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POLITICAL COMMENTARY

  • The Debate I Heard By John Stossel

    Something's wrong with me.

    I watched Monday's presidential debate. But what I heard was different from what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to say.

  • Trump Solid in Debate, But Needs Improvement By Charles Hurt

    Monday night’s debate here was a tremendous victory for Donald Trump, but his performance left plenty of room for improvement.

    Big picture: Polls show support for Hillary Clinton is collapsing, and she desperately needed to stanch the bleeding. She did nothing during the debate to change the trajectory of those increasingly bleak polls.

  • Hillary, Interrupted by Michelle Malkin

    Whatever happened to "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar"? Whither "Girl Power"? When did Rosie the Riveter's "We Can Do It!" give way to Hillary the Haranguer's "We Can't Handle It"?

  • Is Charlotte Our Future? by Patrick J. Buchanan

    Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, "This is what democracy looks like."

  • 'Favors' to Blacks By Thomas Sowell

    Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor -- off the record -- what his response to them was. He said, "I give them all A's and B's. To hell with them."   

  • Now We Wait By Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik, and Geoffrey Skelley

    The first debate is over! At least everyone survived.

  • It's Political Malpractice, Stupid By Ted Rall

    Hillary Clinton supporters are freaking out. And rightfully so! Eight weeks from Election Day, she and Trump are basically neck and neck. And that's before the three presidential debates, which I not only expect him to win, but can't imagine a scenario in which she does not lose.       

  • How Trump Wins the Debate By Patrick J. Buchanan

    On one of my first trips to New Hampshire in 1991, to challenge President George H. W. Bush, I ran into Sen. Eugene McCarthy.  

  • What Happens to the Democratic Party if Clinton Loses? by Michael Barone

    There's been lots of speculation about the fate of the Republican Party if (as most of the prognosticators expect and hope) Donald Trump loses. There's been less speculation, though recent polling suggests it may be in order, about the fate of the Democratic Party if Hillary Clinton loses.

  • Do Debates Matter? By Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik, and Geoffrey Skelley

    To slightly modify Ronald Reagan’s famous rejoinder to Jimmy Carter in their single debate in 1980 (“There you go again”), here we go again — into the debate season.

    There has been at least one televised presidential debate every four years for four decades now. The streak began in 1976. Every four years, the debates seem very important. Whether they are or not is open to, ahem, debate.