UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Pow wow: President Obama will mix speeches with meetings today, as he gives his annual addressat the U.N. General Assembly and meets with world leaders, most notably Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yesterday Obama promised today’s address would have a more blunt tone — “Along with the grey hair, I’m becoming more likely to speak my mind” — but it remains to be seen if that bluntness will extend to his meeting with Putin. Other world leaders — Chinese President Xi Jinping, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Cuban leader Raul Castro — will also address the U.N.
Big reveal: So what’s the big announcement that NASA will make today about Mars? Evidence of aliens? Too obvious. Or maybe they’ve found Mark Watney, Matt Damon’s fictional astronaut from “The Martian” movie? No, that’s too promotional. The best bet? CNN’s Michael Pearson says it could be a confirmation of water flowing periodically on the Red Planet’s surface. Not as sexy as aliens, but still pretty important (if it happens).
Homeward bound: The White House. Madison Square Garden. Independence Hall. It was quite the itinerary for Pope Francis during his first trip to the United States. He’s headed back home to Rome, set to land this morning just hours after celebrating Mass in Philadelphia, where he praised America’s tradition of religious freedom and immigration, but warned that injustice can tear a society down. Francis said he leaves the U.S. with “a heart full of gratitude and hope.”
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