Serious Play in Pennsylvania?

31 October 2012 |permalink | email article

THE TRUTH is Pennsylvania hasn’t picked a Republican candidate for president in 24 years. Less than a week before the election, the Romney campaign claims it is now making a serious play for the Keystone state. According to the… read full story

‘Sandy’ Upstages Election; Mitt Backfire

30 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Hurricane Sandy, eight days before the 2012 presidential election, slammed ashore along the New Jersey coast on Monday, expected to paralyze life for millions of people in more than half a dozen states, with extensive evacuations, once-in-a-generation flooding ,… read full story

Auto Industry: False Mitt Claims

29 October 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama’s successful rescue of the auto industry is helping him maintain a small lead in the crucial battleground state of Ohio—something Mitt Romney is trying to erode in the final days of the campaign. In a new ad… read full story

Mitt Romney: No George Romney

29 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney turns out to be far different from his father, George Romney, a former Michigan governor, who unsuccessfully ran against Richard Nixon for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968. Theodore H. White, who famously wrote “The Making of… read full story

Dirty Style Tricks Again in Ohio?

27 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Karl Rove appears to be up to his dirty tricks again. That’s the view of author Craig Unger, author of “Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power” which was published by Scribner in September. In 2004 the… read full story

Poverty Speech, Programs for the Poor

26 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Paul Ryan, in his first policy speech since becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee, said he and Mitt Romney will restore upward mobility and fight poverty in part by limiting the federal government’s commitment to safety net programs. Until… read full story

Mitt’s Scary Double Vision

25 October 2012 |permalink | email article

The New Yorker has posed an intriguing question: Why has Romney become cool-headed and middling abroad while remaining far-out and irrational at home? Why the different learning curves? In Boca Raton on Monday he pretended to be a born-again… read full story

Cutting to the Chase: Weighing the Odds

24 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Nate Silver, The New York Times’s FiveThIrtyFive polling guru, notes that while Barack Obama won the second presidential debate last week in Hempstead. N.Y., he got little bump in the head-to-head polls against Mitt Romney—with the average of national… read full story

Rivals Argue Global Policy; Mitt Loser

23 October 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama and Mitt Romney wrapped up a series of debates on Monday night with a fiery exchange over America’s place in the world as each sought to portray the other as an unreliable commander in chief in a… read full story

Foreign Policy: Third Debate Could Decide

22 October 2012 |permalink | email article

It is hard to comprehend but in this fight for president the outcome of Monday’s foreign-policy debate in Boca Raton, Fla, may prove pivotal, with the terrorist attack n Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three… read full story

U.S. Says Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks

21 October 2012 |permalink | email article

The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a… read full story

Utah’s Largest Paper Endorses Obama

20 October 2012 |permalink | email article

The Salt Lake Tribune, the largest paper in Utah, on Friday endorsed President Obama for re-election rather than the first Mormon presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

In an editorial entitled “Too Many Mitts,” the paper castigated Romney for his… read full story

Romney, Business Owners, Worker Advice

19 October 2012 |permalink | email article

The Republican presidential nominee and business tycoon likes to think of himself as a boss. So it is not surprising that in a June conference call hosted buy the conservative-leaning National Federation of Independent Businesses, Mitt Romney encouraged business… read full story

Young Voters: Big Gains for Obama

18 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Despite intense efforts by Republicans to cast President Obama as a failed leader, he has maintained a strong advantage among a crucial constituency among young people over Romney—slightly increasing his lead since last spring. A New York Times article… read full story

Rivals, Bare Fists, Rematch

17 October 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama, facing a strong challenge from Mitt Romney, portrayed his rival as a former corporate raider who would favor the wealthy over the middle class and a political vacillator during their second debate on Tuesday, displaying a fighting… read full story

Obama Edge in Battleground States

16 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Going into tonight’s town meeting format at Hofstra University, N.Y. new 2012 polls continue to show a close race nationwide, with President Obama with a slight three point edge over Mitt Romney which gave Democrats some cheer on Monday.… read full story

Why is Mitt Hiding His Tax Plan?

