October 4, 2012 There was plenty of media spin and punditry in Wednesday's debate, not just in Denver but on Twitter. The candidates appeared to be lacking in real zingers. Instead, it turns out the real conversation was happening through social media.
October 4, 2012 President Obama did some truth-stretching as well, say the nonpartisan watchdogs who parse candidates' words.
October 3, 2012 President Obama told Vanity Fair he would have favored trying bin Laden in the federal court system. He told the magazine's contributing editor that he with the capture, he would have had the political currency to push for that approach.
October 2, 2012 In another demonstration of how different the partisan lenses are through which voters view the political landscape, a new poll finds most Democrats dismiss the notion of pollster bias in surveys showing President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney. Republicans, by and large, believe it.
October 1, 2012 Campaigns have many milestones. The debates mark the last. In just a little more than a month, the 2012 presidential campaign will finally be over.
September 28, 2012 An oddity of presidential politics is that candidates and their campaigns spend nearly all their time telling voters how superior they are to their rivals in virtually every area: the wisdom of their policy proposals; the soundness of their judgments — everything, really. Except for debating.
September 28, 2012 The two leaders spoke by telephone today.
September 27, 2012 The newly unearthed video of Mitt Romney in 1985 explaining how Bain Capital hoped to "harvest" the firms it invested in seemed at odds with the Republican presidential nominee's suggestion on the campaign trail that creating jobs was a major aim in those days.
September 27, 2012 President Obama has added the term "economic patriotism" to his campaign vocabulary. It's a criticism of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whose personal overseas investments are an issue in the campaign. But while some of what Obama means is clear, the term still raises questions.
September 26, 2012 President Obama's new ad uses anticipatory guilt to try to get young voters who might not be as excited as they were four years ago to vote. Meanwhile, Republican Mitt Romney's new ad is born of the now-infamous video in which he is seen talking about the "47 percent."
September 26, 2012 Nevada political scientist Eric Herzik, who twice voted for Romney in caucuses, told NPR's Don Gonyea that Mitt Romney isn't doing as well in the state as might have been expected, despite Nevada's nation-leading unemployment rate. He's failed to personally connect with voters and hasn't given enough details about his economic proposals, Herzik says.
September 25, 2012 President Obama and Mitt Romney took very different approaches in their speeches at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York. Obama focused on the scourge of human trafficking, while Romney proposed tying U.S. foreign aid to job creation and economic reforms in recipient nations.
September 25, 2012 It must be called by its true name, Obama says: "modern slavery." He's announcing several new initiatives aimed at battling it.
September 25, 2012 President Obama this morning addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. His message: slain Ambassador Chris Stevens and others who build bridges, "not his killers," are the hope for the future.