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It was a wretched performance by both the network and nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, full of fluff and posturing and "Alice in Wonderland" statements of policy -- along with an almost complete derogation of authority by the anchors.It was a wretched performance by both the network and nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, full of fluff and posturing and "Alice in Wonderland" statements of policy—along with an almost complete derogation of authority by the anchors.

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The former secretary of state spoke haltingly but had clearly rehearsed her answers Meanwhile, Trump initially demonstrated that it's possible to swagger sitting down, but he came up short in his responses to crucial questions about his preparedness—and about Russian President Vladimir Putin UpdatedThe former secretary of state spoke haltingly but had clearly rehearsed her answers.

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How are we to process the media-made spectacle that was Sarah Palin's cameo on Tuesday's "Today" show? Do we care? Not really, but it does make good material for Jon Stewart and his "Daily Show" cohorts, particularly the hilarious John Oliver, who has the entertaining (if alarming) task of interviewing Palin's fans outside 30 Rock.

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Julian Assange, embattled WikiLeaks founder and international man of mystery, took a moment Friday to check in with Matt Lauer on "Today" and dispense such enigmatic gems as this description of his recent legal battle: "It is not the beginning of the end; rather, it is merely the end of the beginning."

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So, in his hype-o-matic interview with George W. Bush, "Today Show" talker Matt Lauer gets a glimpse of the former president's post-White House lifestyle. Hey, he has an iPad! All the better for reading the word of the Lord and Rupert Murdoch -- not necessarily in that order.

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