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March 24, 2014

There's always a great deal of complaining come March Madness about how foolish the NCAA selection committee was in filling out the bracket. This year was no exception, with people particularly outraged that Louisville and Michigan State — two of the teams most favored to win the whole shebang — wound up as No. 4 seeds. But the committee's most egregious mistake, hands down, was its puzzling decision to throw Kentucky into the mix as a No. 8 seed.

Though the Wildcats have played inconsistently at times, they are an immensely talented team that some believed, at the start of the year, could complete a historic undefeated season. So how under-seeded were they? For one take, we can consult the Basketball Power Index (BPI), a formula that weights a number of criteria like strength of schedule, pace, and so on to produce an attempted "objective" ranking of every hoops team.

The only teams above Kentucky, per BPI: All four No. 1 seeds in the tournament, plus a No. 4 and a No. 2. Per BPI alone, that means Kentucky should have been a second seed. (For comparison's sake, the next best No. 8 seed, per BPI, was Gonzaga way down at 27th.) Poor Wichita State suffered as a result of the committee's terrible judgment, as they fell to Kentucky on Sunday, 78-76, and were the only top seed to not reach the Sweet 16. Jon Terbush

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

2:10 a.m. ET

In the spin room after his debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump told several reporters that all the online polls say he won the debate. He did not mention the professional snap poll conducted by CNN that showed Clinton winning the debate, 62 percent to 27 percent, and if that poll should be viewed with the caveat that it skewed slightly Democratic, the online polls should be taken with a Trump-sized grain of salt. First, the Trump-friendly headline aggregator Drudge Report which has its own online poll (spoiler: Trump is winning handily) and doesn't mention CNN's poll — directs its readers to two online polls, where Trump is winning by smaller margins. Trump also has the help of an informal army of online supporters at Reddit who are directing one another to all online polls they can find.

Every campaign wants to claim victory as soon as possible after a debate, with the hopes that the public will buy into that claim — Clinton's team also declared the night a win for Hillary. Still, if you're on the fence about who actually "won" the first debate, you could do worse that watching GOP pollster Frank Luntz's focus group of undecided voters for CBS News. The group, in Philadelphia, broke for Clinton 16 to 5, a "bigger than almost any debate I've done in a long time," Luntz said. "This is a good night for Hillary Clinton, it is not a good night for Donald Trump," he concluded, "but there is still time and there are still undecided voters." And, he didn't have to add, two more debates. Peter Weber

1:05 a.m. ET

Jimmy Kimmel is running for vice president, solo, but he's not bitter about it. "I'm not on anyone's ticket, but I'm not sitting down," he said on Monday's Kimmel Live. "I issued a challenge to Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, and I said 'Let's go head to head on this,' and he accepted on one condition: We had to find a neutral site." They found one at a national chicken-wing chain restaurant. Clinton and Donald Trump had just duked it out on a stage at Hofstra University; Kimmel and Kaine tried to settle their differences sitting in a booth.

"So, um, I mean, what's your plan for the country?" Kimmel asked, and when Kaine said that he and Clinton have proposals to "build an economy that works for all," Kimmel stepped in: "Hillary and I would have a good plan, too." Kimmel then laid out some of his proposals, including making Super Bowl Monday a national holiday, restricting the use of social media, and regulating concert seating by height. "I don't have an argument with you about that," Kaine said of the last proposal. "I didn't think you would, because it makes perfect sense," Kimmel said. "It's called common sense, it's something I have a lot of. I feel right now like you would vote for me for vice president." "Yeah, I mean, I frankly think you are probably superior to me, it's just that when Hillary was making a choice, you know, she had a couple of criteria," Kaine said. "I mean, looks was a big, important thing to her." Spoiler: Kimmel won the debate. But if you like harmonica jams, especially, watch till the end. Peter Weber

12:21 a.m. ET

It is commonly believed in the punditocracy that televised presidential debates are won not on points and policies but on "moments" and the facial expressions of the candidates. This belief was born in the John F. Kennedy–Richard Nixon debates in 1960 and codified with Al Gore's sighs in his 2000 debate against George W. Bush. So in Monday's first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who wore their face better? On Fox News, Britt Hume seemed to suggest Clinton, but it's not clear he meant it as a compliment.

"What did they think of the two faces while the candidates were not talking, while they were listening?" Hume asked about viewers. "The Trump expression was one we're all familiar with from the earlier debates: He looked annoyed, put out, uncomfortable. And she looked, for the most part, she looked composed, smug sometimes, not necessarily attractive. I think a lot will turn on how people reacted to the faces they saw side-by-side on that screen tonight." His comments about Clinton and Trump's faces start at the 2:30 mark:

Coincidentally, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway also said Clinton looked "smug" in the post-debate spin room. Peter Weber

12:18 a.m. ET

Donald Trump's past came back to haunt him Monday evening when Hillary Clinton slammed him for being a man who "has called women 'pigs,' 'slobs,' and 'dogs.'" Trump most vehemently protested when Clinton told the story of a woman named Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner:

"He called this woman Miss Piggy," Clinton said. "Then he called her Miss Housekeeping, because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado."

"Where did you find this?" Trump interrupted. "Where did you find this?"

It turns out Clinton found it out from the source herself. Watch Machado tell her story — complete with condemning footage of Trump — in the campaign ad, below. Jeva Lange

12:13 a.m. ET
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Donald Trump announced during Monday night's debate that he "was just endorsed by ICE," but it's actually a non-government agency representing border agents that's supporting him.

While discussing cybersecurity, Trump declared, "I was just endorsed by ICE. They've never endorsed anybody before on immigration. I was just endorsed by ICE. I was just recently endorsed — 16,500 Border Patrol agents." As a government agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would never endorse a candidate, but the Los Angeles Times believes they've deciphered what Trump meant: On Monday morning, the Trump campaign announced the Republican nominee received the endorsement of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, a union that represents 5,000 immigration officers. They also said the union has never before endorsed a candidate for president, and just 5 percent of members wanted to back Hillary Clinton.

As for the 16,500 Border Patrol agents, that was likely a reference to the endorsement Trump received back in March from the National Border Patrol Council, which represents 16,500 people. Catherine Garcia

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