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Democratic Debates

Immigration, economy dominate in a showcase of differences

Deep divides over health care and economic policy took center stage in the first debate, as 10 candidates jousted over the best formula for beating President Trump and fixing the struggles of the middle class.
The Fix
Analysis

Winners and losers from the debate’s first night

The one-liners and questions in Spanish were great. The debate’s technical issues? Not so much.
The Take
Analysis

Democrats signal a turn toward liberal ambitions and government activism

In the first presidential debate, the candidates advocated reversal of most Trump policies.
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I see every day that this economy is not working for average Americans. It’s not helping people in my community.
I would … pursue legislation so that women are paid equal pay for equal work in this country. It’s past time that we did that.
This Democratic Party has to be strong and bold and progressive, and in New York we’ve proven we can do something different.
I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken.
This president and his chicken-hawk cabinet have taken us to the brink of war with Iran.
Donald Trump is simply wrong. He says they [wind turbines] cause cancer. I say they cause jobs.
We know that not everyone is sharing in this prosperity. Donald Trump just sits in the White House and gloats about what’s going on.
We need to include each person in our democracy. Each voter, we need the representation, and each voice, we must listen to.
We have [migrant] kids literally laying in their own snot. That is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness.
Health care is a basic human right. And I will fight for basic human rights.
Fact Checker
Analysis

In first Democratic debate, a handful of stats stretched past the breaking point

Many candidates were armed with statistics, and most ranged from mostly or partly true. Here’s a round-up of 13 statements that caught our attention.
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Test pilots struggled to control the plane in a Boeing simulator. The problem is not the same as the faulty data issue that investigators say contributed to the crashes of 737 Max planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
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Today’s WorldView
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Japan’s prime minister hopes to use the gathering to highlight unity among the global community. However, the president is unlikely to suddenly start building bridges while he’s in Osaka.
The 5th Circuit questioned whether the House of Representatives and Democratic states have standing to appeal a Texas ruling that the law is unconstitutional.
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The National Rifle Association also shut down its television arm and severed all business ties with its longtime public relations firm.
Senate Republicans are unlikely to agree to make the provision law, but the amendment reflects frustration.
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Offended social media users used the hashtag #KimOhNo to express their outrage, accusing her of appropriating an item — and an idea — central to Japanese culture.
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Perspective
The U.S. women’s soccer star is just a person unafraid to express the good, bad and unflinchingly ugly in our diverse and complicated country, and that allows her to be a mirror. 
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The rules on liquids can be confusing. Leave it to the model-slash-cookbook author-slash-television host-slash-social media personality to show us how it's done.
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The best one-liners from night one of the first Democratic debate
The Spanish moments of the Democratic debate, translated
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Student loans weighing you down? Some 2020 candidates want to get rid of them.
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Cory makes her mad. Beto makes her swoon. Kamala makes her wonder. Who should she pick?
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