Does the press deserve all this hate?

Despite physically assaulting a reporter, Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte easily won a special election in Montana. The incident has many saying the demonization of the press by politicians like Donald Trump has seriously eroded respect for reporters—even their right to basic safety. But others argue members of the media have brought this treatment on themselves through their bia…

TV president we wish were real: Jed Bartlet or Laura Roslin?

Jed Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen on "The West Wing") is a Commander-In-Chief you can admire—a truly decent public servant who uses politics to fight for the common good. Laura Roslin (played by Mary McDonnell on "Battlestar Galactica") is compelling and heroic in a completely different way; she assumed the presidency after a Cylon attack obliterates 99 percent of humanity, and fights to keep de…

TV's most ruthless president: Frank Underwood or Fitzgerald Grant?

Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey on "House of Cards") will go down in television history as one of the darkest and greatest political characters of all time. Bribery, blackmail, murder—nothing stands in the way of Underwood's quest for presidential power. Fitzgerald Grant (played by Tony Goldwyn on "Scandal") is also no stranger to affairs, lying, and dirty tricks—and he famously complains…

Best TV president in a terrorist crisis: David Palmer or Tom Kirkman?

David Palmer (played by Dennis Haybert) was one of many presidents featured on the show "24," but he's the hands-down fan favorite (even John McCain calls Palmer his favorite fictional president). Tom Kirkman of "Designated Survivor" (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is a lowly Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who must take command of the nation after the entire U.S. government is killed in…

Best TV vice president turned president: Mackenzie Allen or Selina Meyer?

President Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis of "Commander In Chief") and President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "VEEP") are TV vice presidents who inherited the highest office in the land. After the president's sudden death, Allen struggles as the first female president. When Meyers' boss resigns, she only makes it one season as president (although she negotiates the freeing of Tibet, Veep Wiki…

Is the alt-right just white supremacy rebranded?

The shocking murder of 23-year-old Bowie State University student Richard Collins III by a member of a white supremacy Facebook group, and affiliated with the alt-right, has some saying it's time we admit "alt-right" is just white supremacy rebranded. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the core belief of alt-right adherents "is that 'white identity' is under attack." But others say it's a mistak…

Do you think the Trump campaign colluded with Russia?

The allegations of collusion between members of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian operatives just grow louder. Former CIA Director John Brennan testified that contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign members were disturbing enough to warrant serious investigation, and it doesn't look good that Trump himself tried to quash that probe. But critics still say there's z…

Did Twitter make Donald Trump president?

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams made headlines when he apologized for the role his company may have had in electing Donald Trump president. Trump himself told Tucker Carlson “I think maybe I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Twitter.” Trump's supporters and detractors say there are many other factors at play besides social media in the election—but others argue Twitter let Trump drive the news cy…

Should the U.S. move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem?

President Trump promised to "move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem" during his campaign. Since then, Trump has done little to make good on his promise. Supporters say moving the embassy would send a clear signal that the U.S. is once more a strong supporter of Israel. Critics say the symbolic move could inflame tensions and threaten peace talks between Is…

Should Fox News fire Sean Hannity?

The family of a slain Democratic National Committee staffer is threatening legal action against Fox News host Sean Hannity. Though police say Seth Rich was shot during an attempted robbery, Hannity continues to fuel a popular right-wing theory that Rich was murdered in retaliation for leaking DNC emails. While Fox News has officially retracted the story, and critics say perpetuating this conspirac…