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Ruth Neubauer

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Red Tie With Stripes vs. Blue Tie With Dots

Ruth Neubauer | December 4, 2012 | Politics
I couldn't help but immediately notice the blue and red, the dots and the stripes. Having lived in D.C. for almost thirty years and having thought of the D.C. grid as being like stripes, being that Massachusetts Avenue, Connecticut Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue are the main arteries going in and...
Joseph Bobrow

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An Open Letter to Rep. Jeff Miller

Joseph Bobrow | December 4, 2012 | Politics
In today's divisive governmental atmosphere, making sense, like cultivating an open mind, as Rep. Miller suggests, cannot be taken for granted. We have to go outside our comfort zones to see what's hidden in plain sight, right before our eyes.
Yetta Kurland

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Sarah Silverman on Yetta Kurland Live!

Yetta Kurland | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Yetta Kurland sat down with Sarah Silverman at the Openhouse Gallery in SoHo on September 27, 2012, during a fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.
Larry Womack

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Maybe Mitt Should Watch Sesame Street More, Threaten It Less

Larry Womack | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Does Mitt Romney really want to cripple a number of incredibly efficient, successful education programs while simultaneously ticking off a lot of people who happen to like being informed just to satisfy the lowest impulses of some on the far right?
Elisabeth MacNamara

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Presidential Debates: A Chance for Change

Elisabeth MacNamara | December 4, 2012 | Politics
While the presidential debates still offer voters valuable insight, their impact is seriously diminished by their limited number and timing and by current campaign practices that elevate attack ads over face-to-face contact with voters.
Robert Greenwald

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Deadline Looms: Congress Needs to Get Serious, Cut the Pentagon Budget

Robert Greenwald | December 4, 2012 | Politics
We must demand our elected representatives respond to our will, or else what are they in Washington for but to simply pad their pockets and those that keep them in power through lucrative political donations?
Bob Herbert

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No More Excuses

Bob Herbert | December 4, 2012 | Politics
It's time to stop making excuses for Barack Obama. With so much at stake in this election, his performance at the debate on Wednesday night was indefensible.
DJ Louie XIV

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5 Things I Learned During Last Night's Debate

DJ Louie XIV | December 4, 2012 | Comedy
I tried to go into last night's debate with as open a mind as possible, and with the intention of maybe even learning a few things. While these goals proved a wee bit lofty, I did take away a few things from last night's drab-fest.
Jamison Doran

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The First Presidential Debate: A Disappointing Spectacle

Jamison Doran | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Last night brought us Big Bird, Donald Trump, smirks, and a bizarre, almost out of control format that accomplished nothing. No, I'm not talking about some nightmare from poor Oscar the Grouch, but the first of three presidential debates.
Joanna Brooks

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This Week's Presidential Debate: Nothing Divine

Joanna Brooks | December 4, 2012 | Religion
As a Mormon, I was raised on hand-of-God narratives in which prayer almost always yielded miracles for our underdog team. But in the case of the Romney debate victory, please forgive my skepticism.
Rev. Susan Russell

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Ode to an Empty Chair

Rev. Susan Russell | December 4, 2012 | Gay Voices
There is an empty chair in my living room every night when I get home from work. Her empty chair. And in spite of the grief and loss it represents, it trumps Clint Eastwood's empty chair, because I am, in point of fact, so much better off in so many ways than I was four years ago.
David Aronchick

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Presidential Debates and the Power of Soundbites

David Aronchick | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Joe Biden could spend most of the evening with his left foot firmly inserted into his mouth, and who knows with young Paul Ryan? Is this another Bentsen-Quayle type of set-up? Keep your ears tuned.
Linda Hallman

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Women Voters Want to Know Candidates' Records, Not Slogans

Linda Hallman | December 4, 2012 | Women
If women are powerful enough to determine the outcome of the election -- and we know that we are -- then we must use that power to hold all legislators accountable to the promises they've made.
Bruce Lesley

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Women: Champions and Defenders of Our Nation's Children

Bruce Lesley | December 4, 2012 | Impact
When it comes to public policy issues of importance to our nation's children, female policymakers and women are more often supportive and active on children's issues than men.
Vanity Fair

Ann Romney Beats Michelle Obama in Race to Good Morning America Co-Host Chair

Vanity Fair | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Ann Romney, the most/only sympathetic component of the Romney presidential campaign, is scheduled to guest-host Good Morning America on October 10th, filling in for anchor Robin Roberts.
Harvey Rosenfield

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Harvey Rosenfield | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Consider that the cost of the getting to the Moon in today's dollars would be about $26 billion less than taxpayers spent bailing out the insurance giant AIG.
Richard (RJ) Eskow

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The Winning Card: Obama and Democrats Need Social Security and Medicare

Richard (RJ) Eskow | December 4, 2012 | Politics
There's a lot of post-debate analysis going on -- some would say too much -- but not enough is being said about the ace in the Democrats' deck: defending Social Security and Medicare.
Jeff Danziger

