November 18, 2014
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An investigation by The New York Times found that Rev. Al Sharpton owes more than $4.5 million in current state and federal taxes.

The figure includes taxes from Sharpton's personal income as well as from his for-profit company, Raw Talent and Revals Communications. Sharpton apparently owes more than $3 million in personal federal tax liens and $777,657 in state tax liens. Raw Talent and Revals Communications, meanwhile, owe another $717,329 in state and federal tax liens.

Sharpton's non-profit company, the National Action Network, has apparently underpaid the government federal taxes as well. The National Action Network's tax liability increased from $900,000 in 2003 to almost $1.9 million in 2006. Meghan DeMaria

7:39 a.m. ET
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One aspect of the debate Donald Trump didn't excel at? Waiting his turn. Vox tallied up the total number of interruptions in the first presidential debate Monday night and found Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton a total of 51 times. During the first 26 minutes of the debate alone, Vox reported Trump had jumped in while Clinton was talking 25 times.

Some of Trump's interruptions were brief interjections, like when he denied Clinton's claim he'd called climate change a hoax. Other times, Trump's interruptions overtook Clinton entirely, forcing her to cede the floor or requiring debate moderator Lester Holt to remind Trump that it was Clinton's turn.

Clinton, on the other hand, interrupted Trump just 17 times. Becca Stanek

6:12 a.m. ET

The first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was on Monday night, and on Monday night's Daily Show, Trevor Noah breathed a sigh of relief. "The waiting is finally over," he said. "After a year of subtweeting each other on the campaign trail," he said, "finally, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head." After all the debate prep and head games, the debate lived up to expectations, getting pretty fiery at some points, with Clinton and Trump just shouting over each other. "Welcome to the real-life version of Twitter, people," Noah said. "You know that at that point, Lester Holt wasn't even moderating anymore, he was just eating popcorn with everyone else."

Noah spent most of his instant recap focused on Trump, and some Trump statements really stood out, like when Trump appeared to brag about avoiding taxes, saying paying zero federal income tax "makes me smart." "I'm sorry, what?" Noah said. "Dude, taxes are a responsibility not something to evade. You know, you're running to be the No. 1 citizen of a country, you shouldn't brag about ways you found ways to get around the rules.... You know who else found a way around the rules? O.J. No one likes him."

When it came to race relations, Noah said, "this might have been my favorite part of the evening — it turns out, the only way Donald Trump can truly relate to any issue in America is by whether or not he has a property in that place." After playing a few clips, he said, "Donald Trump relates to America like he's playing a game of Monopoly — 'Yeah, I have that street, I know what it's like there.'"

Finally, Noah pointed to Trump's Achilles heel, "a little thing I like to call Truth Trump." Whenever Trump speaks, Noah explained, "every now and again, Truth Trump comes out — he can't control it." He used as an example Trump saying he doesn't run negative ads "because he's trying to save the money — not because he's a good person," as he should have said. Noah demonstrated by acting out a split personality, Gollum-like: "'Truth Trump, shut up!' 'I can't control it. I need to build a wall in my mind folks!'" He arched an eyebrow at Trump's sniffing, but said "we didn't watch the debate just to make jokes about it. We wanted to do our part to keep the candidates honest." Still, when he asked Senior Campaign Correspondent Roy Wood Jr. to fact-check the debate, things got out of control fast. Watch below. Peter Weber

4:34 a.m. ET

Monday night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a major television event, and "there's pressure to appear to know what's going on, to be informed," Jimmy Kimmel said on Monday's Kimmel Live. So on Monday afternoon, Kimmel sent a crew out on the street to ask people what they thought about Sunday night's debate. "There's no way any of these people should have an opinion on what happened," Kimmel said, since the interviews were conducted hours before the debate began, "but did that stop them from weighing in? Oh no it did not." As always with Kimmel's "Lie Witness News" segments, it is truly impressive to watch people brazenly discuss fictional events in great detail, but the interviewer's dad-shaming at the end will leave a mark. Watch below. Peter Weber

4:14 a.m. ET

Before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took the stage at Hofstra University on Monday night, "there was a lot of what seemed like spin about how little Trump was preparing for the debate," Seth Meyers said on Monday's Late Night, "and it turns out, he really didn't." Before the debate, "it seemed like the Trump campaign was setting expectations so low, all he would have to do is stand still for 90 minutes and he would be the winner, but in the days leading up to the debate, they were actually worried that bar may be too high."

