October 15, 2012 On the eve of the second presidential debate, we revisit the first one and the vice presidential debate. Some listeners thought they heard more clips of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan than of President Obama and Joe Biden. We found a virtual dead heat. In politics, our bile affects what we hear.
October 15, 2012 Since becoming president, Obama's rhetorical triumphs have been just that: moving speeches delivered on ceremonial occasions. When it comes to policy and attempts to move public opinion, the silver-tongued Obama has largely been absent.
October 10, 2012 The outcome of the presidential race will come down to swing states, but Obama begins the race to 270 with the comfort of counting on a greater number of all-but-certain electoral votes than Romney has.
October 4, 2012 During the presidential debate last night, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talked about their political platforms. Here's how what they said matches up with our economist-approved presidential platform.
September 17, 2012 The Obama administration has filed a new trade complaint against China with the World Trade Organization, challenging Chinese subsidies for auto parts. Mitt Romney dismissed the trade complaint as "too little, too late." He's been criticizing Obama for not taking a tougher line against China.
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 16, 2012 This fall's presidential debates could attract the largest viewing audience of any televised campaign event. But some political scientists say the three faceoffs between President Obama and Mitt Romney (and the sole vice presidential debate) probably won't change the outcome of the election.
September 14, 2012 Under orders from Congress, the administration detailed exactly how it would administer painful cuts to both defense and domestic programs that were ordered under last year's budget deal. But the Office of Management and Budget reiterates that the threat of cuts is meant to spur congressional action.
September 13, 2012 A day after Mitt Romney ignited a debate over his criticism of President Obama's handling of events in North Africa, he largely steered clear of discussing the attack on an American consulate in Libya that left four Americans dead.
September 6, 2012 Having given the order to kill Osama bin Laden, President Obama has silenced decades of Republican carping that Democrats are weak on defense. That still might not win the president many votes, however.
August 10, 2012 The former GOP presidential candidate is making news of his own, even while fulfilling his current role as surrogate for Mitt Romney. Could a daytime talk show be next on the list?
August 7, 2012 Former President Jimmy Carter will speak, by video at least, at the Democratic National Convention to urge a second term for President Obama. Meanwhile, Republicans announced that Rick Santorum, who was Mitt Romney's most durable rival for the presidential nomination, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will speak at their convention.