A look at the news you need to know today. Get our full morning briefing here: http://nyti.ms/1NHfDY2
  1. The Democratic debate happened last night.
    Hillary Clinton forcefully went after Senator Bernie Sanders for his positions on gun control, health care and Syria in the first debate among Democratic presidential candidates. http://nyti.ms/1OBSRj9
  2. Planned Parenthood switches position on fetal tissue.
    Planned Parenthood says it will no longer accept reimbursement for the costs of providing fetal tissue for medical research. http://nyti.ms/1LaWwSv
  3. U.S. troops could stay in Afghanistan a bit longer.
    President Obama appears increasingly willing to keep a force in Afghanistan that's large enough to carry on the hunt for Al Qaeda and Islamic State militants. http://nyti.ms/1LObdhP
  4. Palestinian youth are driving a rise in violence in Israel.
    The latest violence comes mostly from a cadre of young Palestinians spurred on by social media campaigns. http://nyti.ms/1hEle2S
  5. Students could soon get financial aid for nontraditional education.
    A new pilot program would allow students to use federal loans and grants for boot camp software coding programs and massive open online courses. http://nyti.ms/1NcVCWp