Who won the second debate?

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand talks to former Vice President Joe Biden (R) past former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (2nd L) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (2nd R) on the second night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, July 31, 2019. Photo credit: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

If you think one candidate won, be honest: was it the same person you liked most before the debate? With so many candidates (still twenty over two nights), the debates almost turned into team fights: progressives who say the party needs to stand for bold change, and moderates who say that's unpopular and impractical, and that you need unifying messages that can build a clear anti-Trump majority. Who's right?

Plus: a discussion of new tariffs and ongoing trade negotiations with China, the Fed's rate cut, Democrats inching towards impeachment, Will Hurd announces he won't seek reelection, and more of the week's news. Megan Mcardle and Helaine Olen represent the right and left with special guest Linette Lopez.

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Guest:
Linette Lopez - Business Insider - @lopezlinette

Hosts:
Helaine Olen, Josh Barro, Megan McArdle

Producer:
Sara Fay