Patchwork Nation

  • January 11, 2012    

    Mitt Romney had a lot of advantages going into New Hampshire — from residency to voter demographics — and in the end it all showed up on Tuesday night. The former Massachusetts governor won nine of the state’s 10 counties. … Continue reading

  • January 10, 2012    

    If you were devising a state where GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney could do well in a vote, it would probably look a lot like New Hampshire. Romney was the governor of Massachusetts, which sits next door. He has a … Continue reading

  • January 4, 2012    

    Everyone will talk about who won in Iowa. But the real story out of the state is the sharp divide in the vote — and one that might be expected. We wrote earlier that the most likely result out of … Continue reading

  • January 3, 2012    

    Iowans listen to Texas Rep. Ron Paul last week during a town hall meeting at the Sioux Center Public Library. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Everyone likes to win, but sometimes it’s better to finish second. Up in the northwest … Continue reading

  • December 30, 2011    

    Weather-beaten farm buildings stand along Highway 6 in Marengo, Iowa. Marengo is located in one of Iowa’s many “Emptying Nest” counties, where Republican presidential candidates are seeking support in next week’s all-important Iowa Caucuses; photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images As … Continue reading

  • December 27, 2011    

    President Obama speaks in the White House Rose Garden; file photo by Jim WatsonAFP/Getty Images. Barack Obama has not had an easy ride as president. He took office as the economy was collapsing on many fronts — spikes in home … Continue reading

  • December 12, 2011    

    Like a very, very long episode of the TV series 24, the White House website’s We Can’t Wait clock ticks down. The clock, which displays the amount of time left before the current payroll tax cut expires, is meant to … Continue reading

  • November 30, 2011    

    A European Union flag and Greek national flag fly near the Parthenon temple; Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/Bloomberg via Getty Images There have been Rick Perry’s “What’s number three?” gaffe and the allegations against Herman Cain. But the biggest story in … Continue reading

  • November 17, 2011    

    Job seekers and employers meet in Ontario, Calif.; file photo by David McNew/Getty Images Over the last four years, scanning the nation’s business headlines has become something best done with a pack of Tums at the ready. From housing to … Continue reading

  • November 7, 2011    

    Fresh produce is viewed at the Central Park United Methodist Church weekly food pantry on Oct.19, 2011 in Reading, Pennsylvania. The church feeds thousands of needy Reading residents monthly and relies on donations and volunteers to keep its increasingly popular … Continue reading