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2012 Presidential Election

2012: Will the Left Support Obama?

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Whether or not you believe that on December 21st a cataclysmic event will occur, you can agree that on November 6th there will be a monumental presidential election to determine whether U.S. democracy survives.

Jason Linkins

After Iowa, Santorum's Challenge Is Ramping Up His Shoestring Operation | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

The close second-place Iowa finish has given Rick Santorum's candidacy new life, but he is now playing catch-up with the new top tier. And he has a lot of catching up to do.

"Those Hands Dug Freedom For Me"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

If Rick Santorum should win the Republican nomination for president next November, much of the credit should go to those six powerful words he delivered in an emotional victory speech in Iowa early Wednesday morning after a long night of caucusing.

Pat Robertson: God Told Me Who The Next President Will Be

Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

Christian conservative leader Pat Robertson says he has a secret straight from God: He knows who the next president of the United States will be. ...

Social Security: Secure with Obama?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Republicans handed Obama a tactical victory when they agreed to extend the payroll tax cut on Obama's terms. But maybe it's Democrats who've set themselves a trap. What if the president's partisan victory is actually hollow?

'We're Just Ruining Ourselves.. Destroying Ourselves'

AP | PAULINE ARRILLAGA, ALLEN G. BREED and ADAM GELLER | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

A decade ago, customers flocked to the store in the converted fire station on the east side of Toledo, Ohio, in pursuit of Old Glory. Howard Pinkley ...

Morphing Romney Into Gordon Gekko

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics
Arthur Bruzzone

The 2012 presidential campaign will be a $2 billion slugfest. With his strategy of morphing Mitt Romney into Gordon Gekko, David Axelrod hopes to convince voters that President Obama, not a former corporate raider, remains the best hope for workers, unions and the middle class.

The Necessary Mix Of Religion And Politics

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Maintaining a pluralistic society and a secular state does not require citizens to divide themselves into believers on certain days and irreligious citizens on others.

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.

Sorry Ron Paul, "End the Fed" Is Just Another Republican Plan to Help the Financial Sector and Hurt Everyone Else

Kyle Victor | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Kyle Victor

Many liberals, myself included, have long harbored some sympathy for Ron Paul. I suspect that this is not only because of his refusal to follow the neo-conservatives on issues like civil liberties, but also because the man, like a squirrel, has always seemed so very harmless.

What Does Leadership Look Like?

Glenn Llopis | Posted 02.26.2012 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

It's time for us all to step back and ask ourselves the question: what is my leadership responsibility and how can I act in 2012 to make this country a better place to live in?

Year End Reflections on the Political Pitfalls, and Opportunities in the 2012 Presidential Election

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Yes, the state of the economy will be the political stage of 2012. But the presumed players of Obama and the Republican Party's eventual standard bearer may be less important than even they currently contemplate.

Potentially Game-Changing New Political Party Qualifies For California Ballot

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.22.2011 | San Francisco

Earlier this week, the privately funded political group Americans Elect scored a spot on the California ballot in the 2012 presidential election by su...

Billionaire backer may open wallet for Gingrich but bring unwanted baggage

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsWhen Newt Gingrich and other White House aspirants gave political pitches at a forum hosted by the Republican Jewish C...

Tyler joins Gingrich PAC, big ad buy imminent

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsWinning Our Future, the super PAC recently set up to boost Newt Gingrich's campaign, has recruited long time Gingrich...

The Presidency: Character, Competence, Charisma and Cash

Terry Newell | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

As we head toward 2012, the American public seems underwhelmed by its choices for president. Charisma and cash seem, once again, to be trumping character and competence.

The Delusion of a Radical Center

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A well-funded, faux-reformist group known as Americans Elect is promoting a third party presidential candidacy and anticipates qualifying its candidate to be on the ballot in nearly all states.

Obama Needs More Involuntary Head-Nods

Eliot Daley | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Maybe, just maybe, President Obama is finally shaking off his subdued demeanor and will resume the kind of soul-stirring leadership stance that carried him into office.

Last Person to Pay Attention to Donald Trump Dies Peacefully at Home

Spencer Green | Posted 02.12.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Gordon Mellifleck, the last known person to have paid attention to anything Donald Trump had to say, died peacefully at his home in Scottsbluff, Nebra...

Obama Could Win Big In Conservative State | By Shawn Drury | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

When leaders of the Republican Party look at an electoral map and decide which states are firmly are in their column, South Carolina is one of the fir...

The "Obama Must Go" Crowd is Growing

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

But in addition to the sane ones who resented and loathed Obama from the start of his charade, there's also a growing groundswell of Independents and Dems waking up finally and even union people who see that "the Obama experiment" may end very badly indeed.

Republican Slugfest

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The ultimate winner of the Republican nomination will have to unite a battered party in order to defeat President Barack Obama. And they will have to keep Congressman Ron Paul from declaring as a third party candidate, which is a real possibility.

The GOP Candidates Do Monty Python's "Four Yorkshiremen"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The debate turned into Monty Python's hilarious "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch where a bunch of snooty aristocrats wax nostalgic about their difficult upbringings, trying to out-poor each other with one absurd claim after another.

Top 5 Moments From the Iowa Debate: Bachmann, Romney's $10K Bet, Twitter Frenzy and More

Lili Gil | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics
Lili Gil

I was one of those few thousands of Americans who traded a night-out-on-the town for watching the GOP debate Saturday night. Here is my recount of the top five moments you missed while you were socializing.

'Hope' Ain't Dead Yet

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

My faith and hope for our country was temporarily restored when I listened to and read the text of Obama's speech on income inequality at a high school in Osawatomie, Kansas.