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Republican presidential candidates claimed liberal bias in the CNBC debate. The RNC cancelled their partnership with NBC News for a debate in February. Are they right? Were the CNBC moderators out of line in their questioning? Should we expect to see a change in how the debates are conducted in the future? Brian Beutler of the New Republic transcribed the questions and found them to be quite substantive. Josh Barro declares he may have been the only person to think the question about fantasy football regulation directed at Jeb Bush was worthwhile. Early Friday morning the Senate passed a two-year budget that should calm Washington for 17 months. Is it a good deal?

Josh Barro (domestic correspondent for the New York Times) moderates from the Center. Rich Lowry (National Review) is on the Right. On the Left is Joan Walsh (The Nation / MSNBC). Megan McArdle (Bloomberg View) is our special guest.

Photo: CNBC debate moderators (L-R) John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla asks questions during the 2016 Republican presidential candidates debate in Boulder, Colorado October 28, 2015. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

More:
Barro's fact-check on Republicans on tax plans
McArdle on the debate's dumb questions, smart answers
Lowry on Rubio, Cruz having the most consistently impressive night
Walsh on a Limbaugh and Hannity-moderated GOP debate

Producers:
Laura Dine Million

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