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April 4, 2012
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum sounded defiant as ever in his speech Tuesday night, but after a sweep by Mitt Romney in contests in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin, the writing on the wall looks like it's been done in permanent marker. It isn't just that the former...
April 3, 2012
As former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has picked up momentum and endorsements over the last few weeks, his armor of inevitability has grown and the campaign of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has seemed to struggle. Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin is supposed to be the latest measure...
April 2, 2012
Publicly, at least, Americans try to avoid stereotyping their fellow citizens based on race or ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, age or religion. Doing so has become unacceptable, offensive to modern sensibilities, anathema to the notion that we’re all individuals, not just members...
March 30, 2012
No one likes paying more for anything, but there's something special about gasoline. It's a price increase that's very hard to avoid, and it's directly tied to one of the nation’s central tenets: the ability to move freely across the city or across the country. Lately, as...
March 23, 2012
The Republican race for the nomination this week began to look like plodding jog to the finish line for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Another win in Illinois on Tuesday, and the delegates that went with it, indicated that Mr. Romney is on an all-but-inevitable path to become the 2012 GOP...
March 21, 2012
Mitt Romney won big in Illinois -- double digits. He claimed the breakout victory many analysts thought he needed and he urged Republican voters to come on board for his nomination. "Each day we move closer not just to victory but to a better America," the former Massachusetts governor...
March 20, 2012
With a big lead in delegates and a solid lead in national polls, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seemingly past the "must-win" primaries and caucuses that seemed to line up in front of him in February and early March. Tuesday's Illinois primary marks a different...
March 16, 2012
The results from Tuesday’s Mississippi and Alabama primaries were not even fully tabulated when attention turned to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The results, second-place in both states, were a blow to Mr. Gingrich, who had argued his path to the nomination led through the South. But...
March 14, 2012
Like a political Energizer Bunny, the Republican nominating campaign keeps going and going and going. Big wins on Tuesday for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in Alabama and Mississippi again raised questions about support for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among GOP rank-and-file...
March 13, 2012
At first glance, the polls leading into the next set of Republican primaries -- a less "super" set of four primaries and caucuses on Tuesday -- look a bit baffling, and that's particularly true for Mississippi and Alabama. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is challenging in...
March 9, 2012
Among the many bits of conventional wisdom in presidential politics is the abiding belief that there are two stages in running for the country’s top job. There is the primary stage, where a candidate appeals to the party base to build enthusiasm with core voters. And there is the general...
March 7, 2012
Coming out of Super Tuesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a bigger lead in delegates, a nice push of momentum and, in some quarters, a growing sense that the GOP presidential nomination is slowly falling into his hands. Romney won six out of the 10 states on the calendar and he won...
March 6, 2012
This Tuesday is "super" in the Republican nominating battle because of sheer volume. There are 11 states holding votes and more than 400 delegates at stake. But even with all those numbers in play, most eyes will be Ohio. Ohio is not the biggest prize on Tuesday; Georgia has more...
March 2, 2012
Two months in, the 2012 battle for the Republican presidential nomination has become a more protracted fight than many had expected or wanted. But as analysts wonder what the drawn-out fight means, a critical point has been lost. The current scenario, with a fractured base on display, is not...
February 29, 2012
There have been more than a few twists and turns on the road to this year’s Republican presidential nomination, but one tried-and-true 2012 GOP storyline reemerged in Michigan on Tuesday night: Mitt Romney’s strength lies in wealthy communities and he has trouble most everywhere else...
February 28, 2012
WARREN, Mich. | If you want a sense of the challenges Mitt Romney and the GOP have in Michigan, you could learn a lot from standing on the corner of Mound and East 9 Mile roads here in suburban Detroit. As the workers filed out at the end of their shift Monday at the Chrysler plant here, they...
February 28, 2012
There are two primaries Tuesday, but the majority of the attention is going to be on the Michigan primary where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has surprisingly found himself in a real fight with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rock Santorum. Watch the Michigan Primary results come in live using...
February 25, 2012
Was the federal government’s 2009 auto industry aid a bailout or a lifeboat? That may depend on where you live. No one likes the idea that the federal government pumped billions into General Motors and Chrysler, but if you live in, say, the Great Lakes region, you probably see the issue a...
February 24, 2012
Sometimes it's the small indicators that carry the most economic significance. For months now the unemployment rate and consumer spending numbers have shown signs of a slowly improving economy. The Dow Jones broke 13,000 for the first time in four years on Tuesday. But after false starts in...
February 17, 2012
Among the many forces that go into shaping a campaign – from speeches to advertisements – late-night comedy has earned a special place. It’s where narratives about candidates can be created and grow free of the constraints of regular journalism, for better or worse. On late-...