October 1, 2012 Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Republican challenger, John Dennis, attacks her with a weird zombie ad. In 2010, an ad of his portrayed her as the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz. That helped him get 15 percent of the vote.
October 1, 2012 It's easy to blame politicians for failing to set aside differences and work together. But many political scientists believe that voters share the blame. Americans increasingly view the world through separate, partisan lenses and have turned compromise into a political liability.
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.
October 1, 2012 After everything that's happened — the primaries, caucuses, V.P. picks and conventions — it's now time for the debates. They have the capacity to change the dynamic. But, more times than not, they don't.
September 30, 2012 Four years before the famous Kennedy-Nixon face-off, a student at the University of Maryland wanted to see whether the nominees in 1956 — Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson — might want to engage with students. His effort failed, but ultimately set in motion the televised debates we know today.
September 30, 2012 KUNCCertain sectors of the state's economy are more robust than they were four years ago, but that doesn't mean everyone's happy with the recovery. The state is sharply divided about the role of government in the economy, an issue that will be at the forefront of the upcoming presidential debate there.
September 30, 2012 Both President Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, have spent weeks preparing for the debates by facing off against fake versions of their challengers played by stand-ins. Though easily overlooked, the work of a debate stand-in is grueling.
September 29, 2012 Catholics used to reliably side with Democrats, in large part because of the labor union movement. But after a century of integration, the group started to look like the rest of the American constituency. But out of this population, two new voting blocs have emerged — with more reliable preferences.