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

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

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The 5 Worst Foreign Policy Moments of the GOP New Hampshire Debate (Video)

The New Hampshire GOP debate’s most charged moments were probably more domestic, but inevitably with this gang, war, torture and sundry mayhem did make an appearance.

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You Say You Want a Revolution? Young Americans to Bernie Sanders: Count Me In!

Bernie Sanders’ youth-powered bid for the presidency is more than just a campaign: It’s a reflection of a rising passion among Americans for a new political life.

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VIDEO: Corn Candidates

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A Theory of Change to Believe In

If Republicans are engaged in a three-sided civil war, Democrats are having a spirited but rather civilized argument over a very large question: Who has the best theory about how progressive change happens?

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Iowa Caucus

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Election Mystery Money Fuels Most Presidential Campaigns

More than $4 million from donors who by law can remain anonymous has been channeled to efforts to elect White House hopefuls like Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton.

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The Self-Proclaimed Winners of Iowa

Overall, it was a long evening that offered too many declarations of triumph—I counted four—and too little clarity about what either party ultimately wants in a presidential nominee.

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Cruz Wins in Iowa, Rubio Surprises — Trump’s 2nd Place Finish a ‘Big, Fat Beautiful Waste of Time’

Ted Cruz came out ahead of Donald Trump in the Iowa caucus Monday night, winning 28.9 percent of the caucus vote to Trump’s 25.2 percent.

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The Most Expensive Election Ever Is a Billionaire’s Playground (Except for Bernie Sanders)

Given that our brand of democracy is cold hard cash, let’s examine the relationships between our 21st-century plutocrats and the contenders for the White House.

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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.

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Donald Trump Proves It’s Possible to Win a Debate You Didn’t Attend

The clear winner of the final Republican debate before the first votes are cast in Iowa was nowhere to be found, and poor Ted Cruz suffered terribly for it, The Guardian writes.

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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

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



Six National Security Questions the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Answer

Instead of considered discussion of first-order security concerns, the candidates have regularly opted for bluff and bluster, their chief aim being to remove all doubts regarding their hawkish bona fides.

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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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The Odds of a Kasich Miracle

Two facts stand out about Donald Trump’s constituency: His supporters are angry, and they’re overwhelmingly from the less affluent reaches of the Republican Party. Candidate John Kasich is betting on their aspirations over their anger, and he just may be on to something.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



How the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad Divides the GOP Field (Video)

Although many of the Republican presidential candidates probably couldn’t find Syria on a world map, the fate of Syrian strongman Bashar Assad has become a flashpoint issue distinguishing them from one another.

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Marco Rubio’s Strategically Gloomy Detour

This year’s Republican presidential campaign is where hope and optimism go to die. Don’t pretend Donald Trump is an exotic outlier. His spirit haunts a party that can’t get enough of gloom and fear.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Are Neck and Neck in Iowa and New Hampshire

A new poll finds Sanders more electable in both states when matched against Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.

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American War Crimes: Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter

There’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

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Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

The apologists for the weapons industry demonstrate their intellectual bankruptcy by regularly contradicting themselves with a straight face.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



GOP Consultant for a Day

The value of free advice is measured by what you pay for it, and Republicans don’t usually ask me for mine. Nonetheless, the GOP’s presidential race is one of the most fascinating political brawls in years. It’s about to hit full stride, and I can’t resist kibitzing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE


Republi-Claus Is Coming to Town: A Truthdig Holiday Animation

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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 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.

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Fifth GOP Debate

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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.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Top 10 Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate

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

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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.

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Cruz Repeats Background Check Fib During GOP Debate

During CNN’s Republican debate Tuesday evening, the Texas senator reiterated his false claim that legislation backed by Sen. Marco Rubio would have dramatically expanded President Obama’s authority to bring Syrian refugees into the U.S. without background checks.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



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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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


Trump’s Tentacles

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Ted Cruz, Not Donald Trump, Could Become the GOP’s Nominee

Trump clearly has maintained his stranglehold on the media and certain swaths of the American population since he arrived, all bombast and swagger, on the 2016 election scene back in June. But according to The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, Trump is actually not the one to watch—or beat.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



The American Hunger Games

Let’s send the six Republican candidates for the presidency into the wilderness, weapons in hand, one at a time, and examine their minor differences to see what we can expect in a coming Republican era of “good times.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



The United States of Contradictions

With election year a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



‘America Is Not a Planet’ and Other Republican Remarks About Climate Change

As world leaders prepare for climate talks in Paris, here is a sample of Republican denials of the science of climate change, compiled by The Guardian.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



From the Vague to the Bombastic: Republican Reactions to Islamic State

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And Chris Christie went not just over the top but around the bend.

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VIDEO: Trevor Noah Denounces American Politicians’ Racist Responses to the Paris Attacks

The “Daily Show” host lambastes certain politicians for the “bat shit crazy” comments they delivered in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Previews Twitter’s Role at the Democratic Debate

Perhaps Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will have to limit their answers to 140 characters, “The Late Show” host suggests.

Posted on Nov 13, 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.

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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?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



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



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.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE


GOP Halloween

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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.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE


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