15 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Ed Gillespie, a senior Mitt Romney strategist, went on TV Sunday morning and said that the candidate would only reveal the details of his tax plan after he was sworn into office. As Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher… read full story

Abortion and China

14 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Moderator Martha Raddatz mentioned the historic nature of Thursday night’s debate, the first ever featuring two Catholic vice presidential nominees, when she raised the question about abortion and their religion. Jesuit Father James Martin, who writes for America, the… read full story

Ryan: Tax Plan Specifics After We Win?

13 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Paul Ryan’s refusal during Thursday night’s debate to explain how the Romney tax cuts would be paid for caught the attention of blogger Andrew Sullivan who questioned its impossible mathematics if the former Massachusetts governor is elected. As Greg… read full story

Biden Restores Faith in Obama

12 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan quarreled and exchanged sharp words on foreign policy and the economy in the campaign’s only vice-presidential debate Thursday night at Centre College in Danville, Ky. They interrupted and re-interrupted one another during… read full story

Abortion Rights: Mitt vs. Mitt

11 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Abortion has suddenly surface just weeks before the election as Mitt Romney told the Des Moines Register that abortion won’t be part of his agenda in the White House—and Democrats immediately pounced on his words, with the Obama campaign… read full story

Brainwashing: An Inherited Trait?

10 October 2012 |permalink | email article

A TV interviewer asked George Romney in 1967 why he supported the Vietnam War after a trip to that country in 1965 but opposed it two years later when he was running for president. He explained that when he… read full story

Lara Logan Warning; Mitt’s Global Fumble

09 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Logan, a CBS correspondent for “60 Minutes,” delivered a provocative luncheon speech to over a thousand Chicago ifluentials from government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate that should give pause to Mitt Romney in his first clumsy foray… read full story

Obama’s Plan to Win

08 October 2012 |permalink | email article

John Heilemann, in New York Magazine, wrote that Romney’s late-stage repositioning, presents a strategic conundrum for Obama’s campaign. Confronted with two different, contradictory, framings of Romney, a flip-flopping phony, or right-wing extremist, Obamans are embracing Bill Clinton’s message and… read full story

Humor Department

07 October 2012 |permalink | email article

New York (The Borowitz Report)

Taking a victory lap after their candidate’s win in the first Presidential debate Wednesday night, Romney campaign insiders today attributed his success to his strategic use of relentless lying. “We worked for hours on… read full story

Don’t Mess with Big Bird

07 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney’s reckless Big Bird swipe in his Wednesday debate with Barack Obama raised some real hackles: PBS’s, many on social media and the New York Times’s Charles Blow who minced no words in his Sunday column. The impudent… read full story

Jobs and Obama

06 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Whenever a new set of jobs numbers is announced, it is important to keep in mind just how noisy the date can be, as Nate Silver’s Political Calculus reports. This is not merely because economic forecasting is difficult. It… read full story

Romney Takes the Stage

05 October 2012 |permalink | email article

The Wall Street Journal editorial board could barely contain its enthusiasm that Mitt Romney dominated the first debate on Wednesday in Denver. The former governor, it opined, appeared Presidential, showing a superior command of fact and argument than the… read full story

Romney’s Big Win; Obama Was Absent

04 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney aggressively pressed President Obama on the economy, jobs and health care in a debate Wednesday night in a high-stakes face-off as reported by The New York Times. For Romney, the stakes were very high in his first… read full story

Faceoff In Denver: Obama vs. Romney

03 October 2012 |permalink | email article

As ABC News reported, by keeping it close nationally isn’t going to win Romney the White House if he can’t prevail in states like Colorado where most of the recent polls give Obama the edge—by several points. ABC News… read full story

First Debate: Mitt’s Chance to Score Big

02 October 2012 |permalink | email article

The nation’s attention will be focused on the first of three Presidential debates between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Wednesday night at the University of Denver with domestic policy as the issue. But national tracking polls… read full story

Mitt’s Tax Plan; Christie, McCain Demur

01 October 2012 |permalink | email article

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan promised again Sunday that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would bring lower taxes for all Americans while remaining revenue-neutral, although he didn’t explain how he would accomplish that. This failure plays into the Obama… read full story

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