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2012 Presidential Campaign

American Drones Killing a Generation in Pakistan

Daniel Medina | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Daniel Medina

Drones kill their enemies but also can miss their targets and a study released last month shows that they miss a lot.

Awkward! Romney Gets Hugged, Face Wiped At Restaurant

The Huffington Post | Janean Chun | Posted 10.08.2012 | Small Business

Mitt Romney had an awkward moment on the campaign trail Sunday when a Port Saint Lucie, Fla., restaurant worker got a little too close for comfort. ...

Mitt Romney Talking Points Ahead Of Debate Focus On 'Choice' Election

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

Officials from Mitt Romney's campaign circulated talking points to their allies and surrogates late Sunday, later obtained by CNN. The message points ...

Need a Big Idea, Mr. President? Here Are Two

Donald Craig Mitchell | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Donald Craig Mitchell

I would like to offer the nation two very big ideas. The first is a plan to de-leverage the $1 trillion in student loan debt, and the second is a plan which will ensure that every high school graduate can attend tuition-free any publicly funded college or graduate school.

Howard Fineman

Why The White House Race Isn't Over Despite Mitt Romney | Howard Fineman | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Remember when Mitt Romney said that Palestinians don't want peace and aren't as culturally prepared for modernity as Israelis are? If...

What Obama and Romney Say About the Missing Campaign Issue of Civil Rights

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Civil rights whether mentioned or not on the 2012 presidential campaign trail, still strikes to the heart of the chronic colossal problems of health, education, employment and income disparities that plague minorities and in turn the nation.

Paul Ryan: Policy That Is Neither Catholic Nor Conservative -- More Non-Ideas From Mitt (Part II of III)

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

If your political philosophy is directly contrary to your faith and equally dismissive of the best substantive ideas conservative thinkers have offered, is it little surprise that the Romney/Ryan ticket is seen as without substantive idea.

Dump Biden Talk, Just That: Talk

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Biden's active appearances at black and Latino gatherings, his rough language and his policy expertise are a huge plus for Obama in a down and dirty campaign. Any talk about dumping Biden is just that: talk.

School for 'Political Insiders' Survey Gives Obama Campaign the Edge in Weekly Horse Race: Week 1

David K. Rehr | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Each week, the Horse Race asks participants to rate the prior week's performance of Gov. Romney, President Obama and their respective campaigns, and vote on which campaign "won" the prior week or appears to have "momentum" in the race.

Even Obama's Dog Draws Racial Fire

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In one study, racial antipathy even extended to the Obama family dog. At first glance, it seems petty. But the never-ending assault on the Obamas has been the one constant from the moment that Obama declared his presidential candidacy in 2007.

Bill Clinton Is a Prime Asset, Not Liability for President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In 2000, Democrats screamed at presidential contender Al Gore and in 2004 presidential contender John Kerry to put Clinton on the campaign trail to rally the troops. They did not. Both lost. Obama can't make that mistake.

Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

How revealing was his recent Liberty University commencement speech, in which he describes the dreams and challenges we all face as "ambitions fulfilled, ambitions disappointed ... investments won, investments lost ... elections won, elections lost."

The Limits to Political Spin

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Steven Cohen

While both sides will make cartoon characters out of each other, it remains to be seen if real, deeply-held policy distinctions will emerge.

No Absolutes: A Shyster's Dream World

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Don't ferret the truth -- because there is no truth. There are only positions and opinions and feelings and beliefs. One opinion is just as valid as the other in the rudderless sea and the clowns have tied down the anchor.

Why Rising Gas Prices Could Backfire on the GOP in November

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The sight of Republicans rooting against America and hoping that rising gas prices will derail the economic recovery is not pretty.

Paul Blumenthal

Presidential Campaigns' January Fundraising And Spending Numbers Visualized | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Reports about January's fundraising numbers, released on February 20, have focused on two narratives: Mitt Romney's limited fundraising and high burn ...

Symbolic Politics and the Keystone Pipeline

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Steven Cohen

Someone tell the guys left running in the Republican Presidential race that it's time to stop fighting this war. The idea that government has no positive role to play in the national economy has always been a fantasy.

The Republicans in 2012

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

While a Romney victory could precipitate a crisis for the right wing of the Republican Party, an Obama victory over Romney, which is certainly a real possibility, could lead to greater chaos within the Republican Party generally.

Elise Foley

Out In The Cold: Rick Santorum Says Cut Heating Assistance, Unemployment Benefits | Elise Foley | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

HOLSTEIN, Iowa -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said on Thursday he would end federal assistance for heating bills and cut down on une...

Mr. President, You're On Your Own

Richard Geldard | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Richard Geldard

I wish you well. I hope you're re-elected, I really do. You've done a good job, except maybe not getting tough with Congress soon enough. As for us. I'm sending out a check to the local food pantry tomorrow.

Joy Resmovits

At News Corp. Forum, Four GOP Hopefuls Outline Education Platforms | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- The desire for a lighter federal hand in the nation's schools ruled the discussions at an education forum Thursday night with four of the ...

Why Occupy Wall Street Scares the Shit Out of the Political Establishment and the MSM, and Why the Movement Shouldn't Conform to Either

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Occupy Wall Street and the nationwide and global Occupy movement it has spawned should continue to be what it is: A messy yet remarkably effective example of what real democracy looks like.

Six Topics for the Presidential Candidates

David Hone | Posted 11.09.2011 | Green
David Hone

As another Republican candidate debate came and went, it has become fairly clear that the issue of climate change isn't going to get much of a hearing, apart perhaps from some questioning of the science.

Sara Kenigsberg

WATCH: Herman Cain, Mike Huckabee Sing, Hug It Out In Ames | Sara Kenigsberg | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

AMES, IOWA - Herman Cain performed gospel music inside his Ames Straw poll tent on Saturday. "Let's see what my orchestra can do," Cain said, befo...

Showdown in Ames: The Republican Presidential Debate

Alan Schroeder | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Alan Schroeder

So much for Minnesota Nice. The headline to emerge from the Republicans' first Iowa debate is the bitter scrap between the two Minnesotans standing side by side onstage, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and ex-Governor Tim Pawlenty.