What Inquiring Minds Want to Know (at the Debate)

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The Questions That Clinton and Trump Should Be Asked

The public deserves a thoughtful discussion of trade and Syria, not insults and cliches, at Monday night's presidential debate. With that in mind, Albert R. Hunt offers a rundown of important questions any smart moderator would ask. (Whether they'll be smart -- well, we'll see.)

A New Measure of China's Vulnerability

In Asia's economic powerhouse, credit creation far exceeds its long-term trend -- and historically, that's not a good sign. Mark Whitehouse explains why new figures from the Bank for International Settlements suggest China could host the next global financial crisis.

The Geopolitics of Deciding Who Counts As Sunni

In August, more than 100 clerics attended a conference in Chechnya to define who counts as a Sunni Muslim -- but no one from Saudi Arabia was invited. Noah Feldman argues the kingdom's exclusion was a clever ploy from Vladimir Putin aimed at weakening a U.S. ally.  

The Syrian-Americans Who Stood Up to Iran (When Obama Wouldn't)

Eli Lake shares the story of two doctors who confronted the president of the Islamic Republic about its role in propping up a dictator -- and who, pressing a moral and humanitarian case, got nowhere.

Trump's Contrarian Silicon Valley Supporters

The tech industry overwhelmingly backs Hillary Clinton, but two high-profile entrepreneurs, Peter Thiel and Palmer Luckey, are bucking the trend. Leonid Bershidsky says their Trump love shows that the spirit of disruption and rebellion is as important to Silicon Valley's soul as social liberalism is.

Ritholtz's Reads

  • How to hide it: inside the secret world of wealth managers (Guardian)
  • Amazon says it puts customers first. But its pricing algorithm doesn't. (ProPublica)
  • Meet the California couple who uses more water than every home in Los Angeles combined (Mother Jones)

(Read Barry Ritholtz's full daily news roundup.)

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