TOP NEWS: Democracy: September 28th, 2012
- Obama Widening His Lead in Ohio and Florida
- The Unraveling of Government
- Swing States a Tough Sell for Romney
- The art of voter turnout
- Soros to Give $1mil. to Pro-Obama ‘SuperPAC’
More top news and analysis:
ELECTIONS 2012/POLL: Obama Is Widening His Lead in Ohio and Florida - NYT
JIM RUTENBERG, JEFF ZELENY: Mitt Romney’s burden is no longer just to win undecided voters, but also to woo back those who seem to be growing a little comfortable with the idea of a second term for President Obama.
POLL/OBAMA-ROMNEY: Obama up 5, weaker on Libya – POLITICO
ALEXANDER BURNS: Fox reports a plurality of voters now say they disapprove of the president’s handling of Libya.
ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: Noonan: 2012 Debates— This Is It, Mitt - WSJ, OPINION
How Romney can make the most of his face-off with Obama.
ELECTIONS 2012: The Election Isn’t Over - WSJ, OPINION
Pete du Pont: Only fools and partisans think Obama has it locked up.
CAMPAIGNING: Candidates Trade Barbs on Patriotism - WSJ
Obama called for a new “economic patriotism,” in a two-minute television ad and at a rally in Virginia, as both he and Romney worked to set themes for next week’s first presidential debate
CAMPAIGNING/ECONOMY: Romney: Under Obama, U.S. on Road to Greece - WSJ
Mitt Romney said in a new radio interview the U.S. economy would show little improvement and could get worse in the next two years if President Barack Obama is reelected.
GOP/WOMEN: The GOP’s Female Trouble - WSJ, OPINION
Kimberley A. Strassel: Team Obama is offering a straight-up 1970s feminist agenda but still winning among women. Why?
OBAMA/JOBS: Obama Trumpets Revised Job Data - WSJ
New figures show that for the first time since the president’s inauguration, the number of jobs in the U.S. economy is higher than it was when he took office.
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GOVERNMENT: The Unraveling of Government - NYT, OP-ED
MICKEY EDWARDS: The parties have too much power. But we can take some of it back.
SWING STATES: An Enduring Ritual of Politics Loud and Close - NYT
President Obama and Mitt Romney crisscrossed Ohio on Wednesday, speaking to supporters at events essentially unchanged since the days of Andrew Jackson.
SWING STATES: Swing States a Tough Sell for Romney - WSJ
Romney and Obama are running neck and neck in North Carolina and Nevada, according to a new WSJ/NBC News/Marist Poll, while Romney faces an uphill battle to win New Hampshire.
SWING STATES: Political Wisdom: Obama Works to Keep N.C. a Toss-up - WSJ
The Obama campaign is using voter registration to keep North Carolina a tossup state, plus other top political news.
VOTING: The art of voter turnout - ECONOMIST
If America had compulsory voting, would Democrats win every election?
VOTING/EARLY VOTE: 40 Precious Days to Spend on Early Vote - NYT
JEFF ZELENY: A stream of voters arrived at election offices across Iowa to cast their ballots, and waves of absentee ballots have started landing in mailboxes in 30 other states.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Reversing Course, Soros to Give $1 Mil. to Pro-Obama ‘SuperPAC‘ - NYT
NICHOLAS CONFESSORE: The financier George Soros will also give an additional $500,000 to two “super PACs” backing congressional Democrats.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: How Small Donors Can Reclaim Power in Elections – BLOOMBERG, OPINION
Jonathan Alter: A funny thing’s happening on the way to Nov. 6. The billionaires trying to buy the U.S. election with contributions of $1 million, $10 million or even $100 million aren’t succeeding.
DC WEALTH: Washington Is Too Rich for Our Own Good - BLOOMBERG, OPINION
Stephen L. Carter: The U.S. Census Bureau report showing that seven of the nation’s 10 highest-income counties are suburbs of Washington has raised a considerable ruckus.
GLOBAL WARMING: Ignoring Global Warming - NEW YORKER
Elizabeth Kolbert: Will either Presidential candidate discuss the retreat of the sea ice?
EDUCATION/SUCCESS: David Brooks: The Psych Approach - NYT, OP-ED
There are strong links between our childhood experiences and adult lives. The emotional basis of success should have a bigger role in education.
EDUCATION: Enrollment Drops Again in Graduate Programs - NYT
After surges in enrollment in 2008 and 2009, the number of students entering graduate schools declined last year for the second year in a row.
EDUCATION: PTA Claims For-Profit Rival Poaches Members - WSJ
The national PTA sued a rival parent group in federal court, claiming the group is infringing on its trademark and poaching members, in the latest controversy involving parents’ role in public education.
EDUCATION: Mixed Returns for Endowments - NYT
RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA: Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology saw gains on their funds for the fiscal year, while Harvard’s lost 0.05 percent.
EDUCATION: Petraeus Eyes Presidency of Princeton, Article Says – NYT
In response to the article in the university newspaper, David H. Petraeus, the C.I.A. chief, issued a noncommittal statement that did not deny an interest.
