Sen. Ted Cruz won the New Hampshire GOP debate. Cruz managed to stay above the hand to hand combat between the desperate governors and Sen Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. He gave great answers to the ABC News moderators, some of whom spent the night fishing for sound bites that could be used to help the Democrats’ eventual nominee. Show More Summary
INSOMNIA THEATER (INTERNATIONAL CENSORSHIP EDITION): This week’s video features my interview of Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg, which I conducted while I was visiting London in 2015. In addition to giving an insightful overview of the state of free expression and censorship efforts across the globe, Jodie covers a variety of other topics, including […]
Will last night ABC’s Republican Presidential debate prove to be Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s downfall? Rubio came out of the Iowa caucuses in a strong third place, with analysts proclaming him as the likely candidate around which “the establishment” and anti-Trump GOPers would coalesce. But at the debate he had a target on his back [...]Show More Summary
We here at FiveThirtyEight endorse the conventional wisdom, for a change. Like most other people covering the event, we thought that Marco Rubio had a really bad night in Saturday’s Republican debate, that the three Republican governors (Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich) had a pretty good night, and that Donald Trump and Ted […]
There's a famous scene in the 1975 movie The Stepford Wives in which human robot Paula Prentiss suffers a massive circuitry meltdown. Over and over she dumps coffee grounds on the kitchen counter, smashes breakfast mugs on the floor, and utters her pre-programmed catch-phrases in an endless loop. Show More Summary
In the final days leading up to the Iowa caucuses, things were looking good for Donald Trump. So good, in fact, that he was openly musing about maybe trading in some of his "New York values" for a nice farm in "Corn Country." But a funny...Show More Summary
A self-inflicted injury could stop his momentum
The objections will continue into the Super Bowl
TONIGHT’S GOP DEBATE IS ON ABC — THE ANYBODY BUT CARLY NETWORK: Why does the House of Stephanopoulos hate women not named Hillary Clinton so much?
A reader writes: Now that the presidential race is in full swing, I think it’s only fitting that each candidate gets a theme song that’s truly representative. This 1974 gem from 10cc is the perfect fit for Bernie. Delightfully bouncy...Show More Summary
Calling ABC the "Anybody But Carly" network
"Before the debate, I normally call my mom to get advice"
The Iowa Republican winner appeals by trumpeting the gold standard, privacy rights and limits on eminent domain
A million here, a million there...
As Larry David hosts the show this week, Bernie Sanders is expected to be next
May I suggest the ideal Republican vice-presidential candidate for whichever wingnut secures the GOP nomination this year: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Is there any doubt that America’s worst governor would...
No debate can get to every topic that matters to every voter. But now that we have had five Democratic primary debates—which are now being held on weeknights, imagine that—it’s worth noting that we have yet to hear Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders seriously discuss two core liberal issues on the same stage. Show More Summary
Before the Iowa caucuses, the questions facing Republican Party elites were straightforward but existential: Could the divided field of establishment-backed candidates consolidate in time to stop Donald Trump and Ted Cruz? And, if so,...Show More Summary
UM, REALLY? Obama compares his work on the economy to his gym routine. Because I’ve seen his workout video.