If Trump was unprepared for the debate, "as is her style, Hillary was overprepared with one of her patented lukewarm zingers," Meyers said, referring to "trumped-up trickle down." He referenced that again when he compared Clinton to an aunt dancing to Beyoncé at a wedding. But Clinton did have to contend with a "double standard heading into the debate," he added, summarizing pre-debate advice from MSNBC: "Basically, her tasks look like advice you'd give a secretary before a job interview in 1950 — Smile and let them see you're a dynamite gal! — meanwhile, his sounds like advice you'd give a murderer at a parole hearing: They need to believe you won't kill again." Watch below for Meyers' recap of the more standout moments of the debate, including Trump's water-drinking, plea for help from Sean Hannity, and tripping over race relations. Peter Weber

3:22 a.m. ET

The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was on Monday night, and "the whole point of this debate tonight, the main prize the candidates are vying over, is the elusive undecided voter," Stephen Colbert said on his special live Late Show. "And there are a lot of them," as many as 1 in 5 voters in some polls. "If after all this time, the entire election is going to be decided by these few undecided voters, I wanted to talk to one myself," he said. The one he spoke with was Rob Lowe, portraying undecided Ohio voter Charles Hensen. The two of them go back and forth about the plight of the undecided citizen ballot-casters and the difficult choice they have to make, and by the end, you half expect to see "Magic 8 Ball-Ouija Board 2016!" bumper stickers on 1 in 5 cars tomorrow. Watch Lowe's amiable flip-flopper below. Peter Weber

2:59 a.m. ET

The Late Show went on live Monday night, right after the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and "coming into tonight's debate, Democrats were divided between two strong emotions: panic and pants-crapping," Stephen Colbert said. "Democrats have not been this nervous since Anthony Weiner asked to borrow their phone."

"The expectations for the two sides were very different," Colbert noted. "For Hillary to win, she had to be confident but not smug, knowledgeable without being a know-it-all, charming but not affected, commanding but not shrill, also likable, warm, authoritative, and not coughing. Meanwhile, Donald Trump had to not commit murder — on camera — and that low bar was reflected in Donald Trump's debate prep," which reportedly involved eating burgers and coming up with zingers. "He may not have prepared, but it also looked like he didn't," Colbert said. "Meanwhile, Hillary was so prepared my new nickname for her is Preparation H."

For the next few minutes, Colbert walked thorough some of the debates zestier moments. "For months now, Donald Trump has questioned Hillary's health, repeatedly, and I've gotta say, there was one possible health scare on stage tonight: Trump sounded like he was fighting off a cold, with cocaine," he said. "He sounded like the coked-up best man in the bathroom at a wedding." He touched on substance a little bit, but mostly went for the easy laughs — see Law & Order — with some discussion of the hot topic of fact-checking. "Trump told the biggest lie of the debate," Colbert said, playing a clip of Trump touting his temperament. "Of course, we we'll never know if his temperament is really his strongest asset, because he won't release his tax returns," he said. "In the end, there was really only one word that summed up how this whole debate — this whole election — feels, and Donald Trump captured it." Watch below. Peter Weber

2:12 a.m. ET

Donald Trump came out on top during Monday's debate — at least on Twitter.

Millions of tweets surrounding the debate were made throughout the night, with 62 percent about the Republican nominee and 38 percent about Hillary Clinton, Twitter announced. The most tweeted about moment was when Trump discussed his temperament, and other hot topics were the economy, foreign affairs, guns, terrorism, and the environment. Speaking of which, a 2012 tweet made by Trump about climate change wound up being the most retweeted of the night.

After Clinton said her opponent "thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese," Trump quickly shot back, "I did not. I did not. I do not say that. I do not say that." His Twitter page shows otherwise: On November 6, 2012, he tweeted, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing jobs non-competitive." Trump said later he was joking, but to avoid future confusion, he might want to consider adding winking emojis and /s to his comedic tweets. Catherine Garcia

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