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Aug 28, 2019

If you haven’t seen either of the previous Democratic primary debates, here’s a summary: Twenty candidates debate free health care and slavery reparations, among other things. Instead of talking about eliminating the federal debt, the candidates talk about adding to it. Additionally, the top candidates don’t get to debate the issues fully. All this raises a few questions: Who’s in charge of choosing the broadcast networks? The moderators? The questions asked? What effect do these choices have on the quality of the debates? Join Antony Davies and James Harrigan as they discuss the primary debates and more in this special episode of Words & Numbers featuring bonus material.

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Quick hits

Monopoly socialism
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/23/us/monopoly-socialism-board-game-trnd/index.html

NASA plans mission to a gold asteroid

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1169605/Asteroid-news-NASA-scientists-16-psyche-asteroids-mining-gold-platinum 

Foolishness of the week

Minneapolis bans drive thrus

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/08/09/minneapolis-bans-new-drivethrus

Topic of the week: Democratic debates

Reporter bias ratings

https://reporterbias.com/

DNC is a private corporation

https://ivn.us/posts/50-ways-the-democratic-and-republican-parties-are-the-same

Candidates

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/08/2020-candidates-president-guide/582598/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/us/politics/2020-presidential-candidates.html

Polling numbers

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/democratic_nomination_polls/

Ford-Carter debate

https://youtu.be/BuaPct7gH1w?t=152

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