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Blood in the Polls: Trump Isn't the First Republican to Alienate Women

Janesh Rahlan | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Janesh Rahlan

As the blood continued to flow out of Megyn Kelly's "wherever," Donald Trump was still sitting comfortably on top of the GOP primary polls. While Trump's supporter base likely represents a relatively small part of the GOP base, this incident is only adding to the GOP's alienation of women.

Report from Purple America: Can the Top 'Values Candidates' Predict Who Will Be the Next President?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Many Republican politicians call themselves "values candidates." What does that really mean? Is there another way to talk about "values" that expands the definition and lends more predictability to the success of the 2016 presidential election?

Fiorina Wins Republican Underdog Debate

David Cahn | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
David Cahn

Amid an ugly performance by unpolished candidates, mostly on the fringe of their own party, Carly Fiorina stood out with a decisive victory.

5 Boring Presidential Candidates Last Night's Debacle Made Us Wish We Could Bring Back

Amanda Gutterman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Amanda Gutterman

Didn't last night's circus make you long for the days when politicians were wonks or accountant types? When political debates were boring, because the candidates actually talked about policy and you didn't want to yank your hair out?

My Quick Take on the Fox Kiddie Table Debate

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is confirming our long-held astonishment that he could be Governor of anything, let alone the 12th largest economy in the world. One day, and hopefully soon, Rick Perry will not seem like a blubbering doofus. That day is not today.

Bobby Jindal Says He'd Send The IRS After Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

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The Conservative Playbook -- A Romantic Fantasy

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Nelson

Racism, child labor, poverty, gender inequality and homophobia are not phenomena of the 21st century. They are our history. Over the past 5 or 6 decades the doors to these parts of our reality were kicked open and folks like those in Monday's focus group and forum audience don't want to look.

GOP Clown Car Madness: The 2016 Republican Debate Tournament

Russ Belville | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Russ Belville

When political wonks are prostrating themselves before Sheldon Adelson for a shot at his billions, you can't really expect us to care what politicians may or may not say in a public debate. Instead, let's set candidates in a series of one-on-one debates and run it NCAA March Madness style.

What to Watch for in the First GOP "Debate"

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

This will work out to a total of about 10 minutes for each candidate over the life of the show. Sounds more like an extended high school musical audition than any sort of serious effort to identify the policy proposals and positions, and test the temperament, of the persons now seeking the presidency on the GOP side.

Fox News Further Relaxes Republican Debate Criteria

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 07.29.2015 | Media

Fox News, which is hosting the first Republican presidential primary debate on Aug. 6, has been criticized for limiting the stage to the 10 candidate...

For the GOP: How About a Not So "Sweet 16" Tourney?

Wyatt Closs | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Wyatt Closs

Let's face it. The Republicans will have quite a time trying to sift through their thicket of candidates. So many angles and issues and characters to consider. Do I like the clean-cut union-busting Wisconsin governor or the clean-cut anti-choice former Senator from Pennsylvania?

You've Been Trumped!

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Tom Engelhardt

Every election needs an organizing catchphrase and that goes doubly for the Republican presidential race, with 16 candidates having entered the fray and more on the way. I think I have the perfect one for the moment: "You've been Trumped!"

Republicans Can't Get Rid of Their Buffoon

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.27.2015 | Media
Judy Frankel

A bevy of Republican candidates get shut out of national primetime by Fox, but not Trump.

Governing, Part Time Work and Overtime

Tom Allon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Tom Allon

It seems like our Lame Duck President is working more than full time in his last 500 days. At least someone in public office is providing constituents with their money's worth.

New York Protesters Tell Chuck Schumer: Kill Iran Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- An estimated 10,000 opponents to the Iran nuclear deal rallied in front of Times Square on Wednesday evening with a clear message for Demo...

SKIMM YOUR CANDIDATE: Former Gov. George Pataki (NY), Republican

theSkimm | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

Former Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) is one of 14 Republicans who want you to say "yes" and give them the top job in the White House. Get to know your candidate here.<

Donald Trump and the GOP Share the Same Anti-Immigrant Policies

Randy Borntrager | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Randy Borntrager

Anyone who aspires to our nation's highest office should have spoken up strongly against Trump's remarks immediately, without hesitation. It shouldn't be a surprise, though, that the major Republican presidential candidates did not. They didn't want to ruffle the feathers of their party's anti-immigrant base.

The Pot Plank on the Presidential Platform

Vicky Collins | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Vicky Collins

The Marijuana Policy Project came out with its report card for 22 presidential candidates and hopefuls and the headline is that no one is sticking their neck out very far when it comes to the legalization of marijuana or the loosening of federal pot laws.

Jason Linkins

Trail To The Chief: Rand Paul vs. The World | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

Rand Paul Vs. The World Rand Paul says the darndest things. Especially about privacy, government surveillance, ISIS and … himself. T...

'Green News Report' - June 2, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Three more Republicans enter crowded 2016 race -- we'll tell you their positions on climate change (even if they won't)

Trade Enforcement Failure

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

President after president has promised that the U.S. will compel foreign nations to meet labor standards established in free-trade agreements. They haven't. They probably can't. And American workers and politicians should stop buying it. The U.S. can sign trade agreements with countries after they stop murdering trade unionists and countenancing child labor.

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: 2016 GOP Bubble Edition | Lauren Weber | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

Republican Left Behind Edition Between now and August, the Republican presidential race will not be about “winning” anything. It wi...

Why I'm Running for President as a Republican

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Jason Stanford

I have little experience relevant to this job that I do not intend to do, and I'm willing to put forth no effort at any point during this campaign. But with George Pataki entering the race, I realized that I, too, am a largely unknown heterosexual white man in America. Even Bob Ehrlich is thinking about getting in. If they can, why not I?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the presidential race began to resemble 19 Kids and Counting -- fitting, since they're both reality shows many would like to see taken off the air. On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders jumped in. On Wednesday, it was Rick Santorum. Thursday brought us George Pataki. (Talk about your Throwback Thursday!) Yesterday, Martin O'Malley tossed in his hat and next week, Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry are expected to do the same. Not to be out-shined by the new entrants, on Thursday "senior campaign officials" for Hillary Clinton gave a briefing about a rally to be held next month. Can't you feel the excitement? Just another year and a half -- and 241 debates -- left and it'll be over. If only the oncoming flood of clichés, bromides and platitudes could be monetized and exported, our economy, which this week was revealed to have shrunk by 0.7 percent last quarter, would be a juggernaut.

Jason Linkins

Why FIFA Can't Get Away With Flopping In Its Latest Scandal | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, we discuss how and why FIFA officials were arrested on an array of corruption charges, how crowded the 2016 ...