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Romney Big Bird

Jeff Danziger | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Brenda Peterson

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Why Romney Lost the Debate with Women: It's Not a Prizefight

Brenda Peterson | December 4, 2012 | Women
We've had bosses, fathers, boyfriends and co-workers like Romney who invade our space, try to dominate every discussion and see every encounter as a chance to "win," rather than dialogue.
Morgan Guyton

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Theology of Capitalism: Entrepreneurs and Money-Changers

Morgan Guyton | December 4, 2012 | Religion
Jesus had plenty to say about entrepreneurs and money-changers that is relevant to thinking through a Christian response to the competing economic visions that are being set before us this election year.
Christopher Brauchli

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Fraud Found!

Christopher Brauchli | December 4, 2012 | Politics
In the best of all possible worlds for which the Republicans were searching in their zeal to find fraud, they would have found dead Democrats voting, non-citizens voting, live Democrats voting twice, etc. Instead they found fraud being committed by themselves.
Sherman Yellen

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Keep Calm And Carry On: The State of the Debate From My Cheap Seat

Sherman Yellen | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Mitt Romney doesn't even flip-flop anymore, he spins like the head of that unfortunate child in The Exorcist -- but with a smirk on his face -- and a full 180 degree turn that would require a full scaled exorcism to cure.
Tamar Abrams

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Dear Candidates, Stop Phoning it In

Tamar Abrams | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Bowles-Simpson? Come on, are we supposed to know what that is? And all the math lessons... At least we know what Romney likes -- coal, Big Bird, Jim Lehrer and presumably vacant smiles.
Russell Simmons

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Money Mitt Might Have the Good Rap, But His Lyrics Are Whack!

Russell Simmons | December 4, 2012 | Black Voices
I will continue to spread the president's agenda, because I believe he will make it his legacy issue to get the money out of politics, so all Americans, not just a percentage of them, will have access to the American Dream.
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

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You Win Elections, Not Debates

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | December 4, 2012 | Politics
I was born in 1953. I have to admit I don't recall the sole, scintillating presidential debate in 1956, between the two Democrats competing for the nomination, Stevenson and Kefauver.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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Obama's Record Is His Firepower to Debate Victory

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Obama's record is his firepower -- a firepower that Romney can never match. The right deployment of it is to take it to Romney, hard, fast, and unapologetically.
Birute Regine

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47 Percent and Beyond

Birute Regine | December 4, 2012 | Politics
The majority of polls and pundits give the win in the first presidential debate to Romney because of his performance. Well, what does that say about what we value in a leader?
Holly Robinson

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The One Political Stand My Fox News Mom and I Can Take Together

Holly Robinson | December 4, 2012 | Politics
My mom is a staunch Republican, a Fox News junkie and the widow of a Navy commander. I have always voted the liberal ticket; I'm an NPR listener. But when Obama became the first president to declare his support for same-sex marriage, Mom shocked me silly.
Howard Fineman

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Barack's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Countdown Day 33

Howard Fineman | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Something is not quite right with President Barack Obama. That was clear long before his passive, distracted performance here Wednesday night against Mitt Romney. The president needs to get back some form of his old magic if he hopes to secure a victory that, until the Denver debate, seemed all but inevitable, even to many of his foes. The evidence of the president's distance and distaste for the campaign is everywhere. He is invisible around Washington, a place he clearly doesn't like and where he has made few new political friends. He mailed in his acceptance speech in Charlotte, N.C., looking at the end like a man who couldn't wait to get off the stage. He has dutifully hit the campaign trail, but not with the zest or the frenzied response of 2008. And he clearly didn't master his brief for the debate when he went to ground in Las Vegas, though he did take time for a day trip to Hoover Dam. What gives?
Amitai Etzioni

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Elections: The European Way

Amitai Etzioni | December 4, 2012 | Politics
If you are concerned about the tons of money that flow into our elections and the campaigns that drag on and on, but are told there is no way to limit the amount of dough involved -- have a look at the way the Europeans do it.
Ian Bassin

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Elections not Auctions: What Was Really Missing From Last Night's Debate

Ian Bassin | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Amendments shouldn't be taken lightly. Tinkering with our founding document is a dangerous business, especially at a time when our Congress is as dysfunctional as ever. But there are powerful reasons why pushing for one is an important task.
Daniel Gross

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The 87 Percent Say Solutions to Gun Violence Can't Be Ignored

Daniel Gross | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Last night, no question about guns was asked during the debate and a huge opportunity was missed to move forward this vitally important national conversation. But we, and the families, know that the conversation has only just begun.
Jonathan Tisch

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Meeting the Infrastructure Challenge Requires Innovative Solutions

Jonathan Tisch | December 4, 2012 | Business
The old model -- relying on some combination of tax increases, additional debt, and help from Washington -- has fallen victim to fiscal and political challenges that promise to intensify rather than subside.
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

