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Trump Win Proves the Election and System isn’t “Rigged”

By HOWARD BARBANEL The election wasn’t rigged. Confounding the pollsters, the pundits, the media and conventional wisdom, Donald J. Trump, entertainer, entrepreneur and real estate developer was elected as the next President of the United States. Improbably, a billionaire became the voice of the common man having run a populist ...
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Inside the Basket of Undecidables: Millions of Americans Choosing “None of the Above.”

BY HOWARD BARBANEL About a dozen Uber drivers in Florida and New York have told me they’re not planning on voting for a presidential candidate and neither are most of their friends and family. Ditto with the ladies at the dry cleaners. Most of the personal trainers at my gym ...
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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during their presidential town hall debate with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton  - RTSRIYE

About Last Night: Impressions of Donald vs. Hillary Town Hall

BY JOEL MOSKOWITZ Millions of people tuned in Sunday night to watch the expected cage match between two candidates who are grossly unpopular. They both recently had revelations of past statements come to light leading up to what was supposed to be a debate. Let’s be honest it wasn’t a ...
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The Race for President: I’m With No One.

Stuck in the Middle with You, Wondering What it is I Should Do. Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right. BY HOWARD BARBANEL After having watched both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions I’m solidly convinced that the political world has been sent to a paradoxical dimension ...
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Final DNC Takeaway From Night 4 – Hillary’s Wall

BY JOEL MOSKOWITZ Hillary Clinton showed the world last night that there is in fact something she’s just not good at, public speaking. Her supporters will argue that it is hard to shine in an ensemble cast of superstars, her detractors will point to her being perhaps the weakest public ...
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Takeaway From the DNC Night 3 — Hollywood vs. You Tube Conventions

BY JOEL MOSKOWITZ Full disclosure: my coverage of the DNC is not meant to be fair and balanced. I think I have made it obvious and transparent that “I’m with her.” I have been trying to be objective and after last night I admit, that is no longer a possibility ...
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Takeaway From the DNC II

BY JOEL MOSKOWITZ Bill Clinton is the most naturally talented political persona to hold the office of President of the United States in my lifetime, bar none, including Ronald Reagan. So when he was twenty minutes into his address last night and I was bored to tears thinking that this ...
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Florida Representative Debbi Wasserman-Schultz resigned as Chair of the Democratic National Committee and Convention on July 25th after Wikileaks revealed emails showing she tipped the primary scales for Hillary Clinton and against Bernie Sanders.

Takeaways From the Democratic National Convention Night 1

BY JOEL MOSKOWITZ The difference in the energy level between the Republican convention of last week and the Democratic one that opened yesterday was palpable from the get go. Runner up Bernie Sanders needed close to five minutes to calm the enthused crowd down before he was able to speak ...
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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Takeaway from Trump Night 4 of the Republican National Convention

BY JOEL MOSKOWITZ Thursday night felt like the Bizzaro world’s Republican convention. If you didn’t know the dynamics of the campaign before last night, you might be forgiven for thinking, at least for the first three hours of prime time, that this was just another ordinary RNC. The candidate’s friend ...
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Takeaways from Days 2 and 3 of the Republican National Convention: Trump’s Kids, Christie, Cruz and Pence

BY JOEL MOSKOWITZ Takeaway From RNC Part II - Tuesday Rule number one in show business as well as politics; don’t screw up. The simple meaning is that if the show can’t be great, make sure it doesn’t suck. Day two of the RNC was an obvious attempt to make ...
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