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October Surprise

Who is James Comey and why is he pulling this October "surprise?"

Pamela Merchant | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Pamela Merchant

As some of you know, I was a federal prosecutor for many years and was at Department of Justice (DOJ) during the Whitewater era. James Comey was a Whi...

Make No Mistake, James Comey Is The Worst FBI Director Since J. Edgar Hoover

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

He's the worst director of the F.B.I. since J. Edgar Hoover, and -- should Hillary Clinton lose the election -- he will be remembered as an even greater menace to the republic.

Assange And Trump: Allies Against Clinton?

Joseph Olshan | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Joseph Olshan

When I learned that Wikileaks had released more documents with the aim of casting more harsh light on Hillary Clinton's campaign, my first reaction was why did this latest installment have to be so strategically timed.

Why The Trump Tax Returns Story Matters

David de Sola | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
David de Sola

This story is huge and is not going away any time soon. It will dominate coverage at least through the next week leading up to the second debate, and likely well into November. When journalists and historians look back and write the story of this presidential campaign, the events of the last ten days of September will be pivotal.

Will The Fight For Mosul Be The October Surprise?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There has been relatively little speculation this election year about what could possibly be the "October surprise." In a normal presidential election year, this is a fun subject to speculate about when the actual news from the campaign trail gets dull and repetitive. This year, of course, that hasn't exactly happened.

How Trump Could Win It All

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.30.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I've been noticing that Democrats -- all the way up to and including Hillary Clinton herself -- seem to be awfully complacent about the possible outcomes of next year's presidential race. This could be dangerous, because nothing in politics is ever written in stone.

There's No Such Thing As An October Surprise In Politics

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- There's no such thing as an October surprise, according to the people whose job it would be to make such a thing happen. In the la...

Friday Surprise: What the New Jobs Report Will Tell Us About the Future

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Unless the number of jobs added in October turns out to be substantially higher or lower than September's, or the unemployment rate is way higher or lower than anticipated, the report should be treated merely as news cycle fodder.

Jason Linkins

Niall Ferguson Has Some Lu-Lu October Surprise Suggestions For Newsweek Readers | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

Over at Foreign Policy, Daniel Drezner has gotten a look-see at the latest Niall Ferguson column in Newsweek, and finds that the "Civilization" author...

Trump and Allred's Attempts to Remain Relevant Are Just Desperate

Jamison Doran | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jamison Doran

Is this what our political process and October Surprises have come to? We're trying to get the candidates to unveil their college applications and pin them for something they said in a divorce hearing in the early '90s? Give me a break.

And Now for Something Really Amazing!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.26.2012 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

It's October and it's an election year! So before you pop a Xanax to prepare for all the five-year-olds in Dick Cheney masks knocking on your door and taking your candy, brace yourself for another American political tradition: The October Surprise!

Anonymous Website Trolls Internet With Promise Of October Surprise

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

Mark your calendars: An earth-shattering revelation about President Barack Obama or GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be revealed on Monday ...


Posted 10.11.2012 | Comedy

No one likes to hear the same joke over and over again, especially from someone who has way more important things to discuss. Unfortunately, the Obama...

BOTH SIDES: How Do You Debate Mr. 100 Percent, Not Mr. 1 Percent or 47 Percent?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgArianna and Nicolle Wallace debate why Romney won and how Obama adjusts. But if your opponent is a quick-change artist and fibber, how should you reply in a non-whiny way? The women then agree about "media bias" and Fox's 2007 Obama "too black" tape.

October Surprises

Will Durst | Posted 11.28.2012 | Comedy
Will Durst

When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up?

Obama Against the World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

By now, Obama and his savvy campaign staff should really be home free, having run political circles around their Republican opponent as he was running circles around himself. There's only one problem: the world.

When Great Cinema Becomes Propaganda

Gabriel Mizrahi | Posted 10.11.2012 | Entertainment
Gabriel Mizrahi

This year, the biggest October Surprise might not have been a surprise at all -- Zero Dark Thirty, an Oscar contender released by Sony Pictures.

The Teddy White Rule: Expect the Unexpected

Al Eisele | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Al Eisele

Just think, for a minute, of the long list of "unpredictables" and "unexpecteds" that could, and probably will, affect the outcome of the 2012 election.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Will Romney Produce Long-form Tax Returns From His Bain Years?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgIf a candidate's slogan is "Believe in America," shouldn't he invest in America? And will GOP governors really turn down 100 percent funding to cover free riders at hospitals?

Presidency Interruptus: The Possible Curious Fate of Barack Obama

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

It is becoming more and more apparent (at least to me) that Barack Obama is going to lose the election this fall. Firstly, Mitt Romney gives off the a...

The Faithful Shopper: Fall into Fitness

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 12.17.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

For fashionistas, October means that we only have a few more weeks to get into shape for those holiday parties! New York has any number of shops to equip you properly for your sport of choice.

Freedom of the Press vs. State Secrets

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Does the press have the right to disclose some secrets? I believe that too many documents are designated "top-secret" when they really should be designated "embarrassing."

Indecisions 2000 and 2004: Final Days Remembered

John Wihbey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wihbey

Whatever happened to the bad old days of October surprises? The last lap of campaign '08 has seen its share of twists, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that no big shoe has dropped.

Should the Los Angeles Times Reveal the Khalidi Videotape?

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

The LA Times has made its decision, whether one agrees or disagrees with it. But more importantly, the Obama campaign has played no role in the decision made by the paper.

Obama Is Dominating in the Polls, but Four Things Keep Me Awake at Night

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

As a lifelong Democrat who has seen my party lose winnable races, I can't help thinking about how things can go wrong this year. These are the four factors that keep me up at night.