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Taking Marijuana Reform Seriously

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The concept that the federal "War On Weed" needs to end is now about as mainstream as it gets, and after the people have led so admirably on the issue in the past decade, the politicians are finally deciding it is safe to follow this trend.

So, Who Won the #DemDebate?

Emil Mella | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Emil Mella

A presidential primary debate should be a proud symposium of ideas. A profound series of respectful arguments among ideological companions for the chance to be their party's standard-bearer in a massive and historically gorgeous democratic exercise.

Why Sanders Won the Debate

David Edmund Moody | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Presidential debate before the first question was even asked. He won it in the first ten minutes, when the five candidates were each asked to introduce themselves.

How Secretary Clinton Undermined Feminism Last Night

Hareem Mannan | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Hareem Mannan

By appealing to her womanhood, Clinton has undermined the very essence of feminism. She is actively attributing her uniqueness to her gender and not her merit. This is not to say that her being a woman running for president again is anything short of historic. But why not let that speak for itself?

Cheers and Jeers: 5 Takeaways From My College Debate Watch Party

Andrew Plotch | Posted 10.14.2015 | College
Andrew Plotch

At Middlebury College, a rural Vermont liberal arts school and headquarters of the College Students for Bernie movement, I learned a few things about my peers. From talking with students who attended debate parties across the country, I learned even more.

The Biggest Democratic Debate Loser Was Joe Biden

John A. Tures | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Vice President Joe Biden is either playing coy with his intentions, or is genuinely torn about whether he wants to run in the 2016 election. But after a good showing for all of the Democratic candidates in the first debate, the party demonstrated they don't need Biden to rescue them.

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 09.23.2016 | 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 09.23.2016 | 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 09.22.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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.