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Moderator Lester Holt under scrutiny during debate

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Everyone’s aware of the stakes for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the first presidential debate, but there’s a third person in the equation who faces a different pressure: Lester Holt. The NBC News veteran is moderating his first general election debate, making him solely responsible for the questions asked each candidate and for steering the conversation. His performance will be closely watched, particularly in light of a dispute over the extent to which he should call politicians out for…

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Joe Henderson: 5 things we’re curious about the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate

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Things we are curious about for the Trump-Clinton I: The Debate. The television audience How many people will be watching? Well, a lot – that’s for sure. Some predict the audience could exceed 100 million people. The record audience for a presidential debate is 80 million people for Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter in 1983. By comparison, the audience for the first 2012 debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was 67.2 million. Even at 100 million though, Clinton…

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Bernie Sanders says no plans yet to meet the pope

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The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he would “very much like to” meet Pope Francis when he travels to the Vatican next week but he has not received an official invitation from the Catholic leader. It’s “not yet clear,” Sanders told journalists in New York Friday, saying this pope is someone he has “enormous respect for in terms of the mental consciousness that he’s raising.” Sanders’ campaign released…

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Wrong number? Donald Trump’s TV telephone interviews in spotlight

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In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump‘s fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions. Two organizations are circulating petitions to encourage Sunday morning political shows to hang up on Trump. Some prominent holdouts, like Fox’s Chris Wallace, refuse to do on-air phoners. Others argue that a phone interview is better than no interview at all. Except in news emergencies, producers usually avoid phoners because television is a…

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