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Protesters shout down Biden in Dem debate disruption

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HOUSTON — Protests erupted late into Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, interrupting former Vice President Joe Biden moments before he delivered a heartfelt response about his personal hardships.

More than two hours into the debate in Houston on Thursday, protesters began chanting in the audience, though it was unclear what exactly they were chanting.

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After several minutes, the protesters eventually were led out of the auditorium at Texas Southern University.

Biden, the frontrunner in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary field, went on to share the hardest times in his life—including the death of his daughter and first wife in a car accident in 1972; the death of his son, Beau, of brain cancer in 2015; and other hardships.

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“I learned that the way you deal with it, is finding purpose,” Biden said. “I hope Beau is proud of me today.”

“Because when you get hit badly, when you lose a job…we’ve all been through that in some form or another,” he continued. “My purpose is do what I’ve always tried to do and stay engaged in public policy. There are a lot of people who’ve had it a lot worse than I have.”

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Democrats Spar Over Private Health Insurance At Presidential Debate

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Leading Democratic presidential candidates sought to differentiate themselves on health care at a Houston debate Thursday by vying to find out what scares voters more: the potential for higher taxes or to continue to be subject to the whims of the private health insurance system.

Once again, questioning from debate moderators focused heavily on the need for tax increases to finance large-scale programs like “Medicare for All,” a line echoed by former Vice President Joe Biden and other relatively moderate candidates. Biden also hammered away at his theme that his health care platform wouldn’t disrupt the coverage for the many millions of Americans who currently have health benefits provided by their employers.

“The 160 million people who like their health care now, they can keep it. If they don’t like it, they can leave,” Biden said.

Among the 10 contenders on the stage at Texas Southern University, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are the lone remaining full-throated supporters of erecting a single-payer “Medicare for All” health care system that would replace a system that mixes private coverage for most working-age adults with public programs for the elderly and the poor. 

Sanders and Warren emphasized the ways health insurance companies deny care to policyholders and vowed that middle-class people who see lower costs under a single-payer program, even if the money they spend will be in the form of taxes rather than insurance premiums. Sanders authored the legislation to create Medicare for All, which Warren has endorsed during the campaign.

“I’ve actually never met anybody who likes their health insurance company,” Warren said. “I’ve met people who like their doctors. I’ve met people who like their nurses. I’ve met people who like their pharmacists. I’ve met people who like their physical therapists. What they want is access to health care.”

Biden, the front-runner in the campaign for the Democratic Party nomination so far, is among those candidates who have backed a smaller but still substantial increase in the federal government’s role in providing health care to Americans. Among other things, Biden has proposed creating a government-run public option program people could choose as an alternative to private insurance. 

As it has from the beginning of this election cycle, the finer points of these two approaches were mostly overshadowed by a dispute over whether to build on private health insurance, as transformed already by the Affordable Care Act, to make coverage more affordable and fair or whether the solution to high costs and poor benefits is to follow the rest of the developed world’s lead and establish a single program for everyone.

Biden and other candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), have based their case largely on limiting costs preserving choice and allowing Americans to decide whether to select private insurance or the public option. 

“How are we going to pay for it? I want to hear tonight how that’s happening,” Biden said.

For Sanders and Warren, the principles of guaranteeing lifelong access to stable, government-provided health benefits trump the notion of choice.

“Instead of paying premiums into insurance companies and then having insurance companies build their profits by saying no to coverage, we’re going to do this by saying everyone is covered by Medicare for All,” Warren said. “The only question here in terms of difference is where to send the bill.”

These two candidates also see higher taxes on wealthy households and businesses as a principle of their own and a means to reduce inequality while also financing medical care. Sanders in particular has long held that profit motives in the health care industry pervert the system by prioritizing financial considerations over providing care.

“We need a health care system that guarantees health care to all people, as every other major country does, not a system which provides $100 billion a year in profit to the drug companies and the insurance companies,” Sanders said.

Polling suggests that Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning independents are open to Medicare for All, but more of them support the incremental approach favored by Biden and the other candidates.

According to Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation survey results published Thursday, given a choice between building on the Affordable Care Act and replacing the private insurance system, 55% of those voters support the more incremental approach and 40% support the more sweeping plan.

