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Hoyt Purvis: The challenges ahead

Trump, Clinton face different obstacles

Subscriber onlyThe unprecedented nature of the presidential campaign has many dimensions and sub-themes. The campaign has already been marked by a series of extraordinary developments, with more undoubtedly ahead. Continue reading...

Hoyt Purvis: Convention momentum?

Democrats make most of quadrennial party gathering

Subscriber onlyParty political conventions are intended to be packaged and presented as entertainingly as possible. We saw this in the two recently completed events. Their primary goal, of course, is to give their presidential nominees a thrust into the remaining weeks of the campaign. Continue reading...

Commentary: Emails, tweets help drive presidential politics

Technology changing way campaigns play out

Subscriber onlyPresidential election cycles and major political activities often utilize new technologies and techniques. Sometimes the technologies themselves can figure significantly into the political picture. Continue reading...

Commentary: A nation at a crossroads

Question remains which direction U.S. voters ready to take

Subscriber onlyThe horrific massacre in Orlando brought us to an intersection of issues and controversies. Continue reading...

Commentary: As U.S. politics perplex, world events march on

U.S. improving relations with Cuba, Vietnam

Subscriber onlyAlthough the presidential campaign is capturing most of public and media attention these days, there are significant developments internationally -- not all of them bad -- that shouldn't be overlooked. Continue reading...

Commentary: And this just in ...

Can media master Trump become presidential

Subscriber onlyBreaking news ... Trump is humble. Continue reading...

Commentary: Trade and tradeoffs

Candidates keep economic debate overly simple

Subscriber onlyCertain certainties have long characterized American international economic and security policies. Pillars of those policies have been the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and, at least rhetorically, the principle of free trade. Continue reading...

Commentary: Leadership talk, action

Obama’s recent diplomacy easily defended

Subscriber onlyWhat this country needs is strong leadership. Continue reading...

Commentary: A slew of slurs

Trump helping to devalue facts in presidential campaign

Subscriber onlyStanding in line at my voting precinct on primary day, I heard comments from two people in front of me. "I don't know if this is where we are supposed to vote," the man said. 'I haven't voted in a long time." And the lady with him commented, "We just want to vote against Trump and Hillary Clinton." Told that they would have to choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot, they were unhappy and didn't understand why they couldn't vote in both primaries. Continue reading...

Commentary: Primaries become primary in elections of presidents

Arkansas dates have shifted with political winds

Subscriber onlyAs the so-called SEC primary date of March 1 approaches, it brings reflections on primaries past and the whole primary system. Continue reading...

Commentary: Foreign policy by swagger

Talk is cheap, but can be costly in world relations

Subscriber onlyForeign policy and international issues tend to become significant subjects in presidential campaigns, although many experts anticipated the current campaign would turn on economic issues. And there are clearly economic problems, particularly the uneven recovery from the 2007-8 financial crisis. However, driven by growing fears and concerns about terrorism, national security and international affairs have taken center stage and generated an abundance of overheated and unrealistic rhetoric in the process. Continue reading...

Commentary: A supurb politician

Bumpers defeated heavyweights, demonstrated leadership

Subscriber onlyArkansas has produced a disproportionate share of superb politicians. In the very top rank of that group stands Dale Bumpers, former governor and U.S. senator who died a few days ago. Continue reading...

Commentary: They said what?

Candidates drag down level of national dialogue

Subscriber onlyThe downward spiral in the quality of the national political dialogue continues to accelerate. The rhetoric is more insipid than inspiring. Continue reading...

Commentary: About that media bias

Targeting media a tried, true campaign tactic

Subscriber onlyI ask you, "Is the media biased?" Continue reading...

Commentary: The high cost of intervention

Heightened instability among the risks of involvement

Subscriber onlyIn the final months of 1979, a series of events with major international consequences occurred. Among the most significant of those was the hostage-taking by Iranian militants at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union. Continue reading...

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