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David Pecker, CEO of American Media, Inc., which publishes The National Enquirer, has been granted immunity for providing information to federal prosecutors about President Trump's knowledge of Michael Cohen's payments prior to the 2016 election to two women who alleged sexual encounters with Trump, per Vanity Fair. The WSJ first reported Pecker's cooperation Wednesday.

Why it matters: Pecker, who has been working with Trump since the late 1990s, and his chief content officer, Dylan Howard, are the latest to defect from Trump's close circle of confidants and advisors. They join the likes of Cohen himself, who has implicated Trump in his violation of campaign finance law.

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Updated 5 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?

Pundits react to a chaotic debate: “What a dark event we just witnessed”

The first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday night was a shouting match, punctuated by interruptions and hallmarked by name-calling.

Why it matters: If Trump aimed to make the debate as chaotic as possible with a torrent of disruptions, he succeeded. Pundits struggled to make sense of what they saw, and it's tough to imagine that the American people were able to either.

Trump to far-right Proud Boys: "Stand back and stand by"

Asked to condemn white supremacist violence at the first presidential debate on Tuesday, President Trump said the far-right Proud Boys group should "stand back and stand by," before immediately arguing that violence in the U.S. "is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem."

Why it matters: Trump has repeatedly been accused of failing to condemn white nationalism and right-wing violence, despite the FBI's assessment that it's the most significant domestic terrorism threat that the country faces. The president has frequently associated antifa and the left-wing violence that has afflicted some U.S. cities with Biden, despite his condemnation of violent protests.