But these voters also appear open to supporting either of these approaches, according to the poll, which was conducted last week. Among Democrats, 87% support a public option, while 77% support Medicare for All. Notably, 41% of Republicans also expressed support for a public option and 20% favored Medicare for All.

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Kamala Harris Forced To Defend Her Changing Criminal Justice Views

ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis drew some of the loudest applause of the night at Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate with a simple question for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) about her record on crime.

“You used to oppose the legalization of marijuana; now you don’t. You used to oppose outside investigations of police shootings; now you don’t,” Davis said, referring to Harris’ positions in her former role as California attorney general. “You’ve said that you changed on these and other things because ‘You were swimming against the current and thankfully, the currents have changed.’”

“But when you had the power, why didn’t you try to effect change then?” Davis asked as the room erupted in cheers.

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AP Photo/David J. Phillip Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks at the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Harris has faced criticism from progressives over her record as California’s top prosecutor. Her truancy policy resulted in criminal prosecutions of parents, for example, and she was unwilling to take on the state’s death penalty.

The senator handled Davis’ question pretty well though, saying there have been “many distortions” of her record and pivoting to her achievements.

“I took on the position that allowed me, without asking permission, to create one of the first-in-the-nation initiatives that was a model, and became a national model, around people who were arrested for drugs and getting them jobs,” Harris said. “I created one of the first-in-the-nation requirements that a state law enforcement agency would have to wear cameras and keep them on full time. I created one of the first-in-the-nation trainings for police officers on the issue of racial bias and the need to reform the system.”

Harris conceded there was plenty more she could have done in her former job, but noted that her newly released criminal justice plan includes bold ideas like ending mass incarceration, ending solitary confinement and shutting down for-profit prisons on her first day in the White House. That last proposal drew applause.

“As president of the United States, knowing the system from the inside, I will have the ability to be an effective leader and get this job complete,” she said.

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Adele Files For Divorce From Simon Konecki

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Adele officially filed for divorce from Simon Konecki on Thursday, several months after they separated. They married more than two years ago after several years as a couple.

Court documents filed by the 31-year-old singer in Los Angeles confirmed the split, TMZ and E! News reported.

The Grammy winner met Konecki, a charity executive, in 2011 and the two secretly married more than two years ago. They welcomed their son Angelo in 2012. 

Speaking out after the separation was previously confirmed, a representative for Adele said: “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

A source previously told E! News the two had split due to a “shift in lifestyles” prompted by Adele’s busy schedule as she rose in fame, which prompted them to grow apart.

Adele acknowledged the separation publicly for the first time in May by posting a meme, to the delight of her followers:

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As Democrats battle each other onstage in Houston, Trump and his team attack them

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This item will be updated throughout the evening. Check back often. 

Punching at DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a big Democratic boogeyman, became an applause line for Buttigieg.

The first step in improving education, he said, is appointing a secretary of education “who actually believes in public education.”

DeVos is a major advocate of charter schools.

Buttigieg, whose husband is a teacher, also said that the country needs to respect teachers “the way  we do soldiers and pay them the way we do doctors.”

Warren, calling herself the only one on stage who has been a teacher, said her secretary of education would be a public school teacher.

“I know I shouldn’t really comment on the debate,” tweeted Chasten Buttigieg, “but I am SO GLAD we are *finally* talking about education and teachers.”

–Maureen Groppe 

Climate change

Beto O’Rourke promised to spend $5 trillion over the next decade on technology and incentives to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Amy Klobuchar vowed to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Accord, restore Obama’s Clean Power Plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency standards for vehicles.

And Elizabeth Warren said she’s embracing a plan proposed by former presidential candidate Jay Inslee to eliminate carbon emissions from new buildings by 2028, carbon emissions from new cars by 2030, and carbon emissions from power production by 2035.

“We are running out of time,” she said.

It took two hours before the candidates were asked about climate change, an issue Klobuchar called “the existential crisis of our time.”

And it was a dud. Everyone who chimed in agreed with the need for dramatic, immediate action.

