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Transcript: Read the Full Text of the Primetime Republican Debate

TIME

Ten Republican presidential candidates met in Cleveland for a primetime debate on Fox News.

At the debate, real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The moderators were Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace.

Here is a running transcript of what they said.

KELLY: It is nine p.m. on the East Coast, and the moment of truth has arrived.

KELLY: Welcome to the first debate night of the 2016 presidential campaign, live from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

I’m Megyn Kelly…

(APPLAUSE)

… along with my co-moderators, Brett Baier and Chris Wallace.

Tonight…

(APPLAUSE)

Nice.

Tonight, thousands of people here in the Q, along with millions of voters at home will get their…

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The ‘illegal’ index: Which news organizations still use the term ‘illegal immigrant’?

Fusion

This might well be the only article you ever read on Fusion that contains the phrase “illegal immigrant.” If necessary, we’ll quote individuals who use the offensive term. But we’ll never use it ourselves to describe people living and working in the United States without every necessary bureaucratic authorization.

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

What’s more, the term “illegal immigrant” isn’t…

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The most hilarious revelation about the Ashley Madison hack yet

BGR

Was Ashley Madison a website full of married guys who spent their time trying to hook up with bots and/or other guys whom they thought were women? Gizmodo has taken a look at some of the leaked data about the website and has found that the reality is it’s “like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots.”

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Josh McKoon on the cultural threat posed by Delta, other big ‘multi-national’ firms

More stupid politician talk.

Political Insider blog

AJC file AJC file

Only several days ago, the Paulding County GOP posted a YouTube video of its Saturday, Aug. 15 gathering that featured state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. During his address, McKoon spoke of S.B. 129, his “religious liberty” legislation embraced by many religious conservatives.

The measure has failed twice in the last two years. It is a sure topic of discussion in 2016. The problem, McKoon said, isn’t the LGBT lobby or Democrats. Watch:

Said McKoon:

“The Georgia Equalities of the world and Better Georgia – they don’t get a whole lot done at the Legislature. So why is it that we’ve had this problem?

“We’ve had this problem because very large multi-national corporations that are headquartered in this state – their executives, many of whom are not from Georgia, have different values than you and I do. They think that their cultural norms, their liberal, far-left cultural norms, should…

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Let us have legs! Amputees march on DC

The Watchdog blog

Is Medicare trying to turn back the clock for people who have lost limbs?

Amputees from around the country, including Atlanta’s Jordan Thomas, went to Washington on Wednesday to protest against a proposal that they say could make it harder for people to get the most advanced artificial limbs.

“If CMS goes through with this proposal, it will truly eviscerate the amputee population,” said Thomas, 26, who lost both his legs in a boating accident when he was 16. “It will return us to a quality of care comparable to the 1970s. In total, approximately 1.5 million people will be impacted and there’s no question that we’ll receive inferior prosthetic care moving forward.”

Atlanta's Jordan Thomas (right) went to Washington this week with his parents, Dr. Vic Thomas and Dr. Lizbeth Kennedy Thomas, to protest a proposed Medicare change for prosthetics. Atlanta’s Jordan Thomas (right) went to Washington this week with his parents, Dr. Vic Thomas and Dr. Lizbeth Kennedy Thomas, to protest a proposed Medicare change for prosthetics.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the Medicare…

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TV/radio briefs: Conan in Cuba, Atlanta Press Club radio panel

Radio and TV Talk

Conan O'Brien is airing his Cuba special Wednesday, March 4 at 11 p.m. on TBS. CREDIT: TBS Conan O’Brien is airing his Cuba special Wednesday, March 4 at 11 p.m. on TBS. CREDIT: TBS

By RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com, originally filed Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TBS’s Conan O’Brien was inspired to be the first American talk-show host to do a show from Cuba soon after Pres. Obama was lifting restrictions to travel there. Jack Paar visited the country before the embargo in the early 1960s, which inspired O’Brien, who has a deep respect for late-night history.

He has been getting a lot of press for doing this, more press than he’s gotten in a good long time. So from that perspective, this is a good thing.

He also has said in interviews that he worked hard to ensure that the joke was on him, not on the Cuban people. He wanted them to laugh at his idiocy. They didn’t recognize him, he said, since they don’t get TBS. But…

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New poll offers good news for Biden and Trump

When is Trump’s bubble going to burst? Soon I hope.

OnPolitics

Vice President Biden and Donald Trump. (AFP/Getty Images) Vice President Biden and Donald Trump. (AFP/Getty Images)

Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday showed positive signs for Vice President Biden, who’s weighing whether to jump into the race for the Democratic nomination, and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Biden outperformed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in general election matchups, leading Trump 48%-40%, Jeb Bush 45%-39% and Marco Rubio 44%-41%, while Clinton led Trump 45%-41%, Bush 42%-40% and Rubio 44%-43%. Biden also had the highest favorability rating among all candidates from both parties included in the poll.

Still, Clinton maintained her large lead in the Democratic race with 45%, though that figure dropped 10 points since Quinnipiac’s July 30 poll. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was in second with 22%, followed by Biden at 18%.

“On the Democratic side, Secretary Hillary Clinton continues her slide while Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to narrow the gap,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a…

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