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Presidential Debate

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.

Rand Paul Gets It Wrong, Sonia Sotomayor Gets It Right on Pot

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

During last week's Republican presidential debate, several candidates commented on marijuana use and drug policy. And recently, Obama-appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor also commented on legalization.

A Non-Psychiatric Assessment of Donald Trump

Allen Frances | Posted 09.22.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Trump is a threat to the United States not because he is mad, but because he is bad. His breathtaking ignorance (whether real or foxy feigned) degrades what should be serious policy discussions into buffoonish circus performances.

An Open Letter to CNN On Last Week's Republican Debate

Peter Brack | Posted 09.21.2015 | Media
Peter Brack

We all know that journalism continues to transition as a result of rapidly changing media consumption habits -- but presidential debates are a key component of the democratic process, and when the format of those debates is reduced to theater, everyone loses.

The Choice in This Election -- Forward or Backward

Kathleen Schafer | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Schafer

Do we move forward together or do we guard our treasures from those we fear will take them? This is the ultimate question that will be answered in the 2016 Presidential election. And the first indication will come in the party's nominees.

Donald Trump Finally Explains Why He Doesn't Apologize

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.12.2015 | Entertainment

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The Leader of the Deceived

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

I challenge you, Mr. Trump, that if the U.S. were a corporation that you owned, before you would spend your own money on building the wall, tripling the number of ICE officers, expanding e-verify and expelling 11 million residents (a risky task) -- you would leave no stone unturned in a search for a policy solution that would achieve the same goal without all the expense and hassle.

Fire Affecting Our Rainforest Doesn't Shake Us Up? We Need a Time-Out!

Audrey Peterman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The idea of an uncontrolled fire in that verdant place inflamed my mind. How could it fail to wake up our population to the dangers that we are already experiencing, writ large by climate scientists and our current experience on the land and seas?

Scott Walker's Disappearing Act!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.08.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

With millions watching, a governor vanishes! ...

Rumble on the Cuyahoga: The First 2016 GOP Primary Debate

Alan Schroeder | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Alan Schroeder

Now that was a debate. Back in 2012 it was the live audience that got rowdy at the presidential primary debates. This time it was the folks onstage, candidates and moderators alike. And somehow it all stemmed from the presence of Donald Trump, the spiritual epicenter of this event, whose outsize persona dominated the proceedings from beginning to end. Things got off to a rollicking start with Trump's show-of-hands refusal to rule out a third-party run and Rand Paul's aggressive reaction. This riveting kickoff set a pugilistic tone for the debate that never subsided.

Carly Fiorina Has Standout Performance In First GOP Debate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

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You Agree With Donald Trump, Get Used to It

Joshua Graham Lynn | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Joshua Graham Lynn

He might, because he's the Wolf of Wall Street we all hate to love, and he likes it that way. Underneath all the pomp and that sweet, sweet combover, Trump's got the one message we all secretly wish was coming out of every other candidate's mouth.

5 Things to Watch at the First Republican Debate

Matt Teitelbaum | Posted 08.05.2015 | Entertainment
Matt Teitelbaum

The biggest question on everyone's mind throughout the night will undoubtedly be how the ever controversial Donald Trump's presence will affect the debate. All eyes will be on the billionaire, real estate mogul as his actual knowledge of public policy on both domestic and foreign affairs is put to the test.

Here's All You Need to Know About the Candidates in Thursday's GOP Debate

Christopher Lamb | Posted 08.03.2015 | Comedy
Christopher Lamb

Fox News, the official network of the GOP, has announced the names of nine of the candidates in the debate. The tenth will either be Ohio Gov. John Kasich or former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. What is it going to be, Fox, beets or liverwurst?

Is This Any Way to Choose a President?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

Every four years we gather together as a nation to choose the leader of the free world -- the only person we elect collectively as one people. Yet when we do we rely on a hiring practice that is so faulty it would be comical if it didn't have such serious repercussions.

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.

The Most Important Debate in the World -- and You Can Be Part of It!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

It will be the most important debate in the history of modern America. The time to start working toward it is now. Done once, it will become an institution, first here and then across the planet.

WATCH: Reporter Shares New Reason For Obama's Epic Debate Fail

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.16.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Journalist Michael Hastings, perhaps best known for his Rolling Stone article that led Gen. Stanley McChrystal to resign, told HuffPost Live Tuesday a...

In Praise of Context

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

We are losing context. Every single day. And we don't seem to notice. Or care. We dispute it and disrespect it and otherwise dismiss it. Our love affair with all that is new, different and sensational leads us to fashion a society that has fewer and fewer ties to the past or memories of it.

Strike A Pose: How Contemporary Artists Play At Politics

Filip Noterdaeme | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Filip Noterdaeme

Shouldn't we be skeptical when contemporary art museums aim to act as political as well as cultural players?

The Psycho-Logic of Political Gaffes, and Debate Falsehoods

Arie Kruglanski | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Arie Kruglanski

These unfortunate slips are as incomprehensible as they are politically damaging. None of the politicians who commit them are exactly stupid or ill informed. This begs the question, what went wrong?

They Do It Much Better in High School (Debating)

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

Being substantive and factual is what makes for good debating. But since the PDC began planning America's all important debates in the '60s, debate templates have undergone real changes in form, and in particular, validity.

Jason Linkins

Bob Schieffer Wants To Have More Presidential Debates | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

Now that the presidential debate season is over, don't you miss it? And don't you wish there had been more of them, so many more, each more different ...

Two Year Struggle Staggers to Its End

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

We know America's two-year struggle for power is near its end, but are not so sure about Syria's. The uncertain 'Id al-Adha truce, coming amidst stalemate and slaughter, may yet be a step back from the abyss. It wouldn't have a chance if we were knee-deep in fueling the war.

Voters and Debaters

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Since we are now only a few weeks away from the beginning of the 2016 election season, a refresher as to what to expect during the next four years is in order, and that explanation may help explain how it was that three weeks before the election there were still undecided voters.