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Fox News debate trumps Trump

Donald Trump assumed the Fox News Republican presidential debate would take a ratings hit without Donald Trump. Score this one Fox News 1, Donald Trump 0.


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A conspiracy of fear-mongers

Over the weekend CNN breathlessly reported as “Breaking News” a new poll indicating that people are increasingly frightened about terrorism.


Trump, Jeb! kerfuffle their way through the CNN Republican debate

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush needed to show some signs of life heading into the holidays. It’s probably too little, too late, but there is a pulse in there somewhere.


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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Live coverage of the CNN Republican Debate

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham leads our live coverage of the Dec. 15 CNN Republican Debate.


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Jim Webb considering independent run for president

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb is reportedly considering a run for president as an independent. The Webb campaign said in a statement that Webb will hold a news conference on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington.


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Jim Webb critical of CNN, Anderson Cooper for handling of presidential debate

Jim Webb had to fight for the right to talk during Tuesday’s CNN Democratic Party presidential debate, and in doing so has been pilloried in the media for supposedly wasting his time to point out that he was getting shafted.


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#DemDebate: Will America ever elect a socialist? Paging Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders was given the opportunity to tell America that it would be perfectly OK to elect a self-styled socialist as president. And then he started talking about Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Cue reference to George McGovern turning over in his grave.


#DemDebate: Anderson Cooper fails as moderator

CNN news personality Anderson Cooper was dogged in enforcing the rules of Tuesday’s Democratic Party presidential debate when it came to the second-tier candidates, engaging in two awkward exchanges with former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb over the rules regarding timing.


#DemDebate: Martin O’Malley earns spot in top three

Frontrunner Hillary Clinton and solid #2 Bernie Sanders held serve in Tuesday’s CNN Democratic Party presidential debate. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley emerged from the others receiving votes candidates as a legit player in the 2016 race.


CNN sets viewer record with Republican presidential debate

Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate was the most-watched program in CNN history, drawing an average of 22.9 million viewers during its three hours.


Jim Gilmore not included in CNN Republican presidential debates

Jim Gilmore will not be among the 16 candidates on the stage at the two CNN Republican Party presidential debates scheduled for Sept. 16.


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Jim Webb defends record on women in military

Jim Webb, in 1979, wrote a magazine piece titled “Women Can’t Fight” addressing the role of women in combat. Now running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Webb would like you to know that he didn’t write the headline.


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Jim Webb on Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders: Americans worried about future

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb hasn’t seen his presidential campaign catch fire yet, to say the least. He was asked in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” about two campaigns that have caught fire: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.


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Jim Webb talks foreign policy: Iran, North Korea

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb joined the chorus of political leaders criticizing the Obama administration agreement with Iran.


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Jim Webb: Met with Joe Biden, keeps substance private

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he met last month with Vice President Joe Biden, but stopped short of discussing the substance of the conversation, including whether Biden indicated whether or not he might be running for president in 2016.


Who do you trust? Poll reveals attitudes toward TV news

Half of you still trust NBC News, even after hearing that Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is more raconteur than newsman. The other half don’t, but those of you in this group might not trust the news in general.


Mitt Romney proceeds to fulfill the definition of insanity

On Friday, Mitt Romney finally told the truth about his interest in a third presidential run to a room full of Republican donors, as if he hadn’t planned for this all along.


Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. comes to Charlottesville Jan. 10

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the dreadlocked classic crooner vocalist who won season six of NBC Television’s America’s Got Talent, a $1 million grand prize, and a Columbia Records contract, will be performing in Charlottesville at Paramount Theater, at 215 East Main Street, at 8 p.m.


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Jim Webb under fire for PAC payments to family members

The presidential campaign of former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb is scrambling in the wake of a report that his Born Fighting PAC has paid more than $90,000 for services provided by his wife and daughter.


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Boycott this?

I’m not sure why people get so frothed about starting boycotts. Another one just popped up in my Facebook News Feed about getting advertisers to stop sponsoring Rush Limbaugh, and while I agree that Limbaugh is a waste of space, the boycott stuff seems a waste of time.


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Memo to CNN: Put the blame on torture where it lies

Wolf Blitzer and his colleagues at CNN have been risking shoulder separations patting Blitzer on the back for his tough questioning on Tuesday of Sen. Dianne Feinstein regarding the release of a Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture on terrorism suspects in the ‘00s.


