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GQ's new politics blog, Death Race 2012, features colorful dispatches, aggressive reporting, revealing interviews, and biting humor from D.C. and the campaign trail. Look for contributions from GQ’s editors and correspondents including Marin Cogan and Robert Draper.

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How to Spend Election Night

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 10:44 AM

By Drew Magary, GQ

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: How to Spend Election Night

How To Plan An Election Night Party
1. Vet your guest list carefully. If you're going for lively political debate, do NOT invite your one graduate assistant friend who gets...

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The View From Romney Country

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 2:55 PM

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By Marin Cogan, GQ

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: The View From Romney Country

At the farm bureau center in Doswell, Virginia, bluegrass singer Ricky Scaggs leads Mitt Romney's supporters in singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." They...

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Who Has the Best Celebrity Endorsements?

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 5:39 PM

By Chris O'Shea, GQ

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: Comparing Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's Celebrity Endorsements

Election day is closing in fast, and Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are both carefully refining their message to the American people and obsessing over every data point....

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Scenes From a Paul Ryan Rally

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 5:02 PM

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By Marin Cogan, GQ

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: Scenes From a Paul Ryan Rally in Western Pennsylvania

David Wilson grew up in Butler, a steel and manufacturing town about 30 miles north of...

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Welcome to My Binder Full of Women

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:28 PM

By Jonathan Sirlin, GQ

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: Welcome to My Binder Full of Women

Hello!

I'm writing to congratulate you on your inclusion in my 2013 Working Women Binder. I've spent the majority of 2012 pruning my list of notable Women in the...

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Obama Mastered the Town Hall a Long Time Ago

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 11:48 AM

By Reid Cherlin, GQ


This story originally appeared on GQ.com: Obama Mastered the Town Hall a Long Time Ago


It is no longer surprising that, for someone so frequently praised as one of the all-time greats of political communication, Barack Obama swings...

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GQ's Guide to Watching the Presidential Debates

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 1:04 PM

By John Surico, GQ


This story originally appeared on GQ.com: How to Watch the Debates: The Networks, The Blogs and the Audiences


Whether it was in front of a TV, computer, or radio, more than 70 million people settled in to watch...

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How Obama Preps for the Debate

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 2:50 PM

By Reid Cherlin, GQ

With the debate starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern tonight, the last few hours of candidate crunch-time are upon us. President Obama has been holed up in Nevada preparing, presumably in full-on mock debate mode. But that's just the final stage; prep in the larger...

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A Brief History of Mitt Romney, Total Cheapskate

(29) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:21 AM

By Jason Horowitz, GQ

The GOP hopeful likes to portray himself as a self-made man, who inherited nothing and counted every penny. But he's his father's son, and so much of what he has -- from his frugal ways to his many privileges -- comes straight...

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Why Debates Decide the Next President

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 11:06 AM

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By Robert Draper, GQ

Hundreds of millions of dollars, countless hours on the trail -- it all comes down to this. For three debates, 270 combined minutes, the candidates will actually talk to each other....

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What's Weird About Romney's Tax Return Release?

(6) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 2:03 PM

By Reid Cherlin, GQ

Answer: everything.

1. If the Romney people feel like Obama made some major gaffe by admitting yesterday that "you can't change Washington from the inside," why step on that by releasing Romney's 2011 tax return today?

2. Why did they

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How Mitt Could Win

(44) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 7:37 PM

By Reid Cherlin, GQ

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: How Mitt Wins

It seems like everyone's first reaction to the Mother Jones videos was to say, okay, Romney's finished. (Guilty here, too.) This kind of boorishness is not survivable for a candidate in...

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How Mitt Romney Views the American Electorate

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 2:05 PM

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Thanks to our friends over at Mother Jones, we now know what Mitt Romney really thinks of American voters. We break down his demographic insights using "political science":

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: The American...

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The GQ+A: With MSNBC's Phil Griffin

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 6:50 PM

By Marin Cogan, GQ

Past the crowds of fans cheering on a live set of Hardball, the anchor box photo booth and MSNBC button makers and the latte stand making Morning Joe foam imprints, MSNBC president Phil Griffin is leaning forward in his chair, chattering excitedly about ratings...

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The Hopeful vs. the Incumbent: Obama's DNC Speech

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 2:06 PM

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By Jason Zengerle, GQ

It's a cliché, by now, to hail Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention as a masterpiece. And I won't bother going into all of the details for why...

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Bill Clinton Makes Democrats Feel Good About Their Choices

(3) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 11:50 AM

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By Marc Ambinder, GQ

That day started with the musty odor of the Democratic Party of yore: a floor fight over a small and symbolic platform plank about Jerusalem. Republicans have a couple of sound-bites...

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From the Delegates: Michelle Obama Is a DNC Favorite

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 6:38 PM

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By Marin Cogan, GQ

On the floor of the conventions, where delegates are closest to the speakers, the speeches themselves might not actually matter. It's too easy to get caught up in the excitement of being in the arena: the...

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10 Feats of Strength Paul Ryan Can Do That You Cannot

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 3:06 PM

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(The author does his best Paul Ryan)

By Eric Sullivan, GQ

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: The Path to (Muscular) Prosperity: 10 Feats of Strength Paul Ryan Can Do That You Cannot


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Paul Ryan and Condoleezza Rice Show Us a GOP That Can Win

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 3:51 PM

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By Marc Ambinder, GQ

In professional wrestling, when a deserving and accomplished wrestler is overshadowed by others (or he lets them win), he's described as putting them over. Mitt Romney's ultimate function in the 2012...

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The GQ+A with Former RNC Chair Michael Steele

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 3:29 PM

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By Reid Cherlin, GQ

This story originally appeared on GQ.com: The GQ+A with Former RNC Chair Michael Steele

Last night in the hallway of the Tampa Bay Times Forum we caught...

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