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Super Committee Struggles: What $1.2 Trillion in Cuts Looks Like

Should the deficit reduction super committee fail to cut at least $1.2 trillion in spending, a trigger will do it for them, taking an axe to defense spending while largely sparing entitlement programs.

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Do Tax Incentives Really Create Jobs?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A three-part investigation by our partner The New York Times may offer some unsettling news for both taxpayers and local officials who have assumed that providing attractive incentives to businesses would create jobs. Investigative reporter Louise Story explains her findings.

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Boehner Puts Forward Fiscal Cliff Counter Offer

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

On Monday, Majority Leader John Boehner introduced a $2.2 trillion plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. President Obama and the Democrats are looking to cut $600 billion in spending, with $1.6 trillion in tax increases, primarily through increasing taxes on Americans earning more than $250,000 per year. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations, and Diane Lim, chief economist at the Concord Coalition, analyzes the economic details.

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Opening the Obama 2008 Time Capsule

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Grab your shovel. Four years ago this week, on the day after the 2008 election, we asked you to answer the question "By 2012, what will Obama actually change?" We put your predictions into our online "time capsule," and now, we'll open it up and look at some of what you had to say. Remember, we're doing it again: make your predictions for 2016 here. Now let's revisit some of your 2008 predictions, grouped by category.

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John Cassidy on the Economy and Election

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

John Cassidy, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about the election results. He's the author of the blog Rational Irrationality at newyorker.com.

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Audio And Transcript: Obama's Victory Speech

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

President Obama delivers his victory speech in Chicago after winning a second term.


Todd Purdum on the Election

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Todd Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, talks about how the presidential campaigns were run and what he expects the outcome of today’s election to be.

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The Borowitz Report

Monday, November 05, 2012

Andy Borowitz, author of the Borowitz Report on NewYorker.com, is back to share his thoughts on tomorrow's presidential election and the long campaign.

Watch a video of Andy Borowitz talk about the election—and predicting who will win—at the 92nd Street Y.

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Sympathy for the Loser: A Greeting Card Emergency

Friday, November 02, 2012

For the candidate who loses a presidential election, it’s got to be humbling. What would you say to a friend who’s America's #1 loser? “The last thing you want is something snarky,” says David Ellis Dickerson, a former Hallmark writer (true!) who takes special requests for unusual circumstances ...

Video: Greeting Card Emergency - for The Election Loser


Viral Videos Mash Up the Vote

Friday, November 02, 2012

There is a proliferation of blogs, videos, and other homemade political commentary thriving online in this election cycle and taking control of the story away from the campaigns and the news media. YouTube has become a breeding ground for mashup and parody videos that move virally ...

Videos: Political mash-ups gone viral

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Winners: Jingles for Romney and Obama

Friday, November 02, 2012

Kurt Andersen has been struck by how bland and uncreative the presidential campaign commercials have become; the more aggressive the attack ads, the more forgettable. So he challenged you to write and perform original jingles for the candidates. The veteran Republican ad man Bob Gardner judged ...

Bonus Tracks: Hear the winning jingles

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Lawrence O'Donnell: Politics as Entertainment

Friday, November 02, 2012

Political candidacies now seem to be as much about narrative as experience, with each campaign vying to control “the story” of its candidate. Lawrence O’Donnell is a former senate staffer who became a writer for The West Wing, and now hosts a political show on MSNBC. Kurt spoke with him about ...

Video: Lawrence O’Donnell vs. Taggert Romney


The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Sasha Issenberg shows how cutting-edge social science and analytics are reshaping the modern political campaign, upending the way political campaigns are run in the 21st century. In The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns Issenberg writes about the techniques—including persuasion experiments, innovative ways to mobilize voters, heavily researched electioneering methods—and shows how they’re being used.

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Explainer: How to Vote After Sandy

Thursday, November 01, 2012

As the region has focused on recovery efforts post-Sandy, local election officials have been working to make sure polling locations have power, displaced voters have access to absentee ballots, and any changes to polling locations gets communicated to a distracted public.  

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The Borowitz Report

Friday, October 26, 2012

Andy Borowitz, author of the Borowitz Report on NewYorker.com, is back to shed some humorous light on the presidential debate, which is finally in its last weeks. He'll sum up the last two debates, the swing-state campaign stops, and his observations about the upcoming election.

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Florida and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Since the 2000 election, Florida has been a prime battleground state for presidential candidates, and this year is no exception. Sergio  Bustos, political editor at the Miami Herald, joins us to discuss how the candidates are wooing voters in the Sunshine State. We’ll also discuss Senator Bill Nelson’s re-election bid and how one of Florida’s House races has become one of the tightest and most contentious this year.

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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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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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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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Fact Check | Missteps in Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

Voters didn't always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night before their last super-sized audience of the campaign. A few of their detours into domestic issues were problematic too.

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Foreign Policy Experts Weigh in: What to Expect in the Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012


President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will tackle foreign policy issues in Monday’s third and final presidential debate – meaning a nuclear Iran, the future of Syria, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and China's relationship to the United States are all fair game.

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