Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Septembers shock, Octobers surprise, early Novembers can knock a campaign sideways. In a presidential race’s waning weeks, almost anything can happen — bedlam in the Middle East, financial panic at home, a scandal in the headlines. And as Election Day ticks closer, candidates get less and less time to absorb the blow. Sometimes the kind […]

Romney nails Obama for wimp-like response to diplomatic mission attacks

Romney nails Obama for wimp-like response to diplomatic mission attacks

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticized the Obama administration in the wake of attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya on Tuesday, branding as “disgraceful” an early response to the assault in Cairo and saying it sympathized with the attackers. The assaults were linked to a video being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim […]

Both campaigns silence rhetoric on 9/11 anniversary

Both campaigns silence rhetoric on 9/11 anniversary

It could be the only day before Nov. 6 without explicit partisan rancor. Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney plan to take down their negative ads in honor of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Neither planned to appear at overtly political events, although Election Day is never far from […]

Does racism drive anger over Obama?

Does racism drive anger over Obama?

Is it because he’s black? The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama’s policies and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike […]

Fog of war: The mind-numbing drone of a never-ending conflict in Afghanistan

Fog of war: The mind-numbing drone of a never-ending conflict in Afghanistan

It was another week at war in Afghanistan, another string of American casualties, and another collective shrug by a nation weary of a faraway conflict whose hallmark is its grinding inconclusiveness. After nearly 11 years, many by now have grown numb to the sting of losing soldiers like Pfc. Shane W. Cantu of Corunna, Mich. […]

Can Congress accomplish anything in short, pre-election session?

Can Congress accomplish anything in short, pre-election session?

When lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, they face big issues, including taxes, spending cuts and the prospect of a debilitating “fiscal cliff” in January. Yet Congress is expected to do what it often does best: punt problems to the future. With Election Day less than two months away, their focus seems to be on […]