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Debates are broken. Here’s how to fix them.

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The presidential debates have become major media events, but a decreasing share of Americans are watching them. Although that proportion slightly increased for the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the proportion of voting-age Americans watching isn't nearly what it was during the 1970s and 1980s.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, President of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and a working group of bipartisan former campaign advisers have developed a list of suggestions to fix what they believe is a flawed debate format. You can read the full report here: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

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