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You'll almost certainly be watching the big debate tonight. Well, watch with us. I will be live blogging in real time. And the whole TPM news team we'll be here reporting out the details, fact-checking the fibs, grabbing the best clips. It's all hands on deck. Join us.

Who Is Richard Ebers?

One of the side avenues in the Fahrenthold blockbuster, which seems to provide good evidence Trump is evading taxes, is the name: Richard Ebers. In recent years, most of the money going into the Trump Foundation has come from Ebers - nearly $1.9 million in total. So if taxes are being evaded, most of it is on money paid to the Foundation by Ebers.

So who is Richard Ebers? He's basically a high-end ticket scalper.

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This Is Important

We're coming down to the wire in the 2016 election and that means we're also coming down to the wire in our annual Prime membership drive. Suffice it to say, if you're a regular reader of TPM and you feel like you need us, we definitely need you to become a member. It's that simple. If you're ready, take a moment right now. Not tonight or tomorrow, even though I know you're busy and in the middle of something - but right now. Click here to sign up.

More Polls for You!

As long as everyone has nothing to do but perseverate over polls until tonight's debate, I thought I'd give you a walk-through of the six national polls released today.

Monmouth: Clinton +3 Quinnipiac: Clinton +1 YouGov/Econ: Clinton +4 Bloomberg/Selzer: Tie Morning Consult: Clinton +2 Franklin Pierce: Clinton +2

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Storm of Polls: State of the Race

As media orgs often do before a major election event, various news organizations have released a veritable storm of new polls this morning. We have five new national polls just this morning along with a number of state polls. This comes after several key polls were released yesterday. As of this moment Hillary Clinton holds a .6 percentage point lead over Donald Trump nationwide. (When I first started writing this post we had four national polls and it was Trump +.1.) Meanwhile The TPM Electoral College stands at Clinton 264, Trump 221. From yesterday that takes into account Colorado moving back into the Toss Up category from lean Clinton.

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New Bloomberg Poll Show Tie Race

Bloomberg/Selzer is out with a new poll this morning showing a straight tie at 46% in a head to head race between Clinton and Trump. Trump actually leads by two points, 43% to 41% when third party candidates are added. For context, the Selzer poll is a highly regarded national phone poll, not one of the many more erratic online polls we've seen this cycle.

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Trump's Flyin' in Style on Your Dime

A few days ago Politico reported that the Secret Service was paying a big chunk of money to fly on Trump's airplane even though the plane wasn't more expensive to fly with them on the plane. That story basically amounted to a quirk of normal procedure. The Secret Service picks up the cost of the travel of the agents who are traveling with the candidate to protect him or her. But it's Trump's own plane and he always travels on it. So it's a bit cheesy. But it's mainly because Trump is the only candidate who owns his own jetliner (and Tag Air Inc., the 'airline' which is comprised of Trump's various airplanes and helicopters.)

But now Huffington Post has uncovered a new part of the story.

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