We don't yet know exactly what, if any, effect Wednesday night's debate had on the state of the 2016 presidential race. Polls take a few days to complete, giving news media a larger role in shaping opinions of debate performances and defining what the takeaways are.
About 40 minutes into Wednesday night's debate at UNLV, Donald Trump looked to be on the way to his first clear successful debate performance. He wasn't interrupting, he didn't sniffle, he stayed on message and appeared well prepared. Wrong!
The 2016 presidential election has thrown marriages into disarray, pushed the level of hateful rhetoric to an apex and has asked deep questions about the strength of our democracy. One group of Americans not involved in the political process, but directly exposed to its toxic rhetorical fallout, are children.
It feels like ages since the Billy Bush "Access Hollywood" tape of Donald Trump came out. It was actually 11 days ago. Since then, we've had another debate, nine women accused Donald Trump of harassment, and the country's beloved red cardigan-wearing debate attendee Ken Bone went from America's savior to a creepy, depraved Reddit-user.
One cannot overstate the vital role that Hispanic voters will play in deciding our next president. Many swing states, in particular Florida, have larger Hispanic communities than the average across the country. Further, FiveThirtyEight gives Florida a 19.4% chance of tipping the election.
With less than a month until the November 8 election, news media have found out how to cover the mind-bending absurd spectacle of Trump. The answer: give a platform to the Trump supporters, who are willing to stand up for him despite an avalanche of sexual assault accusations.
The two candidates vying for the highest office are deeply flawed and wildly disliked across the country. A majority of voters think of Hillary Clinton as dishonest, while Donald Trump champions the unfit-for-office trait. Undecided voters, however, are more comfortable with the deceitful and calculating candidate in office than the volatility and bombast of Trump.
"It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me, and I can now fight for America the way I want to," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. He added slams at Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain just for good measure. Trump appears to have severed ties with the Republican party.
Until recently, Donald Trump has dominated his political opponents in the social-media landscape. But his approach has not been as sophisticated as Hillary Clinton's. Since September, her accounts have surpassed his in total monthly followers, posts and engagements.
Donald Trump was clearly more prepared this time around, while still falling a bit off the rails. Despite attacking Clinton, there were several moments from Trump that were disturbing.