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#DebateFail for #Women and #Moms

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Let's face it: Both Romney and Obama missed a chance to win over women and mom voters. Somehow the debate happened without either candidate uttering the word "women," much less talking about economic policies which significantly impact women.
Terry Connelly

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Notes on the Campaign After the First Debate

Terry Connelly | December 4, 2012 | Politics
In the words of the great political philosopher (and successful basketball coach), Pat Riley, "The playoffs don't really start until the home team loses." An incumbent president is the "home team," and Obama "lost" the first debate.
Eric Black

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The Dangers of Government That Doesn't Get Things Done

Eric Black | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Many on the right also claim to have the Framers on their side. The Framers feared a dictatorial government, goes this historical argument. While evidence can be adduced for that view of the Framers, I tend to think it is more wrong than right.
Rep. Maxine Waters

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Mitt Romney Misleads on Wall Street Reform in Presidential Debate

Rep. Maxine Waters | December 4, 2012 | Business
Unfortunately, the Republican ticket continued its incoherence on financial reform with Romney's comments last night.
David Katz, M.D.

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Sowing Smaller Government, Reaping... Salmonella?

David Katz, M.D. | December 4, 2012 | Healthy Living
"Smaller government" makes a swell sound bite, because it sounds like standing up against waste, inefficiency, and the quagmire of bureaucracy. But in the course of political harangues where sound bites prevail, it's often hard to tell exactly who is apt to get bitten.
D. Robert Worley

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American Exceptionalism and Other Isms

D. Robert Worley | December 4, 2012 | Politics
History offers abundant examples of what happens when one state attempts to impose its ways on others.
Jed Kolko

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First Presidential Debate: Apparently, This Housing Crisis Is Over

Jed Kolko | December 4, 2012 | Politics
There's a long list of what the candidates didn't say about housing: not a word about refinancing, principal reductions, selling government-owned foreclosed homes, or the mortgage interest deduction. Why wasn't there more debate over housing?
Arshad Hasan

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Six Questions Jim Lehrer #ShouldaAsked Mitt Romney

Arshad Hasan | December 4, 2012 | Politics
This morning I look back at those 90 minutes and see missed opportunities. I'm not talking about zingers and comebacks and how the candidates looked on stage.
Heath Brown

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Fact-Checking the Debate in the Twitter-verse

Heath Brown | December 4, 2012 | Politics
It is not altogether clear who the audience was for this fact-checking: the political press? Dissatisfied supporters? Undecided opponents? Simply trying to follow the rapidly scrolling posts, while simultaneously watching the debate was exceedingly difficult and confusing.
Jeff Biggers

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President Obama: Don't Forget Cesar Chavez's Arizona Legacy At Your Oct. 8th National Monument Ceremony

Jeff Biggers | December 4, 2012 | Latino Voices
When President Obama travels to Keene, California on Monday, October 8th, to establish the César E. Chávez National Monument, I hope he publicly recalls the Arizona native's towering legacy in civil rights and immigration showdowns in Arizona today.
DeeDee Garcia Blase

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Mitt Romney Repeating Old Tea Party Idea of Killing Children's Educational Programs

DeeDee Garcia Blase | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Last night, Romney proved he is willing to continue being an empty zinger-filled warmonger while promoting the slashing of programs that have helped American families (or the 99 percent).
Peter Smirniotopoulos

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The High Engagement Work Culture: A New Perspective for Framing the Debate About Capitalism

Peter Smirniotopoulos | December 4, 2012 | Business
To my knowledge, no one has taken a look at the symptomatology leading up to the 2008 crash from the perspective of Wall Street's prevailing corporate culture, with the insights only these two authors can provide.
Paul Abrams

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As Predicted, Mitt Sprinkled Fairy Dust: What Obama Should Do NOW.

Paul Abrams | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Never in the history of presidential campaigning has anyone lied so blatantly, repeatedly and seemingly without embarrassment. That type of person is a pathological liar. You cannot trust a pathological liar. That's what the Obama campaign should be saying now.
Robert Koehler

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War, Vets and Moral Injury

Robert Koehler | December 4, 2012 | Politics
A new way of thinking about the inner wounds of soldiers and vets is emerging. In war, some -- perhaps most, perhaps all -- participants suffer from moral injury, a transgression of deep belief in how to treat others.
Keith Koeneman

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Obama Got Spanked: The Truth of the First 2012 Presidential Debate

Keith Koeneman | December 4, 2012 | Chicago
Let's call a spade a spade. The truth of the first 2012 presidential debate is that Barack Obama got spanked by Mitt Romney. This is true whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, a fan of Obama or of Romney.
Scout, Ph.D.

