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Abortion Pivot? No Problem!

The right is likely to cut him some slack on his abortion and birth control shift because he needs to close the gender gap to win—and because that win could easily mean the end of Roe v. Wade, says Michelle Goldberg.
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This week’s Gallup/USA Today poll looks like very bad news both for President Obama and the religious right.Its most widely reported findings showed Mitt Romney erasing Obama’s once-formidable lead with female voters in swing states, one crucial to the president’s reelection hopes.

Planned Parenthood for President

Obama’s bold move to align himself squarely with the group could pay dividends with single women voters, reports Allison Yarrow.
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Unlike Planned Parenthood’s most diehard supporters, President Barack Obama didn’t need to wear the pink shirt or hand out condoms or packages of birth control. All he had to do was repeat their name.At the Town Hall debate Tuesday, Obama mentioned the group four times—each one paired with a mention of Romney’s vow to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider that also delivers an array of other reproductive health services—as 65.

Bloomberg Forms Super PAC

To back moderate candidates across the country.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t satisfied with regional influence—he’s going national. Donating $10 million to $50 million of his own money, Bloomberg is creating a super PAC to fund centralist candidates across the country who support his three signature policies: legalizing same-sex marriage, enacting tougher gun laws, and overhauling the education system.

11 ‘Binders Full of Women’ Memes

The web is still giggling over Romney’s ‘binders of women’ comment from last night’s debate. Moments after Mitt described how he recruited women to his cabinet while he was governor of Massachusetts, the viral Tumblr Binders Full of Women was born, along with dozens of clever (and occasionally not-so-clever) memes. From Psi Gangnam’s exploded binders to Fat Bastard’s take on equal employment, see highlights.

The web is still giggling over Romney’s ‘binders of women’ comment from last night’s debate. From Psi Gangnam’s exploded binders to Fat Bastard’s take on equal employment, see highlights.

Bloomberg's Ready to Fight the NRA

By giving millions to anti-gun candidates.
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Michael Bloomberg is ready to put his money where his mouth is. Following last night's debate, the New York City Mayor called both candidates' explanations for civilian access to AK-47s "gibberish." Now, Bloomberg is set to donate between $10 and $15 million to the campaigns of six to 12 anti-gun candidates in elections across the country.

Georgia Congressman Shows His Family Guns

In his latest campaign ad, U.S. Rep. John Barrow proved Republicans aren't the only ones in this election with NRA ties. The Georgia Democrat demonstrated his support for the Second Amendment by showing the guns that have been in his family for generations and declaring, "ain't nobody gonna take 'em away."

In his latest campaign ad, U.S. Rep. John Barrow proved Republicans aren't the only ones in this election with NRA ties. The Georgia Democrat demonstrated his support for the Second Amendment by showing the guns that have been in his family for generations and declaring, "ain't nobody gonna take 'em away.

Romney Leads Among Likely Voters

Gets 51 percent in new Gallup poll.
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It seems Obama’s debate bounce has yet to kick in. Mitt Romney leads among likely voters, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll found that Romney would take about 51 percent of the vote, compared to 45 percent for Obama. The seven-day rolling average has had Romney ahead for much of October, but his position has strengthened as the month has gone on.

Do Mitt’s ‘Binders’ Exist?

Only sort of.
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The first debate had Big Bird. The second debate had “binders full of women.” The Twitter-seizing, meme-sparking line came from Romney, who said that as part of an effort to appoint more women to leadership posts when he was governor of Massachusetts, he “went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.

The GOP's Candy Strategy

By pouncing on the moderator, Team Romney is deflecting attention from a tough night for its man. Howard Kurtz on the shaping of the media narrative.
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People at home may remember Barack Obama and Mitt Romney circling each other like wary gladiators. Folks online are wallowing in Romney saying that as governor he wanted "binders of women." But on television Wednesday, most of the talk about the second presidential debate centered on the flareup over Libya—which is exactly the way the Republicans want it.

Fight Night!

Obama won on points, but not by enough to change the basic narrative of the campaign. Ace debate coach Brett O’Donnell on Romney’s economic edge.
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A couple of decades ago, I remember my family gathering around the television on Friday nights to watch weekly boxing matches. Last night’s debate had that same feel. The buildup was that the challenger had bested the reigning champ in the first bout and now the champ had to make a comeback.

Ryan Defends ‘Binders Full of Women’

Stop giggling, America.
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If anyone knows anything about having “binders full of women,” it’s the backwards-hat-wearing, iron-pumping heartthrob that is Paul Ryan. The congressman defended Romney’s viral debate comment, saying that all Mitt meant was that, as governor, he just wanted to hire “qualified women” for his administration.

Debate Meme: ‘Binders Full of Women’

Romney comment inspires tumblrs, twitter jokes.
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It’s no Big Bird, but it looks like the meme of the Hofstra University debate was Mitt Romney’s comment that women’s groups had brought him “binders full of women” when he sought to find qualified women to hire. The comment went viral: it was the third-most searched phrase on Google, a Tumblr called bindersfullofwomen.

Early Polls: Obama Won Debate

Overall Obama has 2-point lead in race.
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Who knew things could get so heated on Long Island? Early polls showed that a majority of viewers believed that an aggressive President Obama won Tuesday night’s debate at Hofstra University—although whether that victory will translate into a difference in polls is still unclear.

Troops MIA at Presidential Debate

Despite the many efforts Obama has made to appeal to younger soldiers and veterans, Romney has maintained a vast lead among military voters—and the troops hardly rated a mention at Tuesday’s debate. Marjorie Morrison on the opportunity we're missing.
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Two presidential debates and no real mention of our troops, despite the ongoing war in Afghanistan.Here’s why: 68 percent of Americans think the war in Afghanistan is going somewhat or very badly, and the same percentage thinks we should withdraw entirely or start drawing down troops now.

The Right’s Misguided Crowley Fury

The veteran CNN correspondent told Romney that Obama indeed had called the consulate attack an act of terror. She was right on the narrow question, but conservative bloggers and pundits have condemned her correction as liberal bias.
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In a debate that mostly favored Barack Obama, one of the president’s more surprising victories came in the segment on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, which took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.

Stewart: Florida Does It Again!

On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.

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President Obama Passes 300 Electoral Votes, Wins Reelection

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Map: Election 2012 Results

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The Night's Best Moments

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Aftermath

Post-Election

Five Stages of GOP Grief

Five Stages of GOP Grief

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Over

A Thrashing

Forward

Obama’s Second Chance

Allies

Obama’s Win, Bibi’s Loss

Party Foul

Romney Victory Party a Bust

Gender Matters

Women in the World

Three Wild Races for Women

Three Wild Races for Women

Three of the most dramatic races ended in wins for Dems Elizabeth Warren and Maggie Hassan, and a loss for the GOP’s Linda McMahon.

 

 

 

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The Election’s 20 Turning Points

The Election’s 20 Turning Points

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Election Victory

A Great Day for America

A Great Day for America

Obama’s reelection is a victory for intelligence, reason—and, yes, hope.

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The Obama Vs. Romney Reading List

As the candidates face off in the election, the books they’ve read recently and their professed favorites also go head to head. Who wins?