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Jon Ward

President Obama Outpacing Mitt Romney In Mentions of 'Middle Class' | Jon Ward | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Romney campaign's web video Monday morning was the latest signal that the Republican party's presumptive nominee for president recog...

Can the GOP Pry Some Blacks Voters Away From President Obama?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A drop off of even 1 to 5 percentage points in the total black vote would still put the president's percentage total at the off-chart number of 90 percent of the black vote, but it would hurt him.

Romney Denial of Responsibility for Actions of Bain Says A lot About the Kind of President He Would Be

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Do we really want a president that refuses to take responsibility for the actions of a company for which he was CEO, President, Chairman and sole stockholder? And it doesn't stop with personal responsibility.

A Vote for The Best Man

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Joe Peyronnin

The Best Man depicts a time when presidential conventions were brokered through backroom deals as delegates were swapped for political favors. Today, conventions have become highly scripted coronation ceremonies, just short of political infomercials.

Jon Ward

'I'm Not For Anybody' | Jon Ward | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics

PARMA, Ohio -- The sun was low in the sky, the air was thick with heat, and a few dozen residents of this working-class neighborhood in the Cleveland ...

Taproot's Endorsement for President

Aaron Hurst | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

There is only one person we at Taproot believe can lead this nation forward. He is a man who cares deeply about our nation and sees the potential in every American.

Supreme Court Ruling -- Huge Victory for Ordinary Americans -- Turbo-charges Obama Election Prospects

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The most important thing about today's Supreme Court health care decision is the victory for the millions of Americans who will live longer, happier, healthier lives because of the new health care law.

Popular Vote Speculation Interlude

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I like to engage in the sheerest of blue-sky speculation about possible interesting outcomes that could happen. This time around, the scenario I've been hearing bandied about is that Barack Obama wins the Electoral College vote, but Mitt Romney wins the popular vote.

Zach Carter

WATCH: Jobs Crisis Misconceptions: Are Regulations Holding Back Growth? | Zach Carter | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Repeated Republican efforts to blame government regulations and the alleged growth of government under President Barack Obama for the we...

An Economic Program for the Fall Campaign and the Next Four Years

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Shapiro

The next stage of the economic debate should focus on the two critical issues that have bedeviled middle-class Americans for more than a decade -- namely, historically slow jobs growth and stagnating incomes.

Sam Stein

In The Age Of Super PACs, Political Consultants Can't Fail | Sam Stein | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, had an itch to spend $10 million on an anti-Obama ad campaign, Fred ...

Howard Fineman

Profits Of Politics 2012: Consultants Rake In $466 Million And Counting | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters in Wisconsin go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to oust controversial Republican Gov. Scott Walker. One result is already ...

Why Mitt Romney's Flip-Flopping May Turn Out to Be a Political Asset

Robert Simpson | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Simpson

The American electorate is simply looking for a solution to the mess the country's in. Romney has allowed an image to grow of a politician with no concrete ideological beliefs, and this could prove to be a major plus in the current climate.

Zach Carter

Democratic Governor Defends Bain As 'Perfectly Fine' | Zach Carter | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ended up defending Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday during TV appearances in which the Democ...

Cutting Services Coast to Coast: How Far Is Too Far?

Dominic Carter | Posted 07.30.2012 | Detroit
Dominic Carter

The argument about fiscal austerity has been drilled into all of us. The U.S Marines couldn't have done a better job. It's our new way of life.

Why Are There So Few Latino Libertarians?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Of course, there are Latino libertarians out there. But in general, talking Hispanics into espousing the Ron Paul agenda is only slightly easier than getting the pope to show up at the Stonewall Inn for a drink.

Romney: Going Negative, Subtly

James Zogby | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

It is important to note some worrisome signs indicating that Mitt Romney and his campaign may have opted for a more subtle approach to establishing the "otherness" of Barack Obama.

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney's 'Nice Guy' Strategy | Jon Ward | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has charged that President Barack Obama's campaign is engaging in "character assassination" by running ads that paint him as...

Real Patriotism This Presidential Election

Gary Shapiro | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

We are a nation of laws, but we can also strive to be a decent nation. In the quest for national decency, I suggest the following non-partisan rules for the upcoming election.

Howard Fineman

Mitt, The Incidental Candidate | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- He barely speaks in his own first general-election ad. On the top floor of his Boston campaign headquarters, the most visible poster is ...

Howard Fineman

Obama's 'Perfect Beast' vs. Romney's 'Hard Times' Pitch | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's campaign manager, is a soft-spoken Montanan who loves order, detail and teamwork. In 2008, when he...

Red to Purple to Blue -- The Collapse of the Republican Electoral College Base

Mark Siegel | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Mark Siegel

Demographics and politics are creating a new America, different from any of the Americas we have ever known or studied in the past. With the "blue-ing" and " purple-ing" of America, the elephant may soon become a dinosaur.

If You Can't Recall You Were a Bully...

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
David M. Abromowitz

Deflecting responsibility for your own unpleasant actions away from yourself also takes a special kind of personality.

Obama and Gay Marriage: One Key Advantage

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Michael J. O'Neil

What impact will Obama's endorsement of gay marriage have on the presidential election? I am tempted to respond the way Chou En-lai did when he was a...

Obama's "Bend Toward Justice"

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Personally, I salute President Obama for his statement, for speaking out for equality. Now he needs to be the defender of Social Security and Medicare and not the advocate of a "grand bargain." He needs to champion making it in America, not peddle more corporate trade pacts.