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7:35 AM ET, September 27, 2016

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NPR:
NPR annotates full transcript of first presidential debate with fact-checks, analysis, and context  —  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head Monday night in the first presidential debate.  —  NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security …
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Lester Holt's reticence as moderator during presidential debate gets mixed reviews  —  Call him the minimalist moderator.  —  Facing “knees buckling” scrutiny — his words — ahead of Monday evening's presidential debate, Lester Holt of NBC, with the nation's eyes (and the internet's critics) upon him, opted to lie low.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Presidential debates conversation share: Trump led on Twitter with 62% over Clinton's 38%, and also on Facebook with 79% over Clinton's 21%  —  Monday night's Trump-Clinton match-up was the “most tweeted debate ever.”  —  That's according to Twitter, which crunched the numbers immediately following the debate.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and The Week
Carolyn Ryan / New York Times:
The NYT assembled a team of 18 debate fact-checkers to assess the accuracy of claims made by candidates and moderator, in real time, as the debate unfolded  —  With clashes over truth, lies and exaggerations dominating the prelude to the first presidential debate, The New York Times has assembled …
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Monmouth University poll: 60% of Americans want moderators to fact-check the debate; 31% say moderators should leave fact-checking to the candidates  —  Nearly everyone has weighed in on whether moderators should fact-check the presidential debates: the media, the campaigns, the boss of the organizing commission.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico, and The Washington Post all published weekend articles noting Trump's frequent lies  —  On the weekend leading up to 2016's first presidential debate, four news organizations came to a similar and sweeping conclusion: Donald Trump lies more often than Hillary Clinton.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Disney considering a bid for Twitter; Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, Comcast, AT&T are all uninterested in buying the site  —  The Walt Disney Co. is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Twitter refuses Turkish court order to block the account of noted DC journalist Mahir Zeynalov; despite refusal, Zeynalov predicts his account will be censored  —  A Turkish court ordered Twitter to block the account of a noted journalist last week, accusing him of “instigating terrorism.”
Reuters:
Omani court orders permanent closure of Azamn, a privately owned newspaper that had reported on corruption in the judiciary, and jails three of its journalists  —  A court in Oman on Monday ordered the permanent closure of a newspaper which had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary …
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
Business Insider begins testing metered paywall with a small group of readers, will now force readers using ad blockers to whitelist site or pay subscription  —  Business Insider, according to co-founder and CEO Henry Blodget, has long harbored ambitions to create a dual-revenue business model …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
FCC's plan to open the cable set-top box market may hinge on Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic commissioner who believes the plan gives the FCC outsize power  —  WASHINGTON — When the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan this year that would free people from having to rent cable set-top boxes …
 
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