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Seven words we missed dearly over these last few months.

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In case you weren’t up all night checking out funny Presidential debate stuff, here’s what you missed:

“They kept saying they wanted an Oprah-style town hall format, so that probably had something to do with them choosing a black woman. I was told in my earpiece by a producer, ‘Go interview the lady in the green dress on the left, and now the man in the red sweater.’ I had no control over the questions that were asked, or who asked, or in what order. I was like a traffic cop.” - Former ABC News Anchor Carole Simpson, on moderating the 1992 presidential debate. [via HuffPo’s Laura Bassett]

Tonight’s debate moderator, Candy Crowley, is only the second woman to moderate a presidential debate. And there’s a critical, oft ignored foot note here: both woman will have hosted “town hall” style debates, meaning neither woman has written her own questions for the debate.

Luckily, Candy Crowley’s role is more prominent than Simpson’s role was in 1992: Crowley has received questions in advance from audience members and she will choose which audience members to call on. This is an improvement from 10 years ago, but four years from now, we deserve to see what we’ve seen from Gwen Ifill and Martha Raddatz during the vice presidential debates - a fair and decisive female moderator whose experience qualifies her to write her own questions for a presidential debate.

[photo via blackamericaweb.com]

Update: Via Politico, Crowley says she may ask follow-up questions, despite the Memorandum of Understanding’s rules against doing so.

VIDEO: Rand Paul reminds Candy Crowley that the US armed ISIS in Syria before their war in Iraq

Rand Paul gave a spot on reminder to CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of the Union yesterday.  The United States has been arming ISIS and their allies in Syria, and this is the same group now causing havoc in Iraq. 

Here’s the video:

This is really the core of Obama’s problem in Iraq.  His foreign policy in the Middle East has been completely nonsensical.  Once simply does not fight on both sides of a war, and that’s exactly what the United States has been doing.  Obama has armed ISIS and al Qaeda allies in Syria and Libya, and now is living with the consequences of those actions in Iraq.

“Gentlemen, welcome… to Thunderdome.

My house; my rules.  Please don’t fuck with them.

After our little soiree here tonight, you’re going to hear from some folks that don’t like me very much.  Well, fuck ‘em.

Also, Mr. Romney, please don’t try none of your shit with me, 'cause I will fact-check your tax-haven’d ass.

Now I want a clean fight.  No biting; nothing below the belt.  I’ve got my eye on you, Mitt.  Um, you too, Mr. President.

Okay?  Okay.  Clean fight.  And LET’S GET READY TO RRRRRRRRRUMMMMMBLLLLLLLLLE!!!”

(Photo of debate moderator Candy Crowley prior to Tuesday’s presidential debate by Jim Young / Reuters via the New York Daily News)

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who won re-election by more than 10 points this month, took aim on Sunday at claims by his colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), that preserving net neutrality would “stifle freedom, entrepreneurship and creativity online.”

On CNN’s State of the Union, he explained to Candy Crowley that net neutrality has been the way things have been since the beginning of the Internet and that creating a “fast lane” for certain content, whose providers pay extra for it, would be “a terrible, terrible, terrible idea.”

Franken noted that Google had created a video system years ago called “Google Video,” but three entrepreneurs in a pizzeria had devised a better video delivery system called “YouTube.” Because YouTube and Google Video had equal access to Internet bandwidth, he observed, the better product became more popular and Google ultimately paid $1.65 billion dollars to acquire YouTube.

Asked by Crowley about Cruz’s Washington Post op-ed in which the Texas Republican claimed “regulating the Internet threatens entrepreneurial freedom,” much like he believes the Affordable Care Act is “strangling our health-care” industry, Franken quickly and forcefully countered the argument.

CROWLEY: [Cruz wrote] “Net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It would put the government in charge of determining Internet prices, terms of service and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities and higher prices. Government-regulated utilities invariably destroy innovation and freedom.” Your reaction?

FRANKEN: He has it completely wrong. He just doesn’t understand what this issue is. We’ve had net neutrality the entire history of the Internet, so when he says this is the Obamacare… Obamacare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something, so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same. And the pricing happens by the value of something.

Watch it:

President Obama has urged the FCC to protect net neutrality when drawing up new regulations.

h/t: Josh Israel at Think Progress

Candy Crowley admits: Romney was right about Obama's response to the Benghazi attacks

Tonight, Candy Crowley cemented herself as the worst debate moderator in history.  Time and time again, she came to President Obama’s rescue, giving him the last word on questions and not letting Romney respond to Obama’s jabs.  She allowed Obama to continuously interrupt Romney and talk over him.  In the end, Crowley gave the President almost an extra 4 minutes of speaking time.  At one point, she even told Romney to “sit down” to prevent him from answering a question. 

But the single worst moment in the entire debate was when Candy Crowley interjected herself into the discussion on Libya and did an impromptu fact check of Mitt Romney, telling him that he was wrong.  

After the debate, however, Crowley appeared on CNN and admitted that Romney was right about the Obama administration’s response on Benghazi: “He was right in the main. I just think he picked the wrong word.”

here’s the video of Crowley’s admission from CNN:

In the first place, what kind of “unbiased” debate moderator takes sides in a debate?  How then does she justify throwing the flag for Obama when she later admits Romney was right? Perhaps it wasn’t that she didn’t try to remain unbiased.  It’s just that she is at heart a liberal defender of President and has no business moderating a debate. 

The big loser in tonight’s debate?  Candy Crowley. 

Video: Ted Cruz smacks down CNN's Candy Crowley for saying he's "blackmailing" Harry Reid

In much the same vein as Rand Paul’s interview over on NBC this morning, Ted Cruz brilliantly defended himself against CNN “journalist” Candy Crowley’s Democrat talking points.  Twice she used the line that the GOP was “blackmailing” Harry Reid and then tried to move on, but Ted Cruz wouldn’t let her off the hook. 

Here’s the video:

I think it’s fascinating to note Crowley used many of the same exact talking points as the NBC “journalist” who interviewed Rand Paul this morning. It’s almost like they got their questions from the same place…