Patchwork Nation

  • June 14, 2012    

    President and Mrs. Obama campaign at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in May. Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The home of the University of Michigan is in its quiet summer mode in June, as most … Continue reading

  • June 5, 2012    

    Supporters of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who is trying to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, attend a rally on Friday. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. In a year when most analysts are expecting a close presidential election, nearly everyone is … Continue reading

  • May 24, 2012    

    An all-terrain vehicle exits the cargo bay of a Kentucky Air Guard C-130 onto the flight line at Fort Campbell, Ky. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Dale Greer via Flickr. HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. | Memorial Day weekend will feel a … Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012    

    Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images What’s the significance of President Obama’s evolution on gay marriage? In terms of policy, probably not much. He made clear in his interview with ABC News that he still considers the issue one … Continue reading

  • March 30, 2012    

    Photo by Paul Thomas/Bloomberg via Getty Images. No one likes paying more for anything, but there’s something special about gasoline. It’s a price increase that’s very hard to avoid, and it’s directly tied to one of the nation’s central tenets: … Continue reading

  • March 14, 2012    

    GOP candidate Rick Santorum speaks during a meeting with veterans Wednesday in Puerto Rico. Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images Like a political Energizer Bunny, the Republican nominating campaign keeps going and going and going. Big wins on Tuesday for former … Continue reading

  • March 7, 2012    

    Coming out of Super Tuesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a bigger lead in delegates, a nice push of momentum and, in some quarters, a growing sense that the GOP presidential nomination is slowly falling into his hands. Romney … Continue reading

  • February 23, 2012    

    Creative Commons photo courtesy Flickr user innpictime Sometimes it’s the small indicators that carry the most economic significance. For months now the unemployment rate and consumer spending numbers have shown signs of a slowly improving economy. The Dow Jones broke … Continue reading

  • February 15, 2012    

    Mitt Romney campaigns in Reno, Nev., in early February. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images It may be that Mitt Romney’s problem, his falling numbers since last week in state and national polls, is his base. Nine states into … Continue reading

  • January 18, 2012    

    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman leaves a campaign stop at Crosby’s Bakery on Jan. 9 in Nashua, N.H.; Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Nashua, N.H. | When you have been down a long time, as the U.S. economy has been, … Continue reading

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