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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: Hiding Cruel Policies Behind the Smiley Faces

These two congressmen will be portrayed in the press as the attractive, reasonable new leaders of the Republican Party. But take a close look and you will see the “old” GOP oozing through. One wants to lay waste to the poor while the other wants to lend a helping hand to the rich.

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The GOP Debate: Don’t Blame It All on the Moderators

The Republican debates have been a disaster for some candidates, a boon for others and an uninspiring spectacle for the nation to witness—and the questioners have come in for some questioning themselves. In the latest faceoff, the moderators’ queries may have been confrontational, but they weren’t crazy.

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The Real GOP Divide

The Republican presidential contest is often cast, accurately enough, as a choice between “outsiders” and “insiders.” But another party division may be more profound: between Republicans who still view the country’s future hopefully, and those deeply gloomy about its prospects.

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GOP Debate Mendacity Shocks Even the Conservatives

For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate.

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Was the Third GOP Debate Jeb Bush’s Last Stand?

The evening in Boulder, Colo., will be remembered for interruptions, non sequiturs, mangled facts and general chaos. But the most significant impact may have been to dramatically lengthen the odds that Bush will follow his father and brother into the White House.

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The Third Republican Debate: GOP Candidates Put Their Mouths Where America’s Money Is

Update: In the final installments of our live blog of the third Republican debate, we touch on the evening’s biggest quotes and themes and forecast how the “liberal” media (paging Sen. Rubio) will frame the evening’s event and the candidates’ fates going forward.

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The Third GOP Presidential Debate: Leaner, Probably Meaner and on the Money

Much has transpired between the last Republican presidential debate and the third installment of what The New York Times rightly called “the nation’s favorite reality TV show,” on tap Wednesday evening.

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The GOP Was Right to Fear Hillary Clinton

Before all the craziness—before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates—Republicans’ biggest fear about next year’s election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.

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Casino Capitalism: Democrats and Republicans Gamble With Democracy

“We are live at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas!” So opened the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 electoral season—that’s right, in a Las Vegas casino.

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Tuesday’s Debate: Can Bernie Sanders Show the Country He’s Presidential Material?

Plenty is at stake and there are many reasons to tune in. For Sanders, the big challenge will be demonstrating he’s not merely a darling of the progressive left but has the vision, capacity and skills to lead the nation at a tough time.

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Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

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CNN Has a Debate Lectern Ready for Biden ... Just in Case

Joe Biden, who is expected to announce his final decision sometime this month, does not plan to participate in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, but the invitation remains open to the vice president should he make an eleventh-hour decision to jump into the race and join Democratic rivals on the debate stage.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Bard Prison Initiative Debate Team and Its Supporters

Since federal funding for prison education programs was eliminated in 1995, Eastern New York Correctional Facility has had one of the few U.S. programs granting college degrees to prisoners. Recently, it produced an underdog story that made headlines.

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Trump, Carson, Rand Paul and Other GOP Candidates Defy the Constitution with Anti-Muslim Bigotry

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world’s great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today’s Republican Party disagrees.

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When Liars Debate, the Truth Always Loses

The Republican rejection of reality—which these candidates will act out in debate after debate for months to come—inflicts grave costs on this country every day. It is hard to imagine the damage that will be done if one of these deceivers comes to power.

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Hopes for Change Ride on Second GOP Debate

Right, so that headline isn’t just a play on President Obama’s own successful campaign buzzwords.

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Ben Carson Picks Up Steam

Donald Trump may be talking tough while aboard vintage battleships these days, but he’s going to need more than macho swagger and vague generalities to keep his lead over other GOP presidential contenders for another year.

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Clinton Called for More Debates in 2008—Now She’s Dodging Them

One campaign that has refused to join the call for additional debates is Hillary Clinton’s—leading many to believe that the Democratic National Committee is effectively stacking the deck in her favor.

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Is It Possible to Out-Trump Donald Trump?

It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump’s inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.

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The Cat’s Away

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GOP Debate: Donald Trump Shows Why He’s the Leader of the Pack

Trump made it through the first Republican debate by avoiding the one mistake that could have seriously damaged his insurgent campaign: sounding like a professional politician. For that reason alone, he seemed to be the clear winner.

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