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New York (AFP) – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life Tuesday by league commissioner Adam Silver after making racist comments that sparked a national firestorm.

“The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver said of the comments made by Sterling, in which he told his girlfriend he did not want blacks to attend Clippers games with her. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.”

AFP Photo/Robyn Beck

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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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