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First Read's Morning Clips: About Last Night

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OFF TO THE RACES: Clear, raw and specific

Here's Alex Seitz-Wald's wrap of last night's debate. "Thursday's Democratic presidential debate on MSNBC offered the clearest, rawest, and most specific examination of two fundamentally different philosophies about the character and future of the Democratic Party voters have seen yet. Not only was it the first one-on-one debate between front-runner Hillary Clinton and insurgent Bernie Sanders, but it came at time when the candidates are finally ready to hash out the core questions of what it means to be a Democrat."

Miss the debate? Here's the play-by-play from our live blog.

From the Washington Post: "The dynamic between the two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination was far more intense — and far more personal — than it has been in their previous face-offs. That reflected how close their race has become in the wake of a virtual tie in Monday’s Iowa caucuses."

The New York Times' lede: "In a caustic debate on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton accused Senator Bernie Sanders of leveling “attacks by insinuation and innuendo” against her integrity and her credentials as a progressive by portraying her as beholden to wealthy interests and corporations."

And from the Wall Street Journal: "Thursday night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire was the clearest illustration yet of how the party’s presidential race is now defined: It is a battle between a doer and a dreamer."

Our friends at Politifact took a look at some of the candidates' claims.

Don't miss all the latest from our campaign embeds on the trail.

Our latest NBC News/WSJ/Marist poll shows Rubio gaining ground but Trump still in the lead.

The Union Leader notes the big money being doled out on the New Hampshire airwaves.

And Secretary of State Bill Gardner is predicting a huge turnout on Tuesday.

BUSH: He got emotional with his mother on the campaign trail.

CHRISTIE: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will endorse him.

CLINTON: "In an election year fueled by the anger over the growing gap between rich and poor, Mrs. Clinton, who is widely viewed as too close to the financial sector, seems an imperfect messenger for change. She has developed sophisticated policy proposals that many economists agree would aggressively regulate the financial sector, but they have collided with the image that Sanders supporters and other political rivals have painted of her: Wall Street’s friend and defender," the New York Times writes.

The AP: "Clinton's fiery performance was a manifestation of the frustration growing inside her campaign for weeks. Her team believes Sanders is getting away with breaking his pledge to avoid negative attacks. And they think he's not being straight with Americans about the cost of his proposals, particularly his call for a single-payer health care system."

FIORINA: She didn't make the cut for Saturday's debate, and she's arguing that it's an insult to the voters of New Hampshire.

SANDERS: He's winning the fundraising battle, the Wall Street Journal notes.

TRUMP: The New York Times writes that Trump's message really could still resonate in New Hampshire.

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