August 30, 2012 Remember the command from TV ads through the spring and summer? "Tell President Obama to" stop spending, or increase oil production, or whatever. Those three little words are now largely gone, and for the same reason they were ever used: so groups running the ads can keep their donors secret.
August 27, 2012 It's the closest these Floridians will ever get to an actual snow day. The threat of Isaac canceled most official business at the Republican National Convention Monday. The storm went west, leaving members of Florida's delegation free to engage in a political snowball fight of their own.
August 23, 2012 In Florida, the ad war centers on Medicare. In New Hampshire, a big topic this week is federal student loans. The ads show how the campaigns are tailoring their message to specific voters in key states.
August 21, 2012 The Republican Party's platform committee on Tuesday adopted the same anti-abortion language it included in GOP platforms in 2004 and 2008. It seeks passage of a constitutional amendment that would essentially ban abortion. The language includes no exceptions for rape or incest.
August 20, 2012 Here's a look at the government health care programs for the elderly and the poor, how President Obama's new national health care law affects them, and how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to change things.
August 18, 2012 NPR's Scott Simon says voters and candidates might benefit if more politicians took real vacations — if they went somewhere, for at least a short time, where no one knows them. Where they don't have to ask for votes, money or spout talking points.
August 17, 2012 There's a lot at stake in the fall election, including control of Congress and the White House. But important questions will also be decided at the state level. Ballot initiatives will let voters in several states decide on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization.
August 17, 2012 In California and other states struggling to plug big holes in their budgets, tax increases will be on the ballot in November. Several measures ask voters to help ward off budget cuts, or to raise funds for basic functions like schools and roads.
August 16, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday revealed a bit more about his tax history, telling reporters: "I never paid less than 13 percent" in the past 10 years. The Obama campaign's response: "Prove it."
August 14, 2012 By adding Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket, Mitt Romney may risk turning off an important voting bloc: senior citizens. But while some Florida seniors are set against any big changes to Medicare, others are embracing Ryan's plan for reshaping the program.
August 11, 2012 Even during his time in the high-risk, high-reward field of venture capital, Mitt Romney had a reputation as being exceedingly cautious. But his choice of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as a running mate shows another side of the Republican who would be president.
August 5, 2012 Asian-Americans make up the fastest-growing segment of the population, notably in key swing states including Virginia, Nevada and Florida. What's more, they're often independent voters — and the way they swing could have a big effect on the presidential election.