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Why Are We Debating Debates?

Michael Nutter | Posted 09.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Nutter

Let's end this pointless complaining and channel our energies into every facet of what it takes to win: registering people to vote, pushing out our message, raising money, and organizing and coordinating our efforts within this great big tent we call the Democratic Party.

All You Need To Know About GOP Anti-Gay Bigotry For 2016

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

From immigration to foreign policy, the GOP, via its field of presidential candidates, has shown it is as extreme as ever. And, no matter the pundits' claims or the hopes of some gay activists, that holds true on LGBT rights as well.

Bush's Wonky Nickname

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.14.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

I'd never known "Jeb" meant trustworthy in any language on earth. Then I realized that in his stumbling way he was talking about his nickname, though it still didn't add up. Since when does using a nickname imply trust?

Top 10 Republicans Not to Dislike After the First Debate

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

Dr. Carson when given a chance to elucidate really came off as the mild-mannered articulate thinker that he is. It's hard to imagine he's ready for the role of the presidency, but he certainly was worth listening to. Problem is he's just not schooled or experienced enough on the issues.

Rubio Is No Champion for Immigration Reform or Latino Voters

Regina Clemente | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Regina Clemente

Rubio's stumping in Iowa and across the nation almost entirely in Spanish is, quite frankly, a slap in the face to the intelligence of Latino Americans. The GOP's hope is that he will beguile voters with the "we're so alike" rhetoric and shared stories of heritage that they will not notice that his platform is set against their best interests.

Speed-Dating the Republican Candidates

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I just finished watching the first "candidates' forum" (don't call it a debate!) of the season, where 14 of the 17 Republicans running for president all appeared on the same stage in New Hampshire. What follows are my snap reactions, before I've seen what anyone else's reactions are.

Michael Calderone

ABC Disputes RNC Chair's Implication The Party Can Pick Its Own Debate Moderators | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.15.2015 | Media

NEW YORK -- ABC News pushed back Friday against Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus' claim that ABC News chief anchor George Stepha...

These Two Dudes in Denver Should Moderate All the Debates

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.11.2015 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Brandon Rittiman and Kyle Clark are political reporters at KUSA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver, which says it has "adopted a 'pro-fact' philosophy." I'd love to see them go all pro-fact on Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, and on Hilary Clinton too, the way they did with Cory Gardner and Mark Udall in Colorado.

Jason Linkins

Bobby Jindal At Odds With RNC Over 2016 Debate Plans | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

Last month, the Republican National Committee took pity on a nation still healing from a presidential election cycle that featured over 20 separate pr...

Jason Linkins

RNC Announces New, Vastly Less Insane Primary Debate Schedule | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee, in its after-action report on the 2012 election (known by its nickname, the "RNC Autopsy"), made it a...

RNC Chairman: The GOP Is Changing Its 'Complete Disaster' Of A Primary Process

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Planned changes to the Republican Party's presidential selection process are part of a rebuilding process that will streng...

GOP's Lame Ban Is Doomed To Fail

Salon | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

During the last Democratic presidential primary, now over half a decade behind us, the leading candidates heeded the wishes of party activists, boxed ...

GOP Deciding Boycott Over Clinton Programs

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

By Scott Malone BOSTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Delegates to a summer meeting of the Republican National Committee are scheduled to vote Fr...

Romney Lashes Out At Media

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.17.2013 | Media

Mitt Romney slammed the Republican primary debates, and the media, in the same call to donors in which he made his infamous "gifts" comments. Romne...

Huntsman Slams GOP: 'Is This The Best We Could Do?'

Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

Jon Huntsman leveled harsh criticism at his party on Sunday evening, BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller reported, comparing the Republican Party to communist Chin...

Huckabee Creates Another Chance To See The Candidates Face Off

Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) will hold another GOP presidential forum on Saturday in anticipation of next week's Super Tuesday primary c...

GOP Debate Instructions: "Open Mouths, Insert Feet"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Have we seen the last debate of the primary season? Probably. Have we been impressed? You're kidding, right?

GOP Yoga Poses of Strong Resolve

Paul Greenberg | Posted 04.28.2012 | Comedy
Paul Greenberg

C.O.B.R.A. Expiration Pose: Ignoring your liberal partner's pleas that his health insurance has been cancelled, firmly grasp his left arm and wrench it from its socket.

Fox News Debate Moderators Vs. CNN Counterparts: Study

Posted 02.24.2012 | Media

Fox News moderators spoke 65% more during GOP debates than their CNN counterparts, according to a new study by the University of Minnesota. Smart ...

Final Four: The GOP Arizona Debate

Alan Schroeder | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Alan Schroeder

Of the four contenders, Rick Santorum had the best night. It has taken him twenty debates, but Santorum finally ended up with the primo onstage real estate, right next to Mitt Romney at the heart of the action.

Ryan Grim

Rick Santorum Compares Mitt Romney To Michael Dukakis | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

Tired of hearing Mitt Romney crow about his record of balancing the budget while governor of Massachusetts, Rick Santorum delivered what may have been...

Michael Calderone

Will The 20th GOP Debate Be The Last? | Michael Calderone | Posted 02.23.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- The Republican candidates saw a lot of each other in January, with six debates crammed into a frenetic 19-day stretch. But after leaving t...

CNN Cancels Debate After Romney And Paul Pull Out

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Media

CNN announced Thursday that it has canceled an upcoming debate after Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum all said they would either not attend or ...

The GOP Has Never Before Seen Liars Like Gingrich and Romney

Andy Ostroy | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

While most politicians tell the truth most of the time and toss in a bit of truth-stretching, with a few lies here and there, these two lie all the time. Their entire candidacies are built on the re-writing of history.

The Republicans' 19th Nervous Breakdown

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It is only a slight overstatement to say that the Republican presidential candidates have debated 19 times and the winner of almost all of those debates has been Barack Obama.