A Reader’s Guide to the Presidential Debates

Here’s everything you need to know about the policies and posturing on display in Denver, and Danville, and beyond.

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UPDATED Thursday, Oct. 11: For Thursday night’s highly anticipated vice-presidential debate, focused on America’s big domestic concerns, here’s your topic-by-topic primer.

Economic Inequality and the “47 Percent” Video

Health Care

  • Obamacare: How do you pay for it? Like so.

Taxes

Jobs

Education

  • California’s once-top-notch public higher education system, though, is in crisis. A man-made crisis.

The Environment

Energy

  • What the frick is fracking? Behold.

Medicare

Reproductive Rights

  • Is accessible contraception an infringement on religious freedom, as some conservatives argue? Not really.

Guns

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