TOP NEWS: Democracy: October 1st, 2012
- Race is tight, but not in key states, poll shows
- Now Entering the Month of Surprise
- Debates Can Shift a Race’s Outcome, but It’s Not Easy
- Supreme Court October Term, 2012
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia?
More top news and analysis:
POLLING: Race is tight, but not in key states, poll shows - WP
Jon Cohen and Dan Balz : Nationally, the race is unmoved from early September, but as the first presidential debate approaches, 52 percent of likely voters across swing states side with President Obama and 41 percent with Mitt Romney, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.
POLLING: Poll Averages Have No History of Consistent Partisan Bias - NYT, OPINION
NATE SILVER: Since President Obama gained ground in the polls after the Democrats’ convention, accusations of biased polling have proliferated.
POLLING: A polling conspiracy against Mitt? - POLITICO
A group of internet sites say battleground polls are inaccurate. Is Romney actually leading in key states?
ELECTIONS 2012: Now Entering the Month of Surprise – NYT
MICHAEL D. SHEAR: As President Obama and Mitt Romney make their final appeals to voters, it remains to be seen whether October will offer an unexpected pivotal moment as in past campaigns.
ELECTIONS 2012: Krugman: The Real Referendum – NYT, OP-ED
PAUL KRUGMAN: It looks as if President Obama could emerge with a clear mandate to protect the social safety net.
ROMNEY POLICY: Mitt Romney: A New Course for the Middle East - MITT ROMNEY, WSJ, OP-ED
Restore the three sinews of American influence: our economic strength, our military strength and the strength of our values.
OBAMA ADVERTISING: Obama’s near-whopper talking point – WP, OPINION
Glenn Kessler: He asserts that the Bush tax cuts and deregulation caused the 2008 economic crisis.
*MORE ELECTIONS 2012 NEWS AND ANALYSIS BELOW
DEBATES 2012: Debates Can Shift a Race’s Outcome, but It’s Not Easy - NYT, OPINION
JOHN HARWOOD: History shows that candidates have different ways to score in presidential debates and change voters’ minds, but only twice have debates appeared to alter the election’s result.
DEBATES 2012: As Candidates Drill for Debates, More Jousting on Libya – NYT
MARK LANDLER: President Obama and Mitt Romney prepared for their debate, with the Obama administration fending off questions about its handling of the Benghazi attack.
DEBATES 2012: What to expect in Wednesday’s debate – WP, OPINION
Chris Cillizza: First Obama-Romney matchup will have big implications for the rest of the campaign.
DEBATES 2012: A Bipartisan Treasury of Debate Bloopers and Gaffes – BLOOMBERG, OPINION
Albert R. Hunt: President Barack Obama and the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, will have their first televised debate this week in Denver. These events are now woven into the U.S. political fabric on the national and state level.
*MORE DEBATES 2012 NEWS AND ANALYSIS BELOW
SUPREME COURT: Supreme Court October Term, 2012 - NYT, EDITORIAL
The Supreme Court opens up a new term with important cases that deal with affirmative action, criminal justice and more.
SUPREME COURT: Preview of New Supreme Court Term – BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
Russell Wheeler: Following its landmark ruling on health care reform this summer, the Supreme Court begins its new term today with a docket addressing a range of controversial legal issues.
SUPREME COURT: Supreme Court Faces Weighty Cases and a New Dynamic - NYT
ADAM LIPTAK: The new term will probably include major decisions on affirmative action in higher education admissions, same-sex marriage and a challenge to the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
SUPREME COURT: Supreme Court absent from campaign - WP, OPINION
Robert Barnes: It might have been at the center of discussion if the health-care vote had come out differently.
*MORE SUPREME COURT NEWS AND ANALYSIS BELOW
LOCAL RACES: Who’s Afraid of Virginia? – NYT, OPINION
THOMAS B. EDSALL: The outcome of the senate race between Tim Kaine and George Allen will reverberate far beyond the state’s borders.
LOCAL RACES: North Dakota Nice’ Plays Well in Race – NYT, OPINION
Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat running for Senate, is well liked in this conservative state, making her contest against Representative Rick Berg a real fight.
LOCAL RACES: 2 Democrats, 2 Incumbents and One Tough House Race - NYT
IAN LOVETT: In a hotly contested race, the Democratic Party has lined up behind Howard Berman, a respected voice on foreign policy, but his opponent, Brad Sherman, has local appeal.
LOCAL RACES: New Mexico Offers Look at U.S. Elections of the Future - NYT
FERNANDA SANTOS: The unique demographics of New Mexico are significant for both campaigns, which have been there trying to engage Latino voters — eyeing both the November vote and others to come.
LOCAL RACES: Native Americans chafe at Brown-Warren Senate race – WP
Krissah Thompson and Josh Hicks: Some find fault with both candidates in the Massachusetts race — and see a lost chance to educate voters.
VOTERS: The art of voter turnout - ECONOMIST
If America had compulsory voting, would Democrats win every election?
VOTERS: Perspective Is at Play in Who Is ‘Better Off’ - NYT
JAMES B. STEWART: Those who have done well don’t seem more likely to vote for President Obama, and those with less money appear to be least likely to vote for Mitt Romney.
TRANSPARENCY: Where Have All the FOIAs Gone? A Lament for Transparency - BLOOMBERG, EDITORIAL
One way to judge a president’s record is to assess the promises he made when he first took office. That’s what Bloomberg News did with President Barack Obama’s vow to create “an unprecedented level of openness in government” and “act promptly” to make information public.
PRIVACY: New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates - WSJ
The rise of license-plate tracking is a case study in how storing and studying people’s everyday activities, even the seemingly mundane, has become the default rather than the exception.
