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2012 Presidential Election

New Americans, New Voters, New Politics

Manuel Pastor | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Manuel Pastor

If both parties take every vote seriously, then they'll need to listen to the concerns of newly naturalized voters. That means less partisan politicking and more common ground solutions when discussing immigration, immigrants, and the future of our nation.

Will You Make the Choice and Honor the Right to Vote?

Benny Napoleon | Posted 10.09.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

I encourage you to consider what voting means to you, your family, our community, our state and our nation. Don't give up your vote because you're disturbed by the rhetoric. Your voice needs to be heard in this election!

Which Election Will the 2012 Campaign Most Resemble?

Quora | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Craig Montuori, PolitiHacks, Founder Most likely is 1948, but 1980 comes up as a strong second. �...

Optimism Sours Among Small Business Owners

AP | Posted 12.09.2012 | Small Business

NEW YORK — Small business owners may be pessimistic about the economy and their own companies right now, but they're getting optimistic about th...

Presidential Debate Foreshadows a Lack of Progress

Divya Mehta | Posted 12.09.2012 | Teen
Divya Mehta

Viewers will wait anxiously for the next presidential debate on October 16. We hope that Romney will return with more specific and honest policies, and that Obama will return with more passion and aggression.

Obama's Presidential Failure

Brad Hill | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Brad Hill

In the midst of partisan commentary around the stunning debate transaction, it is worth remembering that Obama is not only a candidate, but also the president of this country. What standard of performance could be called a presidential responsibility in a campaign debate?

Mitt's Middle East Mirage

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

If only there were magic carpets and genies. Why that messy Middle East would surely bend to a President Mitt Romney's will. With just one wave of his magic wand the good governor's foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute was a slapdash jaunt into "make believe" foreign policy -- not a realistic roadmap to a better Middle East. Long on polemics and short on the very strategy the address claims to extol, Romney's speech reads like a mediocre freshman foreign policy essay restating the obvious -- simplistic, long-winded window dressing masquerading as effective, reasoned strategic policy. If this is the best the Republican national security team around Romney can offer in the way of a viable alternative to current U.S. Middle East policy, consider me unimpressed.

Professors Are Better Than That!

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.08.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Wow. No wonder higher education is in trouble! Do people really think that the president's lame rhetorical performance is emblematic of the teaching style of our nation's higher ed faculty?

People Still Vote

David Sable | Posted 12.08.2012 | Media
David Sable

For all the lead-up hype, for all the commentary and tweeting, for all the punditry and deep analysis -- it seems to me to boil down to who was less bad in delivery and who had listened more to their media trainers.

New Poll Has Good News, Warning Signs For Obama In Colorado

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.08.2012 | Denver

After a disappointing debate last Wednesday in Denver and with less than 30 days before the election, a new University of Denver poll has some good ne...

Priorities USA Action Attacks Mitt Romney Over Planned Education Cuts In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, released a new television ad Monday targeting Republican presidential nominee ...

An Open Letter to Mitt Romney From Big Bird

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Can you please explain to me why you think it's more important, for example, to help private plane owners but not PBS? Where are your priorities? You're clearly more concerned with Wall Street than you are Sesame Street.

3 Knockout Punches Obama Didn't Throw

Dave Saldana | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Dave Saldana

If Obama wants to stay president, he's going to have to fight, presidentially. The first rematch is in two weeks. Time for Obama to get the Eye of the Tiger.

Why Obama's Debate Performance Means He'll Win

Zach Friend | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Zach Friend

If done right, the president's debate performance should allow the campaign to redouble their efforts on what actually wins elections: narratives.

Questions for Mitt and Barack at the Hofstra Presidential Debate

Alan Singer | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Alan Singer

Even though I do not support either of the major party candidates, I do not think I will be invited to ask my questions. In case any of the "undecided citizens" chosen by Gallup are reading this, these are the questions I hope you get a chance to ask.

Race To Victory Requires Day-By-Day Approach

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It can be something as small as positioning the candidate at just the right camera angle or as big as catching the opponent in a ca...

Obama, Romney Begin Final-Month Sprint

AP | BEN FELLER AND STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

LOS ANGELES — On a last dash for cash in the celebrity scene of California, President Barack Obama on Sunday took a good-natured shot as his own...

Be Yourself, Barack -- Don't Read a Script

Georges Ugeux | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

This is not the time to defend the thesis an academic paper. We want our president back, the leader we always knew. He drove and will drive us out of wars, recessions and crisis.

Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Politics and Provocation

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 12.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Ignoring the First Amendment's protections of religious freedom that have allowed faith to flourish in this country, some members of the clergy are participating in an event called "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," organized by the so-called Alliance Defending Freedom.

Romney's Identity Theft

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Romney understands that he can't win if he runs as a regressive Republican. He realizes that the policies and values of the President and Democrats are far more popular than the Paul Ryan/Tea Party line he had been preaching. So the infinitely adaptable Mitt Romney has decided to run as Barack Obama.

Obama Back on the Horse After Romney's Deluge of Dishonesty

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Obama may have struggled somewhat during the debate, at least in terms of style, but he was back on form the next day, and it's this sort of leadership that we need to see much more of in the two debates to come.

What Mitt Romney and Liar Loans Have in Common (Be Very Afraid)

Adam Levin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

As I watched Governor Romney in the presidential debate Wednesday night I was reminded of a financial tactic the candidate's political supporters and financial backers on Wall Street used during the mortgage boom -- the one that netted them billions of dollars while simultaneously pushing the American economy off a cliff.

Rules May Change, But the Secret Money Game Remains the Same

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 10.05.2012 | New York
Ian Vandewalker

Voters deserve to know who is spending tens of millions of dollars to sway their votes. The big spenders trying to control the course of American politics should not be able to manipulate weak disclosure rules to keep their funders secret.

Facts, Polls and Job Stats, Oh My!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

First it was the assault on facts. Then came fact-checker-bashing followed by the vast left-wing poll conspiracy. And now the Republican War on Reality has opened another front: the U.S. Labor Department and its monthly employment statistics.

The Presidential Debate Was Good Theater, But...

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Those who do not see any personal benefit to paying taxes to help those in need frequently also have lots of money to invest in political outcomes. Does anyone honestly believe that the numerous groups of poor have the resources to change this reality?