–Ledyard King

“A really small dude”

Kamala Harris compared Donald Trump’s trade strategy to the Wizard of Oz. And not in a good way.

“We’ve got a guy in the White House who’s been erratic on trade policy,” the California senator said about the president’s trade policy with China. “He conducts trade policy by tweet, frankly borne out of his fragile ego.”

She called for a more consistent trade policy and made a reference to the iconic 1939 movie that starred Judy Garland.

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“The bottom line is this: Donald Trump in office on trade policy … reminds me of that guy in “The Wizard of Oz”,” she said. “You know, when you pull back the curtain, it’s a really small dude.”

That drew a chuckle from ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos, a diminutive man whose height is listed as 5 feet and five inches.

“OK,” Stephanopoulos dead-panned. “I’m not going to even take the bait, Sen. Harris.”

“I wasn’t talking about you,” she said laughing as well. 

— Ledyard King

Coiffer diplomacy

Booker referenced his bald pate in attacking Trump for using a national security waiver to impose tariffs on Canada, a country led by a prime minister with a healthy head of hair.

“I’m the only person on this stage that finds (Justin) Trudeau’s hair very menacing,” Booker said, “but they are not a national security threat.”

Booker’s larger point was that Trump’s “America first” policy has turned into an “America alone” policy in which he is pulling away from allies, making it harder to take on competitors like China.

–Maureen Groppe 

Trump’s ‘erratic’ trade policy

One by one, the Democratic candidates slammed President Donald Trump’s trade policy, which they described as “erratic.”

“The president clearly has no strategy,” Pete Buttigieg said.

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Buttigieg recalled that when he entered the race, Trump derisively said he’d like to see Buttigieg make a deal with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

“I’d like to see HIM making a deal with Xi Jinping,” Buttigieg said. “Is it just me, or was that supposed to happen in, like, April?”

Buttigieg said that Trump’s inability to follow through on what he promises is being taken note of by both competitors and allies with serious consequences.

“We can use trade to help build a stronger economy,” Elizabeth Warren said.

Donald Trump’s “American first” policy is actually an “American alone” policy, Corey Booker said.

What they didn’t say: Whether they would be willing to eliminate the tariffs that Trump has slapped on Chinese imports as leverage designed to force China to agree to a new trade pact.

Amy Klobuchar came the closest. She said she would not have imposed the tariffs in the first place.

–Michael Collins, Maureen Groppe 

Trump slams Dems in Baltimore

During a busy night of Republican response to debating Democrats, President Donald Trump first took a low-key approach by saying he respected his opponents – but later mocked frontrunners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren with scathing nicknames.

“I hit Pocahontas way too early,” Trump said, referring to Warren while speaking to a group of House Republicans in Baltimore. “I thought she was gone – she’s emerged from the ashes. And now it looks like she can beat Sleepy Joe (Biden) … He has no idea what’s going on.”

Trump also threw in a jab at South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg: “He’s doing a rotten job running his own city.”

As the president spoke in Baltimore, Democrats who debated in Houston accused Trump of fomenting racism by attacking people of color and denouncing immigrants as invaders. Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke described Trump as a “white supremacist” who poses a “mortal threat” to the country, particularly minorities.

— David Jackson

Only the vice president?

Dissecting President Barack Obama and his administration’s record has become a central theme of the Democratic presidential debate.

It started, during the first hour, with health care, as the candidates sought to chart a direction on what to do with Obamacare.

It continued during a discussion on immigration, when Joe Biden was pressed directly on the administration’s record on deportations. Obama adopted many progressive policies on immigration, including allowing young people brought to the country illegally as children to avoid deportation. But his administration also deported immigrants in the country illegally at a rate that surprised fellow Democrats.

Biden was pressed directly on whether he stood by those deportations.

“We didn’t lock people in cages, we didn’t separate families,” Biden said. “I’m proud to have served with him.”

But when questioned again specifically about deportations, Biden noted that he was only the vice president at that time.

That drew a fiery response from Julian Castro.

“He wants to take credit for Obama’s work but not have to answer any questions,” Castro said.

Biden dismissed that criticism, arguing that he “stood with” Obama’s decisions for eight years, “good, bad and indifferent.”