I Can’t Breathe: It’s time an athlete stood for something

For the past couple of decades, athletes followed in the tradition of Michael Jordan, who made his mint off the court by famously avoiding any kind of brand controversy.


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Tasteless, indeed: St. Louis police try to silence football players?

Cops have First Amendment rights. So do football players, among the rest of us, but cops in St. Louis don’t like it when football players, and the rest of us, engage our First Amendment rights, and otherwise our more basic instincts to free expression.


Hiking expert Jeff Alt to speak at Bridgewater College

Jeff Alt will present “Life Lessons from the Trail” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College. The event is free and open to the public.


Expert on the Berlin Wall to speak at Bridgewater College

Dr. Hope M. Harrison, associate professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University, will speak on “The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and German Historical Memory.”


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Tooclosetocall? Seriously? It’s over, Mark Warner won already

There is one precinct left to count of the 2,557 spread across Virginia, the University Hall precinct in Albemarle County, and Mark Warner has a 16,540-vote lead over Ed Gillespie.


How Election Night will go in Virginia: Can Ed Gillespie shock the world?

If you watch the election returns tonight like you watch a football game, the first quarter of the Mark Warner-Ed Gillespie game might surprise you, when you see Gillespie get on the board with an early touchdown.


CNN cries politics on Ebola: Seriously?

A segment in the morning news rotation on CNN TV today is blasting politicians for, you know, playing politics with Ebola. Which is only noteworthy because of how CNN has itself been playing, um, well, media, with Ebola for days now.


Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

A second person connected with the treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died in a Dallas hospital last week after being diagnosed with the Ebola virus, has tested positive for the virus, the Texas Department of Health Services has confirmed.


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Six months to live: How would you deal with it?

I just read the heartbreaking first-person account of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed who in April was told that the cause of her months of progressively worsening headaches was caused by a brain tumor, and that even with aggressive treatment she may only have six months to live.


“Crossfire” co-host Van Jones to speak at Bridgewater College

Van Jones, co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, will speak on Monday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College. The program, sponsored by the Kline-Bowman Endowment Fund for Creative Peacebuilding, is free and open to the public.


“Get Your Kids Hiking!” in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah National Park Association are delighted to once again host a special program featuring Jeff Alt, renowned author of Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun, who will inspire families to enjoy and care for nature and the outdoors.


Short Film Showcase at WTA’s Gateway

The Waynesboro Cultural Commission will present ten of the best entries in its 2013 and 2014 Short Film Competition at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro on Sunday June 22.


Get Your Kids Hiking! in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah National Park Association are delighted to once again host a special program featuring Jeff Alt, renowned author of Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun, who will inspire families to enjoy and care for nature and the outdoors.


Battlefields Foundation hosts Civil War miniseries producer

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) is pleased to welcome Michael Frost Beckner, executive producer of the upcoming Civil War miniseries, To Appomattox, to the Shenandoah Valley.


Chris Graham: Newt Gingrich is right on global warming

Newt Gingrich thinks John Kerry should resign after telling a conference in Indonesia on Sunday that global warming is “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”


Analysis: National media quiet on Kevin Quick case

The Kevin Quick case seems like a made-for-cable-news drama, complete with its own breaking news theme music and endless questioning from the likes of Nancy Grace and Greta Van Susteren of talking-head former prosecutors and defense attorneys who know nothing about the case but still talk ad nauseam about it anyway.


Analysis: What works people up so much about Fox News?

A new poll from Public Policy Polling on who we trust in TV news – they have to do something when there’s no elections on the horizon – has once again Fox News as both the most trusted and least trusted brand name in news.


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Poll: 113th Congress is worst ever

We generally don’t like Congress. Now we can change the adverb to historically. A new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday has us ranking the 113th Congress as the worst in our lifetimes. The news might be that 28 percent disagree with that idea. This Congress, after all, is responsible for shutting down government in the midst of an economic recovery.


We’ve met the enemy, and it’s us

I’ve been steering clear of the “controversy” over a Florida pastor’s plans to stage a Koran burning on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. My reasoning: Why waste ink on the guy? So I won’t waste ink on whatever-his-name-is. He’ll either burns a pile of Korans, or he won’t. Which may spark worldwide protests from […]


Daily Rant | Reality Bites

AFP editor Chris Graham imagines aloud how he can go from being a nobody from nowhere into becoming a reality-TV star. The bare outline – tell people the balloon in the backyard that just flew off into the heavens had a little kid in it, then sit back and wait for Larry King to call. […]