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Summary

  1. Trump launched a blistering assault on Clinton, pummelling her on her husband's sex scandals and saying she ought to be in jail for her private email server
  2. Clinton hit back, saying Trump's remarks about groping women show he isn't fit to be president
  3. Shortly before the debate in St Louis, Missouri, Trump stunned media by hosting a panel with women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault

Live Reporting

By Courtney Subramanian, Max Matza and Vanessa Barford

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all, folks

    That's the end of our live coverage of the second presidential debate. We leave you with the best moments from this astoundingly acrimonious encounter.

    You can continue to follow all our presidential election coverage here.

    Until next time...

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    Video caption: Trump v Clinton: Sex, lies and videotape
  2. Pence cancels

    Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence has cancelled a fundraising event in Ocean County, New Jersey, that was supposed to be held on Monday, according to US media.

    Trump said in tonight's debate that he disagreed with a comment made about Russia by his running mate during the VP debate last week.

    Pence on Saturday condemned the video of Trump making sexist remarks about women, saying "I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them".

    Scores of Republicans have deserted Trump after those remarks came to light.

    But Pence did tweet-congratulate his boss following the debate saying: "Proud to stand with you as we Make America Great Again."

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  3. Watch party

    The expressions of voters who viewed the debate at watch parties across the US say it all.

    Trump supporter Ken Wilkison cheers as he watches at a bar in Denver, Colorado:

    Trump supporter Ken Wilkison cheers as he watches a bar in Denver, Colorado
    Trump supporters watch the debate at a sports bar in Denver, Colorado

    Clinton supporters watch the debate at a Chinese restaurant near the US-Mexico border in Calexico, California:

    Clinton supporters watch the debate

    Trump supporter Debra Earnes reacts to an exchange while watching the debate at a Republican party office in Thornton, Colorado:  

    Trump supporter Debra Earnes reacts
  4. Internet swoons for #KenBone

    Ken Bone, who asked a technical question about energy policy, has found fame on Twitter.

    His question was: "What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs, while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?"

    Good work, internet!  

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  5. Trump manager slips: 'Unless...'

    Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, appeared to slip up while talking to MSNBC's Chris Matthews. 

    Matthews asked: "So you’re with the campaign till the bitter end?"

    "I’m with the campaign till the bitter end,” Conway responded. "Unless…"

    After a dramatic pause, she appeared to recover. 

    "Who knows? But I'm sitting here as his campaign manager, I'm sitting here with you in the debate hall where he just performed beautifully."

    “So you’re worried about more shoes dropping,” Matthews pressed.

    “No, I didn’t say that," she said. 

    '"I’ve made a commitment”, she continued before declaring Trump won the debate.

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  6. Khan family speaks

    The Khan family, who were the subject of repeated attacks by Trump after they spoke out against him during the Democratic convention, have reacted to the Republican nominee's comment tonight calling their son a hero. Captain Khan was killed in Iraq by a suicide bomber in 2004.

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  7. #MuslimsReportStuff

    Muslim social media users are mocking Donald Trump, who said that they should "report when they see something going on".

    The hashtag lit up on social media.

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    Twitter said this was the most retweeted tweet of the night:

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  8. Oh, to be a fly on the wall...

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has called for a conference call on Monday, Politico reports. 

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  9. Twitter records set

    According to Twitter, tonight's #debate was the most tweeted ever, with more than 17 million debate-related tweets posted.

    Today was also the most tweeted day of the entire 2016 election season, with nearly 30 million tweets sent. 

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  10. Clinton spokesman apologises

    Clinton's foreign policy spokesman tweeted a graphic insult at Donald Trump during the debate tonight.

    He soon apologised.

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  11. Debate in pictures

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate in St Louis, Missouri
    Image caption: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate in St Louis, Missouri
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate in St Louis, Missouri
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate in St Louis, Missouri
    Image caption: Bill Clinton at the debate in St Louis, Missouri
    Donald Trump at the debate in St Louis, Missouri
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate
    Image caption: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shakes hands at the end of the debate
  12. Key moments recap

    If you're just joining us, here are the main flashpoints of the night in clips.

    It began badly with the two candidates shunning the traditional handshake:

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    Trump soon drops the bomb by dredging up Bill Clinton's sex scandals:

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    The zinger of the night on Clinton emails?

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    He pummels her some more on emails:

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    Clinton fights back by saying the Trump 'hot mic' sex tapes "represent exactly who he is", but he says he has "great respect for women".

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    Trump admits playing the system to avoid paying federal income tax:

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    Clinton and Trump joust over his proposed Muslim ban:

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