“I did not say I did not stand with him,” Biden said.  

— John Fritze

Trump’s team fires back in real-time

President Donald Trump may not be watching the Democratic presidential debate, but his people are.

The Trump campaign’s rapid response team is firing off emails to reporters in defense of his record as Democrats go after him from the stage.

“President Trump is addressing gun safety while defending the 2nd Amendment,” read one message sent just minutes after Democrats slammed Trump failing to take on the issue of gun violence.

“Thanks to President Trump, black Americans are making historic progress and enjoying growing opportunities,” read another rebuttal when Democrats accused him of promoting racism.

“President Trump is fighting to bring down prescription drug prices for working families,” said another message when Democrats blasted Trump for trying to undo the Affordable Care Act.

–Michael Collins

Sanders and Warren attack the system

Sanders, rather than attacking the candidate with whom he is competing for the most liberal voters, grabbed at the chance to reiterate their joint call that the system is broken.

On the issue of gun control, Warren has said it can’t be addressed “until we attack the systematic problems.”

Asked a question about the Senate filibuster, Sanders said he wanted to get back to Warren’s point.

“What we are looking at is a corrupt political system,” he said, accusing drug companies, insurance companies and the fossil fuel industry for “determining what is happening in Washington.”

–Maureen Groppe 

Harris: Trump ‘tweeting out the ammunition’

When it came to gun violence, Kamala Harris talked about how difficult it is to see school children drill for mass shooters.

“It is traumatizing our children,” she said.

Then she brought up the president’s words as a contributing factor, bringing up the Walmart shooting in El Paso last month that left 22 dead and dozens more wounded.

Before the shooting, the gunman penned a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto that the president’s critics have said echo the president’s rhetoric.

“People asked me in El Paso, ‘Well do you think Trump is responsible for what happened?’, she said. “I said ‘Well, look, he obviously didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s certainly been tweeting out the ammunition’.” 

— Ledyard King

Taking away guns

After several of his competitors praised O’Rourke for his advocacy of gun control after a mass shooting in his home town, one of the moderators pressed him about his proposal to buy back military-style assault weapons. Critics call that confiscation.

O’Rourke said the weapons have to go when they’re being used against children. He described meeting a mother who watched her daughter bleed to death in Odessa after being shot with an AR-15.

“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke said.

–Maureen Groppe 

Zingers dominate third debate

One key theme to emerge from the third Democratic presidential debate, so far: The gloves are off.

The ten candidates on stage have engaged in some of the sharpest exchanges Americans have witnessed so far in the race to replace President Donald Trump. Much of that tension in the first hour has been wrapped around the fight over how the nation should proceed on health care.

Candidates had zingers ready, but their fire was not directed in all directions – and not necessarily just at front runner Joe Biden.

Many observers were watching for fireworks between Biden and Elizabeth Warren, who has been steadily gaining grounds in polling. But, so far, most of the debate has played out between the three front runners – Biden, Warren and Bernie Sanders – and the rest of the field.

It was Julian Castro who claimed Biden was “forgetting what you said two minutes ago,” a not-so-subtle knock on Biden’s propensity for gaffes.

It was Amy Klobuchar who was among the most forceful critics of Sanders’ plan to expand government health care.

— John Fritze

John McCain makes an appearance

First Kamala Harris thanked Barack Obama for passing the Affordable Care Act that expanded health care for millions.

Then the California senator thanked Bernie Sanders for proposing Medicare for All.

Finally, she brought up the ghost of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who died last year, when talking about how he stopped Donald Trump’s plan to kill Obamacare.

“Donald Trump came into office and spent almost the entire first year of his office trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act,” she said. “We all fought against that, and then the late, great John McCain at about 2 in the morning killed his attempt to kill health care for millions of people in this country.”

As she spoke she pointed her right thumb down, mimicking McCain’s famous gesture when he broke from his party and became the deciding vote in 2017 against Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare.

— Ledyard King

Where’s Cory?

More than 30 minutes into the debate, Cory Booker had not had a chance to speak since his opening statement.

