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Debate Takeaways: Civil court discussion gives way to brawl

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Saturday’s Republican presidential debate was the perfect spot for GOP candidates to try and project legal gravitas after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. That was a fairly civil discussion. Then came the brawls: Then it was back to Trump v. Bush for Round Two. Next up: Trump v. Cruz. John Kasich tried to stand above the fray. It was the smallest GOP field on the debate stage yet, after the departures of Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina. But…

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Republican candidates not happy with CNBC debate

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They railed against Democrats. They attacked each other. But the Republican presidential contenders seemed even angrier at the media Wednesday night. The candidates repeatedly expressed frustration the mainstream media in general and the CNBC moderators asking the questions during the third GOP debate. “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said early on. “This is not a cage match,” he added. “How about…

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GOP debate takeaways: Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush rumble, Donald Trump largely quiet

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Celebrity businessman Donald Trump was again center stage as the Republican presidential field gathered Wednesday night for the third debate of the 2016 campaign, but for the first time, the billionaire seemed reduced to the role of a supporting cast member. An early rumble between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio showed they were willing to fight for the spotlight. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the leader in some recent preference polls, stuck to his soft-spoken style,…

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Viewers’ guide: Rising tensions to be on display in 3rd GOP debate

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Expect the 10 candidates participating in the third Republican presidential debate to highlight rising tensions in the unsettled field. Political outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson are the front-runners in national polls, and they may take aim one another during the 8 p.m. EDT debate in Boulder, Colorado. But the anticipated sparring among the experienced politicians in the race could prove just as intense, given the dwindling time for them to stand out in the crowded contest. The 2016 voting…

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GOP debate fact check: Jeb Bush did not bend in opposition to casino gambling

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Viewers of the second Republican presidential debate heard inflated claims about Planned Parenthood abortion practices and the risks of vaccines, as well as a dubious assertion by Donald Trump that he wasn’t interested in establishing casinos in Florida back in Jeb Bush‘s days as a candidate for governor. Some of the claims in the debate Wednesday night and how they compare with the facts: TRUMP: “I’m in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount,…

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10’s a crowd? GOP prepares for double digits on debate stage

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The first Republican presidential debate will feature no fewer than 10 candidates. That’s according to guidelines released Wednesday by debate hosts Fox News and Facebook, which offer the first clues as to how the GOP will handle its largest presidential class in recent memory. Party officials have been working privately in recent weeks to prevent its first debate in August from becoming a nationally televised circus, while lesser-known candidates have been lobbying for access. Only announced candidates will be allowed…

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GOP wrestling with too many ’16 prospects for a TV debate

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Never have more than 10 candidates taken the stage for a televised Republican presidential debate. Wish the GOP luck in trying to keep it that way. With the party’s first debate set for August, Republicans must decide to either allow what could become a nationally televised circus act, or figure out how to fairly whittle down a field likely to include eight current or former governors, four senators, two accomplished business executives and a renowned neurosurgeon. More than a half-dozen…

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