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It's Time to Ask Our Friends and Family for LGBT Equality

Scout, Ph.D. | December 4, 2012 | Gay Voices
Long ago I heard a group of national pollsters give their verdict on the most effective strategy to turn out LGBT-supportive voters: People came out to vote for our rights when an LGBT friend or family member personally asked them. So let's ask.
Michael Russnow

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From Amsterdam at 3 AM, I Watched the First Presidential Debate: Obama Better Do Better Next Time

Michael Russnow | December 4, 2012 | Media
Do I trust that the majority of Americans carefully listened to what was said, rather than how it was delivered? Sadly, I don't, and have to hope that the president is holding his best for the next two debates.
Marty Kaplan

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How to Lose the Next Debate

Marty Kaplan | December 4, 2012 | Politics
The Barack Obama who showed up at the first debate looks more than a little like the kumbaya campfire singer who in his first term kept turning the other cheek to Republicans whose goal was to delegitimize and destroy him.
Democracy Now!

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Behind the Secret Republican and Democrat Effort to Shut Out Third Parties

Democracy Now! | December 4, 2012 | Politics
The first debate of the 2012 presidential election aired last night with Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama going head to head about several issues affecting the United States. Missing from the stage in Denver, however, were all of the third party candidates.
Kathleen Reardon

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Presidential Debate One: Well-Crafted Axelrod Strategy -- Or a Plan Gone Awry?

Kathleen Reardon | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Voters who support Obama need to see him want to be reelected. They want him to show that passion and desire. He isn't standing at that podium only for himself.
Christopher Herz

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The First Debate. Sort Of.

Christopher Herz | December 4, 2012 | Politics
In the end, what did we learn about Romney? That he likes to attack, doesn't listen to anyone, and has no real plan in place for carrying out his empty promises. Is it anything different than we've known during the campaign season?
Bob Cesca

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Mitt Romney Won the Debate. But Why?

Bob Cesca | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Mitt Romney won the debate last night but only if you judge the "winner" of a debate as the most hyperkinetic, oftentimes aggressive and condescending participant who used his rehearsed delivery to spackle over his lies, mistakes, generalities and misleading statements.
Jo Becker

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The U.S. Can Do More to Keep Children off the Battlefield

Jo Becker | December 4, 2012 | World
On Friday, the Obama administration reiterated that ending the use of child soldiers is a priority for the U.S. In Congo, the U.S. has found a way to balance its national security interests with the interests of children. In other countries, it should do the same.
Michaela Pommells

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Education Reform is Impossible Without Addressing Racism

Michaela Pommells | December 4, 2012 | Black Voices
I'm tired of talking about education reform. Tired of yapping with other "reformers" who are trying to figure it all out. I'm done. I'm throwing in the towel. But this doesn't mean I will let my lips turn blue from silence; I'm taking my rant to the picket lines.
Tyler Wells Lynch

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Mitt Won, But He's Still Not Likable - And Perhaps Not Electable

Tyler Wells Lynch | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Pneumatic slab of moist cardboard Willard Mitt Romney was the clear winner in Wednesday night's debate. Few Obama supporters, save delusional hacks like Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, are even denying it. The former Massachusetts governor was aggressive, impatient, armed with facts, and even -- dare I say --...
Mario Almonte

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Mitt Romney Won the Debate, so Why Won't He Win the Election?

Mario Almonte | December 4, 2012 | Politics
When you scratch below the surface, many of those so-called "undecided voters" aren't really that undecided. Most people will vote along party lines in this election because neither candidate has dazzled them enough to make them want to switch sides.
Leslie Harris

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The Bizarre, Belated Assault on 'Do Not Track'

Leslie Harris | December 4, 2012 | Technology
It is difficult to understand why Do Not Track is controversial. At the end of the day, privacy advocates will have to settle for something less than ideal -- and advertisers must honor their commitment to comply with users' Do Not Track instructions.
Paul Szep

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The Daily Szep -- Big Bird

Paul Szep | December 4, 2012 | Comedy
Donald P. Kommers

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A Catholic Case for the Reelection of President Obama

Donald P. Kommers | December 4, 2012 | Religion
Even while affirming an indispensable role for the private ordering of the economy, Catholic social teaching demands state intervention when necessary to provide for the common good of all.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

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Attack on Big Bird Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Romney's Approach to Government

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | December 4, 2012 | Politics
People may not understand the vagaries of Medicare and tax reform, but 170 million Americans know and understand Big Bird and public broadcasting.
David Tereshchuk

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Limits to "Make-Believe" Prepping for Big Debate

David Tereshchuk | December 4, 2012 | Media
Candidates' debates have since 1960 become indispensable media elements in a presidential campaign. Some politicians can be well-prepped for these high-visibility bouts... and others simply cannot.
Rev. Al Sharpton

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50 Years of Progress Should Not Be Erased With One Ruling

Rev. Al Sharpton | December 4, 2012 | Black Voices
We cannot allow 50 years of progress since the day James Meredith enrolled in the University of Mississippi to be erased with one ruling. Far too much is at stake for us to remain silent.
Jerry Lanson

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So the President Loses Round 1. What's He Do Next?

