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Presidential Debate

Obama's Missed Opportunity

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

If Obama expects to defeat John McCain, who indeed has more foreign policy experience, he must be more willing to challenge his opponent's record.

Joe the Plumber Meets Sarah the Energy Expert

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

It's been a pattern ever since the governor of Alaska was offered the vice presidential slot: the closer we get to Halloween, McCain shows himself to be more and more frightfully unprepared.

The AP Hands Obama His #1 Talking Point for the Second Presidential Debate

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Just hours before Obama and McCain meet in a Town Hall debate, the Associated Press has moved a story that screams: "Retirement Accounts Have Lost $2 Trillion."

To the Presidential Candidates....Debate This!

Deirdre Imus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deirdre Imus

No question, the energy and economic crisis affect us all. But noticeably absent from the primaries and now the presidential debates have been any discussions about America's children.

"Spontaneous" McCain: His Gut is His Achilles' Heel

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

This was one of those "spontaneous" things. Joe the Plumber had had his conversation with Obama about taxes, and the cameras had been rolling, and McCain had found out about it.

Time to Define a "Small Business" in America

Steve Colby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Steve Colby

Our friend Joe the Plumber, for instance, can post yearly receipts of up to $14 million -- and still be considered a small businessman.

Accidential Pregnancies Not To Be Taken Lightly

Barbara Dehn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Dehn

As a practicing women's health nurse practitioner, I've worked for over 20 years to try and prevent accidental pregnancies because I've seen first hand the effects that this has on women. An accidental pregnancy may be a source of joy for some women, and a crisis for others.

Weekly Roundup, Readers Drowning in the Mud of McCain's Campaign

Chris Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Nelson

While Obama continues to outspend and outcool his way to national polling margins that are increasingly insurmountable, McCain has latched on to Joe the Plumber as his last vestige of hope while his campaign continues the barrage of negativity through ads and robocalling.

Most International Bloggers Think Obama Won on Temperament

Amira Al Hussaini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amira Al Hussaini

One blogger wrote: "Obama was unbelievably calm, collected and straight to the point. In fact he went out of his way to be nice while McCain was constantly attacking and putting on that fake, scary smile. Damn, that smile is scary."

Joe the Plumber: And a Slice of Warhol Pie

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Joe the Plumber's gone big-time -- a video on YouTube, an interview on Fox, his name in every conversation. And all because he asked Obama a question. With the cameras rolling.

Health Of The Mother Not Negotiable

Ioana Uricaru | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ioana Uricaru

I lived in a country where abortion was illegal. On top of killing close to a million women during a 25-year span, that law intruded on the intimacy of couples and families. I have male friends who had to provoke unsafe abortions on their wives, risking their life and freedom.

A New Conversation on Abortion

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Life is precious. John McCain believes that, Barack Obama believes that, Sarah Palin believes that, and so does Joe Biden. In fact, I'm not sure I have ever met a person who believes otherwise.

It's Going to Take a Lot More Than Joe the Plumber

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

I'd still like to like John McCain, especially since I once did - to some degree anyway. But with every day on this marathon, in every speech, and every debate, I'm less motivated to do so.

Hey Joe: Meet the Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The clear winner of Wednesday's debate, Joe the plumber, focused a national debate on the wisdom and fairness of progressive taxation.

McCain Undone By Affect And Temperament
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The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Special Debate Edition In the much-anticipated final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign season, the man who landed the greatest number of punch...

My Autistic Son is Not a Political Pawn

Janet Grillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Grillo

Last night, John McCain told us that Governor Palin "knows more about Autism than any other American I know." Perhaps he should get out more.

Strange McCain Post-Debate Moment Caught In Photo

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Reuters photo wire includes this shot taken after the debate last night, when McCain caught himself walking in the wrong direction on stage: ...

Last Night's Autism Debate -- Who Will Win the Special Needs Vote?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Kirby

The media may be transfixed on "Joe the Plumber" today, but the real winner of last night's debate was autism. No single disorder has ever been so prominent in a national election.

Honorary Canadian Jeffrey Feldman on Dirty Campaign Rhetoric And Why He Thinks McCain Lost The Debate (Even If Joe The Plumber Won)

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Feldman is a scholar, author, commentator, teacher, blogger and expert on speeches and messaging -- but in Canada, they know him as one half of CBC Newsworld's team of "American political experts."

Is There a GOP Strategy -- A Kamikaze Campaign for the Black Helicopter Crowd?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

McCain had already convinced most Americans he's not capable of fixing the economy, but last night he convinced them that... they don't like him, either.

McCain Says Women's Health is "Extreme"

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

The debate last night was just the most vivid example of what we've known all along: John McCain is out of touch on women's health.

Presidential Debate Ratings: 56.5 Million Viewers, NBC, Fox News Win The Night

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, moderated by Bob Schieffer, drew 56.5 million viewers, more than their first debat...

From Germany It Was Clear: So Why Didn't the Media See McCain Suffered a Nervous Breakdown?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

The TV panel has to justify its salary and keep interest in the campaign for the next few weeks, so most of these folks propped up McCain.

Put McCain Out of His Misery

Robert Shrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Shrum

For McCain, the urgent need tonight was not for McCarthyism on Ayers or ACORN, but for sounding authoritative on the economy -- a daunting objective for someone who said he doesn't know much about economics.

Obama-McCain Hofstra Presidential Debate Reaction: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington: McCain's Losing Strategy: Double Down on the Anger: McCain scored the zinger of the night with, "I am not President Bush. If you ...