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What will get me to my polling place this year, more than anything else, is this: I believe Barack Obama will nominate Supreme Court Justices who will vote to overturn Citizens United, which wiped out reasonable limits on campaign funding. And Mitt Romney would appoint Supreme Court Justices who would uphold it.
Looking for the dead solid skinny on the upcoming presidential election? You've come to the right place. As a public service, we're going to tell you right here and now who wins this thing and why.
In the latest YouGov/Xbox poll, the pivotal state of Ohio showed slightly more Romney supporters than Obama supporters. But, when asked who they expect to win Ohio, the same respondents predicted Obama would win their state.
Never was the choice in this election clearer than in the approach and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. So can this race really be so close? Consider this week's contrast.
I, like many Americans, will probably not be incredibly motivated or hopeful on November 7, the day after the election. But it's more important than ever that we all re-engage in the political process, as disgusted as we are with the current election.
The latest Gallup poll indicates the economy and unemployment remains the number one concern of most Americans. While both Obama and Romney have promised to create millions of jobs if he is elected president, there are stark differences between their proposals.
For all his role-distancing and existential dread, Barack Obama knows that success depends on becoming a central character in the publican play. Though the ancient Greeks and American Founding Fathers believed democracy rests on rational deliberation, nothing could be further from the truth.
Even more important than the election outcome is whether we choose to leave partisan politics behind and begin to cooperate in the hard work of governing. Compromise is messy, time-consuming, and often frustrating. But little can be accomplished without it.
Even in times of economic hardship we have a responsibility to support our LGBT community, to both reward those who continue to support us (Obama) and stop those who deride us (Romney).
Manufacturing has been a key driver of what limited economic recovery we have had since 2009. On the surface, Obama and Romney seem to have roughly the same economic goals, but as we have seen, their plans for reaching these objectives differ greatly.
There are other equally valid reasons, of course, to vote for President Obama on November 6, but these five are at the top of my list. Each, taken separately, strikes me as persuasive. Together I find them compelling.
It is not that people think climate change is a hoax or some massive right-wing conspiracy. Indeed, both candidates have said that it's real. But, ultimately, the consequences (as with the future consequences of anything) aren't knowable in any great detail.
CNN pimped out my TV screen this election season. The most addictive armchair pundit navigation tool was the graph on the bottom of the screen that tracked a group of undecided voters' impressions of the candidate's words in real-time.
I have a personal favor I'd like to ask each of you. We all know the election next Tuesday is going to be very close. But I've got an idea that could help put President Obama over the top.
Under the belief that Obama should have treaded further on the issues he has undertaken -- that he hasn't done "enough" -- it would be counterintuitive for us to veer sharply toward a radical alternative.