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Contrasts Could Hardly Be Sharper as Dems Debate in Brooklyn

As two candidates sparred, the raucous New York crowd marked their approval and disapproval with volleys of both cheers and boos.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off during Thursday's Democratic debate. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

In a contentious and sometimes "feisty" debate in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday night the contrasts between Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was once again made stark.

On key issues—including fracking and climate change; Wall Street and corporate influence; regime change in Iraq, Libya, and Syria; the road towards peace in Israel and Occupied Palestine; and the difference between bold domestic visions and benign incrementalism—the two candidates sparred back and forth as the raucous crowd marked their approval and disapproval with volleys of cheers and boos.

Watching the debate as it unfolded, critical observers on the left offered their reactions in real-time:

On whether Clinton will release transcripts of her paid speeches to Wall Street:

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On "raising the cap" and expanding Social Security benefits:

Discussing whether Israel's attack on Gaza in 2014, which killed thousands of civilians (including many hundreds of children), was "disproportionate":

On regime change in Iraq, Libya, and Syria:

Do the candidates oppose fracking?:

Sanders asks Clinton to support a "carbon tax" to address global crisis of climate change:

A selection of available clips of key exchanges follow.

Bernie Sanders on Clinton: 'I do question her judgment...':

Sanders and Clinton battle over big banks:

Clinton pressed about releasing speech transcripts:

Clinton defends her role in Libya:

Clinton, Sanders have tense exchange on Israel and rights of Palestinians:

Sanders unsuccessfully attempts to have Clinton endorse a tax on carbon to fight climate change.

(Strangely, neither CNN or any other outlet has yet isolated the clip of this exchange.)

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