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First Clinton v. Trump Debate Sets Record At 81 Million Viewers

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Last night’s Presidential debate drew a record number of viewers: The first general election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump averaged nearly 81 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen, making it the most watched presidential debate in modern history. Until last night, the most-watched debate in history was the 1980 debate between Jimmy […]

First Clinton-Trump Debate and Low Expectations Redux

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Judging 2016 by historical standards hasn’t worked out well thus far.

Trump’s Pettiness

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It not a new revelation that Donald J. Trump can be a petty individual, but here is the latest example via NPR:  In Post-Debate Interview, Trump Again Criticizes Pageant-Winner’s Weight At the end of Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of taunting one of his former Miss Universe contestants about her weight. […]

Clinton And Trump Clash In First Presidential Debate

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It wasn’t exactly Lincoln-Douglas but, in the end, Hillary Clinton clearly outperformed Donald Trump last night.

First Clinton-Trump Debate Confirms Low Expectations

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Trump had a much lower bar than Clinton going in. Neither cleared it.

Democratic Hopes Of Winning Back The Senate Seem To Be Slipping Away

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Democratic hopes of retaking the Senate aren’t going so well at the moment.

Watching Tonight’s Debate Guide For Cord Cutters

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If you’re among that growing group of people who have cut the cord to their cable television provider, there are still ways to catch the debate if you’re so inclined. With the proper antenna, you can watch on any of the over-the-air networks and PBS or, you can check out the live-streaming services that will […]

Presidential Race Remains Tight Heading Into First Debate

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With just hours before the first debate, and six weeks until Election Day, the race for President remains tight.

Ted Cruz Proves His Political Opportunism Is More Important Than His Conscience

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In which Ted Cruz endorses the guy who called his wife ugly and said his father was involved in the Kennedy assassination.

Voter Registration Information And Deadlines

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The New York Times has a list of deadlines and other applicable information for registering to vote in each of the fifty states. There’s still plenty of time in most of the country, so get to it.

No, Immigrants Aren’t Taking Your Job

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A new study debunks an old idea.

George H.W. Bush Reportedly Voting For Hillary Clinton

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According to one report, the GOP’s longest living former President plans to vote for a Democrat this fall.

Presidential Race Continues To Tighten With Seven Weeks To Go

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With just forty-nine days left in the campaign, and less than a week before the first debate, the race for President is tighter than ever.

RNC Chairman Threatens Punishment For Former Candidates Refusing To Endorse Trump

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The GOP civil war continues…..

Third Party Candidates Excluded From Presidential, Vice-Presidential Debate

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Once again, the debate commission controlled by the two major parties is excluding third-party candidates from the Presidential debates.

Trump’s Campaign Says He Now Believes Obama Was Born In The U.S.

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Donald Trump’s campaign is apparently finally acknowledging reality, although its claim that birtherism originated with the Clinton campaign in 2008 does not comport with the facts.

Despite Historic Success, Gary Johnson Struggles To Qualify For Presidential Debates

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Gary Johnson is doing better than any third-party candidate in twenty years, but that doesn’t mean he’s likely to get an invitation to the upcoming Presidential debates.

With Eight Weeks To Go, A Tighter Race But It’s Still Advantage Clinton

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The election is now fifty-six days away and, while the race is tighter than it has been, it’s still one in which Hillary Clinton has seemingly all the advantages.

Deplorable and Illogical

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Rudy Giuliani on This Week this weekend: STEPHANOPOULOS: They do emerge from September 11th. And one of the things that Donald Trump also said on Thursday night, again, is that we should’ve taken the oil of Iraq. Even if you could do that practically, and most experts say you couldn’t, wouldn’t that just be theft? […]

Clinton Health Scare Raises Questions

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Clinton stumbles and leaves an event early, leading to the news that her campaign has been withholding health information from the press.

The Minimum Wage

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The minimum wage has been a big part of this year’s election cycle, mainly due to Bernie Sander’s campaign and his idea of a national minimum wage. There has been lots of discussion of this, but most of it is just, well, bad. There are really two things that one can point to as to why wages above the market wage can be good.

Donald Trump’s Disturbing, Disqualifying Love Affair With Vladimir Putin

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Donald Trump’s admiration and praise for the dictatorial leader of Russia should be sufficient reason to disqualify him from being President of the United States.

Republicans Vow To Continue Investigations Even If Hillary Clinton Wins The White House

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House Republicans are vowing to continue their investigations even if Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

Libertarians Are to Blame for Donald Trump’s Racialized Rhetoric?

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The idea that Donald Trump has gotten his racialized rhetoric from libertarians is simply errant nonsense. The libertarian view, broadly speaking, is not defined by Murray Rothbard, Llewellyn Rockwell, and Ron Paul and those who share their views. This is but a small and even fringe group of what could be called the libertarian community.

Gary Johnson Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

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Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson doesn’t get much national press attention, and it doesn’t help when he flubs an answer like he did this morning.

Trump Campaign Raised $90 Million In August

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Falling short of the market set by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s campaign announced that he raised $90 million in August: Together with his joint committees, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised $90 million in August, according to a CNN report. Trump’s fundraising total represents a $10 million increase from his July total but still trailed […]

The Unserious Campaign Of Evan McMullin

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Evan McMullin’s quixotic campaign for President continues.