VOTER FRAUD: More Suspicious Voter Forms Are Found - NYT
LIZETTE ALVAREZ: Irregularities have been found in 10 Florida counties on registrations submitted by a company working for the state Republican Party.
IMMIGRATION: Crovitz: Washington’s New Twist on Human Sacrifice - WSJ, OP-ED
Another missed chance to hold onto foreign-born scientists and technology experts who were educated in the U.S.
HEALTHCARE: Hospitals face penalties - WP
D.C. and Northern Virginia hospitals will lose millions in Medicare payments because of high readmission rates.
JOURNALISM: The Public Editor: Who Controls the Story? - NYT
MARGARET SULLIVAN: The New York Times draws a line on “quote approval,” but not everyone is convinced.
JOURNALISM: For New Orleans, a Daily That’s No Longer Daily - NYT
DAVE THIER: Many in New Orleans are wondering what life will be like now that The Times-Picayune has gone from a daily to a newspaper that will appear three times a week.
ENVIRONMENT: Ocean acidification threatens U.S. fisheries - WP
In the past five years the fact that human-generated carbon emissions are making the ocean more acidic has become an urgent cause of concern to the fishing industry and scientists.
PUBLIC LAND: Political and Class Issues Complicate a Colorado Land Dispute – NYT
JACK HEALY: Bill Koch’s effort to acquire some public land, including a piece that cuts through his 4,500-acre ranch, has run into hostility from his neighbors.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS: Titans of women’s rights – WP, OPINION
Kathleen Parker: Documentary chronicles their struggles.
EQUAL RIGHTS: California Is First State to Ban Gay ‘Cure’ for Minors - NYT
ERIK ECKHOLM: Gay rights advocates say disputed therapies to “overcome” homosexuality have caused emotional harm to teenagers.
EDUCATION/EQUALITY: 50 Years After Integration, Ole Miss Grapples With History- NYT
CAMPBELL ROBERTSON: The University of Mississippi is commemorating the 50th anniversary of racial integration on campus, but some say it is not doing enough to recognize the school’s painful history.
HEALTH: Opinion: Valium and the New Normal – NYT, OP-ED
ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG: Valium and similar drugs gave us a new way to slay our inner demons, medicating our way to a happier life.
IN MEMORIUM: Mr. Sulzberger, Publisher and Projectionist – NYT, OPINION
ANDREW ROSENTHAL: A personal reminiscence of the man who led The New York Times for 34 years.
IN MEMORIUM: Punch Sulzberger and His Times – NYT
MAX FRANKEL: Certain of his newspaper’s mission and comfortable with his inheritance, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was an extraordinary boss.
MORE ELECTION 2012 NEWS AND ANALYSIS:
AKIN: Akin Presses On - WSJ
Tuesday was the last day for Republican Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. Now that he’s locked in, Democrats are sharpening their rhetoric.
ROMNEY POLICY: Romney Shifted Right on Energy as Presidential Politics Beckoned - NYT
SHERYL GAY STOLBERG: Mitt Romney is more apt today to talk about his support for oil drilling than about the environmental policies that he advocated while governor of Massachusetts.
CANDIDATE’S POLICY: The World We’re Actually Living In - NYT, OPINION
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN: In President Obama and Mitt Romney, we have a choice between someone who understands the complex world we live in and someone who doesn’t.
POLLING: As Iowa Goes, So May Go Romney’s Chances - NYT
NATE SILVER: The national tracking polls were published on Saturday, and continued to show President Obama in a fairly strong position for November’s contest against Mitt Romney.
ELECTION REPORTING: Tired Cries of Bias Don’t Help Romney - NYT
DAVID CARR: The mainstream media are frequently faulted as biased against conservative causes. But it seems a dubious notion when the ownership of the megaphone is increasingly up for grabs.
FOREIGN POLICY: Shifting Reports on Libya Killings May Cost Obama - NYT
MARK LANDLER: Changing explanations of the attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya have left President Obama exposed on foreign policy, where he had enjoyed an advantage over Mitt Romney.
CAMPAIGN: A charade of truth-telling - WP, OPINION
Robert Samuelson: Chasm between rhetoric, governing realities.
MORE DEBATE 2012 NEWS AND ANALYSIS:
DEBATES 2012: Candidates Head Into Debate Week on the Attack - NYT
The campaigns are hoping to lay the groundwork for an aggressive debate on Wednesday, the first between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
DEBATES 2012: Before Debate, Tough Crowds at the Practice - NYT
PETER BAKER and ASHLEY PARKER: Mitt Romney’s team hopes to create moments in the debate on Wednesday, while President Obama is aiming for a workmanlike performance, aides said.
DEBATES 2012: Debate Challenge? What to Call Your Opponent - NYT
MICHAEL D. SHEAR: Will it be “Mr. President” or “the president” when Mr. Romney refers to his rival? Will Mr. Obama talk about the “governor” or “my opponent”? Or will “Mitt” and “Barack” slip out?
DEBATES 2012: Defining the debate game - WP, OPINION
E. J. Dione: Only one candidate needs a game-changer.
MORE SUPREME COURT NEWS AND ANALYSIS:
SUPREME COURT: Why the court wants to try again - WP
Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr: Affirmative action has not been contained.
SUPREME COURT: Marina Case on High Court Docket - WSJ
Casinos, bankers and the Coast Guard are watching a case opening the Supreme Court term on whether a houseboat is a vessel and covered by U.S. maritime law.
SUPREME COURT: Alien Tort Invasion - WSJ
The Supreme Court hears another case of Alien Tort overreach.
SUPREME COURT: Justice Kennedy Is Back for More Torture - BLOOMBERG
Noah Feldman: Hard as it may be to believe, the new U.S. Supreme Court term is already upon us. In the balance first is the future of human rights litigation in U.S. courts — and whether torture committed by foreigners abroad is any of our business.
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