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Russian Debutante: Palin on Putin

Nina Hachigian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nina Hachigian

In the face of countless jokes, Sarah Palin continues to maintain that Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her some inside knowledge on Moscow. What's...

Jason Linkins

How Sarah Palin Can Win The Debate | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the debate rules, Sarah Palin will find her salvation. For while those rules govern the length that each participant may speak, nowhere is it written that Sarah Palin actually has to say anything.

Electoral Math Looking Good For Obama

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama has made some gains since last week, to put it mildly. While he hasn't wildly increased his Strong numbers, at least the trend is in the right direction.

Dear Obama: Vets Email Debate Tips and More

Emily Pease | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Emily Pease

"You don't want a maverick in charge. Look at MacArthur. He wanted to nuke Korea. Thank goodness Truman pulled him out."

Jed Lewison

Expectations Rising For Sarah Palin's Debate Performance | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABC captures what seems to be a newly emerging CW on Sarah Palin's debate prospects, at least among savvy political journalists. Jake Tapper: it is a...

Can Netroots Entertainers Galvanize Youth Vote?

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

If the financial market doesn't implode first, the media may just explode in anticipation of the VP debate. Are expectations so low at this point that Sarah Palin wins just by showing up and sounding intelligent?

Biden's Debate Ace in the Hole: George W. Bush

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barry Yourgrau

Whatever goes down in tomorrow 's VP debate, I say Biden needs to pound one message over and over: McCain-Palin=Bush. Bush has the highest disappro...

Winning the Next Presidential Debate

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

Most people think they're in a way higher income bracket than they are.

Jed Lewison

The Feud Continues | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Letterman was in top form again tonight, ripping into John McCain from every imaginable direction. This video clip starts off a tad slow, but i...

Answering the Unanswerable: Advice to Biden

Ellis Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellis Weiner

Do we want to make her seem ignorant, or insane? Anyone? No? Well, I'm not surprised, because it was a trick question. The answer is, neither.

Sarah Palin May Really Win the Debate: What Biden Must Do to Prevent It

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

So long as Gwen Ifill does not say, "explain" when Palin spouts nonsense -- and it was only that question from Katie Couric that revealed her shallowness -- Palin wins.

Jed Lewison

The Mother Of All Expectation Games | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

First rule of thumb in presidential politics: if a GOP operative is saying it, it's not true. That's why I'm disinclined to put much credibility in th...

Jed Lewison

Why Sarah Palin Is A Better Debater Than You Think | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Because Thursday's format allows for very little give-and-take between Palin and Joe Biden, her "values"-oriented debating style stands a good chance of succeeding.

Media Must Raise, Not Lower The Bar For Palin For Thursday's Debate

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brian Ross

Given that Bush has grounded the ship of state on an iceberg turned loose by global warming, the failure to hold Palin up to the same standards as any other vice presidential candidate would be an act of gross irresponsibility.

Why The Candidates Shouldn't Care What Kissinger Thinks

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

It would seem only in the field of foreign policy can people be so utterly wrong all the time yet still retain their jobs and endowed chairs and still be courted by presidential candidates.

In Defense Of Sarah Palin

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have to at least try to defend the point she was (so badly) trying to make. Alaska was on the front lines of the Cold War. It's a valid point, especially with a newly-resurgent and newly-belligerent Russia.

A Hat Tip for Lehrer

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Schmeltzer

Let me take a moment to praise the absolutely wonderful job Jim Lehrer did moderating this debate.

Debate Watching With the World

Jeannie Ralston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeannie Ralston

At first I thought I wouldn't be able to watch Friday's debate at all. But as it turned out, I felt as if I watched it with the whole world.

McCain's Lack of Eye Contact Condescending

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brett Ashley McKenzie

John McCain has appeared out of touch all week, but tonight, he appeared outright extraterrestrial.

I'm Not Naïve Senator: You're Just Wrong

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It is McCain whose world view is characterized by naivete. He still sees the world largely in black and white with no real ability or willingness to see shades of gray.

McCain, a Fish Story, and Iraq

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

This is one of those weird situations where I'd feel better about a McCain presidency if I believed the senator was simply lying, but I think his brain filter is just that good.

Jed Lewison

Palin Needs To Deliver A Game Changing Debate Performance | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Basically, Palin needs to be superhuman: to not only to turn her negative ratings around, but also to somehow make the case for John McCain in a way that he has not yet been able to do for himself.

Mobilizing The Growing Democrats Abroad Movement

K.J. Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
K.J. Dwyer

There are now roughly 6.6 million Americans living abroad; the number of national delegates now at 22. Expats have voted for Obama by a two to one margin.

I Agree with John but.....

Gordon Marino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Marino

For those who abide by the temperament criterion of presidential selection, the one concern about Barack Obama was that he might not have temper en...

Jason Linkins

New Hampshire Newspaper "Suspends" Writing Editorials To Focus On Economy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Okay. Once you get your head around a week in our political lives, during which: The first presidential debate was nearly scuttled By the candidate ...