Jerry Lanson | December 4, 2012 | Politics
This was only Round 1. There's more to come. My guess is Romney will close the polling gap, but he's certainly not sold the American public yet on his politics or personality. One 90-minute performance doesn't do that.
Stephen Schlesinger

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Winners: Romney on Style, Obama on Substance

Stephen Schlesinger | December 4, 2012 | Politics
The consensus among media commentators has been that Mitt Romney won overwhelmingly last night's debate with Barack Obama. Yet in the cold hard light of today, there is a new and more accurate reality -- namely that, yes, Romney won on style, but he lost badly to Obama on substance.
Tim Giago

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Red and White Race Relations 22 Years Later

Tim Giago | December 4, 2012 | Politics
October 8 is Native American Day in South Dakota, the only state in the Union that honors Native Americans with a state sanctioned holiday: A holiday that, in fact, replaces Columbus Day.
Rep. Mike Honda

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What the World's Hungry Would Have Liked to Hear Last Night

Rep. Mike Honda | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Global hunger and malnutrition is the most preventable health epidemic in our time. We have the resources and innovation necessary to tackle this challenge. What we need now is the political will.
Clarence B. Jones

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Rope-a-Dope Won't Work for Obama

Clarence B. Jones | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Watching the debate last night reminded me of the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman boxing championship in Kinshasa in 1974. In contrast to Muhammad Ali, President Obama can't hope or expect that Romney will tire or self-destruct.
Tracy Van Slyke

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The Real Debate Loser: The Voters

Tracy Van Slyke | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Wednesday's night debacle of a debate hurt on many levels, not just because of of the failures of moderator Jim Lehrer, but because of our presidential candidates. I don't care who the pundits say won the debate, because in the end, the sad fact is that the American people lost.
Cynthia Dill

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Women Must Vote Their Values in 2012

Cynthia Dill | December 4, 2012 | Politics
As women, we know how fragile our economic security is. And now, thanks to the right-wing Republican Party agenda, we know what it is like to see our personal freedoms come under fierce attack. We must be vigilant to what is happening to women in America.
Dan Bimrose

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Democrats Need to Take a Deep Breath

Dan Bimrose | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Mitt Romney won the debate. He won the debate not on substance, only in performance. In no way did Romney's "win" validate his vision for America, nor does his new found love for regulations and education ring true.
Robert Watson

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Five Takeaways From the First Presidential Debate

Robert Watson | December 4, 2012 | Politics
After two years of constant campaigning, countless thousands of hands shaken, and hundreds of speeches given, it comes down to this... three 90-minute debates. The first one is now in the can, so it must be asked: "How did the candidates do?"
Dominique de Villepin

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America and the World: The Power to Share Power

Dominique de Villepin | December 4, 2012 | World
America has it in its guts to accomplish a needed inner transformation, to become the seed of a global evolution of our common world, to become a second generation power, an evolved power capable of doing what no other power has done before: sharing power after having reached its peak.
Peter Clothier

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The Real Romney

Peter Clothier | December 4, 2012 | Politics
The pundits were telling us, before last night's Great Debate that such occasions reveal the real man. In Romney's case, that proved disastrously true. And the real Romney turned out to be a steroid version of the same man we have been watching all along
Steve McSwain

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Mr. President, With All Due Respect...

Steve McSwain | December 4, 2012 | Religion
If it isn't too late, I implore you, sir, before the next debate, you must look deeply within yourself and find, once again, your voice.
George Mocharko

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A 'Little America' With Big Consequences

George Mocharko | December 4, 2012 | Books
Little Americais a masterful work of reportage, exploring the conflict in Afghanistan after the 2009 troop surge. Embedded with a platoon, the author skillfully conveys a strong sense of empathy for what the troops on the ground are facing.
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

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A 'Victim's' Account

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | December 4, 2012 | Politics
More and more in the public square are actions and language indicative of scapegoating, gulling, and victimization.
Stephen Herrington

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Barack Obama's Lying Twin

Stephen Herrington | December 4, 2012 | Politics
No one expected the Mitt Romney who has prostrated himself to the Republican base during the entire campaign to date to show up at tonight's debate and claim to be Barack Obama's twin only more so.
Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

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Who is Going to Stop the Fanatics?

Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea | December 4, 2012 | UK
A Europe, which is withdrawn into itself, and a policy of withdrawal on the part of the American President, in view of the whole world, facilitate foreign-policy adventures and claims of hegemony of various players in the region and its surroundings.
Mike Lux

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Romney: So Desperate He's Playing a Democrat on TV

Mike Lux | December 4, 2012 | Politics
The real story of last night's debate reinforces the fact that Democrats are winning the overall debate in this race, because the way Romney won last night was by acting like a Democrat -- and by being a stunningly blatant bald-faced liar.
Barry Lando

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What You Won't Hear Debated: The Trillion-dollar Misunderstanding

Barry Lando | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Barack Obama may talk about ending the surge in Afghanistan, pulling out of Iraq, and so on. But the list of new military contracts being let tells a very different story.
Huff TV

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Arianna, Walter Isaacson Discuss Job Creation On CNBC's 'Squawk Box' (VIDEO)

Huff TV | December 4, 2012 | Business
Arianna, along with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, appeared Thursday morning on CNBC's "Squawk Box" to discuss the issue of job creation. During the segment, Arianna laid out the case that more pro-active solutions are needed from the private sector to address the unemployment crisis. "We cannot just...
Bernard Whitman

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52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #8, Prevented Another Great Depression

Bernard Whitman | December 4, 2012 | Politics
To prevent another Great Depression, Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act less than a month after being sworn into office. Since then, we've seen eleven consecutive quarters of GDP growth, and thirty straight months of private-sector job growth.
Katie Redford

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Moment of Truth: Human Rights at the Supreme Court

Katie Redford | December 4, 2012 | World
Justice Kagan actually read from the Sosa opinion, reminding us that yesterday's pirate is the modern-day torturer, and our courts should keep the doors open to victims of these kinds of universally condemned human rights abuses
Huff TV

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Arianna Talks About Mitt Romney's Debate Performance With Ken Duberstein On CNBC

Huff TV | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Arianna joined Ken Duberstein, a former White House chief of staff under Ronald Reagan, to discuss Mitt Romney's debate performance on CNBC Thursday morning. According to Duberstein, Romney knocked it out of the ballpark. "Is it a game-changer? We have to wait and see on that," he said,...
Inimai Chettiar

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Debate Reality Check: We Can't Cut Our Way to Prosperity

Inimai Chettiar | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Saving the economy is not about cutting government costs. It is about implementing policies that wisely invest government dollar. Both candidates must offer specific plans toward economic prosperity that go beyond taxes and budgets.
Michael T. Klare

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The New 'Golden Age of Oil' That Wasn't

Michael T. Klare | December 4, 2012 | Green
Those like Mitt Romney who claim that the United States can achieve energy "independence" by 2020 or any other near-term date are only fooling themselves, and perhaps some elements of the American public.
Jeff Danziger

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After the Debate

Jeff Danziger | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Huff TV

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Arianna And Dr. Judith Rodin On 'Unlocking $100 Trillion Of Possibilities (VIDEO)

Huff TV | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Arianna joined Dr. Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, to discuss unlocking "$100 trillion of opportunities in for-profit markets," on CNBC's "Squawk Box." Dr. Rodin described a growing number of businesses eager to profit both financially and make a positive social impact with their enterprise. "There's hundreds of...
The Center for Public Integrity

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Health insurance PACs have love-hate relationship with health care reform

The Center for Public Integrity | December 4, 2012 | Politics
By Reity O'BrienThe Center for Public IntegrityThe health insurance industry presented itself as a key ally of President Barack Obama's health care law while at the same time making...
Dan Kennedy

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Worse Than Losing: How Obama Changed the Media Narrative

Dan Kennedy | December 4, 2012 | Media
You're going to hear a lot of talk from President Obama's supporters today about why Romney's vastly superior performance didn't matter. Don't believe it. In fact, the first debate is going to matter a great deal in the days ahead.
Steven Culbertson

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Young People Who Serve Have Right to be Heard This Election

Steven Culbertson | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Young people are volunteering and serving their communities at record rates -- and they deserve the right to ask candidates questions, and to be engaged in this election.
Lynn Parramore

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Why the Pundits are Wrong About the Debate

Lynn Parramore | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Last night I placed a five-dollar bill into a bowl at the start of the debate, clipped to a prediction that Romney would be declared the winner. Not because I think that Romney is a better debater, or that I feared Obama would make a horrible gaffe -- but because that's how The Script has to go in these cases.
Arnie Reisman

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New Romney vs. Old Obama

Arnie Reisman | December 4, 2012 | Politics
At the University of Denver, they held a masquerade party, but nobody told Obama. He was knocked off his pins when Mitt Romney entered in full costume, which was sort of a cross between Pinocchio and an old Mitt.
Miles J. Zaremski

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'Romney the Bully' and the President -- It Ain't Over Till It's Over

Miles J. Zaremski | December 4, 2012 | Politics
I know that Monday-morning quarterbacking is much easier to do than being on stage. But this is a moment that the electorate expects you to take charge by challenging your opposition.
Marcelo Giugale

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Has Decentralization Worked?

