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Among the theories Hillary Clinton put forward at Monday's debate as to why Donald Trump was resisting releasing his tax returns was the possibility that in some years he paid no federal income taxes. Trump, in his response to the claims, did little to put that notion to rest. At first, from the debate stage, he bragged when she made the claim and later he seemed to concede her allegation by saying his taxes would have been squandered by a spendthrift government had he paid them.

In the spin room after, he waffled even more when reporters asked him what he meant. On one hand, he said he hadn't, in fact, admitted to not paying federal income taxes. However, presented with multiple opportunities to say definitively that he has and is paying income taxes, he appeared to dodge the questions. Only once did he say he had paid federal taxes.

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UPDATE 3:53 P.M.: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday afternoon denied Wildstein's allegations: "I have not and will not say anything differently than I've been saying since January 2014, no matter what is said up there (in Newark federal court). I had no knowledge, prior to or during these lane realignments, I had no role in authorizing it, I had no knowledge of it, and there's been no evidence ever put forward that I did."

The key witness in the Bridgegate trial on Tuesday recalled how he and other officials bragged to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about the ramifications of their plot to cause a massive, multi-day traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge as the gridlock was still underway in 2013.

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When it came to Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed business acumen, Hillary Clinton at the Monday’s presidential debate had a plan: Take what he believes is his greatest asset and turn it into a liability, in the form of a reminder of the shady, scummy and maybe illegal things he did on the way to building his empire. And Trump couldn’t help but play into her hands. Any time she brought a business practice or comment that would prompt others to show remorse, Trump responded glibly–or even bragged about it.

Here are some examples:

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Kellyanne Conway attempted yet again to change the Trump campaign’s position on global warming — its existence, not what to do about it — Tuesday morning, telling CNN's Alisyn Camerota that the Republican nominee “believes that global warming is naturally occurring.”

"There are shifts naturally occurring," Conway said, when pressed on what Trump meant Monday night when he denied ever calling climate change a "hoax."

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Hillary Clinton invoked the name of a former beauty queen during Monday night's presidential debate and for good reason.

"One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest -- he loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them -- and he called this woman 'Miss Piggy,' then he called her 'Miss Housekeeping' because she was Latina," Clinton said Monday toward the end of the debate, as she ran through a list of things Trump has said about women. "Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado. And she has become a US citizen and you can bet she is going to vote this November."

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