Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. Everybody’s still talking about last night’s debate. It was 90 minutes of gloves-off brawling. Let’s take a closer look in the Digest:

1. It was a heated debate with Hillary Clinton hitting Donald Trump on his tax returns, and his promoting of the birther smear against President Obama. He hit back on her record on trade and ISIS and accused her of being a typical politician. Trump did a lot of interrupting, and Clinton asked for fact-checkers to get to work. The debate ended with both candidates saying they would support the other if they won. (AP)

2. And the fact-checkers were busy. They looked at everything from the cost of the candidates’ tax plans to the size of the trade deficit to how many murders have been committed in New York this year to whether Trump called global warming a hoax created by China. He did, by the way. Clinton also supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership before she came out against it during the primary campaign. (New York Times)

3. Clinton at one point defended her preparation for the debate, and said she was also prepared to be president. She clearly intended to get under Trump’s skin, and with her attacks on his business record and reluctance to release his taxes, she succeeded. While Trump started strong, by the end of the debate he appeared to be on the ropes. (Washington Post)

4. A CNN instant poll found that 62 percent thought Clinton won, compared to 27 percent who said Trump won. We’ll see if other polls bear that out over the coming days. Some analysts agreed Clinton had the better night. (Politico)

5. In Minnesota a few of undecided voters who watched the debate also thought that Clinton was the better debater Monday night. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll end up voting for her. The reason they’re still undecided is they really don’t like either candidate. (MPR News)

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Tim Pugmire | MPR News

Minnesota election officials says “no excuses” early absentee voting got off to a fast start.

Absentee voting began on Friday.

As Monday morning nearly 72,000 people had either picked up ballots at elections offices or requested to have a ballot mailed to them, said Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.

Simon says that’s more than twice the number at this time two years ago when absentee voting without an excuse became legal in Minnesota.

“I’m very happy about it,” he said. “I think it’s a good sign for voter turnout in general, hopefully getting us back to number one in the country in voter turnout where we were for so long.”

Simon also says nearly 47,000 Minnesotans used the state’s online system to register to vote last week, setting an all-time record.

Good morning, and welcome to the start of a new work week. It’s also the day of the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. MPR News is hosting a debate watching event at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis. The doors open at 7:30, and the debate begins at 8. If you want to go, just sign up here so we can get a head count. Of course we’ll also have the debate on the radio and online at 8, so you can listen wherever you are. Let’s take a look at the Digest.

1. About 2,800 people showed up for a memorial service for Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph on Sunday. The boy who disappeared 27 years ago when he was 11 became a national symbol for missing children. “We wouldn’t have survived the past 27 years without the love and support of all of you,” Patty Wetterling told the mourners. “Every prayer, every candle lit, every flower, every porch light, every hug, every kind note — each and every one has provided us with the courage to move forward.” (MPR News)

2. A new poll of Minnesota likely voters shows Hillary Clinton with a 46-39 lead over Donald Trump. The KSTP/SurveyUSA poll has Libertarian Party Candidate Gary Johnson at 6 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 2 percent. Six percent are undecided. (KSTP)

3. The day before the debate a number of major news organizations did stories focused on Trump’s tendency to say things that aren’t true. Polls show Clinton has problems convincing voters she is trustworthy, but this piece says Trump’s record of untrue statements is unprecedented in modern presidential politics. (Los Angeles Times)

4. Another issue that dogged Clinton throughout the primary season was the big money she earned for giving speeches to Wall Street firms. Her relationship with Goldman Sachs in particular has been close over the years, even when Wall Street was facing huge criticism after the 2008 economic meltdown. And Goldman used that relationship to try to improve its image. (New York Times)

5. After all the talk about this debate, will it really change the course of the election? Based on previous campaigns it seems unlikely. But so much this year has already been different from earlier campaigns, who know? (NBC News)