Debate Liveblogging Tonight

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Of course I’ll be liveblogging tonight’s debate. How often do you get to watch a presidential candidate collapse in a heap on national television? It might happen! Or Trump might declare that we’re about to be invaded by Martians and only he can save us. Who knows? Either way, hopefully tonight is the night that a lot of people wake up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, and finally say “Donald Trump? The reality TV clown? How did he make it this far? Was there something in the water or what?”

Anyway, the debate starts at 9 pm Eastern time and goes for 90 minutes without a break. I’ll start up a few minutes before that. See you there.

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