Election 2016: Mitchell McKinney, MU Expert, Says First GOP Debate Was Helpful

On Thursday, August 6, the first Republican presidential primary debate was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, Mitchell S. McKinney, professor of political communication at the University of Missouri, and a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of presidential debates, offers his remarks on the debate.

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Election 2016: 24 People, $65.6 Million: Who Is Doling Out the Dough for Pro-Clinton Super PACs

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Money and politics, the push-pull in every election shifted dramatically in 2010 when super PACs entered the fray, courtesy the Supreme Court Case Citizens United v. FEC. Citizens United v. FEC. The new setup has political prognosticators anticipating a presidential election that costs upwards of $5 billion.

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MTP SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Brown On Hillary Clinton Emails: “It’s Almost Like A Vampire”

California Gov. Jerry Brown spoke with "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd today, addressing the email controversy plaguing Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign: "It's almost like a vampire.  She's going to have to find a stake and put it right through the heart of these emails in some way."

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Election 2016: The Sifting Continues

 

The 2016 Presidential politics continue the shifting process as both parties firm up the potential candidates. The Democratic Party, still dominated by Hillary Clinton, is waiting as Vice President Biden has reiterated his feelings over the possibility of a Presidential run.

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Election 2016: How This Guy You’ve Never Heard of Could Shake Up the Presidential Race

Gary Johnson

The 2016 election is all about frustration — with politics, with people running for office, with Democrats and Republicans alike. Irritation with politics as usual fueled the rise of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and sustained Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ so-called political revolution deep into the Democratic Party’s primary.

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HL Opinion: Bernie Bros and Vagina Voters - Is Democratic Unity Possible?

Like many Bernie fans, now that our man has finally given in and endorsed "that woman," I'm working today on feeling that old "unity" thing that Hillary's supporters have been talking about ever since they prematurely wrote the writing on the wall our side was supposed to have read over a month ago.

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The Impact Governors Have on the Abortion Laws in Their States

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Although legalized since the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, abortion is far from a settled issue in the United States. While the topic pops up on the national level as a rallying cry during presidential debates and campaigns, the real action takes place on the state level.

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Election 2016: The Democratic Convention by the Numbers

Hillary Clinton

The Democratic National Convention kicks off its four-day meeting on Monday, July 25, just a few days after the dust settled on the Republicans’ respective gathering. Democrats will rally the faithful in Philadelphia, finalizing their presidential nominee as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and marking the first time a woman will sit at the top of the ticket for a major political party.

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Election 2016: 25 Things You Should Know About Marco Rubio

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Sen. Marco Rubio has been in politics since 2000, when he was first voted into the Florida House of Representatives during a special election. That means political reporters have been tracking Rubio since he was 28, from his years in the state House to his first term in the U.S. Senate.

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Election 2016: Get To Know Hillary's VP Choice Tim Kaine (Cheat Sheet)

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It's official -- America has its general election tickets. Last week, Hillary Clinton tapped Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, bringing a swing-state centrist to the first woman-led presidential ticket for a major party. As a level-headed moderate, Kaine stands out in an election that's set both parties on fire with impassioned rhetoric and talk of political revolutions. The country will meet him during his prime-time speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Election 2016: 25 Things You Need to Know About Ted Cruz

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may be best known for his anti-Obamacare Senate speech that lasted over 21 hours and included a reading of “Green Eggs and Ham” (more on that later). But the fiery first-term senator played the politics game long before he trounced his establishment-backed rival, former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in the Republican Senate primary in 2012.

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Election 2016: 25 Things to Know About Hillary Clinton

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Like many of the pacesetters in this cycle's presidential race, you either love her or you hate her. Hillary Clinton, the leading hopeful for the Democratic nomination, has an extensive résumé that encompasses a tenure as the U.S. Secretary of State, a senator representing New York, and the first lady of both the United States and Arkansas.

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Election 2016: The Presidential Candidates Winning the Twitter Race

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Although Twitter isn't the end-all-be-all metric of influence, it can provide a number of insights regarding public opinion. Who are people interested in? Whose rhetoric has the greatest reach? Who are people engaged with? At the very least, a candidate can stay on voters’ minds using this tool.

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Election 2016: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Hold Strong Leads in South Carolina Polls

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The 2016 presidential race has been a raucous affair from the get-go, and recent events proved the trend will likely continue throughout the primary process. Despite resounding victories in the New Hampshire primary last week for contrarian candidates on either side of the aisle — Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders both won by double digits — a pair of feisty debates proved the nomination fight won’t be wrapping up anytime soon.

