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Pundits react to a chaotic debate: “What a dark event we just witnessed”

The first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday night was a shouting match, punctuated by interruptions and hallmarked by name-calling. Why it matters: If Trump aimed to make the debate as chaotic as possible with a torrent of disruptions,…

A Disgusting Night for Democracy

The 90-minute spectacle tonight calls into question the value of having any “debates” of this sort ever again. No one knows more about public life than he or she did before this disaster began; some people know less; and everyone feels and looks worse. Start…

Trump to far-right Proud Boys: “Stand back and stand by”

Asked to condemn white supremacist violence at the first presidential debate on Tuesday, President Trump said the far-right Proud Boys group should “stand back and stand by,” before immediately arguing that violence in the U.S. “is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem.”…

The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess. We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, got bulldozed. Why it matters: Honestly, who…

Debate dashboard: Catch up fast

Biden hits back at Trump interruptions: “Will you shut up, man?” Biden: “I am the Democratic Party right now” Trump to Biden on health care plan: “You just lost the left. You agreed with Bernie Sanders on a plan…” Trump and Biden argue over “V”…

Biden: “I am the Democratic Party right now”

Responding to President Trump’s insistence that the Democratic Party “wants to go socialist medicine,” Joe Biden said at the presidential debate on Tuesday: “I am the Democratic Party.” Why it matters: Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Democratic nominee is not in control of his…

Biden hits back at Trump interruptions: “Will you shut up, man?”

The first presidential debate got off to a raucous start on Tuesday night, with President Trump repeatedly interrupting Joe Biden to the point that the Democratic nominee told his opponent to “shut up.” Why it matters: About half an hour in, the debate had become…

Misinformation thrives on social media ahead of presidential debate

A baseless conspiracy theory that Joe Biden would wear an electronic device in his ear during the first presidential debate on Tuesday went viral on social media hours before the event. Why it matters: The conspiracy originated on social media before appearing in a text…

Trump plans to goad Biden with attacks on his family at tonight’s debate

President Trump will try to break Joe Biden’s composure by going after his son Hunter and other family members in tonight’s first presidential debate — a campaign source tells Axios “nothing will be off the table” — while Biden plans to stick to the economy,…

A crisis of burnout among U.S. workers is threatening economic growth

Postponed vacations, holidays in isolation and back-to-back virtual meetings are taking a toll on millions of American workers. Why it matters: As we head into the fall, workers are feeling the burnout. Such a collective fraying of mental health at work could dampen productivity and…

Even Fast-Casual Restaurants Are Telling Me to Vote

I have recently been reminded, asked, or commanded to vote approximately 6 million times. These nudges have come from the people and places I’d expect—candidates, local officials, civic and political organizations—but also, more so than in any other election year I remember, from the places…

Mueller defends Russia investigation in rare public statement

Former special counsel Robert Mueller in a statement on Tuesday defended his team’s handling of the Russia investigation after Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor in his office, wrote in a new book that investigators should have done more to hold President Trump accountable. Driving the…

Biden releases 2019 tax returns ahead of debate

Joe Biden’s campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year. Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York…

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