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Another View of Las Vegas: Students, Activists, Green Party Supporters Speak Up on Debate Day

While mainstream media focused its cameras on the debate stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reported on stories that might otherwise be overlooked in the hype surrounding Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Final Presidential Debate Showed That the 2016 Election Is a Low Point for American Democracy

Based on what was said Wednesday night and what was left unaddressed, the two major-party candidates’ last faceoff was far removed from many Americans’ actual concerns and interests.

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Donald Trump Is at War With Establishment Republicans

Donald Trump made it clear Tuesday that he wouldn’t sit idly by after several high-ranking Republicans publicly broke rank with their party’s presidential nominee in recent days.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Is More Dangerous to the GOP Now Than He Was Before the Second Debate

Everything Trump did to turn off swing voters complicated the efforts of Republicans who want to drive him out of the race or cut him loose from the rest of the party’s ticket.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: How Should the United States Respond to Escalating Tensions in Syria?

Politicians were plagued with questions on foreign policy last week as the relationship between the U.S. and Russia continued to deteriorate.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE

You Call That a Debate?

The “winner” of Tuesday night’s Tim Kaine-Mike Pence confrontation may not be clear, but we know one loser: democracy.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE

VP Debate: Tim Kaine Puts Mike Pence on the Defensive as Candidates Take On Issues, and Each Other

In what became a heated debate, Republican Pence played a more rational-seeming, diplomatic foil to the brash and bombastic Donald Trump, while Democrat Kaine continued Hillary Clinton’s line of attack against her rival for the presidency.

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Insulting Alicia Machado Won’t Help Donald Trump Attract Female Voters

Womanhood has become a prominent issue in the presidential race. This is bad for the Republican nominee, a hall-of-shame sexist—and good for Hillary Clinton, an actual woman.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE

Debating the Debate (Video)

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Hillary Clinton Shifts the Election in Her Direction

If one use of a debate for a candidate is to change the trajectory of the campaign discussion, the Democratic nominee may well have succeeded in opening a new front against Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump’s Debate Performance Won’t Give His Dedicated Supporters Any Second Thoughts

No matter what the Republican nominee says or does, his base believes his central argument—that “politicians like Secretary Clinton” have failed, and it’s time to try something new.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE

Pundits Say Donald Trump ‘Blew It’ and Hillary Clinton ‘Won’—but What Do They Know?

“The lesson of the 2016 primary,” observed The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, “was that literally nothing is a less reliable indicator of debate impact than the reactions of journalists.”

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The Corporate Media Needs to Play Hardball in the First Debate

Will the press ever learn? By the time the media figures out that its addiction to “BREAKING NEWS” is a standing invitation to be punked, the guy who’s gaming the press may be sitting in the Oval Office.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE

Comments of the Week: Taking Aim at Goliath

Many articles posted on Truthdig point out the myriad pressing issues needing the public’s attention at any given moment, and we frequently hear feedback to the tune of “Right, so now what?”

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE

Debate Prep

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Debate Prep

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Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

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‘Game On’: Bernie Sanders Ready to Debate Donald Trump in California

After Democratic rival Hillary Clinton refuses to debate him, Sanders accepts Trump’s idea for a high-ratings showdown.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE

Poll: Did Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders Win the Debate in New York?

Everyone has an opinion. We want to hear yours. Which Democratic contender won the presidential debate in Brooklyn?

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE

Live Blog: Clinton and Sanders Fight to a Draw in Debate

In large part, the evening’s argument was about who was the stronger candidate. There was plenty of heat, but in the end the encounter probably did not shift many votes.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE

The GOP’s Schoolyard Scuffle

The race for the Republican presidential nomination couldn’t possibly get any more bizarre, appalling, puerile, embarrassing, self-destructive or—hold on, this just in: It did.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE

Rubio’s Seven Fallacies on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

To please corrupt casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and other GOP donors of his ilk, Rubio immediately jumped into Thursday night’s Republican debate to make a series of completely false and contradictory pronouncements on the Palestinians, about whom he knows nothing at all.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE

