October 2, 2012 Certain things always get attention during a presidential contest, including debates and gaffes. They don't really matter, one political scientist suggests.
September 17, 2012 Videos appearing to show Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talking candidly with wealthy donors about Obama supporters have caused a stir in the campaigns. The videos have emerged after Romney's perceived stumbles on the campaign trail.
September 14, 2012 An ambiguous quote about the first lady by an attendee at a Romney American Legion event did injustice to blacks, veterans and the attendee herself. Many listeners heard hate speech. If so, did NPR share blame? Should reporters even care how the audience might react?
September 7, 2012 Ann Dunham's fight with an insurance company before her death in 1995 is under scrutiny once more. And this time, a few words may tell a different tale.
September 6, 2012 The theme of the Democratic Convention has been "Forward." In accepting the party's nomination tonight, President Obama has to answer the question, "Forward to what?" And he may take a page from Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1936 renomination speech.
September 5, 2012 Once political enemies, President Obama and Bill Clinton have established a partnership that's becoming a cornerstone of the Obama campaign. Clinton exemplifies perhaps the most crucial political gift that Obama seems to lack.
September 5, 2012 The former president, who will speak tonight in North Carolina, has played a role in every Democratic National Convention since 1972. Reviewing Clinton's exploits at the past 10 annual confabs offers a set of milestones for his entire career — and recaps 40 years of convention history.
September 5, 2012 Takeaways from the convention: "Mom in chief" takes a stand; Ted Kennedy video depicts Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper; defending President Obama's record.
August 22, 2012 If you think the election-year debate has descended to the level of a farcical B-movie plot, then On The Media's "Media Scrutiny Theater" is the campaign coverage for you.
August 19, 2012 Mitt Romney's campaign hoped to close the book on tax questions when running mate Paul Ryan released two years of tax returns. Not quite. In reality, the differences between Romney and Ryan's taxes helps propel the debate further.
August 13, 2012 For the first time in 20 years, a woman — CNN's Candy Crowley — will moderate a presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday. The moderators for all three presidential debates and the sole vice-presidential debate were named.
July 29, 2012 A foreign policy adviser initially said Mitt Romney would "respect" Israel's decision to act militarily to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, if the country felt it needed to. Romney is scheduled to give a speech in Israel later Sunday.
February 9, 2012 Young conservatives gathering in Washington say a bad economy may be good news in 2012 for the Republican Party — at least in helping it to dent the overwhelming support Barack Obama enjoyed four years ago among the youngest voters.