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October Surprise

Friday Surprise: What the New Jobs Report Will Tell Us About the Future

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Unless the number of jobs added in October turns out to be substantially higher or lower than September's, or the unemployment rate is way higher or lower than anticipated, the report should be treated merely as news cycle fodder.

Jason Linkins

Niall Ferguson Has Some Lu-Lu October Surprise Suggestions For Newsweek Readers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

Over at Foreign Policy, Daniel Drezner has gotten a look-see at the latest Niall Ferguson column in Newsweek, and finds that the "Civilization" author...

Trump and Allred's Attempts to Remain Relevant Are Just Desperate

Jamison Doran | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jamison Doran

Is this what our political process and October Surprises have come to? We're trying to get the candidates to unveil their college applications and pin them for something they said in a divorce hearing in the early '90s? Give me a break.

And Now for Something Really Amazing!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.26.2012 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

It's October and it's an election year! So before you pop a Xanax to prepare for all the five-year-olds in Dick Cheney masks knocking on your door and taking your candy, brace yourself for another American political tradition: The October Surprise!

Anonymous Website Trolls Internet With Promise Of October Surprise

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

Mark your calendars: An earth-shattering revelation about President Barack Obama or GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be revealed on Monday ...

'LET IT GO!'

Posted 10.11.2012 | Comedy

No one likes to hear the same joke over and over again, especially from someone who has way more important things to discuss. Unfortunately, the Obama...

BOTH SIDES: How Do You Debate Mr. 100 Percent, Not Mr. 1 Percent or 47 Percent?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgArianna and Nicolle Wallace debate why Romney won and how Obama adjusts. But if your opponent is a quick-change artist and fibber, how should you reply in a non-whiny way? The women then agree about "media bias" and Fox's 2007 Obama "too black" tape.

October Surprises

Will Durst | Posted 11.28.2012 | Comedy
Will Durst

When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up?

Obama Against the World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

By now, Obama and his savvy campaign staff should really be home free, having run political circles around their Republican opponent as he was running circles around himself. There's only one problem: the world.

When Great Cinema Becomes Propaganda

Gabriel Mizrahi | Posted 10.11.2012 | Entertainment
Gabriel Mizrahi

This year, the biggest October Surprise might not have been a surprise at all -- Zero Dark Thirty, an Oscar contender released by Sony Pictures.

The Teddy White Rule: Expect the Unexpected

Al Eisele | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Al Eisele

Just think, for a minute, of the long list of "unpredictables" and "unexpecteds" that could, and probably will, affect the outcome of the 2012 election.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Will Romney Produce Long-form Tax Returns From His Bain Years?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgIf a candidate's slogan is "Believe in America," shouldn't he invest in America? And will GOP governors really turn down 100 percent funding to cover free riders at hospitals?

Presidency Interruptus: The Possible Curious Fate of Barack Obama

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

It is becoming more and more apparent (at least to me) that Barack Obama is going to lose the election this fall. Firstly, Mitt Romney gives off the a...

The Faithful Shopper: Fall into Fitness

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 12.17.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

For fashionistas, October means that we only have a few more weeks to get into shape for those holiday parties! New York has any number of shops to equip you properly for your sport of choice.

Freedom of the Press vs. State Secrets

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Does the press have the right to disclose some secrets? I believe that too many documents are designated "top-secret" when they really should be designated "embarrassing."

Indecisions 2000 and 2004: Final Days Remembered

John Wihbey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wihbey

Whatever happened to the bad old days of October surprises? The last lap of campaign '08 has seen its share of twists, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that no big shoe has dropped.

Should the Los Angeles Times Reveal the Khalidi Videotape?

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

The LA Times has made its decision, whether one agrees or disagrees with it. But more importantly, the Obama campaign has played no role in the decision made by the paper.

Obama Is Dominating in the Polls, but Four Things Keep Me Awake at Night

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

As a lifelong Democrat who has seen my party lose winnable races, I can't help thinking about how things can go wrong this year. These are the four factors that keep me up at night.

Trick or Treat: National Security as the October Surprise

Scott Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Scott Payne

In the fall of 2004, a video hit the airwaves that brought back America's fear of terrorism and helped seal John Kerry's fate. No, not the Oct. 29th v...

October Surprise Update: What McCain May Be Planning and What Obama Can Do to Ruin It

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

As the one arrow left in McCain's quiver -- other than appealing to racists -- national security becomes the likeliest playing field for an October Surprise.

SOS: McCain to bin Laden -- Where is that Video You Promised Me?

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Experience tells us that it is in Osama bin Laden's best interests to assure a McCain presidency any way that he can.

Clarke: Al Qaeda May Try To Tilt Election To McCain

US News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John Kerry believes that the so-called al Qaeda Halloween videotape released days before the last presidential election in the United States affected ...

AP: What Will Be 2008's "October Surprise"?

AP | GLEN JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — Heading into the final weekend of the 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry was feeling good about his chances of winning the White Ho...

There Will Not Be an October Surprise

Matt Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Littman

No, this campaign is going to come down to Obama vs. McCain, mano a mano. And right now, momentum is going Obama's way.

The October Surprises Waiting for Obama

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

In five weeks, I hope look back on this column with a wry chuckle at my paranoia. If the system works, Barack Obama will take the White House. So why am I worried?