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The Influential Karl Rove

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger traces Karl Rove’s influence on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign through the money he has raised with a network of super-PACs and nonprofits—a figure approaching $1 billion—and through his allies in advisory positions on the campaign. His article “Boss Rove” appears in the September 2012 issues of the magazine. Craig Unger's book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power will be published by Scribner in September.

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The Big Data Election

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Micah Sifry, co-founder of Tech President, discusses how the last election was all about social media, and this year's election is all about gathering data.

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Open Prep: Campaigns and Big Data

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

On the Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday, Micah Sifry of Tech President talked about how the Obama and Romney campaigns are using data to target and tailor their messaging to raise cash and rustle up votes. Below is some of the background reading we did to get ready for the conversation.

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Opinion: From Gun Control to Paid Sick Leave, Progressives Don't Wait for Washington

Monday, August 06, 2012

Conservatives knew that starting with local victories was a way to build the groundwork for larger legislative successes, which is why ALEC was such a success.

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Obama, Romney Each Read Jobs Numbers Differently

Saturday, August 04, 2012

President Obama focused on the millions of jobs that have been created in the past 2 1/2 years. His Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, stressed the unemployment rate, which rose to 8.3 percent. With the economy seemingly in a holding pattern, analysts wonder if the numbers will sway voters.


Deal Struck To Avoid Possibility Of Government Shutdown In October

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed on a plan to fund the government for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Still left to debate: whether to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts and looming, deep automatic cuts in some spending.

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Romney Goes After Obama On Alleged Leaking Of Secrets

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Obama administration has initiated more prosecutions against leakers than all previous administrations combined. But Mitt Romney is focusing on what he alleges is the administration's record of leaking classified information for political purposes. Republicans cite the details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden as one example.

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As Deadline Looms, Obama Hits NYC for Campaign Funds

Monday, July 30, 2012

Both presidential campaigns are touting the importance of Tuesday’s July fundraising deadline as the race enters the last 100 days. While Mitt Romney was in Europe, President Barack Obama came to New York City Monday night for a big ticket fundraiser at a boutique hotel in the Flatiron District.  The well-heeled attendees arrived expressing enthusiasm, as well as urgency.


David Sanger on Global Politics

Monday, July 30, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor, and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, talks about global politics and Mitt Romney's trip abroad.

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Economy Slowed Further In Second Quarter

Friday, July 27, 2012

The nation's gross domestic product grew at a 1.5 percent annual rate, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates, down from a 2 percent pace in the first quarter.


Romney: Now Is The Time 'To Remember How Much We Love One Another'

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Republican presidential candidate said today is "a moment to grieve."

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The Romney Veepstakes

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pawlenty, Jindal, Portman, Rubio, Christie, Rice... Chris Cillizza, Washington Post’s ‘The Fix’ columnist and author of the new book, The Gospel According to the Fix, discusses the various candidates being discussed for Mitt Romney's Vice President. Republicans, who would you like to see as Romney's running mate? Let us know!

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Anna in the Swing States: Iowa's Political Migrations

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Winning this state in 2012 will come down to which campaign can woo Iowa’s ticket-splitting rural voters and swing Catholic voters, while establishing a edge in the politically diversifying cities.


Bain, Bain, Go Away: In Defense, Romney Attacks

Saturday, July 14, 2012

In flurry of rare TV interviews, Mitt Romney denied he had any role in running Bain Capital at a time when, according to reports, the company invested in firms that outsourced jobs overseas.

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Anna in the Swing States: No 'Mile High' Enthusiasm in Colorado

Friday, July 13, 2012

The choice Colorado voters are anticipating in November is not so much Obama versus Romney, but whether voting for the guy they kind of like is worth the trouble.

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Who 'Owns' The Bush Tax Cuts?

Monday, July 09, 2012

Democrats opposed the Bush tax cuts in the early 2000s. But now President Obama is calling for a second extension of the cuts for some Americans, and Republicans are lining up in opposition. So whose tax cut is it anyway?

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Romney Adds Israel To Campaign Itinerary

Monday, July 02, 2012

The GOP candidate, who has criticized President Obama's policies toward the ally, will reportedly visit later this month.

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Timeline | Legal Challenge to Obama's Health Care Reform Law

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. Look back at the legal and political moves that have brought the law before the Supreme Court.


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NY Advocates Applaud SCOTUS Ruling on Ariz. Immigration Crackdown

Monday, June 25, 2012

Immigration advocates in New York welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on immigrants — but were concerned that one part of the law requiring police to check the status of someone they suspect is not in the United States legally could go forward.

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Graphic: How Romney Out-Raised Obama Despite Gay Marriage Bump

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Obama's fundraising surged on the day he announced his support for same-sex marriage. But Romney supporters opened their wallets when their candidate's history at Bain Capital came into play.

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