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Fox’s Sean Hannity at center of bitter campaign competition

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Sean Hannity is getting a bruising reminder that this year’s presidential campaign defies traditional political rules. The Fox News Channel and radio host had a nasty spat with Sen. Ted Cruz this past week, following criticism from both the left and right about his interviews with Donald Trump. Fox also aired the odd spectacle of Hannity sitting onstage with Trump as an audience booed lustily at the mention of Fox colleague Megyn Kelly‘s name. In an election year when cable…

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Viewer’s Guide: GOP debate about Donald Trump vs. everyone else

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And then there were four. Ben Carson‘s departure from the GOP presidential race means the quartet of remaining Republicans on the debate stage Thursday night get more time for attacks as Donald Trump treads a path to the GOP nomination and his three rivals try to trip him up. Cheered on by many Republican leaders, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich are racing the primary clock to March 15, likely their last chance to stop Trump in a series…

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How Super Tuesday played out on TV, cable networks

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Here’s a look at highlights from television coverage of Super Tuesday voting in the presidential campaign: — TRUMP’S PODIUM The broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC gave the campaign an hour of prime-time coverage, and Donald Trump put pressure on them right away. Trump has dominated coverage almost since his announcement last summer, and was in the midst of a hybrid news conference and victory speech in Florida at 10 p.m. ET when the broadcast networks began their election specials.…

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Viewer’s Guide: Donald Trump drama, closing arguments before Iowa

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It’s one thing to attack Donald Trump when he’s standing on the presidential debate stage. But what about when he’s not? It’s a complicated question for the seven presidential candidates in the seventh prime time Republican presidential debate, who expect a no-show from the front-runner who has eclipsed the contest for months — on the brink of Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Trump has declared that because of what he calls unfair treatment by the network hosting the debate, Fox News Channel,…

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Donald Trump not backing down from Fox debate boycott

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wasn’t backing down Wednesday from his threat to boycott this week’s GOP debate, where candidates have the opportunity to make their closing arguments before voting begins in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in a pair of television interviews Wednesday that Trump, a billionaire businessman, “knows when to walk away from a bad deal.” “They think they can toy with Mr. Trump,” Lewandowski said of Fox News on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Mr.…

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Donald Trump skipping Fox News debate Thursday night

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Here are the latest developments from the 2016 race for president, one week out from the Iowa caucuses. All times local. 6:20 p.m. Donald Trump‘s campaign manager says Trump is skipping the next Republican debate. The Republican candidates are set to square off in the Fox News debate Thursday night, their final debate before Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Trump previously had said he may not show up. But campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said during a Tuesday evening news conference in Marshalltown,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.14.16 — And the winner is?

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(UPDATE) Shortly after 8:30 a.m., the Oscar nominations will be announced from Hollywood, and yes, I actually give a fig. As an inveterate moviegoer, I still get excited about what the Establishment thinks about the product it puts out every year. Interestingly, while the Oscars are still among the most viewed television broadcasts globally every year, they always seem to drop in the ratings most years. This year, Chris Rock is hosting, but what I’ll be interested to see today is…

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