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Election 2012: Of human binders

All the fuss over Mitt Romney’s latest misstatement about "women in binders" obscures more serious issues for women in this campaign.
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Romney's "binders full of women" comment inspired hundreds of memes, but it also brought up serious issues for women in this presidential election. (bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com/Screengrab)
LEXINGTON, Va. — Okay, so we’ve all had a good chuckle over Mitt Romney’s latest “inartful” comment. The Republican challenger’s statement at the debate Tuesday night that he had “whole binders full of women” brought to him when he was making his appointments as governor of Massachusetts probably did not deserve all the attention that it got.
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Debates round two: Obama comes back swinging

The campaign does yet another U-turn as the two candidates spar in Long Island.
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama get aggressive on Oct. 16 during the second presidential debates at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
HEMPSTEAD, NY — President Barack Obama donned a Republican red tie; Governor Mitt Romney wore a Democratic blue one, with white stripes. But that was not the only thing upside down on Tuesday night at Hofstra University. Obama came out swinging, and early polls indicated he had won the debate.
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President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: the Hofstra showdown (LIVE VIDEO)

It’s make or break time for the president as the candidates meet in their second debate.
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A combination of two pictures shows US President Barack Obama (L) and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R). The left image dates back to Obama's final debate against Republican John McCain at Hofstra University on Oct. 15, 2008. The image of Romney was taken during his campaign trail in Iowa on December 9, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand/Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney meet Tuesday night at Hofstra University, the tension will be ratcheted to the breaking point. Here's GlobalPost's preview.
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Campaign 2012: Bread and circuses

Substance gives way to silliness as the US election draws near.
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Even Sesame Street's Big Bird, seen on Broadway in New York, got enmeshed in a US election campaign quarrel. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Perhaps it’s true, as the French philosopher Joseph de Maistre wrote, that “every country has the government it deserves.” If so, then things look pretty bleak right about now.
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Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan: When Irish eyes are smiling … watch out!

A rough and tumble vice presidential debate of two consummate politicians injects some real energy into the race.
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US Vice President Joe Biden (R) and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (L) depart the stage following their debate at the Norton Center at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, October 10, 2012, moderated by Martha Raddatz of ABC News. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
ROCHESTER, NH – Maybe it was their Irish blood that did it, but the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and the Republican challenger, Paul Ryan, was an almost polar opposite of the meeting between the two headliners just eight days ago.
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Mitt Romney: With friends like these …

Romney’s post-debate 'bounce' begins to flatten, aided by attacks from within his own camp.
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US Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Things had been going so well. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after a convincing win over President Barack Obama in last week’s debate in Denver, had been surging in the polls, appealing on the stump, and had even mustered the confidence to set out a major foreign policy agenda. Now Romney is facing a backlash against his new persona, and from some surprising sources.
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VP debate: Clash of the demi-titans

Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican challenger Paul Ryan square off on Thursday night in a contest that has taken on new importance in the wake of last week’s presidential debate.
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Most debate watchers expect Joe Biden to flex his foreign policy chops in Thursday night's faceoff against Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. (John Moore/Getty Images)
How will Joe Biden and Paul Ryan approach tonight's debate in the wake of President Obama's loss last week?
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Mitt Romney’s foreign policy manifesto

Lots of rhetoric, few specifics in Romney’s view of the world.
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Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute on Oct. 8, 2012, in Lexington, Virginia. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Looking confident and presidential, Mitt Romney delivered what his campaign billed as “a major foreign policy speech” on Monday morning at Virginia Military Institute. But the Republican challenger’s stinging attack on President Barack Obama carried much more rhetoric than substance, triggering a round of counterpunches from the administration and its surrogates.
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Campaign 2012: Early voting a boon for Democrats in Iowa

Stellar organization and relentless robo-calls are driving Obama supporters to the polls in droves.
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Student Courtney Johnson votes on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa on Sept. 28, 2012 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Voters filled the polling place which had been set up on campus for early voting following a nearby rally with first lady Michelle Obama. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY — “We call Election Day ‘Procrastinators’ Day’ here in Johnson County,” laughed Tom Slockett, the election commissioner for the county. Judging by the brisk pace of early voters in the Auditor’s Office on a sunny Wednesday morning, he could be right.
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First debate: No knockout for Romney, but maybe a turnaround

Republicans are jubilant, Democrats subdued following Wednesday’s debate in Denver.
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US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney shake hands following their first debate at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, Oct. 3. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY — There was no “aha!” moment, no “gotcha!” zinger. What most viewers saw during the 90-minute battle between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Wednesday night in Denver was an incumbent intent to educate the electorate on the specifics of his programs, and a challenger determined to engage the same audience by telling them exactly what they wanted to hear. Guess who won?
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