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Election 2012

Words That Shaped Last Week: 'Jim Lehrer,' 'Big Bird,' and 'Seth MacFarlane'

Vanity Fair | Posted 12.08.2012 | Media
Vanity Fair

For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.

Trymaine Lee

States Deny Millions Of Ex-Felons Voting Rights | Trymaine Lee | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices

Eric Bates was caught twice in the late 1990s driving with a suspended license, and then again in 2006. That third time, under then-Virginia law, Bate...

Laughing All the Way to the White House

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

While I disagree, the conventional wisdom has concluded that Obama blew the debate, phoning it in instead of engaging his opponent. But no matter: the reaction and aftermath are much more instructive about the distinct differences between liberals and conservatives.

Less Than 30 Days to Election 2012

Christopher Burgess | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Is there a way to review the campaign issues without the spin? My colleagues at Atigeo and I created a way to bring big data analysis of the social media feeds of the candidates and their respective party's content to the electorate. No spin and no sales.

The Fringe Candidate Who Could Cost Mitt Romney the Presidency

Eli Lehrer | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

The Constitution Party platform is, well, how to put it... absolutely mad. Unfortunately, this may not be stop their candidate from impacting the election.

On the Road to the Election 2012

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

This fall, as the candidates are crisscrossing the country, I, too, am on the road. My mission is different: My focus is on powering voters for Election Day, ensuring that every eligible voter is prepared and able to vote.

Serious Flaws Plague Absentee Voting | ADAM LIPTAK | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On the morning of the primary here in August, the local elections board met to decide which absentee ballots to count. It was no...

Paul Blumenthal

Candidates Look To Hulu To Reach TV Viewers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The popular video-streaming site Hulu has seen a huge bump in political advertising this year. Candidate campaigns, issue groups, super ...

Berman's Chicago Fundraiser

Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Down 13 points in the latest poll, Howard Berman is fighting for his political life against fellow Los Angeles-area Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). S...

Moving Forward in Times of Uncertainty for Federal Agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Now that we are in the midst of the presidential election cycle and face uncertainties regarding budgets and programs, some federal leaders may be tempted to keep their heads down and wait for events to unfold.

Ben Craw

Paul Ryan: 60 Percent Of Americans Are 'Takers,' Not 'Makers' | Ben Craw | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said in 2010 that 60 percent of Americans receive more financial benefits from the government than th...

John Celock

Tea Party Candidate Explains Bizarre Facebook Rant | John Celock | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Tim Garvey, a Republican candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives, is saying that a bizarre Facebook post he wrote several weeks ago about ra...

An Open Letter to Big Bird

Shawn Bean | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Shawn Bean

It's hard to imagine. Seeing Big Bird in an unemployment line would be like seeing Big Bird in an unemployment line. What else can you do for work? You could be the mascot for Chic-Fil-A, but then there's that whole Bert-Ernie connection. Hmm. Better scratch that.

What Are Youth Voters Concerned About In The 2012 Elections?

Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Our Time, a group focused on youth voting and economic issues, is out with a new film tackling the issues most pertinent to younger Americans this ele...

Who Stands With the Middle Class?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Robert L. Borosage

Every politician claims to be for the middle class. But time and time again, the wealthy and the most powerful corporations get the gold and the middle class gets the shaft. So who in the Congress stands on the side of the middle class, and who sits on their backs?

Sigh No More: Obama, Romney Leave No Room to Argue

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Robert Scheer

It is absurd to depict Wednesday night's rhetorical stew of superficial nitpicking by two candidates with a proven record of subservience to the Wall Street bandits responsible for wrecking our economy as a meaningful exercise in democratic governance.

Sarah Silverman on Yetta Kurland Live!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Yetta Kurland

Yetta Kurland sat down with Sarah Silverman at the Openhouse Gallery in SoHo on September 27, 2012, during a fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

Janell Ross

Immigrant & Civil Rights Advocates: Domestic Debate Left Out Critical Issues | Janell Ross | Posted 10.04.2012 | Latino Voices

Two technocrats, dressed in dark suits and armed with their own versions of the truth, walked into a Denver auditorium for a presidential debate. ...

Christina Wilkie

Polo Ponies, Vacation Homes, Art Collections: What The Wealthy Label 'Small Businesses' On Their Taxes | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.18.2012 | Small Business

WASHINGTON -- Polo ponies, vineyards in Napa Valley and racing yachts are some of the trappings of the ultra-wealthy all over the world. But in the U....

Women Voters Want to Know Candidates' Records, Not Slogans

Linda Hallman | Posted 12.04.2012 | Women
Linda Hallman

If women are powerful enough to determine the outcome of the election -- and we know that we are -- then we must use that power to hold all legislators accountable to the promises they've made.

Ann Romney Beats Michelle Obama in Race to Good Morning America Co-Host Chair

Vanity Fair | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Vanity Fair

Ann Romney, the most/only sympathetic component of the Romney presidential campaign, is scheduled to guest-host Good Morning America on October 10th, filling in for anchor Robin Roberts.

The One Political Stand My Fox News Mom and I Can Take Together

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Holly Robinson

My mom is a staunch Republican, a Fox News junkie and the widow of a Navy commander. I have always voted the liberal ticket; I'm an NPR listener. But when Obama became the first president to declare his support for same-sex marriage, Mom shocked me silly.

Third Party Candidates Debate Governing

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

HuffPost Live hosted a debate to hear the voices of our third party candidates on the issue of governing. Hosts Marc Lamont Hill and Alicia Menendez ...

So the President Loses Round 1. What's He Do Next?

Jerry Lanson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

This was only Round 1. There's more to come. My guess is Romney will close the polling gap, but he's certainly not sold the American public yet on his politics or personality. One 90-minute performance doesn't do that.

First Presidential Debate: Apparently, This Housing Crisis Is Over

Jed Kolko | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Jed Kolko

There's a long list of what the candidates didn't say about housing: not a word about refinancing, principal reductions, selling government-owned foreclosed homes, or the mortgage interest deduction. Why wasn't there more debate over housing?