The Eighth GOP Debate: Waterboarding In, Drug Addiction Out

The final Republican presidential debate before New Hampshire voters head to the primary polls started with a whimper, and for a few of the seven candidates it ended there as well. Check out Truthdig’s tweets from the event.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE

GOP Debate

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VIDEO: Donald Trump Says He Won’t Participate in Fox News’ GOP Debate

And Fox News had a surprisingly clever response.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

Physicians and Green Party activist/politicians Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers say the two leading Democratic presidential candidates have something in common: covering up the failures of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

Sarah Palin Takes the GOP Campaign to New Lows

Palin’s endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her obliteration of the bourgeois concept we call logic.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

The Choice for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s Evolution or Bernie Sanders’ Revolution

On issue after issue, Clinton proposes incremental solutions that take into account our political system as it is. Sanders proposes dramatic solutions that will only be possible when power is wrested from “big money” interests.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE

The Fourth Democratic Debate: In Which the Candidates Fact-Check Each Other

It’s a key moment for Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton as they both hover within clinching range of their party’s nomination. Read our updated live blog coverage throughout Sunday night’s showdown in Charleston, S.C.

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE

GOP Debate

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New York Values: What Tiny Ted Cruz Will Never Get About the Big Town

Demagogues denigrating New York come and go with boring predictability—and the nation’s greatest city will continue to thrive long after the Texas senator is merely an unpleasant memory.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

The Sixth GOP Debate: Seven Candidates Get Down to Dollars and Cents

Another year, another Republican presidential debate. During the final stretch of the sixth GOP faceoff, the candidates on Thursday navigated the tricky task of talking about fiscal policy and big business in a way that didn’t alienate either corporatist supporters or Middle America. Updated

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Which Party Loves the USA?

The debates we have witnessed—too few and far between for the Democrats, frequent enough for the Republicans to constitute a new reality TV show—have provided an incontestable answer to the question.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE

Playing TV Tough Guys

It was billed as a foreign policy debate, but Tuesday’s encounter among Republican presidential candidates was in large part an acting competition over who could convey the impression of being the baddest, meanest foe of the terrorists—and of Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE

And Now, This Handy Fifth-GOP-Debate Media Primer

It’s getting close to go time for the Republican presidential hopefuls taking CNN’s stage Tuesday evening at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas for the fifth GOP debate. This means the media’s prognostication machine is rumbling into overdrive and popping out lists right and left—well, mostly right this time.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE

Viewers Tune Out, Voters Lose Out as Democratic National Committee Buries Second Debate

The record low viewership of Saturday’s Democratic debate has voters, particularly Bernie Sanders supporters, once again castigating the Democratic National Committee for what many believe is a blatant attempt to shield establishment candidate Hillary Clinton and, in turn, relinquish important political ground to the Republican candidates.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

A Paris Moment for American Politics?

The 2016 presidential campaign has been peculiarly disconnected from the real world of problems, crises and governing. It took the catastrophe in Paris to narrow the gap—and even a monstrous terrorist attack may not shake the trajectory of a contest that operates within a logic of its own.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

The Second Democratic Debate: Foreign Policy, Guns, Wall Street and Campaign Finance (Updated)

The three major Democratic candidates found solid footing in the second half of Saturday’s debate, with Sanders and O’Malley challenging Clinton over Wall Street, campaign finance and gun deaths in the United States. Updated

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Debate

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GOP Debate Primer: It’s Fox Business Time

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s team is still talking tough, despite the fact that their boss has been forced to join the warmup act in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Fox Business is hoping Maria Bartiromo and her co-moderators will be the “anti-CNBC”—but will Ben Carson agree?

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

Chris Christie: A Softhearted Tough Guy?

Just when his fellow Republican presidential candidates most need to listen closely to what he has to say, Chris Christie finds himself knocked off the main debate stage.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

A Republican Explains How His Party Descended Into Insanity and Chaos

The other night I phoned a former GOP congressmen with whom I’d worked on legislation in the ’90s. I wanted his take on something: Are the presidential hopefuls really as weird as they seem?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Debate

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Donald Trump and Ben Carson: The Outsiders Have Found Their Way In

Why haven’t Trump and Carson faded away? Because they’re saying what much of the Republican Party base wants to hear.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Mirror

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