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Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Good evening. Here’s the start of tonight’s briefing. 
1. The first two Republican presidential debates set ratings records for Fox News and CNN, a trend noted hopefully by the host for the third, the financial news channel CNBC.  The main debate, at 8 p.m. Eastern, showcases a field suddenly dominated by Ben Carson. “What the hell are you people doing to me?” Donald Trump asked in Iowa.
2. “He picked a student up, and he threw the student across the room; that is not a proper technique,” a South Carolina sheriff said as he fired Deputy Ben Fields, above, for a classroom confrontation on Monday with an African-American teenage girl that was recorded by fellow students. A Justice Department investigation could lead to criminal charges.
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