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Election 2012

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Republicans On Path To Retaining Control Of The House

Monday, October 29, 2012

After three successive "wave" elections in the House, it looks like there will be little net change in 2012. And that means the Republicans are favored to retain the majority they won two years ago.

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Among Israelis, Romney Appears The Favorite

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Surveys taken in many foreign countries show Barack Obama is widely preferred over Mitt Romney. But in Israel, Romney appears far more popular.

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Political Memes: Fast, Cheap And Out Of Control?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This year's presidential debates may be remembered as much for what the candidates said as for those witty Internet memes that followed. Experts say the rise of the political meme largely blindsided the campaigns.

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'God Intended' A Pregnancy Caused By Rape, Indiana Candidate Says

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Republican Richard Mourdock, who is running for Senate, ignited controversy with his explanation for why he opposes abortion in the case of rape.

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During Debates, Silence On Some Issues Was Deafening

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Amid all the talk of the economy and the Middle East, topics such as climate change, gay rights, campaign finance and the Supreme Court were completely ignored during the three presidential debates.

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Horses, Bayonets And The Modern Military

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

President Obama said during Monday night's debate that the U.S. Army has fewer horses and bayonets than in the past. That's true, although Army Special Forces were on horseback in Afghanistan when they helped defeat the Taliban in 2001. The last bayonet charge was during the Korean War in 1951.

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Charming, Cold: Does Presidential Personality Matter?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Early on in American history, before radio and television, charisma wasn't particularly useful, one scholar says, since most decisions were made behind closed doors. Not so today. But how much difference do personality characteristics and charisma make?

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Media Circus: Tone Trumps Content In Final Debate

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The final presidential debate left many viewers scratching their heads. It's not that the candidates invoked unimportant issues. It's not that the two held so elevated a conversation mere mortals could not understand. It's that they were debating almost entirely in tone rather than content.

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Transcript And Audio: Third Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

Transcript of the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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Can U.S. Still Lead In Economic And 'Soft' Power?

Monday, October 22, 2012

When the presidential candidates hold their final debate Monday night, this one on foreign policy, they'll likely be asked to define their vision of America's role in the world. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, that role may shift back to economic and cultural leadership, scholars say.

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On The Trail In Iowa, The 'Death Tax' Gets New Life

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Republican candidates โ€” from presidential nominee Mitt Romney on down the ticket โ€” have been attacking the estate tax as harmful to family farmers who want to pass on land to their children. But experts say that concern may be overblown.

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Obama Battling To Maintain Women's Vote, Seen As His Key To Victory

Friday, October 19, 2012

Four years ago, 56 percent of female voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama. But with a recent poll showing him tied with Mitt Romney among women, Obama has been working anew to sway the demographic seen as key to his hold on the White House. Romney has been working to stop him.

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White Men, A Key GOP Demographic, Discuss The Romney Appeal

Friday, October 19, 2012

For all the attention on female voters, the gender gap is no less among white men. They voted in large numbers against Barack Obama four years ago, and are expected to do so again this year. At a motorcycle festival in Florida, some of these voters weigh in on the GOP ticket and the election.

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The Third-Party Factor: Will 2012 Look Like 2000?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Third-party candidates could end up affecting the outcome of the presidential race, as Ralph Nader did in Florida in 2000. Libertarian Gary Johnson could siphon votes away from both candidates in several battleground states, and the Constitution Party's Virgil Goode could make a difference in Virginia.

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Want Thousands Of Twitter Followers? Put A Meme On It

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It is now clear that we are living in a world of viral memes that take no sides when it comes to spoofing politicians or debate moderators. So what's a politician to do as the target of a social media parody? Run with it.

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What's For Dinner? Fueling A Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Both candidates fueled up on potatoes and meat last night as they prepared for the debate at separate Marriotts near Hofstra University. But did what they choose to eat help their performance? We asked an expert to weigh in.

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A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The president's improved performance last night doesn't eradicate the damage from the Oct. 3 debate. Only one chance remains to do so before Election Day, so the pressure that animated the Hofstra debate will be all the greater in Monday's finale in Florida.

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Transcript And Audio: Second Presidential Debate

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Transcript and audio of the second debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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When The Debate Ends, The Advertising Debate Is Just Beginning

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Within hours of the first presidential and vice presidential debates, the campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney used debate footage in their ads. Expect the same after tonight's town hall-style showdown.

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Town Hall Format Could Make Things Tough On Obama

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Democrats want the president to be more confrontational and show more passion than he did in the first debate with Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But a town hall requires that he also be responsive to questioners.

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