Marcelo Giugale | December 4, 2012 | World
The real question is not whether decentralization has worked or not, but whether there is something in common among the cases where it has. There is.
Don C. Reed

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Arrogance of the Entitled: The Man Who Must Not Be President

Don C. Reed | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Why is Mitt Romney running poorly in Michigan where he was born and Massachusetts where he governed? Perhaps because these are the people who know him best -- and they do not want him back in power.
Nomiki Konst

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How the Internet Is Transforming Our Presidential Debates and Forcing Candidates to Drop the Act

Nomiki Konst | December 4, 2012 | Technology
As media move quicker and citizens are actively involved in discussions, politicians will be forced to be themselves. In other words, politicians will be forced to drop the act.
William Rose

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Why I Don't Love Barack -- and Why He's Still Getting My Vote

William Rose | December 4, 2012 | College
Romney possibly won the debate simply by virtue of suggesting something new, but he won't win the heart of America. A machine man with a machine heart and machine mind cannot possibly win a population of compassionate, thinking individuals.
Scott Blakeman

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Did I Watch the Same Debate as My Fellow Liberal Pundits?

Scott Blakeman | December 4, 2012 | Media
Liberal pundits have to realize the president's goal in the debate wasn't to play to liberals. It was to connect with independents and moderate Republicans who are undecided. And I think he achieved that goal.
James Wright

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The Forgotten 1%

James Wright | December 4, 2012 | Politics
George Washington, who insisted that wars must demand sacrifice from all, would be ashamed. The most shameful thing today is the absence of any sense of shame about the forgotten 1%, the men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Caring for them is a cost of war.
Brian Jencunas

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Obama's Failure Gives Romney Debate Victory and Possible Path to the White House

Brian Jencunas | December 4, 2012 | College
Because of the prevailing campaign narrative, all Romney needed to do was show that he wasn't Ebenezer Scrooge with better hair. He cleared this low bar with ease.
Brian Ross

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Mitt Romney Can Lose for Winning

Brian Ross | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Mitt Romney won last night's debate by pundit scorecards. He'll lose the week, though, as the media begins to digest his claims and press him for the specifics of his "plan" at odds with his last eighteen months of campaigning, and frequently, reality.
Seth Masket

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The Debate: What Happened?

Seth Masket | December 4, 2012 | Politics
It was hard not to see this as a very one-sided debate, with Romney proving very assertive, confident, and in-command, and Obama really appearing not those things.
Sandip Roy

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Dude, Check the Calendar Next Time: Quick Debating Tips for Barack Obama

Sandip Roy | December 4, 2012 | Politics
I don't know who was advising Barack Obama but it was obviously not our debating coach from my old missionary school in Calcutta. So let me channel him for a moment for the POTUS' benefit.
Brian LaSorsa

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Let Gary Johnson Eat Cake (and Debate)

Brian LaSorsa | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama took the stage Wednesday night at the 2012 election cycle's first presidential debate, and they made it clear beforehand: libertarian candidate Gary Johnson ain't invited.
Brad Hill

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How Obama Was Clobbered

Brad Hill | December 4, 2012 | Politics
If this had been an audition for a dramatic role as president, President Obama wouldn't get a call-back. He was sluggish; his responses amorphous and dissolute. Romney was quick and precise.
Heather Taylor-Miesle

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Romney Gets the Energy Facts Wrong in Wednesday's Debate

Heather Taylor-Miesle | December 4, 2012 | Green
The post-debate analysis is in full swing, and while pundits are talking about Governor Romney's aggressive manner and President Obama's subdued performance, the real story is how many times Romney strayed from the facts.
Janet Harris

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Debating Clouds

Janet Harris | December 4, 2012 | Politics
I wasn't planning to do an analysis of last night's debate, figuring that the debate would be a draw or Pres. Obama would dominate Gov. Romney -- either of those outcomes would be unlikely to change the dynamic of the campaign. But... well, here we are.
Jeffrey C. Alexander

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Obama's Downcast Eyes

Jeffrey C. Alexander | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Last night's first presidential debate marked a great occasion in American political life. But President Obama's gestures were not eloquent, and because of this theatrical failure he couldn't get a handle on political truth.
George Lakoff

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Why Obama Lost the First Debate

George Lakoff | December 4, 2012 | Politics
You don't win a presidential debate by being a policy wonk. Obama violated all the basics of presidential debating. The best defense is a good offense. You have to set the terms of the debate and press those terms. Obama failed.
Robert Reich

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The First Presidential Debate

Robert Reich | December 4, 2012 | Politics
In Wednesday night's debate, Romney won on style while Obama won on substance. Romney sounded as if he had conviction, which means he's either convinced himself that the lies he tells are true or he's a fabulous actor.
Jim Sleeper

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Why Obama Defaulted in the First Debate

Jim Sleeper | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Obama has stopped speaking the truth, I think, because what he has seen of America since 2009 has broken his heart.
Andy Ostroy

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The Professor and the Pugilist

Andy Ostroy | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Obama's performance was stunning in its ineffectiveness. What should've been a slam-dunk became a wild air ball from half court. Should he lose a month from now, historians will mark his defeat as having been snatched from the jaws of victory in Denver on October 4th.
Robert L. Borosage

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The Etch-A-Sketch Debate

Robert L. Borosage | December 4, 2012 | Politics
After last night's tiresome presidential debate, President Obama's supporters were offering up what Groucho Marx used to call "departee" -- suggestions on what the president should have said. That's a pretty good indicator about how the debate turned out.
Roger King

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2012 Presidential Debate #1 Wrap: Saying NO to Cookies AND Zingers?

