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Jane C. Timm
236d ago / 1:12 AM UTC
Fact check: Does Amazon pay nothing in taxes, as Booker said?
Asked about corporate mega-mergers, and whether he would call out those companies, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said he had no problem naming companies like Amazon that pay "nothing" in taxes.
The analysis did not review state and local taxes, however.
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236d ago / 1:17 AM UTC
What the candidates are wearing
The candidates walked out onto the stage wearing either purple (Warren's jacket, De Blasio's tie), red (Booker's tie, Klobuchar's shirt, Gabbard's jacket) or blue (ties of Ryan, Castro, Delaney, O'Rourke).
But Inslee, whose campaign is focused on climate change, is wearing a green tie.
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236d ago / 1:02 AM UTC
Buttigieg takes the stage tomorrow, but his city is in the news tonight
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana, doesn't take the stage until Thursday night. But he has made headlines in recent days amid unrest in his city over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police sergeant.
In the latest development, the family of the shooting victim — 54-year-old Eric Jack Logan — filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the police officer and the city in federal court, according to The Associated Press. The lawsuit accuses Sgt. Ryan O'Neill of using excessive deadly force when he shot Logan on June 16. The suit also names the city of South Bond as a defendant, but it does not name Buttigieg, the AP reported.
The Google-owned video platform is one of the most visited pages on the internet, making its homepage banner particularly valuable real estate. Earlier today, Trump railed against Google and other tech companies, claiming that they are "full of Democrats."
Back in April 2016, the last time the Democrats held a presidential debate, tech companies were still on the good side of the public and most of Washington.
A little more than three years later, American tech giants are the subject of a full-on political barrage from regulators, elected officials and presidential hopefuls. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., led the charge with a call to break up some of the so-called FANG companies — Facebook, Amazon and Google (not so much Netflix) — and to create new rules that prevent them from using their power to hurt smaller competitors.
The Democrats have plenty to talk about, but tech policy very well could end up a talking point tonight, particularly as the debaters look to differentiate themselves on a crowded stage.
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237d ago / 12:29 AM UTC
Can a meme fulfill candidates' dreams?
Amanda Carpenter, a former staffer for Sen. Ted Cruz, makes a good point — could the winner of tonight's debate be up to the internet?
And in particular, could it come down to the most meme-able moment?
We've already seen the power that the internet has in driving the media cycle and elevating its favorite candidates, especially Andrew Yang and his Yang Gang.
How a candidate will be re-MEME-bered (see what I did there) can make or break someone with a single GIF. Meme wars are lasting, real, and can't be contained with traditional rapid response. I fully trust that the Trump folks are looking for opportunities to feed Reddit (2/2)
Hoping to stand out (and stand tall), three candidates will use risers
With 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night, it may be hard for some to rise to the occasion.
But luckily, the candidates can use risers. And three are taking advantage of that.
NBC News took a look behind the lecterns ahead of Wednesday night’s debate and spotted a large riser behind Julián Castro’s spot and two smaller ones behind Tulsi Gabbard’s and Amy Klobuchar’s spots.
They could come in handy, especially for Castro, who will be standing next to the 6-foot-4 Tim Ryan and one more spot over from the 6-foot-5 Bill de Blasio — a trait the New York City mayor has admitted he’ll use to his advantage.
Asked earlier this month by reporters in Iowa how he planned to stand out at the debate, he replied, "Well, I'm taller than all of them, so that’s the first strategy."
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Robin Muccari, Dartunorro Clark and Lauren Egan
237d ago / 11:57 PM UTC
The candidates and the issues: A brief guide
The stage is set for night one of the debates. Here’s a primer on the candidates and the issues.
The guy with the Jesus sign is fighting with the Trump fans and the Green New Deal crowd. Everyone’s a “baby-killer” to him. Says Trump folks are walking hand in hand with a sodomite and are serving the wrong master. pic.twitter.com/JCrBFVAFGT