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Carter and Regan Debate

The Unmaking Of The Presidential Debate

How did an institution meant to elevate presidential campaigns end up making them even stupider than before?

October 14, 2016
Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

In 24 Years of Town Hall Debates, The Winners, The Losers, And The Weird

Since the debut of the town-hall style presidential debate in 1992, there have been winners and losers — and some memorably weird moments.

October 9, 2016
Tim Kaine and Mike Pence during their vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Whatever Mike Pence Won On ‘Style,’ He Lost By Shamelessly Lying

During the debate, Mike Pence repeatedly made statements that were easily checked and found to be false — including his banal slurs against the Clinton Foundation.

October 5, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama along with four generations of the Bonner family ring the bell of the First Baptist Church during the dedication of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Obama Says New Black History Museum Tells Story Of America

President Barack Obama on Saturday expressed hope that a new national museum showcasing the African American experience will bring Americans together at a time of racial upheaval.

September 24, 2016
Richard Painter

Former George W. Bush Ethics Lawyer: Trump And His Family Need To Cut Ties With The Trump Organization If Trump Wins

Richard Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, says if Republican nominee Donald Trump becomes president, the only way to avoid serious conflicts of interest would be for Trump and his family to sell all of their holdings in the Trump Organization.

September 15, 2016
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo, President George W. Bush is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Expect George W. Bush to stay far away from this year's presidential election. Mitt Romney's campaign doesn't foresee the 43rd president playing any substantive role in the race over the next six months and the GOP candidate's aides are carefully weighing how much the former president should be involved in this summer's GOP convention _ and for good reason. The Bush fatigue that was a drag on GOP nominee John McCain four years ago clearly still lingers, even among Republicans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

George W. Bush’s White House ‘Lost’ 22 Million Emails

Clinton’s email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails.

September 13, 2016
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Solemn Date, Serious Decision: What 9/11 Reveals About Clinton and Trump

Every year, we tell ourselves how much we learned from the experience of 9/11 about courage, compassion, and community. This year, we can look back upon that time and discover everything we should know about the choice that is coming on November 8.

September 11, 2016
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A Dim Attack On Dumb Policy

Simply pointing out the obvious alternatives to demonstrably failed policy does not sound policy make. Whether a President Trump supports Russia in Syria or not, Russia will remain there until its policy objectives—not America’s—are met.

August 28, 2016
Former U.S. President George W. Bush visits Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Louisiana

Trump Likes Snub From Republican Elite

The neocon foreign policy elite vigorously embraced and enforced President George W. Bush starting three wars going into the 21st century: Afghanistan, Iraq and the global “war on terror.” Now these wise men are warning us against Donald Trump, 13 years after they swung the wrecking ball, many as W’s aides and appointees. Nice. Thanks, guys.

August 12, 2016
Former U.S. President George W. Bush visits Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Louisiana

Report: George W. Bush Criticizes Trump’s Policies Of ‘Isolationism, Nativism And Protectionism’

Bush did not name Trump at the fundraiser for Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), but his comments against policies of “isolationism, nativism and protectionism” were a clear jab at the GOP’s nominee platform.

August 4, 2016
Members of the group Black Lives Matter march to city hall during a protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Summer Of Our Discontent

The funeral of five Dallas police officers slain by a black former Army reservist was a solemn panoply of presidential unity. To comfort a country rocked by two years of police violence against black men, George W. Bush and Barack Obama led the grieving in the summer’s darkest hour.

July 15, 2016
Tony Blair, apology for Iraq war, GW Bush, political cartoon

Cartoon: Tony Blair Sort Of Apologizes For The Iraq War Disaster

“I will be with you, whatever”

July 7, 2016
Former U.S. President George W. Bush (L) joins his brother Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) on the campaign trail for the first time in the 2016 campaign at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Call In The Big Gun: George W. Bush Criss-Crosses The Country For GOP Senators

The 43rd president recently headlined fundraisers for Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and will soon repeat the act for Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

June 20, 2016

This Election Is About The Past

You don’t need to be steeped in the minutiae of United States politics to work out why Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary – all you have to do is clear out all Trump’s talk about walls and borders and focus on the US’ intervention in Iraq. That’s right: Iraq.

May 29, 2016
U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush (R) greet former first lady Nancy Reagan at Blair House in Washington in this June 10, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

No Former GOP Presidential Nominees Have Endorsed Trump

Nothing shows Trump’s departure from the rest of his adopted party like the near total silence from former Republican presidential nominees.

May 5, 2016
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What’s The Real Significance Of The Paris Agreement?

As the destructive power of global warming became increasingly clear, so too did the international consensus that something must be done about it.

May 1, 2016
Iraqi security forces secure a road after bomb attacks outside the Green Zone in Baghdad

Irradiated Iraq: The Nuclear Nightmare We Left Behind

“Iraq is one large hazardous waste site,” Ritter says. “If it was the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency would declare it a Superfund site and order it be cleaned.”

March 31, 2016
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Endorse This: Rudy Giuliani Says Hillary Clinton “A Founding Member Of ISIS”

George W. Bush himself, in his book Decision Points, admits “Thousands of armed men had just been told they were not wanted. Instead of signing up for the new military, many joined the insurgency.”

March 24, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a meeting with financial regulators to receive an update on their progress in implementing Wall Street at the White House in Washington March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

5 Reasons President Obama’s Approval Rating Is At a 3-Year High

In March of 2016, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is around 51 percent, a three-year high, with a 4.9 percent unemployment rate, an eight year low.

March 14, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses to look at a demonstrator behind him during a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina,

Defeating Trump Won’t Erase The Forces That Made Him Possible

We can pretend this temper tantrum, this national nervous breakdown, means nothing once Trump is gone. But to embrace that option is to miss the point.

March 13, 2016
Traders work on the floor of the NYSE

Free Trade Can End Up Costing Workers Their Jobs

As a handful of well-respected economists belatedly concede, the free trade agreements that drew bipartisan support for much of the last 25 years never brought the broad prosperity that was promised.

March 12, 2016
A supporter of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders holds a sign and wears a mask of Sanders' rival candidate Hillary Clinton outside of the venue before the start of the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall, Florida, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

What Sanders — And His Supporters — Must Remember Before November

It is no accident, as they say, that those who “feel the Bern” today include prominent supporters of Ralph Nader’s independent presidential campaign in 2000. Their urge to reject grubby compromise, and assert moral purity is as powerful today as four cycles ago.

March 11, 2016
A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington

Smears And Obstruction: How Right-Wing Media Are Teaming Up With GOP For A Supreme Court Blockade

President Obama hasn’t even named his nominee to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy, and already the toxic right-wing media attacks have begun.

March 9, 2016
Gitmo Prison

Gitmo Is A Stain On Our Reputation For Upholding Human Rights

In his first presidential campaign, President Barack Obama pledged to close the infamous U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where torture has been practiced and due process flouted. The reviled facility is a stain on our reputation as a beacon for human rights and as a role model in a world where the innate dignity […]

February 27, 2016
The remaining Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee in Greenville

How Dangerous Is Donald Trump?

Is Trump dangerous for his beliefs, or is he just offensive for his willingness to state them?

February 25, 2016