Trump’s supporters appreciate his strong opinons.
Those with strong beliefs tend to be admired.
Voters could know more about how each of these men think.
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Three new approaches in the field of competitive academic debate offer ideas that could help presidential debates serve both their public purposes.
Israeli flags fly in the middle of a date plantation in the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank on 27 January 2020.
The Jordan Valley, which US president Donald Trump has proposed integrating into Israel, has been transformed by the introduction of date palms, emptying it of its Palestinian inhabitants.
Buttigieg, Sanders, Biden and Warren stand on the debate stage on Feb. 7.
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Seven candidates met on the debate stage in New Hampshire on Feb. 7. We asked three scholars to pick out some of the night's biggest moments.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders shake hands before the debate on Jan. 14.
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At the Jan. 14 debate, held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, six candidates clashed on jobs, Iran and more.
Host Jack Barry, middle, is flanked by contestants on ‘21,’ a 1950s TV game show.
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The only satisfactory debate arrangement everyone agreed to nearly 60 years ago largely remains in place today – the game show format.
Was this event on September 12, 2019, really a debate?
Debates may help voters identify which candidate shares their views but they do not help them think critically about those views. That's because presidential debates don't live up to their name.
They didn’t come out and say what they really mean.
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Americans want government to serve them, but don't have confidence that it actually can.
The Democratic candidates discussed health care a lot – but not healthy food.
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The Democratic candidates hoping to replace Trump in 2020 debated a host of critical issues but never brought up the equally important challenge of Americans' food security.
Winning the support of workers may be key to Democrats winning the 2020 election.
Hillary Clinton arguably lost in 2020 because she took workers for granted. Will Democrats make the same mistake again?
Perot become a household name after making an independent run for president in 1992.
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As the US prepares to replace NAFTA, a labor scholar who was critical of Perot but shared concerns about the deal revisits the claim that helped him become the most successful third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt.
Humans have always sought knowledge, all the way back to Eve.
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Free inquiry has always been a fraught business, from Eden to Facebook, but is a key component of any open society. It shouldn't be taken for granted.
What happens when everyone thinks they’re smarter than everyone else?
A growing body of research points to the importance of one personality trait – intellectual humility – and how it influences our learning, relationships and worldview.
In the second debate of the campaign, Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten answered questions from voters in a people's forum on everything from franking credits to, yes, post offices.
Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten were plenty snarky with one another during the debate, but otherwise stuck mainly to their scripts.
The Conversation’s experts analyse the first Morrison-Shorten debate, with a focus on the key policy issues and the leaders' performances.
Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher.
We need to accept the incomplete nature of our knowledge, question and adopt alternative views.
Cyclone Idai wreaks havoc in Mozambique.
Climate change is an emergency which will hurt the planet's most vulnerable people – the only irrational response is cool detachment.
Lessons in civil discourse can start in the classroom.
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A former middle school teacher offers a series of tips on how educators can teach young people to engage in more civil discourse.
As part of the Grenoble École de Management’s 2018 Geopolitics Festival, four scholars explored the art of debate -- an antidote for toxic conversations in the fake-news era.
Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The fourth is the Oxford-style debate series, this article argues that "the impact reflected by Trump is here to stay".