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U.S. Marine Corps/SSgt Jeff Kaus

Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Hawks of a Feather Flock Together

The final debate of the presidential campaign was a dismal affirmation by both candidates of a foreign policy that has cost many thousands of lives and injuries and plunged the nation deeply into debt.

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Polls

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Political Marriage

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The Not-So-Hidden Obama Agenda

Everywhere you turn, President Obama is accused of not offering a clear second-term agenda. It’s not surprising that Republicans say it, but you also hear it from quarters sympathetic to the president. But how true is the charge?

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE


The Next America

Assuming that neither man faints on the stage at their final debate on Monday, the Obama-Romney race now depends on three smoking guns rarely discussed by candidates: geography, demography, and getting out the right vote.

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Why the Chill on Climate Change?

Not a word has been said in the presidential debates about what may be the most urgent and consequential issue in the world: climate change.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE


Two Old Names, One Lesson About Money

The two names that best explain money’s unprecedented political influence in America are not Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but Montgomery Brewster and Ross Perot.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE


Foreign Funds

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Election Fight

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Republicans, Racism and Romney

Romney’s campaign is benefiting from racism among voters; Catalonia’s cry for independence is inspiring violent threats from Spanish institutions; meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” immense popularity reflects the modern sexual condition. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Obama’s Achilles’ Heel

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20 Percent Tax Cut

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Mitt Washington

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Women and the GOP

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Romney Son Wants to ‘Take a Swing’ at Obama, a ‘Fox & Friends’ Tax Shocker, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s advice to corporate CEOs, an update on the Massachusetts Senate race and Chris Christie making sense.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Susan Walsh

How to Save Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court might force defenders of affirmative action to adopt less conventional but equally effective means of promoting diversity on college campuses.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


Bad Arithmetic: Romney’s ‘Jobs Plan’ Numbers Don’t Compute

When innocent citizens asked about unemployment Tuesday night at the town hall presidential debate on Long Island, would Mitt Romney again tout his plan to create 12 million jobs?

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Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound

You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was shackled to a chair in a nearby New York police facility, along with her running mate, Green Party vice president nominee Cheri Honkala.

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Back to the Future

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The Horror Movie

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Still Undecided Voter

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AP/ Carolyn Kaster

Obama Is Back

During Tuesday night’s debate, the president was articulate and forceful—in sharp contrast to his performance in the first presidential debate. He stated his beliefs. He defended his record. He told America where he wanted to take the nation in his second term. And he explained where Romney wanted to take us.

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AP/David Goldman

Obama Wins Second Debate With His Record, Not His Vision

President Obama may have saved his campaign, but it’s still not clear after Tuesday night’s debate what he would do with a second term.

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Energized Obama Takes Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Advisers to the president had promised that Barack Obama would be more aggressive and passionate in the second debate against Mitt Romney than he had been in the first. And he was. By miles.

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If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls.

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Vending Democracy

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Debate Tuesday

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Medicare Makeover

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Story Book

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Romney, the Product

As he tries to engineer a comeback in this week’s presidential debate, President Obama needs to recognize two things. First, when it comes to politics, Mitt Romney treats himself as a product, not a person. Second, Republicans cannot defend their proposals in terms that are acceptable to a majority of voters.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 READ MORE


Biden Put Ryan-Romney on the Defensive

Some have written that Biden was too hot and overreacted to Obama’s disengagement. But this misreads the net impact of the debate.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 READ MORE


Mittocchio and Junior

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Muscle-Boy Ryan

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Droid Mitt Romney

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Romney’s Big Bird

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Biden’s Smile

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VP Debate Wrap-Up, Romney Plagiarism Accusation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Wisconsin Republican who says “some girls rape easy,” why Todd Akin should never be allowed to weigh in on scientific matters again and two congressional candidates nearly come to blows at a debate.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/ David Goldman

Biden to the Rescue

If the question is who did more to help his ticket, Joe Biden won the vice presidential debate by a mile.

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Mitt Romney’s Ideas

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Biden Wins

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Steady Leadership

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AP/Carolyn Kaster

The Enemy of My Enemy Is My President

Barack Obama must have done something right, or the hucksters at Goldman Sachs wouldn’t hate him so.

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AP/Charlie Neibergall

No Room for the Poor in This Election

It’s not surprising that in Thursday’s vice presidential debate Paul Ryan didn’t mention the millions of working poor who would suffer should he and Mitt Romney win in November, but I expected more from Joe Biden.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


A GOP Shift on Taxes?

When it comes to tax policy, Mitt Romney is not merely a spinner, an equivocator or a run-of-the-mill dissembler. He’s a liar.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


Election Ad Brings Out the Vaginal Probe

The medical instrument some Republican lawmakers want to be shoved up your vagina before you get an abortion is the star of North Carolina state Senate candidate Deb Butler’s latest attack ad on her GOP opponent. 

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Arkansas Secretary of State, Lori McElroy

How Many Controversial Comments Can Arkansas Republicans Make in One Week?

From defending slavery to advocating for the killing of disobedient children, there’s been a lot of crazy talk by some GOP politicians in the state of Arkansas recently.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



Memo to Joe, Re: Debate

Joe Biden’s job during Thursday’s vice presidential debate is to smoke Paul Ryan out, exposing his fanaticism. And the best way to do this is to force him to take responsibility for the regressive budget he created as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



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The Politics of Fear and the Party of Non-Voters

The latest Pew Research Center poll shows Mitt Romney ahead of President Barack Obama among likely voters, 49% to 45%. But the latest Gallup poll shows President Obama leading Romney among likely voters, 50% to 45%.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE


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