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We’re misinterpreting the other side on purpose because it makes arguing easier

An illustration of a group of young upper-class males having an argument at the dinner table, with one throwing wine into another’s face.
An illustration of a group of young upper-class males having an argument at the dinner table, with one throwing wine into another’s face.
Illustration from “The Union Jack”, a British magazine published by Griffith & Farran, London and dated September 8th 1881, Volume II, No 89. Credit: whitemay/Getty Images


Even if the candidates weren’t shouting over each other, did we really gain anything?

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


A roundtable with Douglas Rushkoff, Garance Franke-Ruta, Max Ufberg, and Andrea González-Ramírez

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Everything is not fine. But to hear it from the vice president, it’s all going according to plan.

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The Democratic nominee’s expressions told a story all women will recognize

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Live commentary from Sarah Stankorb, Garance Franke-Ruta, Max Ufberg, and Andrea González-Ramírez

Photo: Morry Gash / Pool / AFP via Getty Images.


Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris are equally matched and formidable debaters. But will it matter?

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence at the 58th Presidential Inauguration in 2017. Photo: United States Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons

1. Historically, the vice presidential debates have featured memorable but electorally negligible performances


A counterintuitively optimistic take on the first presidential debate

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The only thing the first debate showed is that the president is more dangerous than ever

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Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren have mastered the art of getting our attention on TV

Sen. Elizabeth Warren with journalist Chris Matthews in the spin room following the debate. Photo: Bridget Bennett/Getty Images

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