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The McCain Mutiny and Congress Courageous

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

This week Congress did the one thing I never would have expected: the members of Congress lived up to their responsibilities. In both houses, in both parties.

Liveblog! Obama vs. McCain And The Debate That Almost Wasn't

Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, and John Carney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, and John Carney

Welcome to our debate liveblog! We're figuring out how this Liveblogging software works. Please don't judge us just yet. Update: Okay! We've figured...

Jason Linkins

LiveBlogging Your Ole Miss Debate! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Good evening everyone! What on earth are we doing tonight? Seriously? Wasn't this stuff suspended? What is going on? Honestly! Today was my day ...

Obama vs. McCain: Gettin' LiveBloggy With It

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ETP liveblogged the debate tonight with Glynnis MacNicol and John Carney. You can find all the good stuff through the link (we blogged it using the n...

Why So Many Pundits Wrongly Scored the Debate 'Even'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

My feeling is that the Couric interview might have done for McCain what the first Nixon-Kennedy debate did for Nixon in 1960 -- a true watershed moment.

John McCain: Four More Years of 'You Just Don't Understand"?

Fred Goldring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Goldring

McCain appeared bothered by the sheer audacity of this newcomer in thinking he had the standing to question any of his actions or opinions.

The Race is Still Close -- but It's Beginning to Feel Like It Could Be a Rout for Obama

Joe Trippi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Trippi

McCain would want us all to be going into the final month of the campaign having serious doubts about Obama. Instead it is McCain's actions that are causing doubts to rise about McCain's own candidacy.

McCain: Deregulating Reality or Campaign by Anecdote

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

I worried that the American public had been so seduced over the past eight years by self-serving stories -- rather than practical realities -- that the storyteller would always win the day.

The Grouch and the Gentleman

Bill Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Press

Not since Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy has there been a starker contrast between the two candidates on stage. Yet, even with his five o'clock shadow, Nixon looked better than McCain.


Nora Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nora Ephron

There was a moment, when the debate ended and the wives came up on stage, where I actually knew, or thought I knew, who had won. I'm sorry to say it, but it was John McCain.

The McCain-Kissinger Flip Flop

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

McCain has never supported talks with Iran at the Secretary of State level. So either McCain has massively shifted positions on Iran or he is completely misrepresenting his position on Iran.

McCain's Debate Behavior Condescends To New Levels

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

As a debate tactic, McCain's behavior was understandable, and a classic Karl Rove characteristic. Take your weakness and make it a strength. Take your opponent's strength and make it a weakness.

Obama Passes Commander in Chief Test

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

Obama won on key issues demonstrating that our foreign policy is more than just about the surge. McCain frequently reverted back to clichés calling his opponent naïve and lacking judgment.

Nico Pitney and Sam Stein

The Smirk: Could McCain's Facial Gestures Define Debate? | Nico Pitney and Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the spin of Friday night's debate settled in and both sides staked a claim to victory, one media narrative began to take hold: while Obama may have...

Obama to McCain: 'You Were Wrong'

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

Obama's goal tonight was to simply become an equal to the "legendary" foreign policy man John McCain. He accomplished that, while showing unending patience with his opponent.

Who Won The Debate? Reviews Go To Obama

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED 9/27*** A focus group of 45 voters with an "unmistakenly Republican tilt" believed that Obama won the night handily: [B]y a 38 to 27 perc...

Obama-McCain Presidential Debate Reaction: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

Nora Ephron: Ringside: There was a moment, when the debate ended and the wives came up on stage, where I actually knew, or thought I knew, who had wo...

Barack Obama and the Return of Grace

Michael Seitzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Seitzman

Ironically, the fact that Obama granted his opponent the courtesy of pointing out the places where they agree is the very quality of leadership that McCain continues to falsely claim as his own.

A Good Night for Stasis, a Bad Night for Reality

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It was a good night for Obama because, when 83 percent of the country believe we are on the wrong track, standing toe-to-toe with McCain on foreign policy is all you need to do. And Obama clearly did that.

Tonights Debate Loser: You and Me

Sean Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Penn

The result tonight was another frustrating piece of American media that is at once far too polite, and at the same time, dismissive of an American public's need to know anything beyond jingoistic self-aggrandizement.

Tonight's Debate: Will Our Children Fare Better than Us?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This debate underscored the central question that each of us must ask ourselves before choosing our next president: Will our children and our children's children fare better than us?

Video: Presidential Debate Streaming Live

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Watch the presidential debate live here: Live TV by Ustream...

An Honest Appraisal of Tonight's Debate

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama did not win this debate. He didn't lose it either. But McCain was given far too much leeway in my opinion without counterpunching, which might reinforce the trope that Democrats don't know how to fight.

Barack Did Great, McCain Okay But Angry

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

McCain, to be fair, showed some of his knowledge in a good way. But he's too old, he's from the 20th century, the country doesn't need him now.

McCain's Debate Message: How To Lose More Friends And Alienate People

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

To listen to McCain speaking in tonight's debate was to be thrust back into a time warp, where al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein are plotting together, and America must go on a crusade to stomp out the infidels.