EDUCATION: Still leaving our kids behind - WP, OPINION
Michael Gerson : Obama institutionalizes lowered expectations.
CONGRESS: GOP Questions St. Paul-U.S. Pact - WSJ
An agreement between the city of St. Paul, Minn., and the Justice Department earlier this year is drawing scrutiny from House Republicans, who say the department passed up the chance to pursue an alleged fraud.
VETERANS: Veterans Wait for Benefits as Claims Pile Up - NYT
A crushing inventory of claims for disability, pension and educational benefits has overwhelmed the Department of Veterans Affairs.
MILITARY VOTERS: In Virginia, Nominees Reach Out to Military - NYT
With Virginia up for grabs this election, President Obama and Mitt Romney made another of their frequent visits to the state.
MILITARY MISCONDUCT: General Charged With Sexual Misconduct - NYT
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, the former deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, has been charged with forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and other violations.
ANTI-ISLAM VIDEO: Man Tied to Anti-Islam Video Held on Probation Charge – NYT
The man suspected of making the anti-Islam video that set off deadly protests across the Muslim world is accused of violating an order in a bank fraud case that restricted his use of the Internet.
IMMIGRATION: A Flood of Applications, With a Trickle of Approvals - NYT
JULIA PRESTON: A little more than two dozen immigrants nationwide have received approval for a two-year deferral of deportation under a program that President Obama announced in June.
DISCRIMINATION: A Father-Daughter Dance Revives Charges of Discrimination - NYT
Officials in Cranston, R.I., thought the issue of events like “Me and My Guy” dances had been long settled, but they have learned otherwise.
WORKPLACE SHOOTING: Gunman Kills Four at Minneapolis Business - WSJ
A gunman killed four people inside a Minneapolis sign-making business Thursday before turning the weapon on himself, authorities said.
GUN CONTROL: Bullets Follow Guns to Mexico - WSJ
Congressional hearings have put gunrunning to Mexico in the headlines, but the parallel flow of ammunition across the border is proving to be more difficult to stop.
TECHNOLOGY/REGULATION: U.S. Is Tightening Web Privacy Rule to Shield Young - NYT
NATASHA SINGER: Federal regulations intended to curb the collection of data from young Internet users without their parents’ permission might cause companies to stop creating child-centric sites.
LANGUAGE: Which Language Rules to Flout. Or Flaunt? - NYT, ROOM FOR DEBATE
How can we tell the difference between a sound rule of English and a made-up shibboleth? How do the nonsense rules catch on?
ENVIRONMENT: The Geography of Nope - NYT, OPINION
TIMOTHY EGAN: It takes a truly small-minded politician to upset the balance of our public lands.
ENVIRONMENT/JUSTICE: Raising Frogs for Freedom, Prison Project Opens Doors - NYT
Washington State’s Sustainability in Prisons program enlists inmates to help rescue imperiled species like the Oregon spotted frog.
SPORTS: With Lockout Over, NFL Chief Apologizes - WSJ
The NFL commissioner told fans he’s sorry for the labor dispute with referees that resulted in replacement game officials for the first three weeks of the season.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Medical-Marijuana Vote in Arkansas to Go Ahead - WSJ
Arkansas could become the first state in the South to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes in November, after the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a ballot measure.
MORE ELECTION 2012 NEWS AND ANALYSIS:
GOVERNING PLANS: US candidates fail to detail visions - FT
Opponents call for more information on rivals’ economic plans.
OBAMACARE: Faded rage against Obamacare - WP, OPINION
Juan Williams: Obama has the upper hand on health care.
OBAMA WEALTH: Obama revives Romney wealth attack - FT
Ads put taxes paid by rival under spotlight.
CONSUMER OPTIMISM: A boon for Obama - WP, OPINION
Robert Samuelson: Consumer optimism is only good news for him.
SOCIAL SECURITY: Obama camp: Warn your elders - POLITICO
A new campaign asks young voters to caution parents and grandparents against the GOP ticket.
ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: Why Romney Can’t Run Away From the 47% – BLOOMBERG, OPINION
Josh Barro: The Obama campaign is running a brutal new ad against Mitt Romney. The ad simply replays Romney’s secretly recorded “47 percent” fundraiser remarks — culminating with Romney saying, “My job is not to worry about those people.”
ELECTIONS 2012: Obama Fills in Blanks of Romney’s Plans, and G.O.P. Sees Falsehoods - NYT
MICHAEL COOPER: The Obama campaign is taking advantage of the unknown details of Mitt Romney’s policy proposals by filling in the blanks, but some charges are more specific than the facts warrant.
INTERROGATION POLICY: Election to Decide Interrogation Methods in Terrorism Cases - NYT
CHARLIE SAVAGE: The future of American government practices when interrogating high-level terrorism suspects appears likely to turn on the outcome of the presidential race.
ROMNEY ECONOMICS: Mitt Romney’s Secret Economic Plan Exists! - BLOOMBERG, OPINION
By Josh Barro: Some of you have mocked me for my postulate that Mitt Romney has a Secret Economic Plan. But the plan’s existence has now been confirmed by America’s newspaper of record, Politico:
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