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Mitt Romney's Frontrunner Moment Reuters

Mitt Romney's Frontrunner Moment

For the first time in the 2012 campaign, the wind is at the Republican's back. But can he make it last -- and will it be enough?

Television Is an Atrocious Format for Presidential Debates Leslie Duss / Flickr

Television Is an Atrocious Format for Presidential Debates

What if candidates sparred in live, text-based exchanges?

'Where You Been, Boy? I Missed You!' YouTube

'Where You Been, Boy? I Missed You!'

Bill Clinton shows how it is done.

Chutzpah at the Ritz-Carlton: Obama Claims Advantage on Civil Liberties Reuters

Chutzpah at the Ritz-Carlton: Obama Claims Advantage on Civil Liberties

He's made it much more likely that future presidents will abuse the powers of the office, which he has recklessly expanded.

The Year of Consequential Debates Reuters

The Year of Consequential Debates

As they did in the Republican primary, the presidential debates this year could be having a bigger effect than they have in elections past.

Will Colorado Legalize Pot? Getty Images

Will Colorado Legalize Pot?

The state could be among the first to legalize marijuana with a November ballot initiative. What would that mean for America's pro-pot movement?

The Strangest Mitt Romney Endorsement Since Clint Eastwood Getty Images

The Strangest Mitt Romney Endorsement Since Clint Eastwood

Buzz Bissinger, the writer who brought America Friday Night Lights, backs the GOP nominee, which would be fine if his arguments for doing so made more sense.

Mitt Romney's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Foreign-Policy Speech Reuters

Mitt Romney's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Foreign-Policy Speech

The GOP nominee traffics in sweeping ideological statements, skimps on specifics, and promises to increase American belligerence.

Romney Scored Strongest Debate Win Ever Reuters

Romney Scored Strongest Debate Win Ever

Gallup polling shows that two in three Americans watched the first presidential debate -- and 72 percent of them think Mitt Romey won it.

The New Romney: Strong Yet Sensitive Reuters

The New Romney: Strong Yet Sensitive

As Romney rolls out a kinder, gentler image, it's worth considering the press role in strengthening the impact of his debate win.

Why We Don't Let Foreigners Vote The Monthly

Why We Don't Let Foreigners Vote

Fortunately no one will ever see this in America ...

The Difference Between Obama and Romney, Distilled Reuters

The Difference Between Obama and Romney, Distilled

Explaining Obama and Romney, in their own, 20-something-era words.

Colorado: Romney's Comeback State? Reuters

Colorado: Romney's Comeback State?

The Western swing state may offer the Republican his ripest opportunity to pick up electoral votes -- but locals wonder if he's blowing it.

Paul Ryan's Debt to Barry Goldwater—Who'd Be Mortified by Paul Ryan Library of Congress

Paul Ryan's Debt to Barry Goldwater—Who'd Be Mortified by Paul Ryan

The conservative scion vice-presidential nominee seeks to finish the work that the GOP started in 1964, with one crucial revision.

Does the Media's Romney Comeback Narrative Matter? Brian Snyder/Reuters

Does the Media's Romney Comeback Narrative Matter?

Last week I predicted that journalists determined to report fresh wind in the candidate's sails would find reasons to do so.

Mitt Romney vs. Big Bird: Birders Fight Back Sesame Workshop

Mitt Romney vs. Big Bird: Birders Fight Back

Birthers and truthers, meet the new kids in town: defenders of Big Bird.

This One Economic Indicator—Not the Debates—Might Decide the Election Brendan McDermid/Reuters

This One Economic Indicator—Not the Debates—Might Decide the Election

No, it's not the unemployment rate.

The Agony of the Democrats Reuters

The Agony of the Democrats

Frustration, anger, and denial -- until now mainly heard from Romney partisans -- were on display among Colorado supporters of the president following his weak debate.

The Line I Was Sure President Obama Was Going to Use sshillings/YouTube

The Line I Was Sure President Obama Was Going to Use

"There you go again," "it takes a lot of brass," and other lines unspoken

Your One-Stop Debate Rorschach Test Wikimedia Commons

Your One-Stop Debate Rorschach Test

One nation, divisible.

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