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Joe Biden’s Never-Ending Gaffes

He did it again! Vice President Biden muddled the White House's gun messaging this week when he said he had advised his wife, Jill, to go out and buy a shotgun. Worse, he said it a parenting magazine's town hall forum.
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It’s a bit shocking to hear one of the major players in the White House’s effort to curb gun violence encouraging his own wife to arm herself, but that’s our Joe. And, honestly, among all of the arguments for banning assault weapons, Vice President Biden’s advice to his wife, Jill, may be the most persuasive.

Most Incendiary Rape Comments

Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey has rekindled the whole ‘legitimate rape’ debate by saying Todd Akin was ‘partially right’ and sympathized with Richard Mourdock. Read the comments by Akin, Mourdock and more of the most inflammatory remarks made by politicians on sexual assault.

Phil Gingrey sympathized with Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Read more inflammatory comments on rape.

The New Right Populists

While the conservative old guard is busy re-arranging deck chairs in the aftermath of 2012, a younger generation of thinkers is arguing that it’s time to embrace the 47 percent. Michael Moynihan reports.
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In the weeks following the presidential election, a number of prominent conservatives, stunned by the scale of Mitt Romney’s loss, took to the cable-news circuit, offering heterodoxies and heresies designed to save a wounded party.

Romney Failures Shocked Axelrod

Obama’s top election strategist tells a Chicago audience he was surprised Mitt Romney’s team did not attack Obama more, stuck so narrowly with their base—and chose Paul Ryan for VP.
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President Obama’s top reelection strategist conceded surprise Monday that Republican super PACS didn’t attack Obama far earlier, Mitt Romney didn’t invest much more in ground operations, and that the Republican nominee played narrowly to the party base in picking Rep.

The GOP’s Wilderness Years

Sensible Republicans seeking to renew the viability of a conservative party that seems out of touch after a stinging defeat at the polls are being denounced as ‘heretics.’ Robert Shrum on why the party might never find its way back.
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So here is the Republican Party reinventing itself. The GOP majority in the Ohio legislature rushes to defund Planned Parenthood in its post-election session. The orange-tinted speaker of the House proposes to undo Obamacare through “oversight” in the name of “solving our debt and restoring prosperity.

How the Democratic Super PACs Won

The disastrous 2010 midterms convinced Democrats they had to play by the new post–Citizens United rules. And in 2012, though they were outspent, they were better organized than their Republican counterparts, says American Bridge 21st Century president Rodell Mollineau.

Much has already been written about the influence of outside spending on this election cycle. One could make a compelling argument that in 2010 super PACs were undervalued, especially by Democrats. Conversely, one could argue that in 2012 the impact of these groups was overestimated, this time to the detriment of Republicans.

The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

The president didn’t win with a ‘magnificent’ get-out-the-vote operation. It was his relentless negative ads that discouraged and disillusioned the Republican and independent voters Romney needed, says Michael Medved.
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To paraphrase the traditional Passover formulation honored in Jewish homes: why was this election different from all other elections? What makes 2012 stand out in recent political history, either as a temporary anomaly or a significant, long-term shift in the electorate?The most striking change in the results this year involved a precipitous and alarming decline in voter participation, a drop-off that stemmed from a deliberate strategy by the Obama campaign and almost certainly provided the president with his margin of victory.

How Women Won in 2012

After a brutal election cycle peppered with sexist attacks, a historic slate of women will serve in the 113th Congress. Allison Yarrow on how the winners’ response to sexism brought them victory at the polls.
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Remember 2008? The race when Tucker Carlson said he involuntarily crossed his legs whenever he caught sight of Hillary Clinton on television. When hecklers screamed “iron my shirt!” at her during a campaign stop. When her clothes and hairstyles were chronicled obsessively in the media.

Why I Started FiveThirtyEight

The statistician and author of the new book ‘The Signal and the Noise,’ who has now predicted two presidential elections with astounding accuracy, on the principles he abides by on his blog.
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I had the idea for FiveThirtyEight (which refers to the number of votes in the Electoral College) while waiting out a delayed flight at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in February 2008. For some reason—possibly the Cajun martinis had stirred something up—it suddenly seemed obvious that someone needed to build a website that predicted how well Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, then still in heated contention for the Democratic nomination, would fare against John McCain.

The Romney Ground-Game Fiasco

They were the gang who couldn’t shoot straight. Romney’s ground-game operation was a disaster—from technology that didn’t work to field operatives who didn’t understand their tasks. The result: Obama won.
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When Republican fundraisers solicited the party’s big donors on behalf of Mitt Romney this year, the centerpiece of the pitch was a state-of-the-art campaign to identify the party’s likely voters and make sure they came to the polls on Election Day.

Racist Election Tweets Came From South

Mississippi, Alabama had the most hate speech.

Geographers have put together an unsettling interactive map of the racist states of America, tracking a slew of bigoted speech on Twitter following President Obama’s reelection. Hate speech and tweets calling the president a monkey came primarily from the Southeast, according to the map, and were heavily concentrated in Mississippi and Alabama.

Obama’s Next Inner Circle

With Hillary Clinton and Tim Geithner bowing out, the guessing game has begun. From State and Treasury to the Pentagon, a look at the options—including Republicans.
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Speculating on a team for President Obama’s second term is like working a jigsaw puzzle. Move Chief of Staff Jacob Lew to Treasury, which is widely anticipated, and you have to find the right person to fill Lew’s demanding job.

Republican vs. Republican

The party’s internal debate isn’t just going to be about domestic issues. Eli Lake on the coming GOP civil war over foreign policy.
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Over the next few weeks, Republicans will begin the painful self-examination that follows electoral defeat. That process is likely to reveal new schisms in the party on domestic issues like immigration and possibly even gay marriage.

The Rev. Al’s Bully Pulpit

Sharpton’s MSNBC show has become a force to be reckoned with in American politics, bringing issues of race to the forefront. (The president says thank you). Allison Samuels reports.

When MSNBC announced a new show hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton more than a year ago, many weren’t sure what to expect from the controversial civil rights leader. The cable network was promptly criticized for not assigning the high-profile job to a seasoned African-American journalist, and others worried that Sharpton’s no-nonsense tone and strong racial views would be much too radical for mainstream news.

8 Best & Worst Obama Tribute Songs

Mariah Carey,, and Stevie Wonder have all put their love for the president to song. Some ditties rouse inspirational feelings of hope. Others, feelings of change ... that tune. Kevin Fallon on the wins and fails.
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Liz and Dick. Romeo and Juliet. Celebrities and Obama.The love affair between the rich and famous and he of hope and change is as storied as any of the most famous romances. But while it’s en vogue for Hollywood to support and raise money for President Obama, only a brave few have set their endorsement to song.

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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Election Night


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State by State

Map: Election 2012 Results

Map: Election 2012 Results

The Daily Beast’s map of the Electoral College results—updated live as they come in.

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The Night's Best Moments

13 Must-See Moments From Election Night

13 Must-See Moments From Election Night

From Obama’s win to Akin’s defeat, Sullivan’s celebration to Rove’s meltdown, watch the most memorable moments.



Five Stages of GOP Grief

Five Stages of GOP Grief

Losing sucks—and healing is hard. Paul Begala offers advice to hurting Republicans.


A Thrashing


Obama’s Second Chance


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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Memorable Moments

The Election’s 20 Turning Points

The Election’s 20 Turning Points

It’s finally over! Mark McKinnon looks back on two years of big moments that changed the 2012 race.

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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.

Book List

Political Picks

The Obama Vs. Romney Reading List

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?