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Presidential Debate

In Defense of Katherine Fenton

Zach Stafford | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Zach Stafford

Where is the 'study' of the other people that asked questions to the candidates? Where is the publishing of their social media accounts? Where are the articles insinuating that they drink too much and that they should be shamed for asking a question that affects more than 50% of America?

So You Think You Can Be President: The U.S. Election as a Talent Search Show

John Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
John Lazarus

This year, it's gone a little nuts. Both parties' conventions, and all the debates have been surrounded with assessments by teams of experts who sound like, and in many cases are, personal advisers to the performers.

The Real Problem with Romney's 'Binders' Blunder

Paige Bradley Frost | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women
Paige Bradley Frost

Romney's comment was awkward, politically tone deaf and worse, misleading. Still, much of the reaction has been over-hyped and even silly, detracting from discussions of the meatier issues facing women and families and how the next President will tackle them.

Sam Stein

Mitt Romney Campaign Muddles Response To Lilly Ledbetter Act Question Again | Sam Stein | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday morning brought additional confusion over what Mitt Romney would have done had the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act come to his des...

Lilly Ledbetter and the High Court

Simon Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Simon Lazarus

The Ledbetter case is not simply a story of how women are denied equal pay -- though it is certainly powerful on that front -- it is also a template for strategic action by progressives in fighting over the courts that could and should be scaled up and broadly deployed.

Winners and Losers

Gary Hart | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

If George McGovern represents the political losers of the world, then I for one am proud to stand with him.

Why Obama May Have Lost Tuesday's Debate

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

He certainly came out swinging and scored some decisive points. But was Obama's feistier, more spirited performance enough to move the needle? Did he get the job done?

How My Daughter Watches the Debates

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

This Monday evening, Obama and Romney will face off for their third bout, this time in Florida. And from what I can tell, there are some debate drinking game rules that are bipartisan.

Why Romney Is Losing the Meme Election

Ari Melber | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Ari Melber

Mitt Romney did not just lose the debate on Tuesday night, as most people can see by now. He also handed the Internet ammunition to memorably mock him for several more news cycles.

Dear Undecideds: If You Don't Know Me By Now...

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

This is between you and all your confused, reluctant, fence-sitting voters who still can't figure out which of you to vote for. Whoever they are. Those people who make very... slow... decisions. What more do you need to know?

The Elephant in the Room

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

The second debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney was a standoff in my view, with President Obama returning to form and Romney continuing his confident performance from their earlier exchange.

For the Unemployed, Romney's Debate Was Full of "Wind Jobs"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We heard a lot of discussion about employment and economic recovery. But there wasn't much talk about why the economy's in such bad shape. No mention of the bankers whose illegal and unethical behavior triggered the financial crisis.

Romney Son Jokes About Taking 'A Swing' At Obama

Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's eldest son weighed in on the second presidential debate on Wednesday, joking that the debate's contentious nature made him want to "take...

Women, Toss the Binders -- It's Time to Advocate

Nancy Sherr | Posted 12.17.2012 | Women
Nancy Sherr

Men don't have to fight for pay equity, clamor to have their opinions heard at work and then have anyone ask the insulting question, "can we find any qualified men?"

Debate Questioners Remain Undecided

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Phillip Tricolla doesn't think either presidential candidate adequately answered his question about what can be done about rising gas...

When's The Next Presidential Debate?

Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will meet for their third and final debate on Monday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET. The e...

Romney IS a Binder of Women

Brenda Peterson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Women
Brenda Peterson

While Romney boasted about considering his infamous "binders of women," for a job, it was clear he and his policies are the true binders of women.

Saki Knafo

Obama's Silence On Poverty: Moral Failure Or Political Necessity? | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

A little over five years ago, in a poor neighborhood of Washington, a promising presidential candidate delivered what was widely considered an extraor...

LISTEN: The Top 10 Lines From The 2nd Debate

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's statement on "binders full of women" was the top soundbite from the second presidential debate, according to soundbite platform

The Recovery Is Better Than Romney Would Like It to Be

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The challenger will always try to talk down the economy. Obviously we're far from out of the woods. The GDP is growing barely at trend, unemployment is still too high, and millions of foreclosures remain in the pipeline, though filings are at the lowest level since July 2007. So it's a mixed bag, but nothing like the dark picture that Gov. Romney and his supporters have been trying to paint. We're slowly sailing out of a storm. Too slowly, in my humble opinion, due to the refusal of policy makers other than Bernanke and Co., to put some policy-induced wind in the economy's sails. But remember, when Bob Dole tried Romney's argument back in 1996, it was a huge loser for him. The timing isn't nearly as supportive for the president, but the truth is that things are slowly getting better and Romney's claims to the contrary may be drowned out by this reality.

Joy Resmovits

Does Education Really Reduce Violence? Checking The Candidates' Claims | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.18.2012 | Education

When asked about gun control in Tuesday night's presidential debate, both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama both change...

Ben Hallman

Which Would You Rather Have: A Bain Capital Portfolio Or A Senate Pension? To Romney, They're The Same | Ben Hallman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business

When all else fails, there's always the "you do it too" defense. Hammered for months by the Obama campaign over his investments in China and his d...

WATCH: Veterans React To Second Presidential Debate

Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

While veterans affairs were not at the forefront of the second presidential debate, a few issues that affect vets were mentioned in passing -- from Pr...

"Binders Full of Women" Distracts From Debate's Focus on Workplace Issues

Cara Woodson Welch | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business
Cara Woodson Welch

Setting aside today's focus on parodies and memes that the phrase spawned, let's remember that the phrase was used in response to a question on women in the workplace, a serious issue that deserves more attention.

Romney Clings to Gun and Bible Toters

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

No Democrat will dare risk uttering a peep about tougher gun control laws. This includes President Obama. Both parties know that the gun control issue is a minefield and a surefire loser for a candidate.