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An Open Letter to Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Emphasizing that you are campaigning with the people, not on stage before the people, is what helps build the movement that will continue after the election -- win or lose.

Keeping Trump Off the Ballot Will Backfire

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

If the state-level Republicans do decide to create loyalty oaths in a naked bid to keep Donald Trump off their primary ballots, his supporters are going to be enraged.

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

Best of Enemies: The State of Debate

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Rosenkranz

What William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal did for discourse in America was unprecedented. They proved there was a time not so long ago we relished hearing both sides of political arguments. And there is a time -- call it the present -- when a hunger for authenticity seems to be driving both parties in unexpected directions.

While I Breathe I Hope: The Un-Southern Perspective to the Confederate Flag

Roshanda E. Pratt | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Roshanda E. Pratt

Do I think removing the flag is going to solve all the problems in South Carolina? No, but it's a first step.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXIII

Alan Black | Posted 08.12.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

The debate is on. The most boring man in the world walks in.

Trump's Triumph, Fox News' Victory and the Case for Kasich

Mike Green | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Green

Once the voting public begins to accept Kasich as a serious and viable candidate, which is likely, serious money will start to flow into Kasich's coffers. And serious media will pay more attention to him. And he could emerge as the serious contender to Trump, who is viewed largely as a popular figure, but not a serious contender for the GOP party nomination.

11 Takeaways From the 1st GOP Debate

Sam Johnson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Comedy
Sam Johnson

11. "When you find mush, you push" is a belief shared by both Scott Walker and Vladimir Putin, but it's not nearly as grossly sexual as you're thinkin...

The Real Reason Fox News Is Going After Trump

Spencer Critchley | Posted 08.10.2015 | Media
Spencer Critchley

As the latest entry in that sequence, Megyn Kelly's Trump thumping doesn't seem surprising at all: it may have looked like new-found journalistic independence, but she was just faithfully following the company line.

Ranking The GOP Race To Overtake You-Know-Who

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics

2016 First to Last is facing an unpleasant fact: that the entertaining, traffic-generating fling with He-Who-Must Not-Be-Named is fading. His junior-...

The GOP's Dissonant Campaign

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.09.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Peyronnin

As billionaire Donald Trump continues his barrage of sharp attacks on Fox News, other Republican candidates have improved their chances to gain their party's presidential nomination. Yet, as each of the 17 announced candidates jockeys for position, Trump is still the center of attention.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.

Top 10 Moments from the GOP Debate!

Susie Sampson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

The GOP Debate. It came, we watched, it blew our minds! Donald Trump is like teflon...nothing sticks to that guy. Marco Rubio was a surprise standout. Jeb Bush looked pretty old. Scott Walker was boring.

'Ten Reasons to Stay Away From Your Political Opposite' Makes for an Interesting Read

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Despite what the press and party hype would lead us to believe, there are politicians who work well with each other despite the fact they sit on opposite sides of the aisle. The Women's Caucus in the Senate is a good example.

They're All Reactionaries

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

The news media is understandably trying to parse the words, tone, and body language of the Republican candidates' debate performances last night to decide who "won" and "lost," who is on the rise and who is on the descent, and how they differ from each other.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Donald?

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.05.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

It seems to me there are four basic strategies the other nine Republicans on the stage have to choose from: ignore Trump, outdo Trump, attack Trump or agree with Trump.

FOX Debate Prediction: Christie Will Trump

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Alan Kelly

While there's still time in your FOX fantasy debate draft, here are some plays from The Standard Table of Influence to consider for Thursday night's clamber in Cleveland. And, pssst, watch for Chris Christie to trump The Donald.

Seeking Real Talk on Cleveland Debate Stage

Amy Hanauer | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Amy Hanauer

In Cleveland, as LeBron says, "nothing is given, everything is earned," so earning respect here will require something beyond defaming Mexican immigrants as "rapists" (Trump), claiming U.S. foreign policy would march Israelis "to the door of the oven" (Huckabee), or comparing Wisconsin labor protestors to ISIS terrorists (Walker).

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.

The Fight for Forensics

Stephanie Schroeder | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Stephanie Schroeder

More often than not, it is the co-curricular activities - those that compliment curriculum and expand upon the educational experience of students - that are struggling to survive in our university system. But why is that? Why do we cut programs like speech and debate?

Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.

Nixon vs. Khrushchev: The 1959 Kitchen Debate

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

It was undoubtedly one of the most unorthodox - and therefore memorable - settings for a major political debate. On July 24th, 1959, the United States...

Feeling the Bern

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders, to put this another way, doesn't need a focus group or a poll to tell him what he ought to stand for. He already knows what he stands for, and he'll freely tell you exactly what that is.

Donald Trump: The Bull in a China Shop

Charlotte Laws | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Charlotte Laws

Donald Trump is the bull in a china shop, and I mean that in the nicest way. His competitors, delicate breakables, are lined up on the shelf, concerned that any bold move could topple them to the ground.

Symbol or Solution?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

The flag debate is seriously getting in the way of more pressing issues. As long as our focus is on the stars and bars, we are not talking about the nine Americans who were shot to death in their own church by another American.