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  • The Federal Bailout That Saved Mitt Romney

    The Federal Bailout That Saved Mitt Romney | ARTICLE

    Mitt Romney likes to say he won't "apologize" for his success in business. But what he never says is "thank you" – to the...

    August 29, 2012 7:00 AM ET
  • The Five Fatal Flaws of Romney's Ryan Veep Pick

    The Five Fatal Flaws of Romney's Ryan Veep Pick | BLOG ENTRY

    Mitt Romney didn't just pick a running mate. He decided to undergo a brand transplant. By tapping Paul Ryan, the high-profile mastermind of the House GOP's economic agenda, Romney appeared to concede that weeks of punishing attacks by...

    August 13, 2012 9:25 AM ET
  • Guess Who's Profiting Most From Super PACs?

    Guess Who's Profiting Most From Super PACs? | ARTICLE

    Candidates may raise the unprecedented sums of political cash being funneled through Super PACs this year, and media strategists may decide how to spend them – but the people who actually wind up pocketing much of the...

    August 6, 2012 10:25 AM ET
  • Obama Swings the Swingers

    Obama Swings the Swingers | BLOG ENTRY

    The big campaign news out today is that Mitt Romney raised $106 million in June, swamping the president's $71 haul. That's a pretty big deal.  Yet, for all the focus on the money chase, we rarely...

    July 8, 2012 6:00 PM ET
  • How the Supreme Court's Healthcare Ruling Boosts Obama's Reelection Bid

    How the Supreme Court's Healthcare Ruling Boosts Obama's Reelection Bid | BLOG ENTRY

    "It's constitutional. Bitches." —Patrick Gaspard, Executive Director, DNC Obamacare lives. And, with it, Barack Obama's case for a second term.  In laying the groundwork for 2012, Obama and Mitt Romney have had dueling imperatives: The president needs to...

    June 28, 2012 1:45 PM ET
  • Mitt Romney's Immigration Reform 'Model' Partly Struck Down, But Harm Will Continue

    Mitt Romney's Immigration Reform 'Model' Partly Struck Down, But Harm Will Continue | BLOG ENTRY

    Arizona's abhorrent immigration law – which Mitt Romney recently praised as a "model" for the nation – has been largely struck down by the Supreme Court, in a 5-3 ruling joined by arch-conservative Chief Justice John...

    June 25, 2012 2:20 PM ET
  • Obama's Immigration Move Is Smart Politics Too

    Obama's Immigration Move Is Smart Politics Too | BLOG ENTRY

    It's hard to know what's more attractive about President Obama's decision today to suspend deportations and offer work permits to young, undocumented Americans – the policy or the politics. Obama is using "prosecutorial discretion" to remove...

    June 15, 2012 4:30 PM ET
  • Sheldon Adelson Bets Big on Romney - and He's Just Getting Started

    Sheldon Adelson Bets Big on Romney - and He's Just Getting Started | BLOG ENTRY

    Sheldon Adelson just staked another huge bet. The international casino magnate made history during the primary campaign by funneling an astonishing $20 million into the SuperPAC supporting, of all people, Newt Gingrich. He's on the record saying he...

    June 13, 2012 1:06 PM ET
  • The Top Seven Obama Gaffes

    The Top Seven Obama Gaffes | BLOG ENTRY

    Last Friday, Barack Obama flatly declared that the private sector economy is "doing fine." The president had a broader point he was trying to make — about how an unprecedented pullback in public sector spending has been hurting...

    June 11, 2012 2:55 PM ET
  • Romney's Big Money Haul Spells Trouble for Obama

    Romney's Big Money Haul Spells Trouble for Obama | BLOG ENTRY

    The Romney campaign released gaudy May fundraising numbers this morning - $76.8 million, far surpassing the Obama campaign's May haul of $60 million. As we've been chronicling, the Romney forces have been running circles around Team Obama...

    June 7, 2012 1:00 PM ET
  • The Obama Campaign Leads from Behind in Wisconsin

    The Obama Campaign Leads from Behind in Wisconsin | BLOG ENTRY

    Whatever the result of the recall election in Wisconsin tonight, this race will be remembered for the bizarrely tepid involvement of the Obama campaign. Scott Walker, the billionaire-backed governor of Wisconsin, could get the boot tonight after citizens...

    June 5, 2012 2:20 PM ET
  • The Billion-Dollar Mitt Machine

    The Billion-Dollar Mitt Machine | BLOG ENTRY

    In my latest Rolling Stone piece I profile the 16 mega-rich donors who've ponied up at least $1 million each for the SuperPAC backing Mitt Romney. But even those giant checks may soon look like...

    May 30, 2012 1:45 PM ET
  • Right-Wing Billionaires Behind Mitt Romney

    Right-Wing Billionaires Behind Mitt Romney | ARTICLE

    Presidential politics has always been a rich man's game. But now, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United that upended decades of limits on campaign donations, financing a presidential race is the exclusive domain of...

    May 24, 2012 9:55 AM ET
  • It Got Better: Obama Endorses Gay Marriage

    It Got Better: Obama Endorses Gay Marriage | BLOG ENTRY

    The evolution is complete. President Barack Obama has endorsed gay marriage. May 9, 2012 is a momentous day in the struggle for civil rights in this nation. America: It just got better. "I’ve just concluded that for me...

    May 9, 2012 3:00 PM ET
  • Karl Rove's Election Map: South Carolina's a Swing State!? (UPDATE: Rove Responds)

    Karl Rove's Election Map: South Carolina's a Swing State!? (UPDATE: Rove Responds) | BLOG ENTRY

    South Carolina: a swing state?!  That's the eye-popper from a projection of the 2012 battleground by none other than Karl Rove.   In the map below, lifted from Rove's inaugural analysis of the 2012 general election, red states South Carolina...

    April 27, 2012 9:50 AM ET
  • Mitt Romney Moonwalks to the Center on Immigration

    Mitt Romney Moonwalks to the Center on Immigration | BLOG ENTRY

    How do you spell doom? For Mitt Romney it's "L-A-T-I-N-O-S." The Romney campaign made the strategic decision in the primary campaign to prove Mitt's commitment to the the base by outflanking the entire field on immigration. Romney appointed former...

    April 25, 2012 9:50 AM ET
  • Don't Look Now, Lefties are Winning

    Don't Look Now, Lefties are Winning | BLOG ENTRY

    Quick. What's the most important political trend of the past few months? Bet you didn't say the resurgance of the Internet-empowered left. The dogfight between Romney and Santorum got all the media oxygen, followed more recently...

    April 19, 2012 12:30 PM ET
  • Exit Santorum

    Exit Santorum | BLOG ENTRY

    Anticipating an embarassing loss in his home state primary and needing to attend to his young daughter's ill health, Rick Santorum ended his implausibly long-lived bid for the presidency today. The conclusion of Rick's wild ride all but...

    April 10, 2012 4:40 PM ET
  • Inside Obama's Campaign

    Inside Obama's Campaign | ARTICLE

    Pass through security into the headquarters of Obama 2012, and the effect is like stepping into the world's most high-tech dorm room. Spanning the entire floor of a Chicago skyscraper, the campaign's nerve center boasts a ping-pong...

    March 29, 2012 8:00 AM ET
  • Obama 2012: Built to Broadcast

    Obama 2012: Built to Broadcast | BLOG ENTRY

    "Our email list had reached 13 million people. We had essentially created our own television network, only better, because we communicated directly with no filter to what would amount to about 20 percent of the total number...

    March 28, 2012 1:55 PM ET
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