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US Election: Non-college-educated whites versus the rest?

One of the noticeable features of last night’s US Presidential debate (see full transcript here) was how Donald Trump was goaded into saying things to damage his chances with key constituencies. His “stop and frisk” proposal will not, I suspect, go down well with African American communities. Mention of his criticism of Alicia Machado, a hispanic former Miss Universe, probably met with displeasure from women and Hispanics. There was the airing of the “birther” controversy and a whole series of Trump favourites, as he was very successfully goaded by Hillary Clinton.

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Trump and Clinton finally meet to debate

Well, at last we saw Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton facing each other this morning. You can watch the debate in full via CBS and YouTube below.

My first impression was that Hilary Clinton certainly put the “health” and “stamina” issues to bed. Donald Trump started to get a little frayed as the debate wore on. Clinton carried on confidently and was as fresh as a daisy at the end. She certainly looked “presidential”.

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What will the Presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump be like?

In the US, the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates has proposed three televised Presidential debates in September and October.

It is fascinating to imagine how these will go. On the one hand we’ll have the ultimate cool-headed policy wonk in Hillary. On the other we will have the hot-headed, insult-firing Trump.

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“Letter of the month” nails Trump

This is a particularly clever nailing of the Donald Trump style. It comes from the Tampa Bay Times, was written by Terry Vaught of Dover, Florida, USA and tweeted by TBT reporter Mark Puente.

All it needs is that very skilful Trump impersonator, Lewis MacLeod, from Dead Ringers to voice it:

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Obama slow jams the news – the coolest of the cool?

There are not many politicians who could pull this off…



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Compelling portrait of a disabled person who was one of the USA’s greatest Presidents

BBC 4 have surpassed themselves with “World War Two: 1945 & The Wheelchair President”. Professor David Reynolds presents a remarkably gripping and informed biography of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, focussing mainly on the final year of his life. It’s a must-see for any politics anorak and is available for the next 20 days here.

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Clinton finds her voice: “This isn’t reality television – this is actual reality.”

Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he’s angry, but America’s entire arsenal.

Hillary Clinton has found her voice with a major speech on foreign policy in San Diego. The speech is substantive, going through key issues one by one and quoting Donald Trump’s “ideas”, of which she says, powerfully:

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  • User AvatarStevan Rose 29th Sep - 7:39am
    "remarks about trading with the world are easier said than done." Yet little New Zealand with just 4 million people manages it. Go figure.
  • User AvatarManfarang 29th Sep - 6:05am
    WW2 wasn't just in Europe. Think Japan. The above article reflects the insular views that have developed in the UK in the last two decades....
  • User AvatarManfarang 29th Sep - 2:35am
    Dave Orbison "seriously?" Yes Momentum is the stuff of student politics of 40 years ago. The New Left may look new to todays young. I...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 29th Sep - 1:18am
    Rebecca Lovely to hear your father is with us , he seems to be someone you admire a great deal professionally as well as personally....
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 29th Sep - 12:58am
    I cannot fathom the loathing of Clinton anymore than the liking of Trump. I agree with, and am keen on, the comments of Paul, Eddie,...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 28th Sep - 11:23pm
    Simon Shaw - fair comment, and I seem to remember hearing Tim say Corbyn wouldn't talk to him. But there are ways and ways of...