During a spirited debate over health care, Booker was mainly silent while other candidates had a chance to jump in multiple times.

Booker got the last word on the debate over health care.

“There’s an urgency right now in this nation, everybody feels it,” Booker said when the camera turned to him. “We cannot sacrifice progress on the altar of purity.”

— John Fritze

Klobuchar slams Sanders’ health care plan

Amy Klobuchar came out swinging against the progressive plan to prove government health insurance for all Americans – and what has become a Bernie Sanders campaign mantra.

“While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill,” Klobuchar fired at Sanders, arguing that the plan would drop millions of Americans off their private health insurance. “I don’t think that’s a bold idea, I think it’s a bad idea.”

The line was a response to Sanders’ oft-repeated line that he “wrote the damn bill” to move to a Medicare-for-All health insurance system. 

Health care, and the fight over whether to make adjustments to Obamacare or to scrap it for additional government coverage, has dominated the opening moments of virtually every Democratic debate this year – and it has widely split the field.

— John Fritze

So much for that ‘no cursing’ rule

Bernie Sanders, in an extended defense of his Medicare for All plan, argued the proposal would be cost-effective. Then he added, “I wrote the damn bill!”

It was a recycled line that he first used in a presidential debate in July, when he claimed the plan would provide union members with better health care coverage than they have now.

Tim Ryan interjected, “You don’t know that, Bernie.

“I do know that — I wrote the damn bill,” Sanders fired back.

–Michael Collins

First question

Moderator George Stephanopoulos immediately tried to get the top three candidates engaged in a debate over how far left the party should go. He asked Biden whether Sanders and Warren are pushing too far beyond where most Democrats are on health care, climate change and college costs.

“That’s for voters to decide,” Biden said. “Let me tell you what I think.”

After saying Obamacare worked, Biden went after the cost of Medicare for All, saying Sanders and Warren haven’t explained how it will be paid for.

Warren responded that the question is how to improve on Obamacare.

“And I believe the best way we can do that is we make sure everybody gets covered with health care at the lowest possible cost,” she said. “And middle-class families are going to pay less.”

— Maureen Groppe 

Beto goes after guns in his opening

Beto O’Rourke, who has made gun control a centerpiece of his campaign, went hard on the issue in his opening statement.

O’Rourke used his first words to note the El Paso shooting on Aug. 3 that left 22 people dead.

The former Texas congressman also went after President Donald Trump, arguing that the shooter was “inspired to kill by our president.”

— John Fritze

Groan!

It didn’t take long for someone to use the most famous line associated with the city hosting the debate.

“Houston we have a problem,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. a reference to the message from Apollo 13 astronauts to Mission Control in Houston. The NASA mission in 1970 returned to Earth after technical problems prevented it from reaching the moon.

— Ledyard King

They’re off

The third Democratic presidential debate is underway in Houston.

Appearing on stage from left to right; Amy Klobuchar; Pete Buttigieg; Bernie Sanders; Joe Biden; Elizabeth Warren; Kamala Harris; Andrew Yang, Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro.

Buckle up: The debate, which is airing on ABC and Univision, is expected to last three hours. Follow along here for the latest.

— John Fritze

Battle for the remote

In July, it was the season finale of The Bachelorette.

This time, football fans who are following the Democratic presidential race will face a choice: NFL Thursday Night Football will feature a match-up between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.

Politics observers – including President Donald Trump – have often paid close attention to the ratings captured by networks hosting the debates. Are Americans still tuning in? Is interest in the race already waning, less than five months from the Iowa caucuses?

Are Americans, as the president claimed after ratings were released for one of two debates in July, just “desperate for Trump”?

In July, both the debate and the Bachelorette finale were slated to run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, forcing millions of Americans to choose between national politics and reality-TV politics. 

Some 8.7 million viewers watched the first night’s debate live on CNN. Another 2.8 million watched on CNN’s live stream. That bested The Bachelorette, which drew 7.4 million viewers.

This time, the debate is almost certain to have a major advantage in the ratings battle. The candidates will scrimmage on the ABC broadcast network; the game is on the cable-only NFL Network.

The game is also being played in Charlotte, N.C., the site of next year’s Republican nominating convention. 

