For most young girls, the idea of using a drill press, electric sander, or branding iron is not the first thing that comes to mind when they think of their skills.
One take away from 2012 is that he who attacks women -- beware. Another take away is that gender is not the obstacle it used to be. The public is ready to elect female candidates when they are more qualified than their male opponents.
El Bait Shop in Des Moines claims that it's the only 1970s nautical-themed Mexican BBQ restaurant in America. This is probably true.
Here are all the swing states with the predictions for who will take them.
The conventional wisdom is that the betting markets are pointing to the re-election of the president while the polls apparently have Mitt Romney as the narrow favorite. So what's the evidence?
George McGovern lived these core ideals of the American Republic, acting in the tradition of Jefferson and the Enlightenment. And he lived them in dramatic action, in some of the most turbulent times of American history.
If the Obama campaign can deliver the ground game and turn in victories in at least one of the three major states -- or wins in the smaller swing states -- then the numbers will add up to a victory.
Forcible rape. I don't think many people would have guessed that it would be one of the defining phrases of the 2012 elections. But, there's not much about today's Republican Party that any one of us could have seen coming.
Now, the often too-cautious Barack Obama has an opening to re-brand himself as the bold champion of the Democratic Party's great progressive tradition.
On Friday, Guor Marial and I spoke about his extraordinary Olympic journey: from Sudanese refugee, to New Hampshire high school student, to Iowa State track star and now London Olympian.
When New Hampshire's freshman Republican senator Kelly Ayottte marched with Mitt Romney in last week's July 4th parade in Wolfeboro, it triggered speculation that he is taking Ayotte seriously as prospective running mate. And indeed, despite her slender political resume, he is.
And so it was in mid-May, when state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican, grew frustrated with what he saw as efforts by Speaker O'Brien, also a Republican, to silence him. So Vaillancourt directed a toxic remark at O'Brien: "Seig Heil." He was ejected from the chamber and forced to apologize.
Tragedy struck the little town near the Canadian border that numbers just 386 inhabitants. A child there was taken from her home on a warm July night and murdered. Her body, wrapped in a blanket, was found dumped in the Connecticut River a week later. That child's name is Celina Cass.
You've proven what I deeply believe: Mother love is a force to be reckoned with. I am so honored to be by your side, knowing that everything we do will make the world just a little bit better for our children.
I've focused my picks on man-made monoliths that are enormous enough to make you grab for your camera and text message friends.
Since, as any fifth-grader will tell you, we don't have a national vote for president, tracking the race by means of national polling is almost completely irrelevant.