It's Happening In Vegas: What To Watch For In Tonight's Debate

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Expect things to get nasty tonight.


The Short of It:

The final presidential debate before the election is happening tonight in Las Vegas.

The Longer Version of It:

Tonight's debate will take place at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where FOX News' Chris Wallace is set to host. After weeks of an onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations being lodged at him, the report that the GOP nominee Donald Trump had taken a hit n the poles, proved he would really need to deliver on this one. Not many thought he'd take this advice so literally though. For tonight, Trump got pretty personal, and is set to deliver President Obama's Kenya-born half-brother Malik. The American citizen who lives in Washington, DC, when he’s not in Kenya has announced that he plans on supporting Trump's effort to "make America great again" after finding himself disappointed in his brother's presidential legacy. He’s also not happy with the way Clinton's emails have played out, or her and President Obama's role in the killing of Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom Malik has called one of his best friends.

On the other side of the ring, Clinton will have to work to keep a firm grasp on her lead in the poles by convincing voters she can be trusted with the country's top job. Joining her at the debate will be well-known billionaires Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard CEO and Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks who also appears on Shark Tank. The invite is being seen as an attempt to poke at the Republican nominee and use them to put Trump's wealth and success into question.

Here are some topics you can expect to be covered.

The Supreme Court - After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year it will be up to the next president to fill the open seat on the bench. Expect this decision to affect the laws of our country in a very big way, especially because these are the lawmakers who have brought down the hammer on issues like civil rights, abortion rights, gay rights and the death penalty.

'Rigged election' - The phrase is Trumps latest attempt to discredit the Clinton campaign, media and political realm in general as his campaign takes a terrible tumble through PR disaster. Trump will work to remind us that Hillary and and Alec Baldwin are in it together, while Clinton will point out that President Obama wants Trump to "stop whining."

WikiLeaks - After the group recently released thousands of Clinton's hacked campaign emails, news of Clinton's speeches to Wall Street Banks and the non flattering words her staff said about Catholics and Evangelicals is out. Expect Trump, who's been linked to Russian president Vladimir Putin, to point out that Ecuador (the country currently granting the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, asylum) has announced its temporary restriction of the internet in its embassy in London to Assange. Ergo for Trump, look which country wants to influence the election.

The FBI - Yep, expect to hear more about Clinton's email server. Especially after the agency released documents from their investigation into her email practices during her tenure as secretary of state. The latest documents have revealed that the FBI and State Department were in cahoots and attempting to trade favors and manipulate the way the emails played out for Clinton and making it appear as if she really didn't have that much classified info on the infamous server.

Women - Expect Clinton to really lay into Trump's disrespect for women during this debate. Especially because after this month's release of a 2005 video of Trump making comments about his sexually dangerous treatment of women, multiple women are coming out of the woodwork and accusing him of sexually assaulting them in the past.

The Takeaway:

This final election will be the last appeal both candidates will be able to make the millions of people watching. It will prove important tonight for Trump who will need to work hard to present himself as a leader worthy of leading our country while attempting to salvage his position in the poles.

And remember, what happens in Vegas, gets plastered all over Thursday's morning news. We'll be here to report on the debate tomorrow.

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