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GOP Debate ‘Civil’? Not With Rubio Extolling Egypt’s Military Junta and Israel’s Stand on Palestine

The headlines Friday about the GOP debate in Miami stressed how relatively civil it was, with less name-calling and pissing matches among the remaining candidates. Those editors have a weird definition of civility.

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Live Blog: Policies, Not Personalities, Take Center Stage in 12th GOP Debate

Thursday’s subdued debate in Miami focused on ideas for change, but Donald Trump’s competitors failed to pose a substantial challenge even as they played to their strengths and kept things civil.

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Candidates Upped the Ante at Latest GOP Debate, Promising 4 Ground Wars and the Murder of Innocents

At yet another GOP debate, there was a foreign policy section, which Fox News predictably put under the heading of “terrorism.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 READ MORE



Rep. Alan Grayson Says to U.S. Progressives: Don’t Flee to Canada—Stay and Fight

While Republicans debated the size of Donald Trump’s endowments Thursday evening, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson urged anxious progressives to stand their ground in the event that Republicans take the White House this fall.

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Live-Blog: The 10th GOP Debate: Somebody Stop the Trump Train (Updated)

Donald Trump was the one to beat, and the other four candidates—Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson—knew it all too well. Update: Rubio momentarily took control in a rat-a-tat series of attacks that simultaneously painted Trump as a hypocrite and made light of Rubio’s prior debate stumbles.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE



George W. Bush, Who Mirrored and Inflamed Public Passions, Attacks Donald Trump for Doing It (Video)

George W. Bush came out of political exile on Monday to be his brother Jeb’s surrogate in attacking Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump Does Away With the GOP’s 9/11 Fantasy

“Surely this time,” the Republican establishment chorus cries with joy, “Donald Trump has gone too far!” Don’t bet on it.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



Face It: Donald Trump Is Right About Iraq—and That Should Sink Hillary Clinton

The discerning listener knows that the GOP front-runner has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Marco Rubio Was Anything but Presidential During the GOP New Hampshire Debate

It’s time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Eighth GOP Debate Roundup: Marco Rubio Shaken but Not Taken, Donald Trump Dials It Down

Viewers who tuned in Saturday night to the eighth GOP debate caught a subtler side of Donald Trump, who showed up for the occasion but mostly let his rivals take swipes at one another.

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VIDEO: Missed the Eighth GOP Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

If you didn’t have a chance to watch the Republican debate Saturday night, or simply want a refresher, here are some of the most important moments.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Five Worst Foreign Policy Moments of the GOP New Hampshire Debate (Video)

The New Hampshire GOP debate’s most charged moments may have been mostly on domestic issues, but—inevitably with this gang—war, torture and sundry mayhem did make an appearance.

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Rhetorical Terror: GOP Candidates Pledge War Crimes, Carpet-Bombing and Asian Land Wars (Video)

At the Trumpless GOP debate last week, the candidates once again promised to bankrupt us with military and intelligence spending and to commit vast war crimes—with reckless disregard for the lives of women, children and noncombatant men—of the sort not openly plotted since the demise of the Axis powers in 1943-45.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: It’s Finally, Almost, Caucus Time!

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the missing-in-debate-action candidate, Donald Trump, and his chances of clinching a Republican win in the Hawkeye State.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Seventh GOP Debate: Let’s See Some Identity, Please

With just four days to go before the Iowa caucuses, the stakes haven’t been higher for Republican presidential hopefuls. Can any candidate, present or absent, rescue the Republican Party? Seven of them were on hand in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday night to claim they were up for that job. Updated

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What to Make of a Trump-Free Seventh GOP Debate?

