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GOP Debate, Candidates

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The fifth Republican primary debate went down tonight in Las Vegas and, as has been the case with the debates on both sides of the aisle...

It was most GIFable!

Not just because Donald Trump does not care at all what sort of expression he's making at any given time (though that helps), but because when a whole bunch of people are arguing with each other and not-so-patiently waiting to get their word in edgewise, the faces are just so good!

For obvious reasons, the major talking point of the night was national security, as well as the usual everything-wrong-with-the-current-administration-and-Hillary-Clinton (sounds as though some folks are awfully certain about who they're running against next year) issue. Parsing how well the candidates did (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his return to the main event after spending debate No. 4 on the undercard) is up to the policy experts, but we can tell you right now what they were thinking:

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Trump hearing something he finds preposterous, a modern-day classic.

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Trump finding Jeb Bush preposterous in particular.

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Rand Paul took the opportunity to rearrange his podium cubby.

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Oh, Wolf Blitzer. Where have you been all this time?!

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"Uh-huh, yeah. Uh-huh, yeah. I'm following, uh-huh..."

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In keeping with the vein of the contentious CNBC debate, Trump castigated CNN for starting so many questions directed at other candidates with "Mr. Trump said this, Mr. Trump said that," and called it a sad ploy for ratings. Co-moderator Hugh Hewitt insisted, "It's not CNN. America's watching you."

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"I have real ideas! Big ideas! Please listen!"

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"Oh, I'm prepared. What do you think I've been resting up for?"

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They're talking at the same time—and not in unison. If this race-for-the-White-House thing doesn't work out, at least The View will probably be in need of new co-hosts next year...

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The question may have been about North Korean despot Kim Jong-un, but so much of the Twitter chatter was about Carly Fiorina's massive cross necklace. Funny, none of the other candidates' accessories seemed to be scrutinized tonight...

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But for the record, Christie's fluorescent green bracelet is in support of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan,who's battling cancer.

Good show, candidates, only six more of these to go—and one before the Iowa caucus Feb. 1.