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As Debate Nears, Clinton Leads by 6 Points

But FiveThirtyEight says she can't claim a rebound quite yet

(Newser) - For those not yet suffering from poll fatigue, new results are out right before the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday. Per an NBC News /Wall Street Journal poll, its first general-election survey of likely voters, Clinton leads Trump by 6 points. The poll was taken... More »

Trump: I'll Debate Sanders If We Can Raise $10M

It's not clear how serious he is

(Newser) - Will Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders really debate? Trump told Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday he was open to the idea, and Sanders is definitely down, but now it looks as if Trump will only follow through on the plan if enough money is raised. "What we'll do is raise... More »

Sanders, Trump Agree to Debate

'Game on,' Sanders tweets after idea floated on Kimmel

(Newser) - Donald Trump has stepped up to the challenge that Hillary Clinton rejected : debating Bernie Sanders before the nation's final primaries. On Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, the host asked Trump whether he would debate Sanders, and Trump agreed to do so if the proceeds went to charity, CBS News reports.... More »

Fox Cancels Monday's Debate

After Trump, Kasich drop out

(Newser) - Fox News, apparently uninterested in hosting a forum in which Ted Cruz debates, alone, on live national TV, has canceled Monday's GOP presidential debate. Donald Trump was the first to drop out of the Utah debate, claiming on Wednesday that there have been "enough" debates already , and John... More »

So Who Won: Fox or Trump?

Well, it's not exactly clear

(Newser) - Who won Thursday night: Donald Trump or Fox News? The early word seems to be that there's "no clear winner," as the Baltimore Sun puts it. Trump, of course, skipped the Fox News GOP debate, and other networks including CNN and MSNBC ran portions of Trump's... More »

Donald Trump Ban to Be Debated by UK Parliament

Is Trump 'non-conducive to the public good?'

(Newser) - Mark your calendars: On Jan. 18, the UK will officially decide whether it—as a country—is a loser. That's when Parliament is officially scheduled to debate an immensely popular petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the country, Time reports. According to the BBC , the... More »

Harvard Debate Champs Lose to Team of Prisoners

Maximum-security inmates beat Ivy League's best

(Newser) - Next up, a debate with the parole board? The Ivy League's finest debate team was defeated by a team of prisoners from a maximum-security prison in New York state. The three-man Eastern New York Correctional Facility team was declared the winner on Sept. 18 after debating for an hour... More »

Here Is Your GOP Debate Drinking Game

'Drink every time Carly Fiorina makes a joke about her own face'

(Newser) - It will likely come as no surprise to you that there are quite a few GOP debate drinking games out there in anticipation of tonight's event , but the one authored by Matt Taibbi over at Rolling Stone is particularly amusing. "The event is taking place in California at... More »

Florida Governor Almost Calls Off Debate Over Fan

Heated debate gets off to bizarre start

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott almost called off his debate with Democratic challenger Charlie Crist last night over a fan—and not the kind that would want the Republican's autograph. At the start of the debate, Scott refused to come out for at least six minutes because Crist had an... More »

Google Holds Debates on 'Right to Be Forgotten'

EU rule calls for removal of some links from search engines

(Newser) - Google is touring Europe to discuss a controversial new rule in the region: the "right to be forgotten," which allows individuals to seek the removal of unwanted search-engine links about them. While those on one side of the argument see a victory for privacy, others see censorship, the... More »

Wacky Idaho Debate Goes Viral

Also-rans in governor's race provide the fireworks

(Newser) - If either party wants to improve the ratings of televised debates, they just need these two guys from Idaho. (Very) longshot gubernatorial candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes provided the entertainment in the GOP primary debate as incumbent Gov. Butch Otter and Tea Party challenger Russ Fulcher got upstaged. Brown... More »

Stewart, O'Reilly Trade Jabs in 'Rumble'

Pundits spar in 90-minute, zinger-laden debate

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart rumbled "in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium" of George Washington University last night, and zingers flew, moderators were overrun, and Stewart occasionally zipped up and down on a mechanical platform that helped him bridge the 10-inch height difference between him and the Fox host. The... More »

Brown, Warren Both Falter in 2nd Debate

Brown gets snarky; Warren fumbles on bipartisanship

(Newser) - Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren faced off last night in the second debate of the pivotal Massachusetts senate race—and both candidates suffered some awkward moments, writes Glen Johnson in the Boston Globe . Republican Brown was booed after telling an interrupting Warren, "Excuse me, I'm not a student... More »

Reid Cancels Senate Votes for Brown-Warren Debate

He accused Republicans of stalling so Brown could miss it

(Newser) - Sen. Scott Brown is scheduled to debate Elizabeth Warren this evening in their tight Massachusetts race, but a little Senate drama nearly got in the way. Earlier in the day, Brown told a reporter that he might have to miss the debate if Senate voting ran late. Democrats say Republicans... More »

Stewart, O'Reilly Plan Rumble —Er, Debate

Will be like a presidential debate, except not pompous: O'Reilly

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart always make for an entertaining pair , so mark your calendars for Oct. 6. That's when they'll be debating issues including the national debt, America's relationship with the Muslim world, and gas prices, O'Reilly announced last night on his show. The... More »

Politician Pulls Gun on Debate Rival

Threat follows insults, shoe-throwing in Jordan

(Newser) - A live TV debate between a Jordanian lawmaker and a guerrilla-turned-activist deteriorated into a loud volley of accusations ... then the MP whipped out a pistol. And shoe-throwing was involved! A court is considering charges against Mohammed Shawabka after the not-so-diplomatic incident. "He was going to shoot me and he... More »

Pelosi Turns Down Perry's Debate Invite With Zinger

I just can't, she explained, because I have 3 things to do...

(Newser) - Say it with us: Ouch! Nancy Pelosi didn't just turn down Rick Perry's invitation to debate him on Monday—she twisted the knife a little bit. The Los Angeles Times reports that Pelosi today declined Perry's request by playing off of his "oops" moment . Her schedule,... More »

8 Dos, Don'ts for Tonight's Debate

Cain needs more substance; Perry just needs a better performance: Politico

(Newser) - Tonight’s GOP debate—the last one for three weeks—is one of the few remaining chances for the Republican presidential candidates to change the opinions (for better or worse) of millions of TV viewers before Iowa’s Jan. 3 caucuses . With that in mind, Maggie Haberman offers some advice... More »

What to Watch for in Tonight's Debate

Will Perry make a good impression? Can Bachmann survive?

(Newser) - Sure, some of them have faced off before—but tonight’s Politico/NBC News debate marks the first time new frontrunner Rick Perry will join the fray, making it what Politico calls the “first Fall Classic” for 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls. And it’s the start of a busy month... More »

Top GOP Hopefuls Prep for First Big Debate

First 2012 debate for Romney, Bachmann, Gingrich

(Newser) - Seven top Republican presidential hopefuls will gather this month for the first New Hampshire 2012 debate. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum will meet at Saint Anselm College for the face-off, hosted by CNN ’s John King. It's the... More »

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