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The first debate of the U.S. presidential election was a disturbing but unsurprising display of white privileged masculinity. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump-Biden debate: A locker room brawl in the midst of COVID-19 crisis

Bullying tactics are increasingly under scrutiny, yet the display we saw during the first U.S. presidential debate is proof that some men still think those old rules are still at play.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney (L) and Democratic candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) during the 2012 presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3, moderated by Jim Lehrer. Getty/Chip Somodevilla

Lessons on wrangling candidates from the masterful moderator of presidential debates, Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer moderated 12 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012. His lessons on how to run a debate should be studied by today's moderators, writes a former presidential speechwriter.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a campaign house party on July 27, 2019, in Bow, N.H. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

How did the presidential campaign get to be so long?

While other countries set strict limits on the length of campaigns, American presidential races have become drawn-out, yearslong affairs. It wasn’t always this way.
Armed members of the Indonesian Mobile Brigade Corps guard a gate of the brigade headquarters in Depok last May after several police officers were injured during a riot involving detained terrorists. Adi Weda/EPA

Latest research rejects claims by Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo and Jokowi that money can solve terrorism

Recent research in 59 Indonesian prisons found that providing economic incentives to start a new life is not an effective approach to quelling radical terrorist inmates.
Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (second left) and Prabowo Subianto (second right) greet each other at the debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 January 2019. Adi Weda/EPA

Both Indonesia’s presidential candidates – Jokowi and Prabowo – fail to show commitment to eradicate corruption in latest debate

No concrete measures to eradicate corruption were offered by the two candidates – Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto – in the latest presidential debate.

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