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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 8, 2012 3:55 AM
Wednesday night's presidential debate in which Mitt Romney shellacked Barack Obama attracted the biggest audience since the debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan seven days before the 1980 election.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 4, 2012 3:55 AM
Mitt Romney was 13 years old and Barack Obama had not been born when an energetic-looking John Kennedy, 43, and a tired-looking Richard Nixon, 47, walked into the WBBM-TV studio in Chicago for the first general election debate between presidential candidates.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 1, 2012 3:55 AM
As a recovering pollster (I worked for Democratic pollster Peter Hart from 1974 to 1981), let me weigh in on the controversy over whether the polls are accurate.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 27, 2012 3:55 AM
In 2008, voters under 30 preferred Barack Obama over John McCain by a 66 percent to 32 percent margin. Among older voters, Obama led McCain by 50 percent to 49 percent.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 24, 2012 3:55 AM

"The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside," Barack Obama said in an interview Thursday on the Spanish-language Univision network. "You can only change it from the outside."

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 17, 2012 3:55 AM

In Libya, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were murdered Tuesday. Earlier that day, protesters in Egypt stormed the U.S. embassy and tore down the American flag.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 10, 2012 3:55 AM
The consensus on Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night, and in effect on the Democratic National Convention as a whole, is that it was a bust.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 6, 2012 3:55 AM
"One question, Mr. President," read the words on the front cover of this week's Economist, behind a silhouette of the back of Barack Obama's head, "just what would you do with another four years?"
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 27, 2012 3:55 AM
Today, the 40th Republican National Convention assembles in hurricane-threatened Tampa, Fla.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 20, 2012 3:55 AM
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan was supposed to be a problem for the Republicans.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 13, 2012 3:55 AM
On the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk harbor, a coatless Mitt Romney named a tieless Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 9, 2012 3:55 AM
Traumas suffered by a society generations ago can still have a negative effect centuries later.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 6, 2012 3:55 AM
Americans keep behaving in ways that baffle the liberal mainstream media. Two examples figured prominently -- or should have -- in last week's news.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 30, 2012 3:55 AM
Does the 2012 campaign look a lot like the 2004 campaign? Many Democrats think so.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 23, 2012 3:55 AM
This is a tale of two cities. No, not Dickens' phlegmatic London and passionate Paris. Nor the two neighborhoods Charles Murray contrasted in his recent bestseller "Coming Apart" -- prosperous but isolated Belmont (actually, Mitt Romney's home for decades) and needy and disorganized Fishtown.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 19, 2012 3:55 AM
Perhaps the rain made the teleprompter unreadable. That's one thought I had on pondering Barack Obama's comments to a rain-soaked rally in Roanoke, Va., last Friday.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 16, 2012 3:55 AM
LONDON -- 1776 is a number with great resonance for Americans, but not one you expect to be featured on a British government website.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 5, 2012 3:55 AM
That's more or less what happened last Sunday in Mexico, at least as far as most American journalists (including me) are concerned.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: July 2, 2012 3:55 AM
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision upholding the Obama administration's health care legislation was a victory for the president, his administration and his party.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 28, 2012 3:55 AM
The Supreme Court's decision announced Monday in the Arizona v. United States case opens the way for sensible reform of our immigration laws.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 25, 2012 3:55 AM
As Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney in the polls narrows, and his presumed fundraising advantage seems about to become a disadvantage, it's alibi time for some of his backers.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 18, 2012 3:55 AM
There has been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth as, in the spring, it appeared that forces supporting Mitt Romney would be able to raise about as much money as those supporting Barack Obama. There's even more now that it seems likely that the pro-Romney side will raise and spend more money than the pro-Obama side.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 11, 2012 3:55 AM
We pundits have been busy crunching the results in last Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election and have noted that the public-employee unions sustained a huge defeat.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 4, 2012 3:55 AM
Demographic forecasts generally take the form of predicting more of the same.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 31, 2012 3:55 AM
"Axelrod is endeavoring not to panic." So reads a sentence in John Heilemann's exhaustive article on Barack Obama's campaign in this week's New York magazine.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 21, 2012 3:55 AM
In the run-up to this weekend's G-8 summit at Camp David, journalists have unfavorably compared European "austerity" with Barack Obama's economic policies.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 14, 2012 3:55 AM
Last week, I wrote about the standings in the presidential race and said it looked like a long, hard slog through about a dozen clearly identified target states, much like the contests in 2000 and 2004. Call it the 2000/2004 long, hard slog scenario.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 10, 2012 3:55 AM
Just as the political air is filled with talk of the inevitability of Barack Obama's re-election -- we are told that the kids at his Chicago headquarters are brimming with confidence -- in come some poll numbers showing him behind.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 7, 2012 3:55 AM
Washington Post editorial writer and liberal blogger Jonathan Capehart is puzzled. Why does the "non-issue" of Harvard Law professor and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry "require so much attention?" he asked last week.
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