Politics

10:51am

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Debate Watchers Get A Town Brawl

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:27 pm

Debate watchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, check out President Obama's performance Tuesday night.
Liz Halloran NPR

There will be blood.

Or at least a lot of aggressive walking and glaring, vigorous head-shaking and interruptions, all glazed with equal parts feigned respect and visceral distaste.

This season's presidential debates between incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney, including Tuesday's engagement, have evolved into base-rousing spectacles of their dislike for each other.

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10:46am

Wed October 17, 2012
The Picture Show

On The Campaign Trail: With Instagram

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:37 am

Reporter Ashley Parker transmitted these two different views of the campaign trail via Instagram. In the photo on the left, Mitt and Ann Romney stroll on the beach. On the right, the media pool chases after them.
Courtesy of Ashley Parker/The New York Times

I'm not normally one for politics, but after following several photojournalists on Instagram, I've become fascinated with what's happening on the campaign trail this political season.

Instagram, the free photo-sharing app, has become far more than a place for people to upload photos. It's also become a way to document ongoing stories — and photojournalists on the campaign trail are doing just that.

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7:49am

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:42 pm

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama beat at least one of his adversaries on the stage at Hofstra University last night. He easily outperformed that guy — whoever he was — who debated against former Gov. Mitt Romney two weeks ago in Denver.

That much was obvious — and necessary for the president. The question now is whether it will be sufficient to restore his momentum in the race itself.

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4:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Election 2012

Close Read: NPR Reporters Fact Check Debate Statements

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

A team of NPR correspondents joins Renee Montagne to give Tuesday night's presidential debate a Close Read. The second meeting was a town hall-style debate and covered a wide range of issues. The reporters include: John Ydstie, Julie Rovner, Michele Kelemen, Jeff Brady and Ted Robbins.

4:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Analysis

Commentators Discuss Tuesday's Debate

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

Steve Inskeep talks to two commentators from either side of the political divide about Tuesday night's presidential debate. Liberal Jonathan Chait is with New York Magazine and conservative Jonah Goldberg is editor at large for National Review Online.

4:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Election 2012

Take-Charge Obama Shows Up For Second Debate

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

Two weeks ago, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was seen as the clear winner of that debate. A very different President Obama showed up for the second debate. He went hard after his Republican opponent from the very start.

4:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics

How Will Sequestration Effect The Federal Budget

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:41 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now let's go to our latest installment in the series Fiscal Cliff Notes.

(SOUNDBITES OF ARCHIVED AUDIO)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: On January 1st, 2013 there's going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: ...painful cuts to the Defense Department, food safety, education...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: ...the Bush tax cuts, the payroll tax cuts...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: Taxmageddon.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #4: It's a cliff.

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12:42am

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

How Obama Got His Groove Back, And Other Debate Takeaways

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:25 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama spar over energy policy during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on Tuesday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Anyone who thought the presidential candidates couldn't get aggressive within a town hall-style format underestimated the sharp differences in policy that divide them.

President Obama and Mitt Romney remained continuously critical against one another throughout their second debate Tuesday night. Neither ever seemed to finish a statement without launching an attack against his opponent.

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12:34am

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Media Circus: Candidates Brawl, Pundits Reverse Course Yet Again

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 2:57 pm

CNN's Candy Crowley moderates the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Pundits fretted that the town hall format for Tuesday's presidential exchange would yield tepid results: undecided voters posing questions over 90 minutes with little more than a passing touch from the moderator, CNN's Candy Crowley.

Boy, was that a misplaced fear. "So much for the analysis this would not be confrontational," Fox News anchor Bret Baier said in the moments after the debate.

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6:58pm

Tue October 16, 2012
It's All Politics

In Battleground Nevada, Voters We Met In February Offer Few October Surprises

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 7:54 pm

Jared Fisher, who runs an outdoor recreation and bicycle company, voted for Barack Obama in 2008. He says he has yet to decide who he'll vote for this year.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

With eyes on the presidential debate in New York, we decided to turn ours to the swing state of Nevada, where President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are battling mightily over the state's small but crucial trove of six electoral votes.

Polls show the race at a near dead heat in the Silver State, which was hit harder than any other by the recession, and still records among the highest unemployment and home foreclosure rates in the nation.

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