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Thanks for following our live coverage of a very policy-filled evening in Miami during Night One of the Democratic debate. Our live blog will be back around 6 p.m. ET Thursday with coverage of the second group of 10 candidates on Night Two of the debate, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo.

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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.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has made this claim previously, as well, and it's true for federal taxes, according to an analysis of corporate filings put out by the progressive think tank Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP.)  

The analysis did not review state and local taxes, however.

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. 

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, speaks to the media before the start of the Democratic primary debate on June 26, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Brynn Anderson / AP

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 public outrage over Logan's death has threatened to overshadow Buttigieg's presidential ambitions, potentially halting his meteoric ascent from obscure Midwestern mayor to top-tier contender. He faced shout-downs, heckling and profanity at a contentious town hall over the weekend.

But in almost 20 interviews across South Bend this week, most locals offered more muted and even-handed criticism of their mayor, and some applauded him for taking a break from the campaign trail to focus on the crisis back home. In conversations, many African American residents expressed far more anger about long-standing issues of racial injustice and economic inequality in their town.

"It didn't start with Pete," one lifelong resident of the city told NBC News.

Trump buys out the YouTube homepage ahead of debate

The president's campaign isn't taking the night off.

Ads from Donald J. Trump for President Inc., the president's official re-election committee, are showing up on the homepage for YouTube.

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."

It's heating up in Miami

The candidates won't need to do much to warm up in Miami.

According to John Morales, chief meteorologist at WTVJ, the NBC News affiliate in Miami, the city has experienced four consecutive days of record heat.

We'll see if any candidate brings it up in reference to global warming...

Will Dems bare their FANGs?

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.

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.

Inside the RNC's Democratic debate rapid response effort

RNC deputy communications director Cassie Smedile talks to NBC News about the GOP efforts during the Democratic debates.

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."

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.

Scenes from the debate

NBC News politics reporter Jon Allen checks in with some scenes outside the debate hall, complete with an array of supporters, protesters, and more.