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12:50 PM ET, October 14, 2015


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Washington Post:
The CNN Democratic debate transcript, annotated … Tuesday night, five candidates participated in the first Democratic debate: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee.  We've posted the transcript below, with insight from the crew here at The Fix as well as the Fact Checker's Michelle Lee.
John Santucci / ABC News:
Discussion: OnPolitics, Hot Air and Washington Post
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Overnight ratings point to Democratic debate record  —  Final ratings won't come in until later in the day.  But preliminary Nielsen ratings indicate that CNN's Tuesday night debate was the highest-rated Democratic debate ever.  —  The 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. hours averaged an 11.2 household rating …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Debate Lesson: America Now Has an Openly Socialist Party  —  Sure, this batch of candidates sounded like a bunch of loons.  They contended socialism is mostly about standing up to the richest one percent and promoting entrepreneurs and small business; climate change is the biggest national …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton towers over her debate rivals  —  Hillary Clinton was a head shorter than her rivals when they lined up on stage for Sheryl Crow's version of the National Anthem at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate.  But after that moment, she towered over them.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Media Underestimated Hillary Clinton, But Overestimated Her Debate  —  Before last night's debate, I suggested the media was likely to emerge with one of two narratives about the state of Hillary Clinton's campaign: Either she was mounting a comeback, or she was in a downward spiral.
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Clinton crushes it  —  <p>The first debate was the Hillary and Bernie Show, and Hillary received top billing.</p><p>Not only was Hillary Clinton on the receiving end of the night's biggest gift — her rival, Bernie Sanders, declaring it time for people to shut up about her email scandal …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Insiders: A runaway victory for Clinton  —  <p>Hillary Clinton<b> </b>won — by a landslide. </p><p>Clinton was the clear winner of the first Democratic presidential debate, according to the assessment of both Democrats and Republicans in this week's POLITICO Caucus, our bipartisan survey …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The surprisingly entertaining first Democratic debate, explained
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
What Did We Learn From the Democratic Debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The First Democratic Debate
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
Watch: Most Journos Fail to Stand for Anthem at Democratic Debate
Discussion: Truth Revolt
Paola Chavez / ABC News:
First Democratic Presidential Debate: By the Numbers
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:   I would have taken Clinton to task on emails, Bush says
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Democratic debate: Live updates
Discussion: Telegraph and Trail Blazers Blog
John Heilemann / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Runs the Table in Vegas Debate
Discussion: Slate, Politico, Reuters and ABC News
The Hill:
Trump: I should have Secret Service protection  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump on Tuesday said the Secret Service should be giving him protection — and he suggested partisan politics might be why the agency isn't providing it.  —  In a 90-minute interview with The Hill, the Republican …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
I experienced the irresistible torture of watching Rand Paul's campaign livestream  —  In 1996 a woman named Jennifer Ringley decided to put a camera in her apartment and broadcast her entire life over the Internet.  Because it was a new and provocative concept, and because, hey …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul Livestreams His Despair
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Sarah Stewart / KFOR-TV:
A look at Anthony Palma: Who is the man arrested for Kirsten Hatfield's murder?  —  MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Anthony Palma lived just two doors down from Kirsten Hatfield when she disappeared in 1997.  —  And, he still lives there to this day.  —  On Tuesday, his home was surrounded …
Discussion:, Scared Monkeys and Daily Mail
Lamar Odom Fighting for His Life ... Found Unconscious at Nevada Brothel (UPDATE)  —  FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE  —  Found Unconscious at Nevada Brothel  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  11:00 PM PT — Lamar is still in a coma and his heart is failing ... our source says he is having serious problems with his kidneys and lungs as well.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Huckabee stands by dog meat tweet  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sparked backlash on social media during the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night for a tweet alluding to dog meat.  —  The Republican presidential candidate targeted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio: Dem Debate Just About Who Would ‘Give Away The Most Free Stuff’ (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday morning lamented that the Democratic presidential debate was merely a competition over who would grant the American people more “free stuff.”
Daniel Tepfer / Connecticut Post:
Jury rules against aunt who sued boy over hug  —  BRIDGEPORT — The case of the aunt who sued her young nephew over a reckless birthday hug, may have hinged on a plate of hors d'oeuvres.  —  Jennifer Connell, who claimed the 8-year-old boy was negligent when he jumped in her arms …
Discussion: CNN, Althouse, KFOR-TV, Hit & Run and Hot Air
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Ivanka Trump on how she feels about her dad's run: It's complicated  —  <p>Ivanka Trump believes the word “happy” is a complicated one to use regarding her feelings about her father running for president. </p><p>Trump, who was speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women summit in Washington on Wednesday …
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