With the term "socialism" losing its taboo status, is America ready to follow Bernie Sanders' lead in openly embracing it?

Hillary Clinton just might be having flashbacks. As happened with Barack Obama in 2008, her presidential dreams may be dashed, this time by a candidate who’s as different from Obama superficially as he’s similar substantively.

In a debate that had been pared down from nine candidates in December to seven last night, several candidates for the Republican presidential nomination who faced each other in North Charleston, South Carolina, on January 14 became increasingly combative.

 

Anticipating that Fox Business Network would exclude him from the main primetime Republican debate and relegate him to the "undercard" debate, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “I won’t participate in anything that’s not first tier because we have a first tier campaign.”

President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on the evening of January 12, and — as journalists who had been given advance press releases about the speech predicted — he avoided legislative proposals for the present Congress and focused on four “big questions” about the future.