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Political Debate

Fox News Republican Debate 2016: Donald Trump's Policies and Megyn Kelly Rivalry

GOBankingRates | Posted 03.04.2016 | Home

By Laura Woods, Contributor The Fox News Republican presidential debate last night covered key issues -- taxes, terrorism, healthcare -- but most of ...

The Fiorina Perfomance: A Post-Debate Critique

Thomas J. Lauria | Posted 11.11.2016 | Home
Thomas J. Lauria

As others have pointed out many times, during the challenging times and amid layoffs at HP, Carly chose to purchase Gulfstream corporate aircraft. This doesn't sound like great judgment. Now we're being asked to open up the office of the presidency.

Why Participation TV Is Good for US Elections and Great for Democracy

Gavin Douglas | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Gavin Douglas

Ever since JFK, aided by the first nationally televised debate, won the 1960 U.S. presidential election over rival Richard Nixon, television has owned the political discourse. The revenue bonanza from each election season is proof enough that no other medium can compete.

Baby Boomers Let's Fight Back!

David Kanegis | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
David Kanegis

We've now had the opportunity to view debates from both major parties. Not to worry, with the election almost a year away there will be countless more. Did anything change for you?

Sundance Interview: Best of Enemies Directors Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.30.2015 | Home
Kristin McCracken

When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the U.S. Documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, "hilarious" is not the first word that springs to mind.

Illinois Governor Candidates Focus On, Clash Over Jobs, Violence at Debate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

At Tuesday's Illinois gubernatorial debate, candidates Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner clashed about issues important to the African-American community, such as jobs, education and dealing with violence in communities.

How the Internet Has Changed the State of Political Debate

Rand Strauss | Posted 01.20.2013 | Home
Rand Strauss

The 2008 political campaign undoubtedly changed how politicians view the importance of the Internet. Some have said that without the Internet, President Barack Obama wouldn't have been elected.

The Hybrid Halloween Witch of 2012

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.25.2012 | Home
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Today, black magic is out, replaced by blogs and picket lines where the Halloween witch can express her complaints about social injustices without the risk of being burned at the stake.

Get Active! Get Engaged! Get Informed!

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 10.23.2012 | Home
Ivanley Noisette

The 24-hour news cycle is not always conducive to objective truth-seeking. Instead, it is often more proficient at focusing on surface generalizations and reaching premature and sometimes baseless conclusions.

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

Posted 08.20.2013 | Home

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...

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Home
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

An Educated Voter Is Our Democracy's Best Citizen

Matthew Tolliver | Posted 09.15.2012 | Home
Matthew Tolliver

Are the citizens of this country, by virtue of our general lack of political fluency, the cause of this lackluster discourse? The numbers support the idea. We need to set a new standard for our political leaders' fluency in policy.

From the Home of the 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Benjamin Knoll

Centre is honored once again to host the only vice presidential debate of 2012. Now is a good time to consider the effect that this debate, and the other three debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney, might have on this year's election.

Shocking New Study Ties Conservatism To 'Low-Effort' Thinking

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Home

Conservatives and liberals don't seem to agree about much, and they might not agree about recent studies linking conservatism to low intelligence and ...

My Secret Weapon: One Simple Rule Destroys Brainless Political Banter

Edward Muzio | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Edward Muzio

I hope you see that brainless banter is powerless against my secret weapon. If you're intent on starting it, please do us both a favor and don't choose me.

Week to Week: Because the News Matters

John Zipperer | Posted 05.28.2012 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Everyone complains about shouting heads on cable TV and the sorry state of our political discourse, but few people seem to realize that we can do something about it.

This Progressive Will Miss Conservative Tom Roeser

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago
Robert Creamer

Last week Chicago lost a legend. Conservative radio host Tom Roeser died at the age of 82. I'm not the only one who will remember Tom as one of those unforgettable, iconic figures that don't come along often.

Religious Themes In The Budget Debate

Brad Reid | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Brad Reid

Our modern questions about the role of government and the allocation of social resources are truly ancient questions that are not resolved by sound bites on television.

Let's End Bi-Partisan Hatred by Changing the National Language to French

James Napoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Napoli

Let's face it, once the language is absorbed into the culture, even if things do get ugly, doesn't merde sound nicer than the alternative?

The Inescapable Sadness of Political Violence in America

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Steven Cohen

We are all desperate for an explanation of this horrific act of violence and for a rational analysis of an irrational act. It will, of course, never come, and we are left with a feeling of deep and inescapable sadness.

"Your Life Hasn't Changed By The Man Who's Elected"

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Laermer

"I think anybody who's has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be ne...

The "Nanny State" Question

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Frank A. Weil

We are facing a conundrum in how to break the vicious cycle of misunderstanding that can lead to perverse government policy action and mistakes.

"Democratic Discourse": Reflections in the Pakistani Mirror

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Thankful That Obama Has Helped Make Dissent And Debate Patriotic And Safe Again

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Steve Clemons

Of all things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving -- I'm thankful that challenging the government's course and trying to put better ideas on the table are unabashedly patriotic again.

"Build, Baby, Build": How Dems Can Counter GOP Lies and Restore Political Debate

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bennet Kelley

Democrats have to respond to "Gingrich speak" by calling it for what it truly is -- propaganda, lies, and an attempt to deliberately mislead the American people.