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Presidential Election

America Elects 'A Rock Star'

David A. Andelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Andelman

The all but unanimous conclusion from my time taking calls from folks on Radio France was a simple one: "Barack Obama is 'le rock star.'"

Finally, A President Who Looks Like Me!

Evan Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Handler

Barack Obama is the first president in my lifetime who resembles me and the people I know.

So Far in 40 Years

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

When my mother got married, my grandfather said he'd shoot my dad with a shotgun (an inauspicious but common beginning for an interracial marriage).

Election Night, Do Not Concede: Open Letter Signed By Gore Vidal & Others

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

It is reasonable to once again expect further manipulation on election night by some Republican officials, as in 2004; should we also expect Democrats to once again concede in the face of fraud?

My Letter to Barack Obama

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Stevens, Jr.

I wrote to Barack several days later. Here's the letter. Looking back, it seems as if today was somehow written in America's destiny.

Wondering What Will Be

Richard Schiff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Schiff

As we stand on the verge of a shifting earth I wonder is this the Big One, the epiphany that leads us to brilliance in real time, or is this one of the aftershocks.

Obama's Springfield Connection: 'Whatever He Says You Can Take To the Bank'

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Now that Illinois is offering a second President to the United States, it seemed fitting to spend the night watching Senator Barack Obama with the Democratic County Chair in Springfield.

Who's Watching?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

When we vote, there will be many by our side we can't see, but they'll be watching us. Whitman wrote that for all we know, he may be standing looking over our shoulders now. He may be right.

Penn State: 1000 Youth in Line to Vote at 7am

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Brewer

The youth vote is likely to make up 25% of the electorate today and is a powerful national voice that is demanding green jobs and clean energy to reinvigorate and re-power our economy.

Tonight, Tonight Was Not Just Any Night

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

As a member of the sixties generation, whose vision of America was shattered by the three assassinations of that time, it was bitter indeed to witness the devolution of the last eight years.

Big Think Presents: What's Your Plan?

Sean McManus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean McManus

If the election of 2000 reminded us that every vote counts, 2008 has provoked a wholesale political awakening. Across the globe, US politics is, as Tina Brown might say, the big fat story.

American Elections: A True Opportunity for Change, or Just Plastic Surgery?

Gilbert Doumit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gilbert Doumit

As a foreign observer, I am amazed by the level of political engagement and the turnout of the American citizens to the voting ballots - these things reflect their commitment to a better world.

Tampa McCain Rally: Where Is Everybody?

The St. Petersburg Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

About 30 minutes before John McCain is scheduled to lead a rally outside Raymond James Stadium, looks like maybe 1,000 people here. What's up with tha...

Viewers Guide To Election Night: Six Early States To Watch

ABC News | George Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here are the six states to watch between 7pm and 8pm tomorrow night: Virginia and Indiana after the last polls close at 7pm, Ohio and North Carolina...

More Reliable Than Exit Polls: Bookies (See Odds In Real Time)

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Thomson

To make a long story short: Historically, gamblers have proven better election forecaster than polls. As an expert told me, the betting markets will be quickest to react to news coming through today.

What Industries Will Benefit From An Obama Victory? A McCain Victory?

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Battered by the financial meltdown, America's business community is anxiously calculating how Tuesday's presidential election will ...

Obama: My Next Press Conference Will Be Wednesday

Politico | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown reports: The traveling press corps has taken to shouting questions -- from the inane to the serious -- at Barack Obama...

How John McCain Still Can Win

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

Obama is in the lead, both nationally and in some very key battleground states. This election is his to lose. But what combination of factors would need to occur for Obama to lose?

How John McCain Still Can Win

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Steven Hill

How John McCain Still Can Win By Steven Hill Obama is in the lead, both nationally and in some very key battleground states. This election is his to...

Voting Expert William Jacoby Knows How You're Going To Vote

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

As the polls grow tighter, more people wonder what the electorate will be thinking on Nov 4. OffTheBus posed that question to political scientist Will...

McCain/Palin - R.I.P. Courtesy of the Middle East

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Having just gotten off the plane from the Middle East, one thing is for certain: whether you are pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian or pro-whatever, there is hardly a soul who is not rooting for a big Obama victory.

McCain's Mountain Of A Problem

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Our model does not make any specific adjustments for early voting, but it is presenting a major problem for John McCain in three states in the Mountai...

A Look at the Election In San Francisco PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rebecca Shapiro

The election in San Francisco looks quite similar to other large cities in blue states. Residents boast pride for the Obama | Biden ticket while taki...

4 Tips For Dealing With Pre-Election Jitters

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

The presidential election has everyone nervous. No one is confident about the outcome, and it could potentially be a very, very long night next Tuesda...

Palin Calls McCain Adviser To Smooth Things Over

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Don't be surprised to see maligned McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace rejoining GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on her campaign plane v...