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Presidential Election

Who Would Do a 'Good Job' as President?

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

The U.S. Constitution is fairly brief on the official duties of the office of the presidency, and thus the expectations and roles have largely developed out of a combination of personality, tradition, and legislation over the last two centuries.

Pope Francis for President? The Master of One-Downmanship

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

The Pope has a way of offering hope to those who feel one-down by lifting them up, whereas the majority of political candidates offer fleeting excitement to the one-downers by inciting them.

Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein on Her Fight to Be Heard

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, who is among the crop of third-party leaders fighting for public recognition. The physician and environmental advocate was the Green Party's nominee in 2012, and is campaigning again for the 2016 nomination.

The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

Government Corruption Is and Remains the Fundamental Danger of Individual-Candidate Super PACs

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Individual-candidate Super PACs are used to allow a candidate and the candidate's supporters to circumvent these candidate limits and to provide six and seven-figure contributions to directly support the candidate.

GOP's New Climate Talking Point

William S. Becker | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

When the leading Republican candidates for president gathered in the Reagan Library for the CNN debate last week, they should have taken time to look up what President Reagan said about environmental issues like global warming.

Marco Rubio Shines at Second GOP Debate

Matt Teitelbaum | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Matt Teitelbaum

Rubio's candidacy is trying to provide GOP voters a best-of-both-worlds scenario, wherein they don't have to choose between ideology and electability. If he keeps performing like he did the other night, that strategy just might work.

Donald Trump Has Already Won

William H. Harwood | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
William H. Harwood

Round 2 of the GOP debates was further proof that Jon Stewart was right: No matter how dirty it makes you feel, you just can't stop watching the Trump Show. And no two commentators can agree on how this roller-coaster ends. But one thing is certain: Mr. Trump cannot lose. Because he's already won.

The Anger and the Outsiders

Michael Golden | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Golden

American anger is real. It's time to stop pointing fingers solely at the people serving in office. It's time to start zooming the lens in on the less obvious, yet highly consequential drivers of the dysfunction. Let's take a look at the rules.

If Each Presidential Candidate Owned a Restaurant

Andrew Isaac Burrill | Posted 09.16.2015 | Comedy
Andrew Isaac Burrill

This list only plays off caricatures of the hopefuls and does not necessarily coincide with reality. Take it with a grain of salt; its humor. Alphabetized by last name.

For the Clintons It is Always 1992

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Even if Bernie Sanders doesn't win a single primary, it is already clear that he has tapped into a sentiment among Democratic voters that is real and to which Ms. Clinton does not speak.

On the Appeal of Donald Trump

Chad Williams | Posted 09.15.2015 | College
Chad Williams

On June 16, 2015 Donald Trump officially announced his presidential candidacy. Since then, I don't believe a day has gone by when he hasn't been featured in an article of a national publication if not a segment of a national broadcast.

Alaskan Senate Hopeful, 'Speedo Guy': People Are Sick of Politicians

Alissa Fleck | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Alissa Fleck

Jeff Landfield grew up, like most Millennials, enveloped in the social media bubble. For a self-described life-of-the-party type, he was never one to shy away from cameras or attention, and "filter" isn't exactly part of his vocabulary.

A Commonsensical View of Nonsensical Presidential Hopeless Donald Trump

Rumni Saha | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Rumni Saha

I am no expert on politics but this much I know −- a country that values tolerance, acceptance and appreciation for all, cannot afford to have a leader who is bigoted, chauvinistic and xenophobic or simply juvenile.

The Black Box: Range Voting

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Range voting eliminates spoilers and splitting the vote between two good candidates. It gives voters a chance to show how much they dislike someone, rather than just being silent. For these reasons, Range Voting is superior to Instant Runoff Voting.

A Note to Fellow Millennials During Political Season

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Elnaz Moghangard

As a young individual observing all of this and thinking of the future of our society, I worry that the many voices of reason -- the many voices encouraging unity, diplomacy and peace -- struggle to be heard in all the hysteria. Controversy, after all, sells. I get it.

The OPM Hack, Big Data and You: Could China Influence the 2016 Election?

Peter B. LaMontagne | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Peter B. LaMontagne

The OPM hack put them even further ahead by identifying 21 million American adults that have applied to work for the Federal government. No doubt espionage for China will remain the primary use for this data, but just as we update our view of identity in the 21st century so too might the PRC update its plans the use of such data.

The Marketing Genius of Brand the Donald

Marian Salzman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marian Salzman

For any serious student of marketing and media seeking a perfect pop culture storm, I give you the man currently dominating the race to be the U.S. Republican Party's 2016 presidential candidate.

The Skeleton Key to Understanding Donald Trump on Education...and Everything Else

Dan Butin | Posted 09.11.2015 | Education
Dan Butin

Trump is not just a candidate with political positions; Trump is the political position.

Hillary Clinton Should Exude Feminine Power

Kathleen Schafer | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Schafer

What Ms. Clinton did in asking to be respected rather than cherished, is to dismiss feminine power. She not only rejected a key source of her power, she dismissed a whole set of qualities that are needed to address the issues facing our society.

Launching the Campaign

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Today we launched a campaign will make it possible for all of America to be great. Not just Silicon Valley or Hollywood. Not just Nashville or Broadway. Not just the heartland or the White Mountains. But even Washington, D.C. too. Today we have launched a campaign to give us a government we can be proud of again.

Donald Trump Has a Point on Raising Taxes

James Resnick | Posted 09.09.2015 | Entertainment
James Resnick

Donald Trump is bombastic, yet for all his faults, he manages to reject the Republican Party's religious proclivity for tax cuts. He is wildly irrational, though his tax-increasing stance does appear to show a glimmer of prudence.

What California, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Jersey All Have in Common

Mike Weisser | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

They have two things in common. Each state contains at least one city with a murder rate at least four times the national average -- Oakland, Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Newark; and each state is home to a Republican Presidential candidate: Fiorina, Carson, Kasich, Walker, Christie.

Trump Pleads "No Mas" to Spanish Speakers

David Rivera | Posted 09.04.2015 | Latino Voices
David Rivera

Trump has no more right to be President then to tell me and my fellow countrymen to stop speaking Spanish or for that matter any other language. So to Trump I say "No Mas." And as our late and great Civil Rights leader Cesar Chavis once proclaimed - "HUELGA."

Comparing Bernie Sanders To Hillary Clinton And Also My Ex Donna

Brandt Hamilton | Posted 09.04.2015 | Comedy
Brandt Hamilton

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have legitimate shots at becoming the 45th president of the United States, unlike my ex Donna, who probably won't ever be president of anything, let alone the free world. Here's a comparison of the three.