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Ten of the 17 Republican candidates for president shared a stage in the first official televised debate ahead of the 2016 election. Reuters/Brian Snyder

US election descends into a circus with first Republican debate

The ten candidates who made it onto Fox News's debate stage ranged from the serious to the seriously off-base.
“The Donald” campaigning for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. REUTERS/Brian Frank

How Fox News and Donald Trump are impacting the GOP

Fox News and its embrace of the Donald is pulling our national conversation – and the 2016 Republican campaign – to the right.
It depends who you mean. David Shankbone

Did the US overreact to 9/11?

The new head of Oxford university says it did but while some took post-tragedy patriotism too far, others were pursuing an old agenda.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush: Super PAC darling REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES

Cash is not king: Jeb Bush’s Super PAC problem

Likely presidential hopeful Jeb Bush may be first among equals in support from mega-rich Super PACS but dough alone is not enough to get to the front of the pack in Republican politics
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Run Bernie run … but why?

What is up with Bernie Sanders? No chance that he would win the primary, much less the presidency. But there is a long history of outsider candidates who have impacted American politics.
Yelling protesters at health care reform town hall meeting in West Hartford, CT, in 2009. Sage Ross

Digital town halls take political discussions beyond sound and fury

Politics as partisan blood sport may be fun to watch but may undermine discourse necessary for democracy. A study finds that online town halls may re-engage potential voters in the political process.
The growing inequality that triggered the Occupy protests, such as this one in Bennington, Vermont, is now registering as an issue with politicians at the highest level. Wikimedia Commons/Daniel Case

The growing opportunity gap facing American children

The opportunity gap between well-off and poor American children is vast and, more alarmingly still, it is growing. Some political leaders are starting to take note of the grim consequences.

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