A Word's-Eye View of the Candidates for President 2016

This list consists of quotes from the 19 candidates for President of the United States (14 Republicans, 5 Democrats) in their own words. These quotes are drawn from the candidates' official websites or transcripts of the speeches they gave when they declared their intention to run.
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John Nash (1928-2015) Tribute List

Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86, was killed in a car accident on May 23, 2015 along with his wife, Alicia, who was 82. Nash's story was told in " A Beautiful Mind," a book adapted into a major Hollywood film starring Russell Crowe as Nash. Nash made major breakthroughs in the sub-field of math and economics known as game theory while suffering from paranoid schizophrenia that led to several stays in institutions. Nash's research examined the outcome of cooperation and mutual benefit. He often spoke of having to ignore the voices in his head- a man so interested in cooperation had trouble getting the rest of his own mind to cooperate with him. Here are ten quotes from Nash about his life's work and his mental illness.
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"An Awful Human Trade," Vocabulary from the news article

"In West Africa, an alleged slave-ship snafu reflects the trauma of an ongoing business of marketing children as forced labor." This is the subtitle from an April 30, 2001 Time article by Simon Robinson and Nancy Palus. Read this list to find out more about why this awful human trade is so difficult to stop.
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The Measles Outbreak - What to Know

In the Chicago Tribune article "Doctors, Talk Tough on Measles," Cory Franklin traces the measles back to a nineteenth century outbreak in the South Pacific, discusses what this has in common with the comeback today, and highlights both sides of the vaccine controversy. Learn 15 words to help get you up to speed on the measles outbreak.
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The Scoop on Net Neutrality

In the New York Times article "Internet Taxes, Another Window Into the Net Neutrality Debate," Steve Lohr outlines how legislators feel a tax ban on high-speed internet service will further the discussion on net neutrality. Learn these 20 words to assist you in the understanding of net neutrality, the concept that all Internet data should be treated equally by Internet service providers.
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Mario Cuomo (1932-2015) Tribute List

Mario Cuomo, 3-term governor of New York and expert articulator of his party's principles, died on January 1, 2015. Cuomo became a national figure with a series of speeches in 1984, several of which are quoted below. The keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that year was so eloquent that many in the audience were left wondering why Cuomo wasn't the man the party was nominating for president. Whether he would have succeeded in that role or not, Mario Cuomo was a singular politician and a singular master of the language.
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"Class Matters," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Originally a series in The New York Times, these 14 articles compiled and edited by Bill Keller give glimpses into the lives of people across America to prove that, despite our image of being the land of equal opportunity, social class still matters. Here are links to our lists for the nonfiction text: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15
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Quotes about Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier (1951-2014)

Former Hatian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier died of a heart attack on October 4, 2014 at the age of 63. While most historians agree that he was an improvement on his father, "Papa Doc," "Baby Doc" was still a ruler willing to use unspeakable violence to crush opposition. At Vocabulary.com, we try to remain as apolitical as possible, and in our vocabulary lists commemorating the recently deceased we try to let the dead speak for themselves. The case against "Baby Doc" is too thorough, and his legacy too brutal, however, for this to be a run-of-the mill "tribute" list. Here are ten vocabulary words from quotes about "Baby Doc" Duvalier, taken from historians and reporters who bore witness to his crimes.
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President Obama's Speech on ISIL Threat

On September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation about the terrorist threat posed by those known as ISIS ( Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) a force which has arisen as the successor to al Qaeda in Iraq. Here are 24 vocabulary words from the President's speech announcing a coalition of nations which will carry out air strikes. Read the full transcript of the speech here.
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A Quick Current Events Quiz: Pulitzer Prizes in the News

Talking about the Pulitzer Prizes awarded this week? Make sure you're up on these ten words essential for talking about the forces shaping our culture. We publish this ten-word list drawn from news coverage in sources such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post every week. Here are six reasons why you should commit to it on a weekly basis.
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A Quick Current Events Quiz: "Balking" & "Reneging" in Middle East Peace Process

Follow news of stalling Middle East negotiations from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times new coverage. Commit to this list on weekly basis! Here are six reasons why.
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A Quick Current Events Quiz: Al Qaeda "Indoctrination" in Syria and More

