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OFF TO THE RACES: What we learned from last night

Our own Perry Bacon Jr. wrote that “the biggest difference between the Republican candidates is on immigration policy. And that contrast emerged clearly on Tuesday.”

The Washington Post said the discussion on immigration “stood out as a proxy for a debate over how Republicans can win back the White House after eight years in the wilderness.”

Bloomberg News’ Take: “Debate exposes the battle for the soul of the Republican Party.”

Here’s a very easy to digest fact-check of the GOP debate from The New York Times.

ICYMI: A comprehensive account of what took place in Milwaukee.

BUSH: The New York Times has this take: “Mr. Bush, whose chronic struggles on the debate stage have unnerved his supporters and dragged down his standing in the polls, was a feistier and more assertive combatant, demanding more time from moderators, offering flashes of improvised humor and delivering crisper answers than he has in the past.”

CHRISTIE: After being demoted to the undercard debate because of low national poll numbers, Christie “came to life … in the hourlong four-candidate debate that seemed likely to leave a lasting impression,” the Times writes.

CLINTON: The day before Veterans Day, Clinton released her plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Al Gore, her husband’s vice president, told People magazine that it’s “still too early” to endorse Clinton.

CRUZ: The Texas senator came dangerously close to his “Oops” moment that crippled former Texas governor Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential aspirations.

FIORINA: A big line for Fiorina was when she said she didn’t meet Putin in a green room – like Trump did. But a green room is exactly where she met Putin, as one of us (!!!) writes.

SANDERS: Joined protestors who work at the U.S. Capitol demanding an increase to the minimum wage, Roll Call reports.

OBAMA AGENDA: Taking the case to the Supreme Court

The Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to look at the ruling by an appeals court that rejected President Obama’s action to defer documentation of parents of undocumented children, the Wall Street Journal reports.

An administration official told Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, that the president doesn’t need a new war authorization to fight ISIS.

While Obama plans to sign the defense bill that makes it more difficult for him to close Guantanamo Bay, House Speaker Paul Ryan gives a warning shot to the president, telling him he can’t close the prison unilaterally.


*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron speaks with Ben Carson’s Business Manager Armstrong Williams about Dr. Carson’s performance in last night’s GOP debate; The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles’ Alfonso Aguilar, and’s Jon Soltz about last night’s GOP debate; and Royal Razor Barbershop Owner Nicholas Cassadine about how the Small Business Administration is helping veterans with their “Operation Fund My Biz” initiative and how they helped him to own his own business.

*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell recaps the Republican debate with Al Cardenas – Senior Advisor to Jeb Bush, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, New York Times’ Jeremy Peters, Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Chris Jansing and Katy Tur. And joining us on this Veterans Day -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to discuss veterans homelessness and Heidi Janson – founder of “Brides Across America” – the organization donating thousands of wedding gowns to military brides.

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