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And so we have finally arrived: the first of three presidential debates in what looks like – if in fact it doesn’t – the longest election cycle in American history. It’s been at least eleven thousand years. (Fact check: true and, at the same time, false.) For the first time, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will be on stage together. And the anticipation kills us. No, really, the official US death toll from Covid-19 passed 200,000 last week, and the West Coast is on fire. Will Chris Wallace ask about Trump’s taxes? Did he add the climate to his list of debate topics after an online uproar? Will Wallace ignore requests Trump people would have done not to mention the Covid death toll? Time and patience, dear readers. To ease anxiety and perhaps feelings of isolation, our correspondents will live-tweet the debate; scroll down to see their comment. And, if you’re up for it, you can also watch the debate here.

Update after discussion: Follow our debate night crew on Twitter. And come back next week, Wednesday, October 7, for the first and only vice-presidential debate.

—Anna Hiatt



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