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We the People, and the New American Civil War

The vitriol of the 2012 election is worse than the previous elections. Worse than the Palin-induced smarmy 2008. Worse than the swift-boat lies of 2004. Worse, even, than the anything-goes craziness of 2000 and its ensuing bitterness.

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The Three Biggest Democratic Takeaways From Election 2012

It’s not too early to draw some lessons. Regardless of what happens Tuesday, Democrats should have three big takeaways from the 2012 election.

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Swing State Twister

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Romney Flip-Floppulence

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Vote for the B-

I have been a harsh critic of the president, but a vote for Barack Obama in a swing state is a no-brainer.

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The S&M Election

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards.

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AP/Douglas C. Pizac

What About the Most of Us?

In a campaign dominated in the final months by the efforts of President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney to win a minority of states, the left and its agenda have been ignored. So have its candidates.

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White House/Pete Souza

The Gilded Age vs. the 21st Century

The 2012 campaign began on Aug. 2, 2011, when President Obama signed the deal ending the debt-ceiling fiasco. At that moment, the president relinquished his last illusions that the current, radical version of the Republican Party could be dealt with as a governing partner. From then on, Obama was determined to fight—and to win.

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Where Women Can Have It All

While Mitt Romney tries to make us believe socialism is evil, working mothers in France are evidence to the contrary; several stories about employers insisting their employees vote for Romney have come to light; meanwhile, activists in Guatemala are peacefully protesting mining in San José del Golfo in spite of violence against them. These discoveries and more.

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Elections and Economy

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Marathon to Washington

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Votes

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Talking About Sandy

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Hurricane Mitt

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Romney Relief

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Williams Takes on Limbaugh, Biden Goes on Letterman, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s case for why President Obama is the favorite in next week’s election, Richard Mourdock’s drop in the latest Indiana Senate poll and Dick Morris’ election prediction backtrack.

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Obama for America/Scout Tufankjian

Even in Writing, Obama and Romney Ignore Climate Change

Even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney discussed the pressing issue of climate change in a pair of CNN op-eds the presidential candidates wrote, making one of their final pleas to voters before next week’s election.

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How Do You Vote for Compromise?

Here’s where we have arrived as a country: We are so polarized that even compromise has become a partisan issue.

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A Republican’s Rare Chance to Be a Real Leader

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie is a potentially more important political figure than anyone running for the White House.

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Waiting for Obama, Democrats Will Lose the House

Why can’t the Democrats landslide these Republicans as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson would surely have done?

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Americans Think Obama Will Win, Polls Be Damned

It’s going down to the wire as an extremely close election, but a majority of Americans (54 percent) believes Barack Obama will beat Mitt Romney, according to Gallup, even though the same polling outfit shows Romney in the lead.

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Obama Visits New Jersey as Storm’s Death Toll Rises

A massive recovery and cleanup effort is under way on the East Coast as residents try to get their lives back to normal after the historic and devastating megastorm. Making things more difficult is the fact that nearly 6 million people in 15 states and Washington, D.C., remain without power.

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AP/Evan Vucci

Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts (and Vote for Obama)

The idealistic left might be willing to gamble away the judiciary, but the right never will.

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AP/Lynne Sladky

Mitt Romney Knows Where You Live—And So Much More

The Democratic and Republican campaigns have accumulated a tremendous amount of political and personal data on millions of Americans.

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Halloween Costume

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Latino Vote

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Romney’s Latest Lie, His Former Lies and Why We Must Not Put Liars in the White House

Over the weekend, Romney debuted an ad in Ohio showing cars being crushed as a narrator says Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.” This is only the most recent in a stream of lies from Romney.

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Clinton Mocks Romney, ‘Heckuva Job Brownie’ Knocks Obama, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s latest campaign deception and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offering praise for President Obama.

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White House/Pete Souza

Time to Play the Race Card—Again

Republicans are ending this campaign where they began four years ago, questioning the legitimacy of an elected black president with an odd (to us) name.

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Obama for America/Christopher Dilts

Bill Clinton to the Rescue

While Obama flew home to take command of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, the campaign marched on Monday, with 66-year-old Bill Clinton trying to catalyze the youth vote in Florida.

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Mitt’s Anti-Gay Remarks, Romney’s Misleading Jeep Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Hurricane Sandy could impact the presidential election and an endorsement from the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

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Romney Bus

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Frankenstorm Election

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Swinger State

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White House / Pete Souza

The Real Election 2012 October Surprise: Hurricane Sandy

With eight days to go until voters head to the polls to elect the next president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are being forced to alter their campaign schedules because of Hurricane Sandy. The impact may be felt, however, beyond that.

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The Final Days, the Biggest Issue, and the Clearest Choice

As we go into the final days of a dismal presidential campaign where too many issues have been fudged or eluded, the biggest issue on which the candidates have given us the clearest choice is whether the rich should pay more in taxes.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Why I’m Voting Green

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us.

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The Heartland Election

We still make a lot of stuff in the United States of America, and one of the good things about this election is that it is likely to be decided in the nation’s industrial heartland.

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Trick or Treat Mitt

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Romney and Mourdock

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Blacks More Likely Than Other Groups to Identify as Gay

A recent study shows blacks in the U.S. are more likely to identify as gay than other ethnic groups; saggy pants have become illegal in a Florida city; meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s work for big tobacco is at odds with his professed Mormon beliefs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Fox News and Libya

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Presidential Debate 2012

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Women for Romney

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U.S.-Russia Relations in Presidential Campaign Spotlight

International powers such as Russia have been watching the candidates closely throughout the campaign, as both politicians and experts abroad ponder what to expect from the next four years. Although Obama’s stance is not likely to change much, Romney remains an unknown quantity for the Russians.

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Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets

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Magic Ohio

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Mitt Romney

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Tricky Questions

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In Defense of the Undecided Voter

A confession: I recently received my Colorado ballot but, even though my state will play a key role in the presidential election, I still haven’t voted.

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