— David Jackson and John Fritze

Yang plans to dole out cash

Andrew Yang promised this week to do something unusual at tonight’s debate.

It turns out, he will deliver on that promise.

Buzzfeed News reported Thursday that Yang is planning to announce a contest in which he will award 10 families with $1,000 a month for one year.

Yang has pulled out the marketing move before (though not at a debate). The effort is intended to highlight his plan for a universal basic income – a central part of his economic message – in which every American citizen over the age of 18 would be guaranteed $1,000 a month.

The idea has gained prominence among some economists who argue a universal income would offset job loss caused by advances in technology.

— John Fritze

Well, dang!

The candidates have been warned. Or maybe begged.

ABC, which is hosting tonight’s Democratic debate, would really appreciate it if the Democrats can keep from swearing during the three-hour event.

It’s not that the network doesn’t appreciate passion and authenticity. But the network is governed by Federal Communication Commission indecency rules. And because there will be no delay on broadcasting the live event, ABC will not be able to edit out foul language, the network told the candidates.

They may be particularly concerned about former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who has been dropping the F-bomb to express his anger about gun violence. His campaign is even selling T-shirts with the expression he’s used.

Asked Saturday if he would swear on the debate stage, O’Rourke had a five-letter response: Maybe.

During the first debates in June, entrepreneur Andrew Yang said the Russians are laughing their (behinds) off at the United States as they try to manipulate the elections.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker used the S-word during the last debates. But he was repeating President Donald Trump’s reported description of countries from which he did not want to accept immigrants.

Booker has also sworn on social media, such as when he tweeted in June a defense of fellow competitor Kamala Harris’ heritage, saying she doesn’t have “sh—t” to prove.

When a follower questioned whether someone else had taken over Booker’s account, he responded: “Oh, this is definitely me.”

-Maureen Groppe

Biden, Warren face off

Former Vice President Joe Biden will need to prove himself against Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren who has been rising in the polls. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is still competing with Warren for support from the most progressive wing of the party.

And California Sen. Kamala Harris will try to reignite the spark she lit from the first debate that has since faded.

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The six other candidates on stage still have to show that they belong in the top tier.

Democrats who didn’t meet the party’s qualifying rules for tonight’s debate – including Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan – will have a harder time qualifying for next month’s debate without tonight’s exposure. Billionaire Tom Steyer didn’t make this debate but has met the conditions for the next one, in October.

After opening statements, tonight’s contenders will have one minute and 15 seconds for direct responses to questions. They’ll get an additional 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals.

Airing on ABC and Univision, the three-hour event will be moderated by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and by Univision’s Jorge Ramos.

The candidates are debating at Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston.

Texas is also home to two of the competitors, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro who will be standing next to each other on one end of the stage. The order was determined by polling averages.

Here’s the full list from left to right: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sanders; Biden; Warren; Harris; entrepreneur Andrew Yang, O’Rourke; Castro.

– Maureen Groppe

Trump predicts Biden win at debate

President Donald Trump will miss the Democratic debate on Thursday because he’s speaking to Republican lawmakers holding their annual retreat in Baltimore.

But that doesn’t mean that the president doesn’t have thoughts.

Trump predicted that Joe Biden will prevail so long as “he doesn’t make any major mistakes.”

Like many Americans, the president also seems eager to view the Democratic field as being much smaller than it is on paper.

“You have three people leading,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn. “I think it’s going to be one of those three.”

— David Jackson and John  Fritze 

Google weighs in. How tall are they? 

If tonight’s candidates took the stage based on how often they’ve been Googled this past week instead of by their polling averages, the center stage would look a little different. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders would still be there. But Andrew Yang, not Elizabeth Warren, would be in the top three, according to Google. Warren ranked fourth.

The search engine also looked at the top questions people had about the candidates this week. Googlers wanted to know if Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro and Amy Klobuchar are still running. Searchers were curious about whether Cory Booker is dating or married.

The top question people had about the three oldest candidates – Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – was how old they are.

And one of the top five questions for nearly every candidate was how tall they are.

But despite a common belief that the tallest candidate usually wins, the shorter person won three of the last five presidential elections.

