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Democratic debates showcase a new rising star: Kamala Harris

With the first two Democratic debates finished, political pundits everywhere are issuing the usual “who won” and “who lost” evaluations. But there was one winner who rose above the rest — Kamala Harris. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came through with her usual “I have a plan for that” workmanship. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary […]

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#NastyWomen will ensure YUUUGE Hillary Clinton victory

Donald Trump is going to regret referring to the next president of the United States as a nasty woman. Of all of the insults he delivered and the lies he told at the third and final (thank you, Jesus) presidential debate, his flippant “Such a nasty woman” was his lowest comment of the night. Especially […]

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Trump ‘temperament’ implodes for all to see

The audience members in the first presidential debate weren’t the only ones laughing at GOP nominee Donald Trump. So was nearly anyone else watching on TV. Except perhaps for his immediate family members and his campaign staff, who likely were cringing. After spending most of the debate lying, mocking, whining, interrupting, gulping water, and sniffling, […]

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Trump’s penis size is perfect metaphor for today’s GOP

Maybe viewers didn’t blink an eye because they thought the bar couldn’t go any lower, but the Republican presidential debate reached new levels of vulgarity when front-runner Donald Trump assured the American people that, don’t worry, he’s definitely well-endowed. It was only a matter of time before the GOP candidates who try to out-tough each […]

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Sanders vs. Clinton: Idealist vs. pragmatist? Or revolution vs. establishment?

Finally–it’s the Iowa caucuses. Then at least we won’t have to evaluate which polls are right in Iowa. You’ve got the CNN/ORC Poll that shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with a comfortable lead of eight points. Or the Loras College Poll that shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in front by 29 (!) points […]

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GOP candidates’ war on debates is backfiring

Republican candidates for president are complaining loudly and often about the unfairness of their televised debate process. They’re beginning to sound like the the kid who said he didn’t get enough candy on Halloween. Whatever the problems of the recent CNBC debate — and there were many, starting with the opening job-interview question of “What’s […]

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Worst job in journalism: Moderating a GOP debate

Conventional wisdom seems to agree that in the most recent debate of hopefuls seeking the Republican nomination for president, the biggest loser was CNBC. GOP Chairman Reince Priebus said the debate host network “should be ashamed.” The Drudge report, never one to miss a chance to exaggerate, called the CNBC moderators the “shame of the […]

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Biggest loser in #DemDebate? Joe Biden

The more than 15 million people who watched the first debate for Democratic presidential candidates might have their own opinions on the winner. But it was obvious that the big loser in the debate (besides the Republican party) was Vice President Joe Biden. The media’s favorite recent electoral meme has been amplifying the will-he-or-won’t-he-run game, […]

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GOP debate: Fox tries to dump the Trump

Clown car, political reality show, Roman circus. There’s no shortage of derisive and colorful descriptions of the first official Republican debate. Every pundit and political consultant is weighing in about “what it all means.” Who’s up, who’s down, who won, who lost, who failed, who succeeded (besides Fox News, with a reported 24 million viewers). […]

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Media fixation with GOP presidential race a national embarrassment

Every new presidential election brings new opportunities for the ever-growing number of political journalists to become preoccupied with the horserace — and not the issues. But I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything as worthless as the amount of coverage devoted to a partisan debate a full 15 months before the election. Just about every […]

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