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It’s time to end presidential debates — forever

It’s time to end presidential debates — forever

Last Friday, the Commission on Presidential Debates officially canceled the second presidential debate of the 2020 general election, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 15. The cancellation was caused by President Trump’s refusal to debate remotely (despite his positive test for Covid-19). According to Newton Minow, a member of the debate commission and one of the…
In A Long Day Of Impeachment Debates, RBG Is Our Only Saving Grace

In A Long Day Of Impeachment Debates, RBG Is Our Only Saving Grace

"Tonight, I'm feeling fine," Ginsberg said on Tuesday evening when she accepted the Berggruen Prize for philosophy and culture. Despite the immense turmoil the country faces with the potential of impeachment a third president in American history, Ginsberg shed an air of optimism on it all. She pointed at youth leaders — Malala Yousafzai and…
Why Paid Family Leave Should Have Been Front-&-Center At The Debates

Why Paid Family Leave Should Have Been Front-&-Center At The Debates

Step 4. Broad engagement – pick and champion a policy. The candidates in the field have strong records on which to build a robust debate. Every current or recent former member of Congress running for president is a supporter of Senator Gillibrand and Representative DeLauro’s FAMILY Act, which would create a national paid family and…
Climate change got just 15 minutes out of 4 hours of Democratic debates

Climate change got just 15 minutes out of 4 hours of Democratic debates

The first two Democratic presidential debates for the 2020 election this week devoted more attention to climate change than in all the 2016 debates combined. But the climate crisis got just 15 minutes across four hours of airtime. And it wasn’t time particularly well spent: The questions were muddled, the discussion was shallow, and most…
Here’s What Women Actually Want To Hear About In The Democratic Debates

Here’s What Women Actually Want To Hear About In The Democratic Debates

When asked, "Which candidate are you most excited to hear from?" 55% of Refinery29 readers chose Warren, while 15% chose Sen. Kamala Harris and 15% chose Sanders. The rest were evenly divided among other candidates, while one reader said, "I still don't have an exact preference except Not Biden, so I'm watching this debate to…
How DNC Chair Tom Perez plans to avoid the chaos of the GOP’s 2016 debates

How DNC Chair Tom Perez plans to avoid the chaos of the GOP’s 2016...

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez has the unenviable job of figuring out exactly how the summer DNC debates will accommodate a 21-candidate field that is growing by the week. Out of that massive group, 18 candidates have so far qualified for the first two debate stages, according to their self-reported numbers (spiritual author and…

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