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.
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 In recent years, there's been a growing tendency for parties to offer convention speaking slots to ordinary Americans. Their testimonials might be more effective at conveying the benefits of various policies than claims from politicians themselves.
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 30, 2012 Mitt Romney will formally accept the GOP nomination for president tonight. The trick for his acceptance speech will be finding applause lines that fire up the base, without turning off moderate and independent voters.
August 30, 2012 On Medicare, the stimulus and a story about the GM plant in his hometown, the GOP vice presidential nominee got some facts wrong, according to the news outlets and nonpartisan watchdogs that parse politicians' words.
August 30, 2012 Rep. Paul Ryan demonstrated in his convention speech that he's a true believer, much like two previous politicians he has sought to emulate: Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. Kemp's economic ideas were controversial decades ago, but they've gained new life in the vice presidential nominee's budget plan.
August 27, 2012 With 24 hours of nothing happening at the GOP convention in Tampa because of Tropical Storm Isaac, Ron Paul supporters for the second time in as many days made themselves the center of attention at Mitt Romney's nomination party. Tuesday, they may be at the center of a real floor fight over rules.
August 15, 2012 President Obama has shown he's a fan of beer, one of the most politically expedient drinks a candidate can endorse. But now the president has revealed that he travels with his own home-brew — and he even gave a man in Iowa a bottle to prove it.