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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Country reacts to night of mudslinging | Trump, Biden face off in vicious debate | Biden campaign insists debates will continue | Strategists question whether they should | Debate sights and sounds | Comey testifies | Dems eye Wednesday vote on COVID-19 relief | Yuengling’s Hershey’s chocolate beer



The question we are all wondering — do we really have to do this two more times…?:



The Biden campaign is insisting that the presidential debates will continue, even after the raucous event last night that commentators have called a “dumpster fire.” https://bit.ly/36kapk0 

Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told reporters that Biden will still attend the next two debates: "I don’t know how many different ways we can say it. Yes, we are going to do the debates.” 

She continued: "I would imagine there will be some additional conversations [with the Commission on Presidential Debates]. But yeah, we are committing to attending the debates.” 

And Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden pushes into Trump territory The Hill's Campaign Report: One week from Election Day | Biden looks to expand map | Trump trails narrowly in Florida, Arizona The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - One week out, where the Trump, Biden race stands MORE (D-Calif.) had a similar sentiment on CNN: “Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE’s never going to refuse to talk to the American people.” 

Breakdown from The Hill’s Amie Parneshttps://bit.ly/36kapk0


Via Politico’s Natasha Korecki and Alex Isenstadthttps://politi.co/34aSUzU

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Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump calls Fox 'disappointing' for airing Obama speech Fox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Republican National Committee chair warns of 'most progressive, radical takeover of our country' if Biden wins MORE: I will turn this car around!!:

Fox News’s Chris Wallace moderated the first presidential debate last night between President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Biden, a brawl characterized by its interruptions, mudslinging, name-calling and raised voices.



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The gist of the debate



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Why last night's debate mattered so much: The New York Times’s Shane Goldmacher tweeted, “One reason last night's debate matters: Millions of Americans are expected to vote between now and the next time Trump and Biden debate on October 15.”  https://bit.ly/349IWi5


  1. Trump missed a chance: “Trump’s constant interruptions, of both Biden and moderator Chris Wallace, were at once disjointed and unfocused, a fusillade of assaults that failed to damage his rival.”  
  1. Biden kept his cool: “For months, Democratic strategists have worried that Biden would lose his cool and fall prey to Trump’s baiting — especially when it came to his son, Hunter Biden.”  
  1. Biden’s to-camera strategy: “The contrast between where each of the two candidates kept their eyes was startling. Trump, leaning on his podium, watched his prey, preparing to pounce at every opportunity. Biden repeatedly turned to the camera to address the voters watching at home.”
  1. The debate is unlikely to change many minds: “Tuesday’s tangle will shrink the pool of undecided voters, but not to a substantial degree.”  
  1. Will there be another debate?: “The answer appears to be yes, though there was chatter at the debate's conclusion that raised questions.”


Details for each from The Hill’s Reid Wilsonhttps://bit.ly/3kXjenO 

How Fox News’s Chris Wallace struggled to keep order to the debatehttps://bit.ly/36jhlhb


Trump refused to denounce white supremacy: “Proud Boys — stand back and stand by,” Trump said. https://bit.ly/2GmBOGW

The snarky kid in class with all the comments to the teacher: “Chris Wallace: ‘Mr. President, I am the moderator of this debate, and I'd like you to let me ask my question’" https://bit.ly/34aZ5DZ  

Biden on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: "I'm not opposed to the justice, she seems like a very fine person, but she's written before she went on the bench, which is her right, that she thinks that the Affordable Care Act is not constitutional." https://bit.ly/36hNyp7

This is an effective talking point: Biden asked, "How many of you woke up this morning and had an empty kitchen chair because someone died of COVID?" https://bit.ly/3n8k0Au


Biden on Trump’s presidency: “You’re the worst president America has ever had.”  

Trump questioned Biden’s intellect: “He was the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don’t ever use the word smart with me,” Trump said to Biden. “Because you know what, there’s nothing smart about you, Joe.” https://reut.rs/3l2ThU6 Video of the exchangehttps://bit.ly/30hppLp

Biden said to Trump: “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential.”


What it was like in the debate hall: “A bit of laughter from the back of the room when Biden sarcastically remarks about the productivity of the first 15 minutes of the debate. It's the only reaction so far, other than Wallace's continued attempts to keep some control here.” (Via The Wall Street Journal’s Michael C. Benderhttps://bit.ly/2HzskIX 

Interesting observation about masks: Bloomberg’s Tyler Pager noticed, “Everyone in Biden’s side of the hall is wearing a mask. More than half on Trump’s side, including his four children, are not wearing masks. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it’s a requirement that all guests wear masks.” https://bit.ly/347sYFq 

First daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpObama to campaign for Biden in Orlando on Tuesday Lincoln Project attorney on billboards lawsuit threat: 'Please peddle your scare tactics elsewhere' Biden pushes back on Trump: 'Crass' to go after political rival's children MORE tweeted a picture of the Trump women in their face maskshttps://bit.ly/349PDRn 

Oh mannn





Tidbit about the debate venue



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In the audience: First daughter Tiffany TrumpPhotohttps://bit.ly/3kZO533   

