973 what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre occurred, when Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus was dismissed rather than carry out President Richard Nixon's order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Nixon ordered Solicitor General Robert Bork brought to the White House by limousine, where he was sworn in as Acting Attorney General, and wrote the letter firing Cox. Nixon promised Bork the next seat on the Supreme Court but was unable to carry out the promise before his resignation in August 1974. President Ronald Reagan eventually nominated Bork to the court in 1987, but his nomination was rejected by a vote of 42–58. The 54 Democrats in the Senate were joined by four Republicans in denying Bork the position.

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Among other things, this is also National Suspenders Day. All hail Larry King.

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Florida man with half a head arrested for attempted murder.

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The KGB Quotations Database has passed 40,000 entries. Check it out.

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Some people born on October 20 who said some interesting things: Christopher Wren, Thomas Hughes, John Dewey, Arthur Rimbaud, Art Buchwald, Joyce Brothers, Mickey Mantle, and Lewis Grizzard.

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Scientists create Asgardia, the first ever nation in space, and you can join. Really.

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The Smithsonian is trying to raise $300,000 to save Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The money will be used to study and repair the shoes’ materials, and build a special temperature-controlled display case. The slippers were commercially manufactured shoes bought by MGM Studios. They were dyed red, and the studio’s designers added a red netting covered with sequins. Now, in their eighth decade, they are fragile, the paint on their arches is cracked and flaking, and they are deteriorating, the Smithsonian said.

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Say cheese. Half of all American adults are in police facial-recognition databases.

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The government of Ecuador has directed its embassy in London to cut off the Internet access of long-term guest Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, saying the organization’s recent document releases have had a “major impact” on the U.S. presidential election.

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