Politics

2012 elections
8:04 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Before The Debate, Brush Up On Buzzwords

The General Motors headquarters in Detroit. The U.S. government bailout of GM and Chrysler has been a key economic issue in the presidential campaign.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 5:56 am

In their first debate Wednesday night, the two presidential candidates will explain their plans for fixing the U.S. economy.

Good luck.

The problems are complicated and long-standing, so the solutions may not be easy to spell out in the two minutes allowed for each answer under the debate rules.

But President Obama, the Democratic incumbent, and former Gov. Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, will try, and about 60 million people are expected to tune in. This first debate will focus on domestic issues, with the economy topping the list of homefront problems.

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2012 elections
7:57 am
Wed October 3, 2012

OMG! A Deb8! What Young People Really Want To Ask Obama And Romney

Students wait in line to vote last Friday on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, a day after the swing state began in-person early voting.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 1:55 pm

Generation Y is asking why.

Why is it so hard to find a job? Why is health care so expensive? Smart questions from a smart generation. Their inquiries — and the presidential candidate they think can provide the best answers — could be a decisive factor in the 2012 election. If not the Tipping Point, as least a Tilting Point.

For many millennials, economic prospects are murky.

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It's All Politics
3:59 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

A poll's query about partisan bias of pollsters finds the tilt is with voters

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Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:55 pm

You can believe this latest poll result if you'd like. Or not.

A survey released Tuesday that was conducted by Public Policy Polling asked people if they thought pollsters were rigging their results to show President Obama leading Mitt Romney (h/t Josh Voorhees at The Slatest).

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2012 elections
3:56 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

5 Myths About The Presidential Race

The flaps and "fun things" that happen during a political campaign might be gifts for the media, but do they really matter?
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Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:20 pm

There's always a lot of noise around a presidential campaign — minor flaps that suck up a lot of media attention but are forgotten by Election Day.

John Sides, a political scientist at George Washington University and a founder of the blog The Monkey Cage, says there's no need to worry about a lot of the ephemera that news coverage tends to focus on.

"I'm telling you, all the fun things don't matter," Sides says.

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Politics
10:24 am
Tue October 2, 2012

7 years of top-two primary litigation in Washington comes to an end

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:06 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It took seven years and hundreds of court filings. Now the legal fight over Washington’s top-two primary is over. The US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal brought by the state’s Democratic and Libertarian parties.

It’s an anticlimactic end to a protracted battle that pitted Washington’s Secretary of State -- and the will of voters -- against the state’s political parties.

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Author Interviews
11:08 am
Sat September 29, 2012

'Listening In' To JFK's Secret White House Recordings

Listening In, a new book and CD set, includes more than 260 hours of transcribed conversations and 2.5 hours of audio from inside the Kennedy White House.
Evening Standard Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:41 pm

In the spring of 1963, as the U.S. was mired in conflicts with Vietnam and Cuba and the Soviet Union, President John F. Kennedy called his old friend David Hackett to express his frustration at the U.S. men's ice hockey team — and their miserable record overseas.

JFK: Dave, I noticed that in the paper this morning that the Swedish team beat the American hockey team 17-2.
Hackett: Yeah, I saw that.
JFK: Christ! Who are we sending over there? Girls?

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Politics
3:55 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Wash. Senate Lawyer Settles Verbal Abuse Claim Against Sen. Pam Roach

State Senator Pam Roach. Photo via WSDOT/Flickr

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 2:55 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A staff attorney for Washington state Senate Republicans has agreed to drop his $1.75 million hostile workplace claim – and will receive no damages. The agreement announced Friday follows allegations that Senate leaders failed to protect the lawyer from verbal abuse by Senator Pam Roach.

The settlement comes six months after attorney Mike Hoover put Senator Roach back in the headlines. Roach has long been a lightning rod and was formally sanctioned in 2010 for her abusive treatment of Hoover.

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2012 elections
3:47 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

In Presidential Ads, A Shared Strategy For Connection

President Obama and Mitt Romney campaign in August: Obama in Leesburg, Va.; Romney in Waukesha, Wis.
AP

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:29 pm

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2012 elections
10:30 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Religion not a factor in Latino politics

Marielena Hernandez. Photo by Florangela Davila

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:32 pm

PASCO, Wash. - Religion is one of the most defining characteristics of Latino culture. But pollsters say it plays virtually no role in how they vote. And for two Mexican-American siblings, faith shapes the lives but not their politics.

I learn a lot about Marielena Hernandez just by where she wants to meet for an interview.

Marielena is 21 years old and she greets me while holding her infant daughter Nicole at her childhood home, in Pasco, in Eastern Washington where her parents still live.

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It's All Politics
3:44 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

A Second, Chance Interview With Subject Of Controversial First Lady Remarks

Mitt Romney speaks Thursday at American Legion Post 176 in Springfield, Va.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 3:17 pm

During the Republican National Convention last month, I traveled with Mitt Romney's campaign from Tampa, Fla., to the American Legion conference in Indianapolis.

Romney delivered a speech about foreign affairs and national security. Among the thousands of attendees from around the country, I interviewed one woman from Virginia whose quote sparked a conversation among NPR's audience and staff.

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It's All Politics
3:39 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Obama invokes 'economic patriotism' as new rallying cry

President Obama told supporters in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday that he seeks a new economic patriotism.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 3:29 pm

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It's All Politics
3:35 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

In 1980s Romney Video From His Bain Days, Profits, Not Jobs, Were Focus

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:30 pm

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Politics
10:29 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Number of eligible young Latino voters increasing, but will they be counted?

Diego Trejo, 21, is working on Rob McKenna’s Tri-Cities-area campaign for Washington governor. Trejo is unusual both in that he’s a young Latino Republican, and that he is involved in politics. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:26 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. - Latinos are a younger demographic. And younger people -- no matter what their ethnicity -- are much less likely to vote than older people. But one issue that’s energized many young Latinos is the DREAM Act. It would create a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants.

At a "Rock the Vote" event in downtown Richland, Washington, an energetic band in tight-fitting jeans plays short sets between political stump speeches.

Twenty-one-year-old Josh Alano really came here to see his friends’ band, but politely listened to the speeches.

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Politics
10:26 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Why can't this man win the Northwest's most Hispanic district?

Pablo Gonzalez, 21, grew up near this orchard outside of Zillah, Wash. He’s now running for the state House in this newly majority-Latino district. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:35 pm

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - According to a database of the Northwest's elected officials, just a handful of Latinos hold state office in the region. But this year, Latino voters have an edge for the first time in one of the Northwest’s major Hispanic hubs.

Redistricting gave them a majority. You might think the Latino candidate there would now be a shoo-in. Not so. Jessica Robinson has our latest story on why the region's largest minority group has so little clout in the political arena.

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2012 elections
7:44 am
Thu September 27, 2012

2012 Gender Gap Could Be Historic, But Maybe Not For The Reason You'd Think

Supporters of Planned Parenthood wave banners during a rally for President Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, ahead of the opening of the Democratic National Convention.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 10:26 am

A slew of new presidential polls released this week not only confirm a long-established gender gap among voters, but also suggest that the male-female preference divide in this year's presidential contest could hit historic levels.

It may surprise that that divide appears not driven by social issues and arguments over reproductive care or choices, analysts say, but largely by the national conversation over the size of government.

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