Roger King | December 4, 2012 | Politics
Gods of Politics be praised, Dolly Madison can rest in peace! A rare zinger free evening between presidential debaters is a special treat for engaged voters, but for those junkies left wanting their cake, those polysorbate-60-laden snacks at the local market will have to make do.
Mehdi Hasan

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The 10 Questions Obama Should Have Asked Romney

Mehdi Hasan | December 4, 2012 | UK Politics
By common consent, President (Professor?) Obama's performance in last night's debate in Denver was lame and lacklustre. Where were his "zingers"? Why didn't he interject and interrupt to push back against Mitt Romney's omissions, exaggerations and half-truths? It could have been so different. Here are 10 questions that Obama could have thrown at his Republican opponent at various moments during the 90-minute debate.
Donald Morrison

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The Ideological Election

Donald Morrison | December 3, 2012 | UK Politics
For most of its 223 years as a nation, the US has been an ideology-free zone. Observers since De Tocqueville have marveled at the American preference for practice over theory, efficiency over principle, and money over nearly everything. Until now.
Jesse Michels

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Presidential Debate #1: Obama, The Befuddled Professor

Jesse Michels | December 3, 2012 | College
If Obama can't jump the absurdly-low hurdle that is being more human than Romney, than he is not worthy of a second term. Let's see if he can do better in round two.
Craig Crawford

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Obama Throws a Game

Craig Crawford | December 3, 2012 | Politics
Had it been an NBA game he might be investigated. But this is presidential politics and for whatever reasons -- maybe good ones -- Barack Obama didn't even try to win last night's debate.
Christopher Newfield

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Presidential Debate: Obama Takes a Dive

Christopher Newfield | December 3, 2012 | Politics
Obviously the strategy in the debates is "move to the middle" and don't scare fence-sitters in the swing states. But that doesn't mean confusing the heck out of them about whether you're different from the other guy.
Mark Joseph

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Debate Results: Tucker Carlson-1, Barack Obama-0

Mark Joseph | December 3, 2012 | Media
Wednesday night, the president was debating not the man in front of him, Mitt Romney, but Tucker Carlson, in a determined effort to counter the image of the angry civil rights activist portrayed in the tape Carlson released the day before.
Merle Hoffman

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Where Are the Women?

Merle Hoffman | December 3, 2012 | Politics
After debating every major "right-to-life" leader in this country, I didn't need to watch the debate tonight to know that no matter who the pundits say won, it is women who are losing. Indeed the debate was mute on the subject of women.
James Marshall Crotty

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Advantage Romney

James Marshall Crotty | July 3, 2013 | Politics
Sorry, Obama-heads, Mitt Romney isn't easy softball prey like John McCain or Alan Keyes. Moreover, in a TV debate, Romney does not fit the uncaring, detached rich guy stereotype that Team Obama has been shoveling out there to cover up the President's palpable economic and budgetary failures.
Quora

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How Is Identity Currently Checked in U.S. Elections to Prevent Fraud?

Quora | December 3, 2012 | Politics
This question originally appeared on Quora. By Mark Rogowsky, Internet Entrepreneur, @maxrogo Identity is largely unverified beyond requesting your name and address because voter fraud largely does not exist in...
Joe Peyronnin

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Romney's Debatable Performance

Joe Peyronnin | December 3, 2012 | Politics
Romney's performance was welcome relief to Republicans after several weeks of poor performances and embarrassing gaffes. He was convincing, and his debate appearance revved up his own base. But did Romney convert any new voters? Will Americans support a candidate whose numbers do not add up?
Chris Weigant

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Snap Debate Reactions

Chris Weigant | December 3, 2012 | Politics
Republicans who have been getting worried over Romney's campaign will be pleased with this performance. He didn't fall on his metaphorical face. He didn't do anything wildly surprising. One thing is for sure: the fact checkers are going to have a field day.
Ai-jen Poo

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DEBATE: It's About More Than Medicare...

Ai-jen Poo | December 3, 2012 | Politics
Americans watching tonight's debate would think the only thing seniors and soon-to-be seniors care about is social security and Medicare. When are we going to hear the candidates address the full needs of seniors -- and the future of our workforce?
Karen Dolan

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The Biggest Losers: Big Bird and the American People

Karen Dolan | December 3, 2012 | Politics
America is not broke. That is the missing story. Until we admit this, we all lose... and, you can definitely kiss Jim Lehrer and that big ole' yellow bird goodbye.