A quirky little moment: “Chris Wallace could barely contain his laughter when Trump said Biden plays more golf than he does.” (From The Wall Street Journal’s Michael C. Benderhttps://bit.ly/3neNJaW

Small observation about their outfits: “Trump is wearing french cuffs but Biden has quartet fold pocket square. Decisions...” (From Bullpen Strategy Group’s Joe Perticonehttps://bit.ly/2HKDVVN  

Lol: “’Can I get my time back?’ is extremely United States Senate of Joe Biden.” (From The Huffington Post’s Matt Fullerhttps://bit.ly/3l2V8s2


From me: “Give the people what they want!   (we want a commercial break)” https://bit.ly/34gpMXQ

This is the best comparison I’ve seen: “that was like the worst of twitter on live TV” (From The Daily Beast’s Noah Shachtmanhttps://bit.ly/2Gc0fXX

Oh mannn — iykyk: The host of The Bachelor Chris Harrison tweeted: “Chris Wallace now knows what it’s like to host #TheBachelor Tell All specials. Good luck!” https://bit.ly/2GbiUDe

Ha! — From actor Mark Hamill: “That debate was the worst thing I've ever seen & I was in The Star Wars Holiday Special.” https://bit.ly/3kZZ3pd 

From The Washington Post’s Matt Viser: “The least enviable job in America right now belongs to Chris Wallace.” https://bit.ly/30C4zH9

This is a review of the entire debate, tbh.: Explained by gif, via The Hill’s Joe ConchaWatch: https://bit.ly/2HB1QXw 

Lol, thank you for pointing this out: Bloomberg’s Megan R. Wilson noticed during “the post-debate commentary on BBC: ‘It sort of sounds like you’re being yelled at by all the men you’ve ever been in an argument with.’” https://bit.ly/3n8nC5w

From an audio specialist: “As an audio professional, I know for a fact that there is a way to disable their mics when they shouldn’t be talking.” (From Transmitter Media’s Alex Sujong Laughlinhttps://bit.ly/349stuh

AOC called Trump a white supremacist: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Scaramucci says Trump has united country: 'It just happens to be against him' CNN won't run pro-Trump ad warning Biden will raise taxes on middle class MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist. People have been warning about this for a long time…” The rest of her tweethttps://bit.ly/34bciNh

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/30li11X


Deal or a vote today — your choice:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, “House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerTop Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Md.) told rank-and-file Democrats on a conference call that he plans to bring the slimmed-down $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package to the floor Wednesday afternoon if no deal with the White House materializes before then, according to sources on the call.” https://bit.ly/30mguZl

Happening today: “Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Trump says stimulus deal will happen after election | Holiday spending estimates lowest in four years | Domestic workers saw jobs, hours plummet due to COVID Hoyer lays out ambitious Democratic agenda for 2021, with health care at top CNN won't run pro-Trump ad warning Biden will raise taxes on middle class MORE (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to talk again Wednesday afternoon, and both sides have hinted at progress in recent days, sparking some hopes that an eleventh-hour agreement will emerge after two months of stalled negotiations.”



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 7,192,969 

U.S. death toll: 206,036 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

For context: Three months ago today, 2,683,000 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 129,545 had died. https://bit.ly/2GaWSAo


Let’s play, find the presidential nominee!:





The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Minnesota today and Vice President Pence is in Georgia.

The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/2Sd73XS

And the Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/2ELSV4x

10:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Marietta, Ga.

1:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a closed press “Trump Victory Luncheon” in Atlanta.

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Shorewood, Minn.

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a “Faith & Freedom Coalition Policy Conference” in Atlanta.

5:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence returns to Washington, D.C.

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump attends a fundraising committee reception in Shorewood. This is closed to press. 

7:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Duluth, Minn.

1 a.m. EDT Thursday: President Trump returns to the White House.


This morning: Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGOP former US attorneys back Biden, say Trump 'threat to rule of law' Biden's polling lead over Trump looks more comfortable than Clinton's Trump has list of top intelligence officials he'll fire if he wins reelection: report MORE testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2G4R2Rn 

Happening now: The Hill is hosting a three-part virtual event, “Century of the Woman.” Featured speakers: Labor Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoTravel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan Century of the Woman: Can Leading Women Have it All? Female lawmakers, officials call for more women at all levels of government to improve equity MORE, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellCentury of the Woman: The State of Women and Voting Rights Female lawmakers, officials call for more women at all levels of government to improve equity The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Country reacts to debate night of mudslinging MORE (D-Ala.), Lilly Ledbetter, Ellevest's Sallie KrawcheckHilda Solis and Tina TchenLivestreamhttps://bit.ly/2HB6jcK

9 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Duluth, Minn.

Oct. 5: NBC’s Lester Holt interviews Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a live town hall. https://bit.ly/34e1H3Y


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Via Food & Wine’s Mike Pomranz, Yuengling teamed up with Hershey’s and released a chocolate porter beer. Photo and where to buy ithttps://bit.ly/2GfOJuu

And because you made it through the first presidential debate, here’s a puppy looking for love and affection from its mom: https://bit.ly/36kO2e4