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November 3, 2013
Another year of the daylight savings time debate… Economist online magazine Quartz poses the solution of splitting the United States into two time zones as the United States (or just all of North America) is the largest continent that practices the time change. And interestingly, Arizona opts out of the daylight savings time change, I didn’t know that. 
From all of us at shortformblog: If you didn’t already, here’s a friendly reminder to set your clocks back an hour!

Another year of the daylight savings time debate… Economist online magazine Quartz poses the solution of splitting the United States into two time zones as the United States (or just all of North America) is the largest continent that practices the time change. And interestingly, Arizona opts out of the daylight savings time change, I didn’t know that. 

From all of us at shortformblog: If you didn’t already, here’s a friendly reminder to set your clocks back an hour!

10:37 // 10 months ago
April 26, 2013

Luntz and Penn student spar over secretly recorded footage

  • action Yesterday, Mother Jones released secretly-recorded audio of GOP strategist Frank Luntz criticizing right-wing talk show hosts during a talk with College Republicans at the University of Pennsylvania. “They get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It’s only on the Republican side,” Luntz said.
  • reaction "I’m very disappointed that at Penn, [the] trust between students and speaker is gone," said Luntz, an former student and professor at the school, after the release of the audio. ”Call me naive, but I thought it was possible to have an open, honest conversation about American politics and not make it a national conversation.”
  • rebuttal "The Penn environment should be one in which people are encouraged and expected to speak unencumbered by self-interest," wrote Aakash Abbi, the student who recorded the speech. ”If influential GOP figures like Frank Luntz truly believe that the party’s media kingmakers harm the national interest but refuse to say so for fear of backlash, they knowingly work against the spirit of open and honest debate.”

There’s also a question of journalistic ethics. Luntz requested that the remarks remain off the record; while a journalist who was in the room verbally agreed to this request, Abbi (who isn’t a journalist) and Mother Jones (who wasn’t present) did not. So are they still bound by it? Does a request to remain off the record amount to a decree, or must it be agreed to? Regardless of where you stand, it’s a fuzzy area. Meanwhile, Luntz has withdrawn a scholarship in his father’s name since the remarks leaked.

18:33 // 1 year ago
October 22, 2012
Romney: “A military action is a last resort.”

Romney: “A military action is a last resort.”

21:51 // 1 year ago
Welcome to the debate, kids, whoo! Hosted by our bro Bob Schieffer. WHOO! Follow our coverage here.

Welcome to the debate, kids, whoo! Hosted by our bro Bob Schieffer. WHOO! Follow our coverage here.

21:03 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2012
DEBATE TIME WHOOO! Follow our posts here. And keep an eye on us on Twitter.

DEBATE TIME WHOOO! Follow our posts here. And keep an eye on us on Twitter.

21:05 // 1 year ago
October 11, 2012
The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne, handicapping the criticism of the moderators.

The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne, handicapping the criticism of the moderators.

22:07 // 1 year ago
October 4, 2012
9:27 // 1 year ago
October 3, 2012

buzzfeed:

There didn’t seem to be any debate-themed drinking games posted on tumblr today, so we thought we’d make one. It’s weird no other sites decided to make one of these, oh well. Try out the BuzzFeed Presidential Debate Drinking Game!

Unemployment counts for a drink? Man, Buzzfeed’s trying to give us alcohol poisoning.

17:02 // 1 year ago
September 22, 2012
Governor Romney is a very skilled debater, so clearly the governor has the advantage.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina • Heaping a modest bit of dirt on the debate abilities of his boss. If this seems on its face like a gaffe, it isn’t — the name of the game in presidential debates over the last several cycles has been lowering expectations. It’s a strategy that worked well for President Bush in both 2000 and 2004, for a simple reason — diminished expectations allow a candidate to seem to shine (or to rise to the occasion) just by doing a competent job. Conversely, the Romney campaign’s strategy at this late date hinges so heavily on scoring knockout blows on the debate stage (it’s no secret that Romney’s been forgoing much campaigning post-convention, ostensibly to focus on debate prep) that they’ve done much the opposite — they want you to think Romney’s going to win. That could end up being true, to be sure, but on sheer poltiical calculus, it’s not a situation any campaign thirsts to be in. source
15:02 // 1 year ago
August 11, 2012

There’s almost no end to the hulabaloo over the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s VP today, both by supporters and detractors. One prominent detractor is former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich, who tweeted earlier today that he’d debated Paul Ryan, and that he “won’t help Romney.” Reich’s claim was derided by Twitter’s conservative corners, nothing if not vociferous, and by Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy. So, we figured you ought to be the judge. Above is part one of that debate, featuring Paul Ryan, George Will, Barney Frank, and Reich himself. Who do you think wins the day? If anyone, that is.

(Source: youtube.com)

19:51 // 2 years ago