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Trump Mayhem Takes Over First Debate

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The mayhem Donald Trump subjected Americans to on Tuesday might have helped him if Joe Biden had disintegrated. Biden didn’t. Trump just left viewers worse off for having sat through the whole, weird thing. The president interrupted and bullied. Biden called the president a “clown.” Chris Wallace, the moderator, despaired.

Read Here | Politico

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How Trolls Overran The Public Square

Since the invention of writing, human innovation has transformed how we formulate new ideas, organise our societies, and communicate with one another. But in an age of rapid-fire social media and nonstop algorithm-generated outrage, technology is no longer helping to expand or enrich the public sphere.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

5 takeaways From The First U.S. Presidential Debate

There were a couple of not-so-very-subtle signals here inside of Hofstra University that Donald Trump lost Monday night’s highly-anticipated debate against Hillary Clinton, and badly. The first was the audible sound of groaning by some of his supporters inside the debate hall as Trump meandered self-defensively through a succession of answers against a very focused, very energized and very well-rehearsed Hillary Clinton.

Read Here – Politico

 

What the Iran-Deal Debate Is Like In Iran

The nuclear deal with Iran has sparked a vigorous debate not only in the United States, but in Iran as well. The discussion of the agreement among Iranians at times echoes the American discussion, but is also much deeper and wider. Reports in Iranian media, as well as our own correspondence and conversations with dozens of Iranians, both in the country and in exile, reveal a public dialogue that stretches beyond the details of the agreement to include the very future of Iran.

Read Here – The Atlantic

 

Where Are The China Hawks?

Two years ago, during Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel’s contentiousseven-and-a-half-hour grilling by the Armed Services Committee, senators mentioned Israel 178 times and Iran 171 times. The number of references to China? Five. The emphasis is odd because it’s likely that the “biggest threat” to America’s national security is neither Iran nor “radical Islam” writ large. It is China.

Read Here – The Atlantic

What the Right and the Left Get Wrong

Recent political debate in the United States and other advanced capitalist democracies has been dominated by two issues: the rise of economic inequality and the scale of government intervention to address it. As the 2012 U.S. presidential election and the battles over the “fiscal cliff” have demonstrated, the central focus of the left today is on increasing government taxing and spending, primarily to reverse the growing stratification of society, whereas the central focus of the right is on decreasing taxing and spending, primarily to ensure economic dynamism. Each side minimizes the concerns of the other, and each seems to believe that its desired policies are sufficient to ensure prosperity and social stability. Both are wrong.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

For U.S. Voters, Foreign Policy Needs To Reflect Immediate Economic Goals

The defining image from the October 22 debate between President Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is of the two candidates passionately disputing their prescriptions for the U.S. domestic economy. The moderator, veteran TV journalist Bob Schieffer, caught the spirit of the evening with his final words before inviting the debaters to make their closing comments — “I think we all love teachers.” A visitor from Mars might be forgiven for not realising that this was a debate on foreign policy.

Read Here – The Hindu

Mitt Romney’s Comeback

HOW did it come to this? That’s what Barack Obama’s supporters are asking in light ofMonday’s Pew poll that shows Mitt Romney leading the president by four percentage points. This represents a 12-point shift from the mid-September Pew poll that had Mr Obama comfortably ahead by eight points, and it represents a coda of sorts to a slew of recent polling that collectively suggest last Wednesday’s much-watched debate was indeed a “game-changer”. Consistent with other polls, Pew found that Mr Romney was viewed as doing a better job in the debate by 72%-20%. This included 78% of independents and even 45% of Democrats who thought Mr Romney bested Mr Obama. As debate polls go, this is a rather significant drubbing; rarely do we see such a lopsided verdict, particularly among the “loser’s” own partisan supporters.

Read Here – The Economist

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