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2012 Presidential Election

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week started optimistically, with the hope that Paul Ryan's selection would finally turn campaign 2012 into a big picture discussion about the role of government and the nature of capitalism. Instead, we got outraged reactions to President Obama joking about Seamus the dog, hours of debate over Joe Biden's use of the word "chains," and a back-and-forth between the campaigns about which presidential candidate was "unhinged." It is 78 days until the election, with 25 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, over 13 million homeowners underwater and our national conversation is still on a level of two children fighting in the back seat of the minivan. Maybe for the first debate, we should strap each candidate into a car seat, give them each a juice box, and let them have at it.

A Landslide Election

Gary Hart | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

In a perfect world, the focus of this campaign would be international and the degree to which creation of jobs in America is so closely interwoven with world affairs. If that were to be so, this election wouldn't even be close.

The Challenge of Selecting Presidential Debate Moderators

Alan Schroeder | Posted 10.18.2012 | Media
Alan Schroeder

Why must debate moderators always be Washington TV journalists? They're trained to ask questions and probe evasions, but do they focus on the right topics? The lack of diversity is best measured not by ancestry or gender, but by life experience.

Mapping Paul Ryan

Lawrence Rosenthal | Posted 10.17.2012 | San Francisco
Lawrence Rosenthal

This division between the libertarians and the populists branches of the Tea Party defines the fine line Ryan has to tread if he is to maintain the boost of energy he has given the Republican ticket.

New Yorkers For Great Public Schools Report Blasts Mitt Romney Education Policy, StudentsFirst NY

Posted 10.17.2012 | Education

A coalition of labor unions and liberal advocacy groups has launched a campaign to tie Mitt Romney to supporters of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg'...

Paul Ryan and the Politics of Family

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 10.17.2012 | Parents
Joanne Bamberger

I have yet to hear anyone ask Congressman Ryan how he can possibly hold up his fatherly duties to his three elementary school-aged children while doing his job as a Wisconsin representative AND campaigning across America.

DREAM Come True -- Obama's Immigration Reform Takes Effect

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.17.2012 | Latino Voices
Ian Reifowitz

We didn't raise the Statue of Liberty with its back to the world; we raised it with its light to the world. Whether your ancestors came here on the Mayflower or a slave ship; whether they signed in at Ellis Island or they crossed the Rio Grande -- we are one people.

Paul Ryan and the Progressive Psyche

Christopher Newfield | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Christopher Newfield

Americans are ambivalent and confused about many aspects of health care but not about preserving Medicare. But the whole country must take this bad idea seriously because the top of the Republican ticket advocates it.

Romney Wouldn't Have 'Moved Heaven and Earth' to Kill Bin Laden

Jon Soltz | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

I think back to Romney, in 2007, saying it wasn't "worth moving heaven and earth" to get Osama bin Laden, and the Iraq veteran in me thanks God he wasn't president these past few years. If Romney was president, bin Laden may very well be alive today.

Romney's Choice

J. Kelly Conklin | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business
J. Kelly Conklin

No thanks Mr. Ryan: you and Alan Greenspan can have Ayn Rand. I'll take my chances on watch dogs, consumer protections and a well regulated market.

Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Sam Sommers

How might these unaffiliated and presumably more objective voters react to the nominee, controversy, statement, or gaffe? But who are these Independents? And just how independent are they anyway?

Paul Ryan Loves Ayn Rand -- And Lied About It.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Once Ryan began angling for the veep-slot he had to say that he "rejects her philosophy," and even threw in, as he must given the sway of religious conservatives in his party, his condemnation of Rand's "atheist philosophy."

McVeepy

Domenick Scudera | Posted 10.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

If McVeepy gets elected and helps swing our country to the far right, my chances of marrying my partner will be greatly diminished. But the thought of four years of looking into those dreamy blue eyes is enough for this gay voter. Who needs rights?

Are Catholics In The Pews Like Pew's 'Catholic Voters'?

Carol DeChant | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Carol DeChant

Everyone agrees that the "Catholic vote" is important. Candidates court it and pundits analyze it. But no one seems to know what (or who) it actually is. Or even if it exists.

The Virtue of Selfishness: Romney, Ryan and Rand

Tobias Barrington Wolff | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Tobias Barrington Wolff

Maya Angelou warned us: "Believe people when they tell you who they are. They know themselves better than you do." Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have told us exactly who they are. The American people would do well to listen.

U.S. Hispanics Desperately Need Their Own Al Sharpton Voice

Glenn Llopis | Posted 10.13.2012 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

At a time when Hispanics must establish themselves as influential leaders who impact business, political and societal conversations, we continue to diminish our genuine and purposeful intentions by our self-inflicted actions.

How Ryan Just Sank Romney's Campaign

Andy Ostroy | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Ryan's got the juice alright, but it's the kind which makes only the party's base salivate. He's a star, but given his extremist views it's more porn than rock.

Cutting Taxes for the Rich, Gutting the Safety Net for the Needy

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Muqtedar Khan

Paul Ryan gives substance to the only thing that Mitt Romney stands for, cutting taxes for the rich and gutting the safety net for the poor and the elderly. This is Romney's way of saying "read my lips; Ryan is my choice (no more taxes)."

New Hateful Romney Ad: Obama Declared 'War on Religion' and He's Like the USSR

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

This is not the first hateful thing the Romney campaign has done, having race-baited time and again throughout this campaign.

Look at This Photo

Roger Wolfson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

Romney's choice proves that whoever is guiding Romney's campaign appears to have less experience and knowledge than one can find in any politics 101 course. Virtually every choice the Romney campaign is making right now is unwise.

Romney's Veep Choice: 'I'm Going to Lose'

Zach Friend | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Zach Friend

Nothing spells fear more than irrationality. And there is nothing safe or rational about choosing Paul Ryan as your running mate.

Jason Cherkis

Paul Ryan: 'We Are Right Now Living In An Ayn Rand Novel'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate, he wasn't just picking a self-p...

The GOP's Dismal Electoral Math

Eli Lehrer | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for Vice President gives him the clearly articulated agenda his campaign has lacked to date. But, in the long term, the GOP has to change if it wants to remain competitive for the White House.

Choosing Paul Ryan Ensures a Focus on the Big Issue: The Fiscal Cliff

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Paul Ryan is the right choice for Mitt Romney. Paul Ryan will definitely energize conservatives. While Paul Ryan's policy prescriptions will indeed spark debate, his intelligent, youthful energy and boldness will attract many moderates.

Erasing W

Robert Reich | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

As Bill Clinton is resurrected by the Democrats, George W. Bush is being erased by the GOP -- as if an entire eight years of American history hadn't happened.