–Maureen Groppe

Not everyone is in Houston

What are the candidates who didn’t qualify for tonight’s debate doing instead?

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is speaking at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of law, his alma mater.

Billionaire Tom Steyer and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock campaigned in Iowa Thursday.

“See you in Iowa today, and over the next 143 days!” Bullock tweeted.

After her watch party at the Writers Guild of America in California, author Marianne Williamson planned to talk about what she would have said had she been on stage. Her take, moderated by a writer with The Hollywood Reporter, will be livestreamed.

Supporters of Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are gathering at Veggie Street Restaurant where they will “blast searches and inundate social media with our support for Tulsi.”

–Maureen Groppe

As if they could avoid Trump

President Donald Trump will, of course, be center stage at the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday without having ever stepped into Houston.

But the Trump campaign apparently also wanted to own the skies.

Trump’s campaign hired a plane to fly a banner over the debate’s host city. The message drew from the president’s leading reelection mantra: That Democrats running to replace him 2020 have veered too far to the left.

“Socialism will kill Houston’s economy,” the banner read. “Vote Trump 2020.”

— John Fritze

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Bernie Sanders attacks ABC for partnering with ‘health care industry’ advertisers at Dem debate

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., went after ABC at the third Democratic debate on Thursday night, decrying a network partnership with advertisers from the “health care industry.”

“We need a health care system that guarantees health care to all people as every other major country does, not a system that provides $100 billion a year in profit for the drug companies and the insurance companies,” Sanders said. “And to tell you how absurd the system is, tonight on ABC, the health care industry will be advertising, telling you how bad Medicare-for-all is, because they want to protect their profits. That is absurd.”

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos moved on to the next candidate as Sanders’ line earned some applause.

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Sanders made a similar attack on CNN at the second debate round in July for its acceptance of sponsorships from the “health care industry.”

“By the way, the health care industry will be advertising tonight on this program,” Sanders exclaimed.

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“Thank you, senator,” CNN anchor/moderator Jake Tapper said. Then: “Senator Warren, it’s your turn-“

“Can I complete that, please?” Sanders asked.

“Your time is up, 30 seconds,” Tapper answered.

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Beto O’Rourke: ‘Hell Yes, We’re Going To Take Your AR-15’

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Beto O’Rourke isn’t shy about wanting to take your military-style guns.

The presidential candidate, speaking at the Democratic debates on Thursday, reiterated his desire to institute mandatory buybacks for semi-automatic weapons ― those “designed to kill people on a battlefield,” in his words ― which have been used repeatedly to carry out America’s worst mass shootings over the past few years.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, you’re not going to be allowed to use it against your fellow Americans anymore,” he said.

The former congressman from Texas also dug in on his claim that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has influenced mass shooters’ acts of violence, including the massacre in his hometown of El Paso last month.

“A racism and violence that had long been a part of America was welcomed out into the open and directed to my hometown of El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed and dozens more grievously injured,” he said on stage alongside nine other Democratic candidates.

O’Rourke, who has claimed he could take Texas from Trump in an election, hasn’t fared well in national 2020 polls, but has made gun violence a central issue in his campaign after the El Paso shooting put him in the national spotlight.

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'Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?': Biden and Castro debate health care

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Obama HUD Secretary Julián Castro fiercely debated health care at the Democratic primary debate in Houston on Thursday night. 

Biden laid out a proposal within his health care plan that would allow people to buy into a public option, noting that “Anyone who can’t afford it gets automatically enrolled in the Medicare-type option we have.”

“If you lose the job from your insurance company, from your employer, you automatically can buy into this,” said Biden shortly after.

More: Amy Klobuchar hits hard against Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan at 3rd Dem debate

Castro said Biden’s plan would make Americans opt-in rather than be automatically enrolled in a plan.  

“Barack Obama’s vision was not to leave 10 million people uncovered. He wanted every single person in this country covered. My plan would do that, your plan would not,” said Castro. 

“They do not have to buy in,” replied Biden.

“You just said two minutes ago that they would have to buy in,” shot back Castro. “You said they would have to buy in. Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?”

