October 17, 2012 Other takeaways from Tuesday's debate: President Obama gets tough while his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, gives no ground; voters are unhappy; candidates can't let go of the past; and the debate on foreign policy is truly teed up.
October 17, 2012 Pundits fretted that the town hall format for Tuesday's presidential exchange would yield tepid results: undecided voters posing questions with little more than a passing touch from the moderator. The media's storyline quickly shifted, however, from the pressure facing the president after the previous debate to his more energetic performance.
September 29, 2012 Criticisms of NPR's coverage of the attack in Benghazi have become mixed with criticisms of the Obama administration's explanations. But NPR acquitted itself, if not perfectly, then very well. Steve Inskeep finds two valuable lessons in it all.
September 27, 2012 Here is a test of NPR's political bias and your own convictions about what it might be. Headlines set the tone for NPR.org and are a litmus test for all the coverage. So let's look at the last three days of campaign headlines. You decide.
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 16, 2012 The Israeli prime minister, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, said Iran's nuclear program was "in the last 20 yards." He also denied he was taking sides in the U.S. presidential election.
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 28, 2012 In a discussion with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Rich Beeson says Florida's 29 electoral votes are 'crucial' but not absolutely necessary to win in November.
August 22, 2012 When the vice presidential candidate takes the stage in Tampa next week, the ghost of an Austrian economist will be hovering above him.
July 13, 2012 Documents suggest Mitt Romney was chief executive at Bain Capital for longer than he has said. That's significant — but only to a point.
July 7, 2012 Some of the heaviest advertisers are groups financed by anonymous donors. They're not organized as political committees, but as "social welfare" organizations. One of those groups, led by GOP strategist Karl Rove, is rivaling the campaigns themselves for ad money spent so far in the election.
June 9, 2012 The initial wave of reaction has died down from Wisconsin's closely watched recall election last Tuesday, and now both conservatives and progressives are taking what the results mean back to their respective constituencies.
April 3, 2012 Historically, young people have been much less likely to vote than older Americans. That trend has started to change in recent presidential elections, including in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama capitalized on the under-30 vote. But political analysts say young voters in 2012 are harder to read.