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New York (AFP) – The Dow and S&P 500 Tuesday closed at fresh all-time highs one day before a U.S. Federal Reserve decision that is expected to maintain aggressive monetary stimulus.

At the closing bell, the Dow rose 114.05 (0.73 percent) to 15,682.98 while the S&P 500 jumped 9.93 (0.56 percent) to 1,772.04.

The gains came on the heels of a trove of largely mediocre economic data that is seen as boosting the chances the Fed Wednesday will maintain its $85 billion per-month bond-buying program.

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

How bad was Tuesday night's debate? So bad that the above-the-fray Commission on Presidential Debates is planning on rule changes for the next debates.

"Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues," the CPD said in a statement. "The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly."

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