Castro’s comment appeared to be a dig at Biden’s occasional gaffes and forgetfulness on the campaign trail, though he appears to have misrepresented part of Biden’s plan. 

More: Joe Biden is a self-described ‘gaffe machine.’ So far, Democratic voters don’t seem to mind.

The Democratic presidential candidates have been fiercely debating the future of health care in America and a variety of proposals that would expand health care coverage.

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Shane Gillis, ‘SNL’s’ New Cast Member, Spews Racist Asian Jokes, Slur In Resurfaced Video

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NBC’s announcement of “Saturday Night Live’s” three new cast members, including its first Chinese-American comedian, quickly soured Thursday when footage surfaced showing another newcomer spewing racist jokes, including a slur, about Asian people.

Caught in the act was Shane Gillis, a stand-up comedian who was recognized as the Just for Laughs festival’s New Faces of Comedy this year.

In footage uncovered by freelance comedy reporter Seth Simons, Gillis can be heard mocking Chinese people, calling them “chinks” and saying it bothers him when Asian people try to learn English.

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Simons shared the footage of Gillis on Twitter, apparently grabbed from a YouTube video showing the comedian discussing Chinatown in an episode of his podcast show “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.”

“Damn, Chinatown’s fucking nuts,” Gillis says in the video.

“It is full fucking China. It is [Chinese] down there,” he continues, this time in a mocking accent. “Let the fucking chinks live there.”

In a second clip shared by Simons, Gillis says that “an Asian trying to learn English” bothers him more than “any other minority playing music in a restaurant loud on their phone.”

He then describes his racist jokes as “nice racism, good racism.”

The original video is no longer on YouTube, though a copy of it exists on Simons’ Twitter account. The podcast episode was originally released in September 2018, but it no longer appears on Gillis’ podcast website.

The footage dimmed celebrations of staff writer Yang’s promotion to full-time cast. Yang is only the third Asian person to be cast in the show in 45 seasons. (Former cast members Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider are of Asian descent.)

Comedian and Groundlings member Chloe Fineman was also welcomed to the cast of “SNL” on Thursday.

Gillis’ racist jokes weren’t anything new for some people in Philadelphia’s comedy scene, where the comedian worked for years.

Kate Banford, co-owner of the Good Good Comedy Theatre in Philadelphia, told Vulture on Thursday that her theater stopped working with Gillis “because of racist, homophobic, and sexist things he’s said on and offstage.”

Gillis released a statement Thursday night that amounted to a nonapology, saying he’s a comedian who “pushes boundaries” and whose jokes “sometimes miss,” despite the remarks he made being objectively racist.

“If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses. I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said,” he wrote on Twitter. “My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.”

This article has been updated with a response from Gillis.

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Maryland authorities arrest three more suspects in deadly stabbing tied to MS-13

Authorities in Baltimore County, Md., said Thursday that three more people have been arrested in connection with a fatal Jtabbing in July that’s been linked to the MS-13 street gang.

Cockeysville residents Hugo Leonel Martinez-Vasquez, 22, Jose Alexi Villacorta-Rivas, 19, and Yoni Membreno-Parada, 17, have all been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

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Federal officials say several of those charged in the fatal stabbing of a Maryland man are tied to the MS-13 gang and in the country illegally. (Baltimore County Police)

Last week, police arrested and charged seven people in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar on July 30. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Tuesday that six of those seven people were part of MS-13 and in the country illegally.

The immigration status of the three suspects arrested Thursday was unclear at the time of publication.

Baltimore County Police said Cueller was stabbed in the Towson area while walking home from a laundry. His body was found July 31 in the grass outside an apartment building, with “multiple sharp-force injuries,” officials said.

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Nearly two weeks later, police in Mississippi arrested the occupants of a white 2008 Dodge Caliber during a traffic stop, The Baltimore Sun reported. They said they matched the occupants to suspects seen in surveillance footage from the night of the murder.

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Investigators then matched a suspect in the surveillance video to police bodycam footage from a traffic stop of the Caliber several days before the murder, according to The Sun.

Authorities have attributed the killing to a gang war involving MS-13. Police say they don’t anticipate more arrests.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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