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At the Al Smith dinner in New York — a yearly charity roast for the benefit of city children — presidential election season finds the major party candidates mocking themselves and each other with good-natured glee. Unless one of them happens to be Donald Trump, who seemed unable to suppress his bilious bitterness. When he grimly attacked Clinton as “corrupt” and anti-Catholic, the well-heeled guests did what they never do at this jolly event: They booed angrily. Clinton got off a few sharp remarks at her tormentor’s expense (and lobbed a nice zinger back a few rows toward former mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who has been babbling outrageously about her and her husband for months).

 

Trump’s remarks start at about 9:00, Clinton’s at around 27:00. Both speeches are worth watching, but be prepared to cringe as well as laugh.

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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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