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2012 Presidential Election

The Jane Austen Weekly: 'Northanger Abbey' and the Presidential Campaign

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

Granted, the heroine has been accused of flirting with an idiot, not of ending the welfare-to-work requirement (as Romney said of Obama), or of causing a woman to die of cancer (as an Obama super PAC ad implied of Romney). Nevertheless, the campaign against Catherine has not been "dictated by fact-checkers."

Your Vision For America

Monique Ruffin | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Monique Ruffin

What do you vision, not just for your children, but for all of the children in America? What is your vision for the future of energy? Do you see a country becoming more reliant on its own energy resources? Do you think that renewable energy sources are being pursued with enough vigor?

We Asked, They Answered: Obama, Romney on Poverty

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The faith community has asked both presidential nominees for a response and they have answered. So it's time now to put poverty on the campaign agenda, from our local churches, to our public forums, to our presidential debates.

Obama Talks Terror Attack, Middle Class In Golden

The Denver Post | John Ingold | Posted 09.13.2012 | Denver

GOLDEN — President Barack Obama, making his eighth campaign stop in Colorado this year, vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the attack o...

Should I vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

Quora | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Gary Teal, Republican Vote Romney. That's my opinion. If you think I'm wrong, and you hav...

Suburbs Are Key To Victory In Colorado For Obama, Romney

The Washington Post | Amy Gardner | Posted 09.13.2012 | Denver

GOLDEN, Colo. — The road to victory in many of the most competitive states in this year’s presidential election winds through the strip malls, tra...

Bumper Sticker Politics

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

The discussion of important political issues, I teach my students, deserves something more than a catchy slogan or 10 second soundbite that serves only to simplify very complicated, multifaceted issues.

Romney Sticks Silver Foot in His Mouth Again

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's one thing to fire off the inflammatory rhetoric when it's part of the day-to-day grind of a close election. It's another to shamelessly exploit for political purposes the deaths of Americans who've sacrificed their lives to make the world a better place.

The Speech That Would Nail Obama's Victory

Carol DeChant | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Carol DeChant

In recognition that both parties are spending --with the help of PACs--an estimated $10 billion from now until election day, primarily on TV ads to sway voters, here's the speech that could guarantee a victory for President Obama.

A Play-Doh Manifesto (September 16th is National Play Doh Day)

Lisa Hickman | Posted 11.12.2012 | Parents
Lisa Hickman

Our leaders need Play-Doh to deescalate their tantrums and get into the mindset of shaping a world that our preschoolers will thrive in both today and tomorrow.

Talking about Climate Change, Even if Politicians Aren't

Judith Samuelson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business
Judith Samuelson

While Exxon, Shell and the rest of the industry continue to pour billions into gas and oil exploration, it is becoming clear that the planet cannot sustain the use of the assets already on the books, which would mean that the value of some fossil fuel companies is greatly overstated.

If Your Candidate Loses, Would You Leave The Country?

Posted 09.12.2012 | Gay Voices

Yesterday, our family over at HuffPost Politics released their findings from a small poll they took down at the DNC about the upcoming election. When...

Teachers' Unions Will Still Push Hard For Obama Despite Strike Tension

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. The head of one of the country's largest teachers unions knows all too well the frustratio...

Education In America: Why It Matters In The Election

AP | CAROLE FELDMAN | Posted 11.11.2012 | Education

The issue: States and local governments have the primary responsibility for education in the United States. But the federal government gets a big say...

10 Things You Need to Know About the $16 Trillion U.S. Debt.

Natalie Pace | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Natalie Pace

While politicians call this "debt," the rest of the world calls it an investment. Most people, both foreign and at home, believe the United States is a great country with a lot of things going for it, particularly when compared to the rest of the world.

On 9/11, Remembering The Enemy Within

Greg Barrett | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Greg Barrett

Until we see the evil in capitalism infected by corporate greed and economic inscription we will continue to kill and be killed and sow nothing but violence for our children. Live by the sword, die by it.

Welfare for the Rich

Colleen Becker | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Colleen Becker

If "taxes are what we pay for civilized society," what can we call welfare in the form of uncollected tax revenue? I think the word is "unnecessary."

The Unconventional: The Political Conventions in Perspective

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

It appears the Democratic Party's convention in Charlotte produced a better one for Obama. As history has shown, the bounces don't matter very much -- Dukakis, Kerry and McCain each got substantial bounces after their conventions. You know the rest.

Why International Travel Matters

Lindsay Hartfiel | Posted 11.11.2012 | Travel
Lindsay Hartfiel

Recently, I had the good fortune of living beachside in Costa Rica for five months. This meant five months without watching a single political ad or hate-fueled speech. Simply put, it was five glorious months of peace and serenity. Maybe I should have stayed.

WATCH: Wanda Sykes On Being A Black Gay Woman In The GOP's Eyes

Posted 09.10.2012 | Gay Voices

Actress-comedian Wanda Sykes has her sights set on the 2012 presidential election. Sykes, who is openly gay, is promising a bipartisan "rapid-fire,...

Romney Has Alienated Too Many Voting Blocs To Win

William Laney | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
William Laney

The alienation of important blocs of voters by the GOP, in general, and its presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in particular, is a self-inflicted wound...

It's Election Time in America

Monica Medina | Posted 11.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Monica Medina

A year of campaigning, grandstanding, hand-shaking, politicking, debating, mud-slinging and flag-pin wearing. A year filled with super-PACs, soapboxes, and the good ol' red, white and blue.

Leadership and Vision to End Breast Cancer, Turning Impossible Into Possible

Fran Visco | Posted 11.10.2012 | Women
Fran Visco

It is time we disrupt the business and system of breast cancer. It's time we disrupt the status quo. We must create an innovative environment for breast cancer research that will lead us toward the eradication of the disease.

Romney: Afghanistan Is Just a Word

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's unconscionable, and quite frankly unfathomable, that a candidate running for president when his nation's at war would fail to mention that war, and worse, the brave men and women who've sacrificed everything, including their lives, to fight it.

Third-Party Candidate Shakes Up Presidential Race

Steven Clifford | Posted 11.09.2012 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Clifford pledged if elected president, he would continue not to be Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. "My record of consistency in not being Obama or Romney speaks for itself." Leaders in both parties were quick to dispute Clifford's claim.