Election 2012

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Are your genes telling you which way to vote?

By David Brin A recent study published in Trends in Genetics suggests that a person’s genes may affect their later political thinking and views of the world almost as much as his circumstances or upbringing do, and far more than many social scientists have been willing, until recently, to admit. It seems that the degree to which you […]

October 25th

James Howard Kunstler: Vipers in the garden

By James Howard Kunstler There’s a good reason why nobody is paying attention to the election this year except the people who, one way or another, get paid to be interested: because for all that’s at stake there is no coherent discussion about any of it. By ‘at stake’ I mean what we are going […]

October 23rd

Live fact-checking the Foreign Policy Debate!

Tonight’s the night… the final debate, with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney neck and neck in the polls. Whose pants will catch on fire live on national television? Last week it was Mitt Romney, who was called out by moderator Candy Crowley for a blatant falsehood about Barack Obama’s declarations about Libya. (And the GOP […]

October 22nd

Romney’s Final Debate

There are less than 3 weeks to go before election day. The final debate is tonight. The audience, is huge. The first debate turned what looked like a Barack Obama steamroller into an uncomfortable (for those of us cheering on the steamroller) horse race, with Romney polling higher than Obama nationally for most of the […]

October 22nd

George McGovern, 1922-2012. A war hero and an anti-war hero

George McGovern, the staunch liberal Democrat who challenged Nixon in 1972 and lost in a landslide, has died. He was a warrior and a champion of peace, a bomber pilot who laid the groundwork for a movement known as Food not Bombs, and a liberal environmentalist who won over conservative farmers to the fight against […]

October 22nd

Salt Lake Tribune rejects Romney, endorses Obama!

This has got to hurt. The largest newspaper in Salt Lake City – the center of the Mormon world, the place where Romney saved the Olympics – has rejected their state’s favorite son with a stinging rebuke and endorsed Barack Obama for re-election. Under the headline “Too many Mitts – Obama has earned another term”, the […]

October 19th

Election 2012: Who won the second debate? Obama!

This one is going to be tough for the pundits to call. On the one hand, President Obama came out swinging in tonight’s debate, and landed some good shots on Mitt Romney. This allows for a “comeback kid” narrative, always popular with the pundits. On the other hand, not much seemed to land on Romney […]

October 16th

Second debate: Fact checking Romney’s lies

  We’ll try to catch the lies as they go by… (Watch the debate here. Read the full transcript here. See our post-debate analysis here.) Romney laughed as he said “Government does not create jobs”. One reason unemployment is still so high is because of the loss of more than 500,000 public sector jobs, cut by cash-strapped states. […]

October 16th

Full transcript of the second 2012 Presidential Debate

CROWLEY: Good evening from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. I’m Candy Crowley from CNN’s “State of the Union.” We are here for the second presidential debate, a town hall, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. CROWLEY: The Gallup organization chose 82 uncommitted voters from the New York area. Their questions will drive the […]

October 16th

Election 2012: Watch the second presidential debate here!

 It’s time for the second big event of the fall election season, and the big question is: Will Mitt Romney be able to continue to reinvent himself as a modest moderate by lying about everything he’s been saying for the past 5 years, or will Obama come out swinging? Don’t expect a knockout tonight… but […]

October 16th