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9:10 PM ET, September 27, 2016


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Debate breaks record as most-watched in U.S. history  —  Monday night was the most-watched debate in American history.  —  More than 80 million people tuned in to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off, setting a new record in the sixty year history of televised presidential debates.
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump's Online Trolls Turn on Their ‘God Emperor’  —  One of Donald Trump's most ardent fringe message boards appeared to turn on its candidate of choice during Monday night's debate, saying he “got played” and that “this was not supposed to happen.”  —  4chan, the alt-right forum …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Clinton Won The Debate, Which Means She's Likely To Gain In The Polls  —  Democrats woke up on Monday to a spate of bad polls for Hillary Clinton, which brought Donald Trump to perhaps his closest position yet in the Electoral College.  They had reason to go to bed feeling a lot better.
Salena Zito / New York Post:
How Trump won over a bar full of undecideds and Democrats  —  More On:  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Pa. - Ken Reed sat down at main bar of the Tin Lizzy tavern with two things in mind, to dig into the tavern's oversized cheese steak and watch the presidential debate.  —  “I am hungry and undecided in that order …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
After presidential debate, Clinton falters among some focus group voters in swing state  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C.  —  Kae Roberts and Jay Eardly were leaning toward Hillary Clinton before Monday night's debate.  —  By the end, they had both pulled away.  —  John Kokos and Hank Federal were undecided going in, potential Clinton backers.
Discussion: RedState and Balloon Juice
Fox News:
Online polls declare Trump debate winner, despite media consensus for Clinton  —  If polls only included media pundits, Hillary Clinton would have won Monday's debate by a landslide, but online surveys had Donald Trump as the yuge winner.  —  The Drudge Report poll had 80 percent …
Andrew Couts / The Daily Dot:
4chan and Reddit bombarded debate polls to declare Trump the winner  —  You may be getting trolled right now without even knowing it.  —  Donald Trump supporters artificially manipulated the results of online polls to create a false narrative that the Republican nominee won the first presidential debate on Monday night.
Post-debate poll: Hillary Clinton takes round one
Vote Now: Who Won the First Clinton-Trump Debate?
Discussion: CNBC
Los Angeles Times:
Clinton-Trump first debate updates: Our scorers give it to Clinton
Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time
Neil W. McCabe / Breitbart:
Pat Caddell: Breitbart/Gravis Post-Debate Flash Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Won Slightly; Trump Gains ‘Plausibility’
Discussion: Slate, Hot Air, Washington Post and RedState
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The real Donald Trump showed up at Hofstra. Republicans must live with it.
Discussion: Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump points fingers after shaky debate  —  Donald Trump's long night on Long Island morphed into a day of finger-pointing Tuesday, as he revived his brashest personal style to explain an erratic debate performance against Hillary Clinton.  —  The Republican presidential nominee …
Discussion: ABC News
Fox News:
2003 clip backs up Trump on Iraq War opposition  —  After all the clamor for moderators to fact-check the candidates during Monday night's presidential debate, Donald Trump flipped the script on Lester Holt by rejecting his assertion Trump backed the war in Iraq - and history backs The Donald.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   BOOM! Neil Cavuto Just Busted MSM - Plays 2003 Interview with Trump Against Iraq War (VIDEO)
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Five Times Lester Holt Shilled for Hillary Clinton at First Debate
Prachi Gupta / Cosmopolitan:
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado Won't Be Defined by Donald Trump's Fat-Shaming  —  When Hillary Clinton called out her opponent's sexism at the first presidential debate, she highlighted a woman who had experienced it firsthand.  —  In the final minutes of the first presidential debate …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Made Alicia Machado the New Khizr Khan
New York Times:
Shamed and Angry: The Beauty Contestant Donald Trump Mocked for Her Weight
Scott Detrow / NPR:
In Post-Debate Interview, Trump Again Criticizes Pageant-Winner's Weight
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Giuliani: Clinton ‘too stupid to be president’  —  Hillary Clinton's decision to stand by her husband and attack former White House intern Monica Lewinsky when news of a sexual relationship between the two broke in 1998 prove that the former secretary of state is “too stupid to be president,” Rudy Giuliani said Monday night.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Swing-state Republicans dump on Trump  —  In front of the largest televised debate audience ever, Donald Trump blew it.  —  Swing-state Republicans expressed frustration at his Monday night performance, characterizing it as a series of missed opportunities to move the dial in the places …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel  —  The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva.  —  This conclusion was part of a study …
Richard Elliot / WSB-TV:
Donald Trump's Georgia campaign executive director resigns  —  ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has learned that Donald Trump's Georgia campaign executive director has resigned.  —  “Today we accepted the resignation of the Trump-Pence campaign's Georgia State Director Brandon Phillips.
Roger Hagy / University of Tennessee College of Law:
Statement from Dean Melanie Wilson about Professor's Tweet  —  Following Professor Glenn Reynolds's tweet and my public response last week, I began an investigation that included an examination of the facts, policies in the university's Faculty Handbook, and the law.
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Big League Trouble: Trump Faces New Questions About His Charity Finances  —  It's not just where the money went from the Donald Trump Foundation that's drawing scrutiny to GOP nominee.  It's also how the money came in.  —  A new Washington Post report this week presented cases …
Steve Harrison / The Charlotte Observer:
Charlotte mayor faces furious crowd at City Council meeting  —  A furious crowd of citizens criticized and often shouted down Charlotte City Council on Monday night, calling for resignations across the city and chanting, “Hands Down!  Shoot Back!” and “No Justice, No Peace!”
Discussion: Washington Post, AOL and ABC News
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The Huffington Post:
Government Shutdown Hinges On Republicans Helping Flint
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
McCain will vote to override veto of 9/11 bill
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Federal judge blocks Illinois' same-day voter registration program
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump considers biggest donation yet to his own campaign
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Trump incorrectly says murders are up in New York
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Trump Won't Disavow Conspiracy Theory That Cruz's Dad Helped Kill JFK
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Week
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Insiders: Hillary won
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
2 Folsom Fair tourists attacked in apparent hate crime
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
When Trump said that not paying taxes ‘makes me smart,’ undecided voters in N.C. gasped
Discussion: The Resurgent
Scott Adams' Blog:
I Score the First Debate  —  Trump and Clinton debated each …
Discussion: Vox Popoli