October 12, 2012 With guns blazing, Martha Raddatz took over the reins of Thursday's vice presidential debate and never let go. While Vice President Biden and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan engaged in an intense face-off, Raddatz kept the debate moving, ultimately becoming the one uncontested winner of the evening.
October 12, 2012 Neither Vice President Biden nor GOP Rep. Paul Ryan gave any quarter Thursday night. The two men were pointed and at some points personal in discussing their differences across a broad range of domestic and foreign policy issues.
October 11, 2012 Vice presidential debates are often quickly forgotten, but tonight's matchup — featuring what one pundit calls "probably two of the most substantive vice presidential candidates we've ever had" — will likely be widely watched. Both men are steeped in policy but offer big contrasts in styles.
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 If you want to vote in the November elections and you aren't registered yet — you'd better hurry. The registration deadline in five states is this weekend. By the following weekend, the deadline will have passed in more than half the states.
October 3, 2012 The latest poll by NPR and its bipartisan polling team shows President Obama with a 7-point lead among likely voters nationally and a 6-point lead in the dozen battleground states where both campaigns are spending most of their time and money. But battleground voters were also more downbeat about the direction of the country.
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 28, 2012 Romney and Obama are waging an ad war in the swing state of Ohio over Chinese trade. Part of the reason is that Ohio's manufacturing industry — especially for autos — is firing on all cylinders.
September 22, 2012 Stores and restaurants are rushing to capitalize on the political season, pitting Democrats against Republicans with red- and blue-themed offerings. But some purveyors admit people might be picking their favorites based on taste, not politics.
September 18, 2012 David Corn, the man behind the release of a surreptitiously shot fundraising video, tells NPR's Michel Martin that the source was stunned by the material he caught on camera.
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 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 12, 2012 It's an insult that some Republicans repeat with glee, but complaints that NPR reporters have themselves indulged in referring to the 'Democrat Party' have so far proven to be untrue. Fortunately, your ombudsman is not a political reporter, or FDR would be turning in his grave.
September 11, 2012 In today's Internet age, even pizza is political. When a photo of a Florida pizza shop owner giving President Obama a bearhug went viral, so too did the backlash against his restaurant — in the form of Yelp reviews.