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Gaping Holes, Confusion Mar FCC's Data On Political Ad Buys

OpenSecrets Blog | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Four years after it began requiring TV stations to upload their records of political ad sales to a central government website, the Federal Communications Commission maintains a recordkeeping system that makes finding out who an ad's sponsor is feel like a treasure hunt.
Craig K. Comstock

Consulting to the Rich

Craig K. Comstock | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Imagine that, for an attractive fee, you have been engaged as a consultant to the rich. They have a problem, or at least had a problem starting with President FDR. Our society celebrates formal equality and democracy (at least to the extent of holding regular elections), but the society is, in fact, grossly unequal in terms of wealth, and is becoming more so. How to protect and grow that wealth in a system where the mass of less affluent people vote (or at least could)? What are your recommendations?
Catherine Nagle

My Request For A New Title For Women

Catherine Nagle | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Thank you so much, for hearing my request, during this most important debate!
Wayne Anderson

No, Canada Won't Get Me If Trump Wins

Wayne Anderson | September 27, 2016 | Politics
In them I see America's promise and I would never abandon them or the fight for their future in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I truly hope that America will make the right decision and elect Hillary Clinton our next president but if America falls prey to Trump's fear mongering and racist hatred, then I will stand as I always have and my voice will only grow stronger.
Andy Schupak

Is The Clinton Foundation A Front?

Andy Schupak | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Because Donald Trump has continually accused the Clintons of turning the Clinton Foundation into a crime organization, I decided to investigate his charge. What I discovered was that Bill Clinton has built one of the most extraordinary non-governmental organizations in the world.
Jane White

Hillary's Biggest Challenge: Bringing Back Decent Jobs

Jane White | September 27, 2016 | Politics
One of the biggest ironies about Donald Trump's Presidential campaign is his pledge to bring back jobs that have been outsourced to other countries--the major driver behind his support from blue-collar workers.
Julie Zack Yaste

Are Men Like Trump Afraid of Vaginas?

Julie Zack Yaste | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Are guys really so afraid of people with vaginas that they'd rather elect Donald Trump than an intelligent woman? I know it comes down to more than that.
David Michael Conner

It's Come to This: Why We Must Police the Police

David Michael Conner | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Last Friday, a couple of friends and I saw something unusual: A police officer pulled over a car in downtown Washington, D.C. as it turned a busy corner. I've been in this city for many years, and the only time I can recall seeing a car pulled over for a traffic violation was when someone was talking on a cell phone and a police officer ordered him to hang up with a megaphone; when that failed, she pulled him over and wrote a ticket.
Cynthia Dill

Can Lester Holt Make Presidential Debates Great Again?

Cynthia Dill | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Join me in giving a big warm thanks to all the parents borrowing $58,440 a year to send their kid to Hofstra University, where an anticipated 100 million viewers will tune in Monday night for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Katherine Fritz

Pennsylvania Artist Tackles Heroin Epidemic, Despite Police Intervention

Katherine Fritz | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling has begun listing overdose deaths as homicides, rather than accidental. While perhaps the difference may seem inconsequential -- a death by any other name is still a death -- ruling these deaths as homicides expands the likelihood that dealers will be arrested and charges will be filed.
Sarah Z. Daly

Will Peace with the FARC End Violence in Colombia?

Sarah Z. Daly | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Exclaimed President Juan Manuel Santos to the General Assembly in New York this week. A peace accord was signed on August 26, 2016 in Havana, Cuba, between the leaders of Colombia and the FARC, Colombia's foremost opposition group, and faces a referendum on October 2nd.
Rashad Robinson

On Voter Registration Day, Let's Talk About Restoring Voting Rights

Rashad Robinson | September 27, 2016 | Black Voices
With the United States' voter registration rate among the lowest in the developed world, there's no doubt we need a National Voter Registration Day. But, if our country wants to work towards a goal of getting more Americans to vote, we also need a Voting Restoration Day.
Carl Nettleton

In The Presidential Debates, It's All About Microphone Control

Carl Nettleton | September 27, 2016 | Politics
The first presidential debate on September 26 proved the need for that control as moderator Lester Holt was unable to keep Donald Trump from talking over his opponent and Hillary Clinton from occasionally using extra time.
Frank Clemente

5 Wrong Things Trump Said About Taxes In The Debate

Frank Clemente | September 27, 2016 | Politics
As usual, Donald Trump stretched, distorted and outright denied the truth in the debate Monday night. Some of his biggest whoppers were about taxes: both his own and his plans for everyone else's.
John W. Whitehead

A Few Uncomfortable Truths You Won't Hear From The 2016 Presidential Candidates

John W. Whitehead | September 27, 2016 | Politics
The final countdown has begun to the 2016 presidential election, and you can expect to be treated to an earful of carefully crafted sound bites and political spin.
Richard Greene

#Vote4ThisBillOrIWontVote4U: Register To Vote To Become A 'Citizen Lobbyist' For Your Cause

Richard Greene | September 27, 2016 | Politics
This election is so much more than just Trump and Hillary. If you are registered to vote, you can become a "citizen lobbyist" on behalf of an issue you deeply care about and substantially change this country on November 8!
David Oualaalou

China: A Protocol Gaffe Or A Political Message In Air Force One Rebuke

David Oualaalou | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Amid a tumultuous U.S. election season brimming with insults, xenophobia and conspiracy theories, the Washington establishment must somehow consider the bigger picture.
Heidi Lehmann

The 2016 Campaign Isn't About Rejecting One Man, It's About Rejecting A Worldview

Heidi Lehmann | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Gays, blacks, Hispanics, women, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, and everyone else who is not a white, natural-born American protestant have much to fear from this agenda and worldview. It is time everyone wakes up and realizes it.
Matt Teitelbaum

Clinton Halts Trump’s Momentum With Decisive Debate Win

Matt Teitelbaum | September 27, 2016 | College
Monday night was a good one for Hillary Clinton. She played a sort of low risk, preventative defense in her first bout with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. With a few exceptions, she never went for Trump’s jugular with what political pundits call “zingers.” Instead, she...
Carol Ruth Weber

Crazy Trump Twitter Rants Trumps Media Showing Real Donald

Carol Ruth Weber | September 27, 2016 | Politics
Twitter has been used by Donald Trump for years. He has long been known to make crazy rants using the social media platform.
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