Politics

2012 elections
4:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama Talks Of Slavery, Romney Of Freedom At Clinton Global Initiative

President Obama talked of the world's need to crack down on human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 3:35 pm

One presidential candidate talked about slavery, the other of freedom.

And the speeches President Obama and Mitt Romney gave at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Tuesday were as different as the men themselves.

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Opinion
8:15 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Weekly Standard: The Obamacare Bowl

Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally September 21, 2012 in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:47 am

Jeffrey H. Anderson is a writer for The Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

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Opinion
8:15 am
Tue September 25, 2012

New Republic: Romney's health plan is the ER

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the Cox Pavilion on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
David Becker Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:47 am

Jonathan Cohn is senior editor at The New Republic.

50 million Americans have no health insurance. Does government have an obligation to help them? The answer is no, Mitt Romney suggested during a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday, in part because people can already get care through emergency rooms:

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama: Those like slain U.S. ambassador must determine world's future

President Obama at the U.N. General Assembly this morning.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 9:31 am

  • The 2012 president's address to the U.N.

Using the example set by the life of slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, President Obama this morning told delegates to the United Nations that the diplomat's killers will not determine the world's future. Instead, Obama said, it will be people such as Stevens who build "bridges across oceans and cultures" and set the world's agenda.

We updated as the president spoke. Scroll down to read through the highlights.

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It's All Politics
7:31 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney thwacks Obama for calling Libya and other hot spots 'bumps'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shakes hands at an aircraft museum in Pueblo, Colo., Monday.
Bryan Oller AP

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 4:00 pm

It's taken as a given that American voters in 2012 aren't as concerned about foreign policy as they are the domestic economy.

It's also accepted as true that on matters of foreign policy, President Obama has an advantage over his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lacks significant firsthand foreign policy experience.

But Romney has made it a point lately to show that he's not ceding foreign policy and national security to Obama.

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It's All Politics
7:12 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney's Medicaid Remarks On '60 Minutes' Raise Eyebrows

Mitt Romney talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.
AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:21 pm

It's not so much what Mitt Romney said about whether the government should guarantee people health care in his interview on CBS's 60 Minutes Sunday that has health care policy types buzzing. It's how that compares to what he has said before.

To back up a bit, Scott Pelley asked the former Massachusetts governor if he thinks "the government has a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don't have it today?"

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The Two-Way
7:11 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney touts 'prosperity pacts' to help Middle East, developing nations

One former president, one would-be: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (left), spoke this morning at former President Bill Clinton's annual forum in New York City. President Obama addresses the Clinton Global Initiative later today.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 6:52 am

Saying that foreign aid must play a role in bringing peace to the Middle East, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made the case today for what he calls "prosperity pacts" that would aim U.S. assistance packages at nations that develop "the institutions of liberty, the rule of law, and property rights."

Romney was addressing the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, a forum that will host President Obama later today.

If he's elected in November, Romney said (per his prepared remarks):

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2012 elections
7:08 am
Tue September 25, 2012

A political litmus test, in 6 jokes

President Obama laughs as comedian Jimmy Kimmel gives his monologue during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., on April 28.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:28 pm

Is it possible to tell whether you are a liberal or a conservative by the jokes you think are funny?

Maybe so. "Like smell or taste, humor is a sense and different people are going to think different things are funny," says Alison Dagnes, author of the just-published book A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor. "When you throw politics into the mix, our opinions and our biases will affect the way the jokes land."

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2012 elections
8:36 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

In fundraising, Oregon's pro-pot campaign lags Washington's

Washington's effort to legalize marijuana is backed by some deep-pocketed national donors. But Oregon's campaign is struggling to raise even a bare minimum of cash. Photo by New Approach Washington

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 5:04 pm

SALEM, Ore. – This November, voters in Oregon and Washington will decide whether to legalize marijuana. The Washington effort is backed by some deep-pocketed national donors. But Oregon's campaign is struggling to raise even a bare minimum of cash.

Washington’s Initiative 502 would allow adults to buy marijuana at state-licensed stores. Oregon's Measure 80 would do that too, and would allow people to grow their own pot. The Washington backers have rung up more than $3 million in donations, allowing them to hit the TV airwaves.

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2012 elections
3:13 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Methodology: Counting Hispanic Surnames

This map illustrates each county's Latino population in 2011 along with estimates of Hispanic elected officials. Darker colors indicate a larger share of population. The database counted Hispanic surnames among county commissioners, city councilors, mayor

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:42 pm

So you may be wondering how we reached the conclusion that just 2 percent of the elected officials in the Northwest are Hispanic. Here's how we did it.

First, we collected the names of every elected state official ... every county commissioner, city councilor, mayor and school board member. We added in members of Congress for good measure. We came up with 8, 244 names.

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2012 elections
12:12 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Latinos barely represented on NW elected bodies

Woodburn, Oregon's population is more than 50 percent Latino, but none currently serve on its City Council. Photo by Chris Lehman

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:39 pm

WOODBURN, Ore. - Across the Northwest, Latinos make up nearly 12 percent of the population. Yet our research estimates only two percent of the region’s elected officials are Hispanic. It’s a disparity that voters like Jose Ramirez want to change.

“If someone can vote and doesn’t, well, that doesn’t do any good," he says. "You’re allowing others to vote in your place, to make different laws than you might like.”

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2012 elections
8:52 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Laugh break: Jill Biden and what she's seen of Joe 'up close'

WMUR-TV

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 6:58 am

(Note, if you're easily offended by juvenile humor, this post and video might not be for you.)

The video's been going around since Friday, but it's too funny not to pass along just because it's a few days old. And we bet many folks missed it over the weekend.

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Business & Politics
8:28 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business?

A used-car lot displays a sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Manchester, N.H., in January.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 9:43 am

Every election season, political signs sprout like dandelions from lawns across America. They also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. But it can just as easily turn clients away.

Jeff Reiter, who owns the Blue Plate Lunch Counter & Soda Fountain in Portland, Ore., proudly displays a 2008 Obama campaign sign inside his restaurant and says he has "never tried to hide" his support for the president.

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U.S.
5:49 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Why China wants a mural in Oregon destroyed

This pro-Tibet mural in downtown Corvallis is at the center of a dispute between the town's mayor and the Chinese government.
Chris Lehman for NPR

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 5:09 pm

The mural in downtown Corvallis, Ore., is big: 10 feet high and 100 feet long. One side shows a peaceful countryside setting in rural Taiwan. The other shows police beating protesters in Tibet and a Buddhist monk setting himself ablaze in protest.

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Economics
10:14 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The 47 percent, in one graphic

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 4:25 pm

Mitt Romney's comments regarding the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax is getting lots of attention today. Our colleague Mark Memmott explains the context.

Here's a closer look at the numbers.

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