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Quint Forgey and Matthew Choi

The biggest falsehoods and exaggerations in the first Trump-Biden showdown

The first presidential debate of 2020 was a flurry of falsehoods, with Donald Trump offering a number of evidence-free claims to defend his tenure in office while criticizing Joe Biden's political and personal background.

Meanwhile, Biden — whose campaign had signaled beforehand that he would not seek to fact-check all of Trump’s on-stage assertions — pushed back hard against attacks on his family and support for law enforcement.

Moderator Chris Wallace presided over the chaotic...


John F. Harris

An Epic Moment of National Shame: The Debate Was an Embarrassment for the Ages

At frequent intervals on Tuesday night, the natural human reaction—lower the sound, wince and look away—took over, and the first presidential debate of the 2020 general election became nearly unwatchable.

Those who did persist in watching were rewarded, in a perverse way: They witnessed history in the making. The proceeding was an epic spectacle, a new low in presidential politics, a new high watermark in national shame.

The stain will be visible for many years to come. It will serve...

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Matt Flegenheimer and Maggie Haberman

Of Course, the Debate Was Always Going to Be About Trump

A face-off with Joe Biden devolves into an ugly shouting match as President Trump, characteristically, makes it all about him.

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Shane Goldmacher

What We Learned From The First Presidential Debate: Full Recap

It was 90 minutes of chaos in a year of upheaval. But did it matter?


Liz Peek

Liz Peek: First presidential debate leaves no clear winner, Trump needs to do this at next faceoff

After months of anticipation, President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden finally met in the first of three presidential debates.


Charles Creitz

Laura Ingraham: 'Raucous' Trump-Biden debate shows traditional format 'doesn't work very well'

Tuesday night's "raucous" first debate between President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden proves "the traditional model for presidential debates doesn't work very well," Laura Ingraham argued early Wednesday.


Yael Halon

Newt Gingrich: Debate's 'hostility and intensity' reminiscent of 2016

Tuesday's first presidential debate featured the shocking levels of "hostility" and "intensity" displayed in the 2016 debates between Hillary Clinton and President Trump, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told "The Ingraham Angle." 


Live Updates: California wildfires rage

Fires in Northern California killed three people, destroyed homes, and prompted thousands to evacuate in a state already impacted by wildfires in recent months.


David Aaro

Appalachian State student, 19, dies from COVID-19 complications: report

A North Carolina college sophomore who was described by his family as "super-healthy" died Monday from COVID-19 complications, according to multiple reports.


David Bossie

David Bossie: Trump clearly defeats Biden in first presidential debate

To any reasonable person watching, it was clear that President Trump came prepared and resoundingly defeated former Vice President Joe Biden at Tuesday night’s first presidential debate in Cleveland.


Live updates: 2020 presidential race: Trump, Biden spar in 1st debate

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden faced off for the first time Tuesday in a highly anticipated debate at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.


Jacqueline Feldscher

Chris Wallace faces criticism for letting candidates run wild in first debate

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace was criticized Tuesday night for letting the first debate of the 2020 presidential cycle quickly go off the rails.

Much of the debate was plagued with crosstalk as President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and Wallace, the moderator, all talked over one another. And Wallace could not get Trump to stop interrupting, despite scolding him multiple times and reminding him that his campaign had agreed to the ground rules.

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Opinion: Who won?

CNN Opinion asked contributors for their takes on how Donald Trump and Joe Biden did in the first presidential debate. The views expressed in this commentary are their own.


Michael Ruiz

Shooting breaks out at Amazon fulfillment center in Florida, killing 1

Two people were shot, one of them fatally, at an Amazon facility in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday evening – months after another shooting there left a young man dead and two other people injured.


Joseph Wulfsohn

CNN calls presidential debate a 's---show' and a 'disgrace,' blames Trump

The anchors of CNN weighed in after the first presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic nomiee Joe Biden on Tuesday night, with one describing their first confrontation as a "s---show."


Paul Steinhauser

Biden cashes in on debate as his campaign touts fundraising record

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign touted that they raised a record $3.8 million during the 10pm ET hour Tuesday night, as the former vice president and President Trump traded fire during an extremely combustible debate.


Yael Halon

Dana Perino's debate verdict: 'Biden cleared the very low bar that had been set for him'

Democrats concerned about Joe Biden's performance on a debate stage could breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday night following the fractious and bad-tempered first confrontation in Cleveland, former White House press secretary Dana Perino said.


Joseph Wulfsohn

Media call for upcoming debates to be 'canceled,' urge Biden to back out after first brawl with Trump

A tidal wave from the mainstream media is speculating whether the two remaining debates between President Trump and Joe Biden should even be held after their brutal first showdown Tuesday night in Cleveland.  

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