Donald Trump’s out. Rand Paul’s in. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly will hang on to her seat as one of the moderators at the seventh Republican presidential debate Thursday. Here’s a survey of what may be in store for would-be voters watching the GOP hopefuls jostle for position in Trump’s absence.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah: Sunday’s Debate Was All About Bernie Sanders

After making a few jokes about the recent debates, the “Daily Show” host points out that “Bernie was so in the zone” on Sunday night that “he didn’t even have to speak to get his point across.” What comes next is a priceless collection of both Republican and Democrat candidates’ ludicrous statements followed by Bernie’s perfect nonverbal responses.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



War Talk, Jingoism and White Supremacy at GOP Debate

The GOP presidential debate Thursday night veered even further right on international issues, given the absence of Rand Paul, who represents the party’s libertarian wing, which is less interested in foreign wars.

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VIDEO: ‘SNL’ Spins a Tale of Two Hillarys, Skewers GOP Debate Shenanigans

It’s been a boffo week for political parody, and the comedic minds at “Saturday Night Live” have benefited from the windfall.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Trevor Noah: It’s Almost Like Republican Candidates Are Trying to Scare Their Way Into Office

“The Daily Show” host weighs in on Republicans’ fear-mongering tactics at Tuesday night’s debate.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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No, GOP, You Can’t Win by Carpet-Bombing (Video)

At the debate Tuesday night, Ted Cruz came out swinging wildly. But while the Republican candidate has impressive educational degrees and is a wily if not a smart man, he most often is ignorant about the things of which he speaks.

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Fifth Debate Reveals How Eager the Republican Candidates Are for More War

At the final debate of 2015, the Republican presidential candidates laid out how each would be a wartime president, with the most aggressive pledging to rebuild and unleash the full force of the military to slaughter Islamic State globally, confront Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Syria and eastern Europe and conduct cyber warfare and other actions against China.

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Top 10 Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate

Another GOP debate, another steaming pile of half-truths, lies and pseudo-facts.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missed Tuesday’s GOP Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

If you didn’t have a chance to watch CNN’s Republican debate, or simply want a refresher, here are some of the most important moments.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Fifth GOP Debate: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

If ever there was any doubt, the main topic during the first part of the fifth Republican presidential debate was indeed how to defeat the threat of terrorism overseas and at home. Updated

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Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Winner of the GOP Debate: Foolish Economic Policy

The real headline from this week’s Republican debate wasn’t that the candidates clashed over immigration and national security. It was that they agreed on economic policies that have proved unpopular and unwise—and that may make the eventual nominee unelectable.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missed the Fourth GOP Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

Don’t want to sift through all the video footage of Tuesday night’s Republican debate? Here are some of the highlights to get you caught up on the headlines.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Fourth GOP Debate, Round 2: Hillary Clinton Looms Large, Big Government Larger (Updated)

Update: When talk in the final stretch of the debate turned to American foreign policy, fortunes turned in favor of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina—for different reasons.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Stephen Colbert: CNBC GOP Debate ‘Impressive’ in How ‘Boring and Confusing’ It Managed to Be

The “Late Show” host started a segment dedicated to last week’s CNBC debate by apologizing to any viewers who had to sit through the Republican spectacle.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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8 Lies, Distortions and Misrepresentations From the Third GOP Debate

The debates took place in an alternate reality, where facts are made up on the spot.

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Donald Trump Got Republicans to Admit They’re Bought and Sold

None of the other contenders in the GOP prime-time debate Thursday disputed Trump’s characterization of a U.S. government controlled by private money.

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Lowlights From Saturday’s GOP Presidential Debate

At Saturday’s Republican debate, Mitt Romney got creative with the number of jobs generated during his tenure at Bain Capital, Ron Paul called MLK a “hero” after being questioned about a newsletter of his that trashed the man as a “world-class adulterer,” and Rick Santorum told the audience that social class doesn’t exist in America.

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Ron Paul: ‘We Occupy So Many Countries’

During Monday’s GOP presidential debate, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew boos from a crowd that was otherwise eager to cheer when he criticized U.S. foreign policy, saying “We’re under great threat because we occupy so many countries.”

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Troy Davis and the Politics of Death

Death brings cheers these days in America. That is why challenging the death sentence to be carried out against Troy Davis by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21 is so important.

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