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Election 2016 Emerson College Polls: Emerson Map Shows Many Tight Races But a Lopsided Win for Clinton in the Electoral College

Amidst a general tightening race in key battleground states and a pattern of Democratic and Republican voters coming home to the major-party candidates, Emerson College Polling is predicting that Hillary Clinton will win the Electoral College by a landslide, 323-215.

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  • Disgraced Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty

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    Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer who propelled many to Oscar victory winning loyalty and devotion, has been found guilty by a Manhattan jury of sex crimes which could send the disgraced titan to prison for decades.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Charleston; Race Wars; 2016 Smoking Gun; The Duggars; Christianity's Misconception

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    President Obama delivered remarks this week, as he contemplated the difficulties of freedom and civilized societies and spoke once again of anger, of violence and of forgiveness to a nation who wanted to hear Gun Control, enforcement and change.

     
  • Beltway Insider: U.S Offers Nigeria Assistance; Ukraine Strikes Back; Benghazi Special Panel Convenes

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    President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, the government of Great Britain, leading politicians and citizens are voicing the need for urgency by the Nigerian government in addressing the middle of the night kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls.

     
  • Europe Tightens Border Control Amid Refugee Crisis

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    Syrian refugees continue to seek asylum in Western Europe before countries in the EU institute border controls to manage the flow of thousands of migrants. The refugee crisis has presented a challenge to the continent's open border policies that have been in place for decades.

     
  • Op/Ed: Medicare for All - No Care for You

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    Democrat presidential candidates are sparring over how much to expand Medicare. Should it be Medicare for all, for people over 50, for children, for "all who want it"? Does this include those who entered the country illegally?

     
  • Interview: The Trump Peace Plan Challenge: Can Peace Be Attained Without the Palestinians (Q&A)

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    President Trump boldly announced his groundbreaking peace proposal at a White House press conference together with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at which he spoke of a division of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank).

     
  • 99 Homes Review – Riveting Performances Captures the Emotions of the Foreclosure Crisis

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    99 Homes, from Broad Green Pictures, presents a stunning portrayal of contemporary life in post-recession America, where decent people, once solid home owners, are suddenly ambushed by a corrupt judicial system as they struggle to save their dying American dream.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Fails America; Charlottesville; Swedish Journo Murdered; Glen Campbell

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    President Donald J. Trump known for his twitter rants has once again used the micro messaging platform to send out veiled disapproval of the recent violence acts in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in three deaths and 19 injuries.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Nixes Nuke Deal; Iran Deal Redux; Netanyahu/Iran; NK Summit/Americans Released; McCain Mocked

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    President Trump nixed the Iran Nuclear Deal crafted under the Obama Administration after two years of negotiations by former Secretary of State John Kerry and in agreement in P5+1 United Nations Permanent Members calling it "defected at its core."

     
  • NUIT #1 - An Emotional Journey of Modern Encounters from Award Winning Director Anne Emond

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    NUIT #1, from Canadian director Anne Emond, delves, deep and fast, into contemporary sexual encounters searching beyond the momentary pleasures of quick fix sex into the possibilities of permanency.

     
  • Phantom Review – A Cold War Cat and Mouse Thriller

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    “Phantom,” from Trilogy Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment, brings the 1960’s Cold War back into mainstream with a high stakes, cat and mouse, mind manipulation, circumventing chase that is engrossing from the beginning.

     
  • Shoptalk Secures $2 Million Venture Capital Investment to Launch Shoptalk Europe

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    Shoptalk, which organizes the most important U.S. event for innovation in retail and ecommerce, today announced $2 million in venture capital funding to support the launch of Shoptalk Europe and announced the first group of expected premiere Shoptalk Europe speakers.  

  • Fourth Hostage, Alan Henning, Beheaded by ISIS; Obama’s Impotent Foreign Policy Faulted

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    Alan Henning, a volunteer humanitarian worker and Muslim, the fourth hostage held by the terror group ISIS/ISIL has been executed by his captors according to global media agencies. He was kidnapped in Syria.

     
  • Theater Shooter, James Holmes, Formally Sentenced

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    Theater Shooter, James Holmes who walked into the Aurora Cinemark 16, in full tactical gear, tossed a smoke bomb designed to get his targets to stand, and systematically slaughtered 12 moviegoers and wounded another 70.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Talking with Dennis Quaid on the Making of I Can Only Imagine

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    Dennis Quaid stars in the faith based I Can Only Imagine, which opens this weekend with the power behind the belief that faith can transform, and captivates from the opening scenes giving a tour de force performance.