With Nine Weeks To Go, Clinton’s Post-Convention Bounce Seems To Have Disappeared

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It’s the traditional start of the campaign season, and the race for President is getting close, at least at the national level.

An Odd Definition of “Low Demographic Diversity”

I will admit that the following paragraph from Matthew Dowd writing at the WSJ is not well constructed, so perhaps I am missing something, but he seems to have an odd definition of low demographic diversity (at least in terms of a likely Clinton electoral coalition): 2. On Election Day it is highly likely that the […]

Reading Recommendation on the Roots of White Nationalism in the Current Debate

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Two key questions about the Trump candidacy are:  what does it say about the Republican Party/conservative movement, and where does the party/movement go from here? Along these lines is a lengthy piece in the The Guardian that I would recommend: The dark history of Donald Trump’s rightwing revolt. The piece focuses on the division between establishment conservatives and […]

Some Thoughts on HRC

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An amplification on the question of likability.

Latino Voters Really Don’t Like Donald Trump, And That’s Hurting The GOP As A Whole

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Another poll shows that Latino voters are set to reject Donald Trump in record numbers, and now they’re turning against the GOP.

New Emails And F.B.I. Notes Show Clinton Still Hasn’t Put Email Issue Behind Her

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Another set of revelations shows that the Clinton campaign has yet to put the email story behind it.

Trump Surrogate: Without Donald Trump There Will Be ‘A Taco Truck On Every Corner’

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A Trump surrogate warns of a “taco truck on every corner” if Trump loses. That sounds like more of a promise than a threat if you ask me.

Green Party POTUS Candidate Jill Stein Flies To Wrong City

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Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein had an embarrassing logistical error today: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was scheduled to speak at Capital University in Bexley at noon today but it looks like she’s running a little late. That’s because instead of flying into Columbus, she accidentally went to Cincinnati instead, according to the […]

Moderators For Presidential Debates Announced

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The moderators for the four fall debates have been announced: Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace have been selected to moderate this year’s presidential debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday. Mr. Holt, the anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” will moderate the first debate on Sept. 26; Ms. Raddatz […]

Trump Campaign Forces Volunteers To Sign Non-Disparagement Agreement

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If you want to volunteer for Donald Trump, you’ll have to agree to never disparage Trump, his family, his campaign, or any of his businesses. Forever.

Hillary Clinton Raises $143 Million For Campaign, Democratic Party In August

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign had a very prosperous August: Hillary Clinton raised $143 million in August, a total that includes her own campaign’s collections as well as money for joint fundraising committees with the national and state parties. Her campaign hailed the monthly fundraising haul Thursday as its best of the campaign cycle. The Democratic nominee […]

Supreme Court Blocks North Carolina From Enforcing Restrictive Voting Law

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In a ruling that could have a real impact on the 2016 election, the Supreme Court has declined to grant a stay to a lower court ruling striking down a North Carolina law that tightened Voter ID laws and restricted early voting.

Donald Trump Doubles Down On Hard Line Immigration Policies

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After some two weeks in which it seemed like he might be moderating, Donald Trump doubled down on the most anti-immigrant portions of his immigration plan.

Republicans Starting To Cave On “No Hearings, No Votes” For Merrick Garland?

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Comments from one Republican Senator are raising the possibility we could see hearings and a vote on Merrick Garland during the post-election lame duck session of Congress.

John McCain Cruises To Primary Victory

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As expected, John McCain easily defeated his primary opponent yesterday.

Marco Rubio Easily Wins Florida Senate Primary

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As expected, Marco Rubio easily won the primary for his Senate seat. The General Election battle, though, promises to be more difficult.

Ten Weeks Out: The Presidential Race Tightens A Bit, But Clinton Still Leads

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With ten weeks to go ,there’s been some tightening in the polls but Hillary Clinton continues to maintain a commanding lead in the race for the White House.

John McCain Faces Primary, General Election Challenge In The Era Of Trump

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John McCain is bidding for a sixth term in office, with a challenge from the right in tomorrow’s primary and Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November.

Should Presidential Candidates Be Required To Undergo Independent Medical Reviews?

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Much like their predecessors, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have released only limited information about their health. It may be time for that to change.

Some Alt-Right Basics

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Via RawStory:  The Alt-Right Dictionary: 7 terms you need to know to understand Trump’s most hateful supporters. And, straight from two of the self-proclaimed leaders of the movement from back in March at Breitbart:  An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right.  

Most Americans Oppose Trump’s Positions On Immigration And Border Wall, Poll Finds

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Sorry Donald Trump, but most Americans believe that people here illegally deserve a path to citizenship and oppose building a border wall.

Sluggish Economic Growth, The Federal Reserve, And The 2016 Election

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Another sign of a weak economy as the Federal Reserve considers rate hikes and the Presidential campaign moves forward.

Clinton Hits Trump On Demagoguery, Ties To Extreme Right

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Yesterday, Hillary Clinton pointed out truths about Donald Trump that his fellow Republicans were too scared to point out during the primary..

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