Al Qaeda indoctrination in Syria, a new platform for Facebook, and Obamacare changes to address a hampered roll out. Follow this week's news coverage from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post coverage. Commit to this list on weekly basis! Here are six reasons why.
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A Quick Current Events Quiz: A Flight Lost "En Route" and an "Alienated" "Electorate"

This week's news brings us vocabulary from the search for missing Flight 370, new data in the story of rising prescriptions for attention-deficit medications, and a Republican victory in Florida as Obama's ratings fall. Follow this week's news coverage from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post coverage. Commit to this list on weekly basis! Here are six reasons why.
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Would E-cigarettes Lose the Smoker's Stigma if Called by Another Name? A Quick Current Events Vocab Quiz

An evolving conundrum in the Ukraine, semantics issues behind undetected use of e-cigarettes among teens, continuing disfigurement and worse for U.S. soldiers deaths in Afghanistan, and news from the Vatican. Follow this week's news coverage from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post coverage. Commit to this list on weekly basis! Here are six reasons why.
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The Ukraine Crisis: 15 Words You Need to Know

Following the growing crisis in the Ukraine. Here are 15 vocabulary words you need to know. Drawn from: "No Easy Way Out of Ukraine Crisis," The New York Times, Mar. 4, 2014
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The End of "Impunity" in Mexico

A Mexican drug lord's arrest, Ukraine's new reality, skinnier U.S. preschoolers, and a trove of marine fossils in Chile... Follow this week's news coverage from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post coverage. Commit to this list on weekly basis! Here are six reasons why.
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A Quick Current Events Vocab Quiz: "Apt" Words for Ukraine

News this week was dominated by protesters in Ukraine staving off police incursion by surrounding themselves with a ring of fire, while a second week of Olympics games were underway in Sochi, Russia, and the Congressional Budget Office released the results of a study of a minimum wage increase. Follow this week's news coverage from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post coverage. Commit to this list on weekly basis! Here are six reasons why.
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A Quick Current Events Vocab Quiz: "Bemuse"/"Amuse" + "Integrity" in Numbers

President François Hollande challenges protocols by attending a lavish State dinner without a date, Olympian skiers tie for the gold amid abundant sunshine, and, after a night of mulling, House Speaker John A. Boehner abandons of another debt-ceiling debate. Follow this week's news coverage from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post coverage. Commit to this list on weekly basis! Here are six reasons why.
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Olympics Vocabulary for Champions

Train for some Olympics-viewing with this list, then whip new words out at the water cooler as you go for the (conversational) gold!
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A Quick Current Events Vocab Quiz! Are "Nihilistic" Dissidents Threatening Sochi?

As the world prepares to watch the Sochi Olympics despite fears of violence from amorphous and diffuse groups of nihilistic dissidents a new farm bill offers only incremental change and CVS sacrifices cigarette revenue as incongruous to its health-related focus. Follow this week's news coverage from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post coverage.
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Choice Words from Philip Seymour Hoffman's Roles

Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday, Feb. 2nd at the age of 46. One of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, he had the uncanny ability to inhabit a role and make it memorable, no matter how much or how little screen or stage time he actually had. Here are eleven vocabulary words from dialogue from the roles he played. Because he was such a captivating presence, it is not an exaggeration to say that he contributed to these roles almost as much as the authors of the words he spoke. He left his mark on everything from "Mission Impossible III" to "The Seagull" by Chekov, and he will be missed. As George Clooney said: “There are no words.”
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A Quick Current Events Vocab Quiz! A State of the State and State of the Union Roundup

After a month of State of the State addresses by governors across the country, President Barack Obama gave a State of the Union address last night focusing on the economy and plans for unilateral action from the executive branch. Follow "State Of..." news coverage from a vocabularian's perspective by learning these ten words drawn from New York Times and Washington Post coverage.
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Vocabulary from the lyrics of Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of 94. A pioneer of folk and protest music, his influence on today's music is incalculable. Here we remember him with twelve vocabulary words from songs that span his entire career.
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Want to talk about Richard Sherman?

In many ways the Richard Sherman story is all about language, so it's best to be on top of the words being used to tell it. From journalist Rembert Browne's Grantland analysis of what we mean when we say, "He went to Stanford."
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Do "Incendiary" "Diatribes" Make for Good Diplomacy? A Quick Current Events Vocab Quiz

Follow peace talks in Syria, the discredited governor of Virginia's indictment, and continuing coverage of Obama and the NSA....from a vocabularian's perspective! Words drawn from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post coverage.
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