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Making It Up as He Goes Along

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:38:51 GMT2016-09-27T05:38:51Z

Donald Trump likes to freestyle. In his overheated, screwball way, he’s a master of the form. His improvisational skills are pretty much the core of his appeal—he’s not scripted, he’s good television. His faith in his ability to let it rip is the essence of his swagger, which apparently appeals to a vast audience. There aren’t many people who can pull it off, and it has worked far better than anyone could possibly have imagined. Monday night, however, his improvisational skills failed him—and he slammed up against the limits of his political talents.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Hofstra University debate on Monday in Hempstead, New York.


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Trump’s Campaign Can’t Answer Whether He’s Paid Federal Income Taxes, Either

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:33:09 GMT2016-09-27T05:33:09Z

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.—Donald Trump didn’t have much to say about whether he pays federal income taxes during his debate. And in the post-debate spin room at Hofstra University, his campaign’s answer wasn’t much better.

Donald Trump talks to reporters in the spin room after his first debate against Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 26, 2016.


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What Donald Trump Means When He Talks About Stop-and-Frisk

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:09:23 GMT2016-09-27T05:09:23Z

Midway through the first presidential debate of the 2016 election, moderator Lester Holt asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to tackle the racial divide. How would they bridge the gap between Americans with vastly different experiences of the country?

Republican nominee Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016. / AFP / Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)


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Donald Trump Defended Putin, Had No ISIS Plan, and Was Stunningly Ignorant on Iran

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:23:00 GMT2016-09-27T04:23:00Z

If anyone still thinks Donald Trump should be president after Monday night’s debate, I’d like to know the reasons. In the segment dealing with foreign policy, he revealed himself—not for the first time, but more plainly than usual—to have little grasp of what power, diplomacy, and recent events are all about. Hillary Clinton left a few gaps open as well, but the differences between the two could be measured in leagues, even light-years.

Donald Trump gestures during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.


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Who Won the First Presidential Debate?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:27:00 GMT2016-09-27T02:27:00Z

Now that the first presidential debate is over, pundits and politicos will be gabbing about what it all means for each candidate’s campaign. Who triumphed? Who floundered? Who will ride the debate to electoral glory, and who is fated to fizzle? But TV talking heads won’t decide this election. The American people will. And all of them read Slate. So we’re turning to you, Slate readers: Who won?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.


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This Debate Is Not the Super Bowl

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:34:19 GMT2016-09-26T23:34:19Z

Listen to Episode 585 of Slate’s The Gist:

Mike Pesca awaiting the first presidential debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26, 2016.


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What Twitter Pundits Are Saying About the First Presidential Debate

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:07:31 GMT2016-09-26T22:07:31Z

Monday night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, the first of the campaign cycle, is predicted to be one of the most-watched political events in a generation. The New York Times reports that the total audience could be as high as 100 million, and an uncommonly large number of those people haven’t yet figured out who they’re voting for. The latest polls put the race at a dead heat.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump.


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Hang Up and Listen: the Short, Joyous Life of José Fernández Edition

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:14:43 GMT2016-09-26T21:14:43Z

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:


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