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The Democratic Debate from the Trenches

Judy Frankel | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

If you ask people whose paychecks depend upon media organizations, you'll hear how Hillary won. If you ask Americans who won, they're likely to say that Bernie Sanders or Martin O'Malley gave us the most inspiring answers.

Why Sanders' "Damn Emails" Comment Was Most Likely Scripted

Mona Kosar Abdi | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Mona Kosar Abdi

That kind of memorable sound bite (a short remark excerpted from a speech) was what every candidate on the stage, Tuesday, set out to deliver.

What Democrats Said About Obamacare During The Debate (Not Much)

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform law -- one of the most contentious political issues of the past six years -- receive...

CNN Debate Moderator Anderson Cooper Dismisses Story Suggesting Clinton Ties

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.13.2015 | Media

CNN host Anderson Cooper, the moderator of Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, dismissed a Weekly Standard report claiming he was a member...

Democratic Debate Preview

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Next Tuesday, we will finally get some degree of parity in the world of televised presidential debates, as the Democrats come together for the first time to make their case to the American public.

This Is How A Prison's Debate Team Beat Harvard

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

Three men currently incarcerated at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Ulster County beat Harvard University in a recent debate. How they d...

5 Tips to Properly Argue Your Point

Rob Furman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

In the age of blogging and social media, everyone wants to share their opinion. However, it has become abundantly clear to me that many people simply do not or cannot argue a point in a meaningful way.

Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein on Her Fight to Be Heard

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, who is among the crop of third-party leaders fighting for public recognition. The physician and environmental advocate was the Green Party's nominee in 2012, and is campaigning again for the 2016 nomination.

Predicting Next Republicans to Exit the Race

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

So we're down to the paltry number of "only" 15 Republican candidates for president, as Scott Walker has now joined Rick Perry on the sidelines of the race.

What's the Matter With Carly?

Carl Pope | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Carl Pope

There's a clear pathway to the Republican nomination for Carly Fiorina after last week's debate, this week's poll results and the departure of Scott Walker from the Republican race. It begins with an irony

Snap Debate Reactions

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

CNN was (obviously) baiting everyone into getting into little personal spats, which did happen a number of times, but more than just fireworks this did provoke some interesting back-and-forth exchanges between candidates with differing (even, at times, opposing) viewpoints.

Get Creative: A Message To The Presidential Candidates

Jonathan Savitt | Posted 09.16.2015 | Comedy
Jonathan Savitt

As we move forward with the race, I challenge the candidates and Jeb to get more creative, to try to be a little more relatable, and to listen closely to the people who will ultimately decide they're destiny. At the verryyy least please talk about The Hunger Games, like, once.

Trump's War on Political Correctness Has Legs

Jeff Norman | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jeff Norman

The buttinskies don't get it. They can't even fathom the notion that Trump's war on political correctness is righteous or corrective. Trump's colorful insistence that offensive comments aren't suppressible let alone punishable, is downright thrilling -- and essential -- to some of us.

An Open Letter to Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.27.2016 | 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 08.26.2016 | 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 08.26.2016 | 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 08.26.2016 | 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 08.21.2016 | 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 08.12.2016 | 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 08.11.2016 | 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 08.10.2016 | 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-h...

The GOP's Dissonant Campaign

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.09.2016 | 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 08.07.2016 | 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.