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Election 2012

GOP Rehash: Six Theories Republicans Are Advancing for Why They Lost

Martin Carnoy | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Martin Carnoy

The rehash is still under way and fingers are pointing every which way. But as Republican pundits and politicians emerge from the wood shed, six theories for the debacle are coalescing.

WATCH: 'Critical Thinking' Gives LGBT Post-Election Analysis

Waymon Hudson | Posted 01.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

Without a doubt, election night was a landslide victory for equality. Watching the historic results roll in on issues and candidates that matter to the progress of civil rights for LGBTQ people was truly a snapshot of just how much, and how quickly, this country has changed on social issues.

Romney Surprises Obama Campaign With Missed Opportunities

The Daily Beast | James Warren | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

Obama’s top election strategist tells a Chicago audience he was surprised Mitt Romney’s team did not attack Obama more, stuck so narrowly with the...

Biggest Surprises From the 2012 Election

92nd Street Y | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

Bob Roberts: 20th Anniversary Screening took place on November 9, 2012 at 92YTribeca. In this clip, the panel featuring the Daily Show's Larry Wilmor...

Politically Incorrect Pumpkin Pie

Brenda Peterson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Women
Brenda Peterson

The holiday season is a minefield of political etiquette, moral dilemmas and culinary faux pas.

Standing Still On A Down Escalator

Gary Johnson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Gary Johnson

Even if you don't win, elections should offer some semblance of a fresh start and the optimism of having either endorsed or changed the direction of the country.

It Was the Economy, Stupid

Jim Worth | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

Romney's credibility for becoming president was his business acumen, but, ultimately, his perceived advantage over Obama became his deficit.

Fickle Voters Present 'Puzzle' After Decisive 2012 Gap

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sorry, fellas, but President Barack Obama's re-election makes it official: Women can overrule men at the ballot box. For the first...

A Thanksgiving Letter to the Republican Party

Thrity Umrigar | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Thrity Umrigar

Thank you. Thank you for your class warfare, for your bull-headedness on taxes, your contempt for the poor and middle-class. On this Thanksgiving Day, I am so grateful that we can count on you to learn exactly the wrong lessons from your recent election debacle.

Family at Cliffside

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Let us pull the governing center back from the far right toward which it has drifted. And let us remember that the battle lines of the culture wars have cut across our own families. These are the first steps toward respecting one another as fellow members of the American family.

The Conservative Post-Election Tantrum Continues

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We've all known a kid who upon losing a board game would freak out, hurl the game across the room and storm off while shouting something like, "This game sucks anyway!" It's no surprise the Republicans are doing exactly that.

Being Thankful And Honoring Those Who Made Today Possible

Amelia | Posted 01.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

Hundreds and thousands of people have fought for equal rights, and I am thankful to them all. Their hard work, sacrifice and struggle brought us here, to a place where my little boy can know who he is and tell me without shame -- and be unaware that shame could even be a factor.

You Blew It!

Politico | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics

It wasn't supposed to end this way for Allen West. The tea party House freshman had an astonishing $17 million war chest, sky-high name ID and a Re...

Latinas Tipped the Scale

Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff | Posted 01.20.2013 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff

Latinas have always been a powerful force, but the 2012 elections demonstrated to the rest of the country our capacity to alter the course of an election and American history. The message remains clear: Latinas are watching, and we do vote.

Real America?

David Trumble | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
David Trumble

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Why Getting Married Is Political

Priscilla Yamin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Weddings
Priscilla Yamin

If there is any lesson to come out of those initiative battles in the states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington it is that marriage is more than just private right. It is also a political institution through which we determine the boundaries of civic inclusion, and define the norms of citizenship.

I'm With Stupid: An Open, Mostly Uncynical Letter to Candidate Mitt

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.20.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

In his acceptance speech, President Obama said he would reach out to you and ask for your help in getting both sides to work together. Please take him up on that offer.

Rethinking Elections With Gamification

Gabe Zichermann | Posted 11.20.2012 | Technology
Gabe Zichermann

A core concept in gamification is the notion of delivering a sense of progress to the user. So how can gamification help the United States get out the vote?

Forging Economic Opportunities in Rural America

Diane Smith | Posted 01.20.2013 | Technology
Diane Smith

Every election cycle, we hear about the divide between urban and rural voters. But what I see most often in my rural backyard is opportunity -- supported by new technologies that have begun to eradicate the distance penalty that used to limit economic success in rural America.

Allen West Finally Concedes

AP | MATT SEDENSKY | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Tea party firebrand Rep. Allen West conceded his re-election fight Tuesday, two weeks after the vote gave way to court a...

How to Fix the Broken Republican Party

Tyler McCarthy | Posted 01.19.2013 | College
Tyler McCarthy

When Romney lost the election, half the country was rejoicing and the other half was scoffing at what fools we were for re-electing Barack Obama. The attitude cannot continue to be: "What's wrong with them?" It needs to be "what's wrong with us?"

Gay Cowboys, Utah And Mitt Romney

Scott Terry | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Terry

On the night of the 2012 presidential election, knowing that Obama had prevailed over Romney, I packed my things and left home the next morning for a week-long road trip to Salt Lake City. Several decades had passed since I'd lived in Utah. I imagined that things had changed.

Don't It Make Mitt's Red States Blue!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Suddenly, reality. ...

Barber Wins House Race

Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

Democrat Ron Barber has won a full term representing Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, the AP reports. Barber won a special election earlier th...

Is America Dying?

Glen Browder | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

The United States clearly remains the standard, by most accounts, of progressive democracy and "the good life" at this point in world history. But -- as I will argue in this unconventional analysis -- telltale signs of democratic distemper belie our contemporary stature.