Let’s Rethink Presidential Debates

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Charley James: Voters are not becoming better informed and candidates get away with saying almost anything that pops into their heads. It was especially bad this year when Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan simply lied at every chance.

Romney vs. Disaster Assistance

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Dan Farber: In his last year as governor, Romney refused to provide state assistance when major floods hit western Massachusetts., even though the state government had ample funds.

Obama Regains Momentum After Final Debate

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Randy Shaw: Obama lost a lot of volunteer enthusiasm after October 3. While he regained some of it after the second debate, the real resurgence did not occur until Obama’s commanding performance this week.

Does Romney Stand for Anything?

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Tina Dupuy: As far as Romney goes, I really don’t know who this dude is: I’ve watched dozens of speeches, read hundreds of articles and sat through 23 national debates and I can’t tell you where Romney stands on any issue.

Iran and the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Joseph Palermo: As the United States tries to assess the danger of Iran becoming a nuclear power the lessons of JFK’s dealing with the Soviets over the change in the nuclear status quo is more relevant than ever.

With Romney, It’s About the Dog

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Lisa Garcia-Bedolla: As I’ve learned more about Mitt Romney’s career, it strikes me that the experience with the dog is emblematic of his entire professional trajectory – he will do anything to get to where he wants to go. +++++

Romney: The Gun Lobby’s Mitch

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Dick Price: Mitt Romney – because he has no values beyond promoting his own and Lady Romney’s welfare – he’ll take the NRA’s money and oppose any sort of reasonable gun regulation. Which makes him forever the Gun Lobby’s Mitch.

Why I’m Against Exceptions for Rape and Incest

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Tina Dupuy: Romney, after being staunchly pro-choice disclosing his family friend, Ann Keenan, died of an illegal abortion in 1963, now says he’d like to see it illegal once again. Except, he says, for women who are victims.

’Twas the Blight Before Christmas

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Walter Brasch: Sometimes, being bathed by the wisdom of the Founding Fathers’ that all views should be heard, even the ones we disagree with, even the ones that may not be truthful, may be more than any citizen should have to endure.

Romney’s Lies

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Steve Hochstadt: I think the many untruthful claims that Romney made were the most notable feature of this debate, because he got called out on most of them.

Can Obama Come on Strong Tuesday Night?

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Randy Shaw: While Obama will be sure to hit most of the key talking points he missed on October 3, his past history raises questions about his capacity to deliver the highly partisan, aggressive arguments that Joe Biden energized Democrats with last week.

Fox News Says Teetotaler Biden Drunk During Debate

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Julie Driscoll: When Fox ran out of ways to protect the golden boy Ryan, after they’d media-mauled, after they’d gloated about their poll showing a clear Ryan win, Fox launched the smear that Biden was drunk at the debate:

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