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What You Didn't Know About Election 2012

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I consider myself a voracious consumer of information. This was true during the 2012 presidential campaign, and it remains true today.

This week, one month after the end of a close election, we learned that, in Ohio, President Obama beat Mitt Romney by 63,000 votes more than the preliminary count showed. The margin, which was supposed to be painfully narrow, grew to 166,214.

PBS NewsHour: Financing 9/11 Memorials: Money, Control and Plain Old Fashioned Politics

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Eleven years after the Twin Towers fell, the final portion of the $700 million New York project to build an underground 9/11 museum remains incomplete, as city, state and federal governments disagree over who pays for what and for how long. Gwen Ifill talks to the New York Times' Charles Bagli about the current challenges.

Romney Knocks Obama’s Immigration Move but Struggles to Offer an Alternative Plan

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Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s decision to stop deporting some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children as an election-year political move, but he repeatedly declined in an interview Sunday to lay out an alternative plan.

Second-Guessing President Obama

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President Barack Obama has long made clear he doesn’t like the Washington echo chamber. And, lately, the Washington echo chamber doesn’t think much of him, either. A series of stubbed toes, so-so polls and sour headlines is serving to remind Obama’s re-election team of an iron law of politics: When your luck turns cold, everyone’s a critic.

Will Obama's Attacks on Romney Backfire?

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As the presidential campaign veers off onto the Bain Capital ramp, the predictable arguments ensue: Is the turn simply a political attack meant to distract from bad economic news? (So says Mitt Romney). Or is it an important, valid argument at the heart of the contest? (So says President Barack Obama.)

History's Romance: Why Politics Past Beats Politics Present

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Is it just my imagination, or have politics and politicians grown smaller?

I've been flirting with this conclusion after diving into two enjoyable presidential history books by night while covering 2012 politics by day. The books, Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power" and "The President's Club" by Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, take us inside the West Wing in a way screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s fictional White House never could.

Summer 2012 Reading List

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Looking for some good summer reading? Check out the books Gwen and the Washington Week panelists recommend for the beach, the car, the plane or the pool. From fiction to politics, history to biography, there is something for everybody. The smartest reporters in Washington, D.C. bring you their suggestions for the summer's best reads.


George W. Bush Endorses Mitt Romney

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As presidential endorsements go, this one could hardly have been more low-key. ABC News caught up with former president George W. Bush in an elevator in downtown Washington on Tuesday and asked the question that elicited the sound bite. “I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush said, just as the doors slid shut.

Bush Dips a Toe Back Into Washington

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In the three years since he left office, former President George W. Bush has largely stayed out of the political arena. He has spent his time mapping out his library, making speeches, hosting injured veterans for Texas bicycle rides and making clear how glad he is to be out of the nation’s capital.

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For Some, Same-Sex Marriage Is Not Politics, It’s Personal

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Some of their best friends turned out to be gay. Or a daughter (Dick Cheney). Or a close pal (Jon M. Huntsman Jr.). Or a couple seated close by (the Maryland lawmaker Wade Kach). President Obama’s embrace of same-sex marriage rights last week instantly touched off speculation about the possible political implications, but that misses a more nuanced point.