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Jason Linkins

Presidential Debate 2012: Obama, Romney Have Final Showdown In Boca Raton | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Monday night, the Commission On Presidential Debates wraps up the 2012 series of debates with its extra special season finale. When we last left our protagonists, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, they were, basically, yelling at each other about a host of issues before an audience of undecided voters from whom the questions of the evening were extracted. It made for a sharp series of exchanges and an emphasis on the theatrical. The president, having decided to ditch the somnambulatory techniques he used in his first disastrous debate, showed substantially more verve in his second outing, and has been generally characterized as the winner, on points. But Romney held up decently as well, turning in a performance that conservative pundits could continue to support. Now, they meet one last time, in a debate that decides everything. We guess? Let's just go with that.

Obama, Romney Seek Foreign Policy Edge In Final Presidential Debate

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

By NANCY BENAC, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Still neck-and-neck after all these months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head into their third and ...

This Is It: America Needs to Hear Obama, Romney Talk About Drone Strikes in Last Debate

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Monday's debate may be the largest American audience to pay attention to the subject of drones strikes that are done in their name. That is, if moderator Bob Schieffer dares press the candidates on what may well be the most ominous power a president has: choosing who to kill.

Mitt Romney, Obama Set To Face Off In Final Presidential Debate

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics

* Debates have been unusually important in 2012 campaign * Libya, Iran top issues in Boca Raton * The two candidates loc...

Welcome to the RomneyZone: Foreign Policy's Economic Home Front

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In tonight's foreign policy debate, Mitt Romney will say that the way to get jobs back from China is with more free trade and lower taxes. How can the loss of workers' rights in China or anywhere else create good jobs in the United States? Short answer: It can't.

Obama, Mitt Romney Cram For Foreign Policy Debate

AP | By JOSH LEDERMAN and KASIE HUNT | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of their final presidential debate, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama – through their allies – squared off Sunday over...

Your Photos Of Florida: The People

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

On Friday, we put out a call for photos of Florida to mark the third presidential debate happening in Boca Raton next week. Our readers in the Sunshin...

Sham Debates and Endless War: The Shame of Our Political Discourse

William Astore | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Both Obama and Romney prefer to praise the troops rather than address the tragic consequences of continuing military action in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The latter, when they're addressed at all, are reduced to sound bites and homilies about the need to "stay the course" and "support our troops."


Will Durst | Posted 12.19.2012 | Comedy
Will Durst

Nobody cares how he did it. The main thing is: Obama got his mojo back. He remojoed. The Major Mojo Mofo no longer runs in Slo-Mo. He was focused, energized and seemed determined to not let the challenger go all Joe Frazier on his butt again.

How To Stay Poised In Political Debates, From Donna Brazile (WATCH)

Posted 08.20.2013 | MarloThomas

It must be so frustrating to partake in a debate where you know your opponent is lying! So how do you maintain composure? Donna Brazile, Vice-Chair of...

Your Turn, Florida Readers: Show Us What Your State Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

The third and last presidential debate will happen next Monday, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. And just like we did for Kentucky and New York,...

Meet Romney's Economic Hit Man

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

"Romney's Go-To Economist" read the headline on a New York Times profile of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president.

Gender Politics: You Can't Have It Both Ways

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

I think the idea of differentiating between male and female moderators in fact is a bit outrageous and offensive, a reverse form of gender discrimination.

What Do (Suburban) Women Want?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 12.18.2012 | Media
Marty Kaplan

No one's being forced to watch CNN's campaign swing-o-meter. But it can't be long before real-time tabulation of the sentiments of various audience segments becomes an expected and common element of all infotainment.

Lilly Ledbetter and the High Court

Simon Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Simon Lazarus

The Ledbetter case is not simply a story of how women are denied equal pay -- though it is certainly powerful on that front -- it is also a template for strategic action by progressives in fighting over the courts that could and should be scaled up and broadly deployed.

Romney, the Single Mom and the AK-47

Rob Brooks | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Rob Brooks

Each candidate was asked what they would do to keep assault rifles off the streets. So profoundly does Romney believe in the changing of culture, that he pivoted directly to a beloved conservative talking point: single mothers.

Winners and Losers

Gary Hart | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

If George McGovern represents the political losers of the world, then I for one am proud to stand with him.

DebateGate 2012: Clash of the Titans II

Howard Bragman | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Howard Bragman

There is no doubt that President Obama came through -- leaving some asking, 'Who is this guy and where was he two weeks ago?' -- but did he deliver a knockout? That's to be determined.

Sketchy Deals

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


How My Daughter Watches the Debates

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

This Monday evening, Obama and Romney will face off for their third bout, this time in Florida. And from what I can tell, there are some debate drinking game rules that are bipartisan.

Dear Undecideds: If You Don't Know Me By Now...

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

This is between you and all your confused, reluctant, fence-sitting voters who still can't figure out which of you to vote for. Whoever they are. Those people who make very... slow... decisions. What more do you need to know?

The Elephant in the Room

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

The second debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney was a standoff in my view, with President Obama returning to form and Romney continuing his confident performance from their earlier exchange.

Deception: An Election Primer

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Peter Alexander Meyers

The real issue in this election -- and it is both fundamental and urgently important -- concerns the proper uses of government.

For the Unemployed, Romney's Debate Was Full of "Wind Jobs"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We heard a lot of discussion about employment and economic recovery. But there wasn't much talk about why the economy's in such bad shape. No mention of the bankers whose illegal and unethical behavior triggered the financial crisis.

Chris Kirkham

Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Largely Absent From Presidential Debate | Chris Kirkham | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business

It was the opening question in Tuesday night's long-awaited presidential debate sequel: A 20-year-old college student wanted to know how he would fare...