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Second Debate

WATCH: 'How Can You Be Undecided At This Point?!'

Posted 10.19.2012 | Comedy

W. Kamau Bell may not necessarily be the most objective critic of President Obama (he does host a show called "Totally Biased,") but both detractors a...

The Second Debate: In Pursuit of Women Voters

David Coates | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
David Coates

One of the most telling questions in the second debate focused on the gender pay gap: asking in what ways the candidates would "rectify the inequalities in the workplace. The Romney answer was an embarrassment and the president could have said more.

A Letter to Jeremy

Alex Frey | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Alex Frey

Just as you can't look to the government for a job, people in our generation increasingly cannot look to it for our retirements. You might have heard it mentioned just a few times last night that the government has to borrow huge amounts of money every year to pay its bills.

Obama Dumps Biden, Chooses Candy Crowley as His Running Mate

Spencer Green | Posted 12.17.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a startling announcement, President Barack Obama has officially dropped Joe Biden from the Democratic ticket and chosen CNN newsperson Candy Crowley as his vice presidential running mate.

I Couldn't Be More Thrilled That My Candidate of Choice Won the Debate

Dan Treadway | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Dan Treadway

As soon as the debate finished I flipped to my favorite news source and all of their pundits agreed that my guy really knocked it out of the park, and that's when I was sure it wasn't just my slight personal bias that made me feel like he won.

Empty Suit

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

This was the debate that finally exposed Mitt Romney as an empty suit running a campaign that is disingenuous at its core. The president exposed to millions of Americans just how hollow Romney's claims are.

Winning the Debate, by Debating

Mike Lux | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

bama just flat-out failed to engage in the debate the first time around, but this time he came to play. And won decisively. Whenever we engage, we win.

The Answer May Surprise You

Posted 10.17.2012 | Comedy

Aside from the first presidential debate two weeks ago, where it was universally agreed that Obama simply didn't show up, voters tend to assess debate...

Courtroom Drama of Truth and Lies

Jeffrey C. Alexander | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey C. Alexander

Dramatic plots turn on epiphanic moments of revelation. Republicans know how to lie with statistics, but they may find it difficult to resist a dramatic moment of moral truth last night.

Obama Is Back

Robert Reich | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Tuesday night our president was articulate and forceful -- in sharp contrast to his performance in the first presidential debate. He stated his beliefs. He defended his record. He told America where he wanted to take the nation in his second term.

Gov. Romney Bests President Obama, According to GSPM Horse Race

David K. Rehr | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Forty-nine percent of respondents believe Joe Biden won last week's vice presidential debate, compared to Paul Ryan's 27 percent. Twenty percent believe neither candidate won the debate.

The President of the United States Will Decide Women's Choice Globally

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro

As the two square off on foreign policy, women's reproductive rights must be addressed because whomever becomes president will not only determine U.S. women's personal, economic and educational choices, but also those of women worldwide

A Modest Proposal for Debates That Actually Test How a Presidential Candidate Would Handle the Job

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

After the first presidential debate, which gave Romney a four-point bounce, nobody is doubting the debates' importance. But as we ready for tonight's round two, I'm wondering: What exactly are the debates teaching us about the candidates? As they're presently constituted, they don't give an accurate idea of what a candidate might be like as a president. Take the prohibition on notes -- when is a sitting president ever going to be faced with a situation in which he's going to need to make an important decision without availing himself of any outside information? It's fun to see how a candidate responds to a zinger, but it'd be much more instructive to see how a candidate goes about seeking information that he doesn't know. So what about at least one debate that is structured to resemble the decision-making process a president would actually go through in office?

The Funniest Rejected Debate Conditions

Posted 10.16.2012 | Comedy

Will Obama blow it for a second time or will he make a huge comeback in tonight's second presidential debate? Whatever the outcome, he and fellow can...

Lowered Expectations For Obama Before Second Debate

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

While nationwide polls remain close, President Barack Obama is gaining ground somewhere he might not have preferred -- the battle of lowered debate ex...

Don't Overract, Mr. President -- That Path Leads to the Dark Side

Ben Zweifach | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Ben Zweifach

Legions of left-leaning pundits are now urging Obama to follow Biden's performance and knock the snot out of the Mittens. Due respect, that's a fiasco waiting to happen.

Obama's Magic Argument

Bill Folman | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Bill Folman

The smoother Romney sounds, the more Obama can say, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Debate This: A Real-Time Look at How Voters Feel About the Economy

David M. Walker | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
David M. Walker

The campaigns are so caught up in messaging that they aren't seeing that this moment requires real leadership and specific solutions, not spin and mud-slinging.

Muddled Ideology, Muddled Debate

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Romney and Obama have each muddled their views -- but Romney does it in a way that helps him, while Obama's muddling helps the Republicans. Let me explain. Romney began as an old fashioned moderate Republican, then had to reinvent himself to win the support of his party's right-wing base. And then in the general election, he feinted back towards the center but without disavowing his new-found conservatism. So he is now trying to be all things to all people.

Town Hall Debate: Will Voters Ask the Medicare and Social Security Questions Reporters Haven't?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This Tuesday the presidential candidates will meet with voters face-to-face for a town-hall style debate. Let's hope the voters will ask the questions the media haven't.

Obama's Missed Opportunity on Health Care at the Debate

Bryan Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Young

Obama missed an opportunity to explain that the health of our nation's citizens cannot be held hostage to a corporate profit motive.