The Latest: October 2012

Government / Elections / Politics
Live Chat 2:30 p.m. ET: How is Big Money Changing Our Elections?

Join a chat for "Big Sky, Big Money" with the film's correspondent Kai Ryssdal, producer Rick Young and ProPublica reporter Kim Barker. Wednesday 10/31 at 2:30 pm ET. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
More Evidence Key Dark Money Group May Have Misled IRS

Western Tradition Partnership's alleged big donor says he has actually never heard of the group. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Citizens United and the Rise of the Campaign… Stalker?

Armed with high-definition cameras, their job is to follow and film everything a political candidate says and does. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Chat Transcript: Targeting the Electorate

Join a live screening and chat for "The Digital Campaign" with the film's correspondent Hari Sreenivasan. Tonight 10/29 at 7:00 pm ET. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Mysterious Docs Found in Meth House Reveal Inner Workings of Dark Money Group

Boxes of records turned over to Montana authorities show that a top person from Western Tradition Partnership interacted with candidates and helped shape their election efforts, possibly violating laws that bar coordination between campaigns and outside groups (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Family of Executed Texas Man Seeks to Clear His Name

Eight years after Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for the 1991 arson-murder of his three young children, his surviving family members asked the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to pardon him posthumously yesterday. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
U.S. Sues Bank of America for $1 Billion Over Mortgage Sales

Prosecutors have charged the bank with fraud for the sale of "defective" home loans. (read more »)

Live Chat 2 p.m. ET Thursday: Inside the Climate Wars

Join a live chat on "Climate of Doubt" with the film's producer Catherine Upin and correspondent John Hockenberry. We'll also be joined by New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

How Does Climate Change Factor into Decision 2012?

Last election season, presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain agreed that climate change was a critical issue demanding urgent attention. Four years later, both candidates Obama and Mitt Romney barely discuss climate change. (read more »)

How Al Gore Galvanized the Climate Change Movement — On Both Sides

When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, "An Inconvenient Truth" -- the blockbuster documentary about former Vice President Al Gore's crusade to draw attention to the threat of global warming -- received three standing ovations. (read more »)

Race / Multicultural
What’s Changed for Immigrants in Detention?

After abuses were uncovered, the Obama administration called for an overhaul of the immigrant detention system. But how much has changed? (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
“Dark Money” Group Central to Citizens United May Have Misled IRS

A western nonprofit that played a key role in freeing corporate spending on elections nationwide appears to have misled the IRS when it applied for the tax-exempt status that shields its donors from being publicly disclosed. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
Aspen Dental Facing Class-Action Lawsuit

The suit accuses one of the nation's largest corporate dental chains of illegally owning dental practices and of deceiving patients. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Should Campaign Donors Be Disclosed?

A new Marketplace story asks whether anonymity is detrimental or essential to the political process. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
9/11 Mastermind Harangues U.S. Gov’t at Guantanamo Hearing

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said the government stretches the definition of "national security" to justify killing and torture. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
Court Ruling Could Undermine Charges Against 9/11 Defendants

An appeals court in Washington, D.C. yesterday handed down a decision that could undermine some of the charges in the Guantanamo military commission trying 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Is This Man To Blame for the Attack on Pakistani Schoolgirl?

As the world closely watches the fate of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl fighting for her life after being gunned down by the Taliban last week, the pressure is on Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Ohio’s Early Voting Upheld by Supreme Court

Early voting can continue in Ohio for all voters, after the Supreme Court declined (pdf) Tuesday to consider a case … Continue reading (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
Guantanamo Hearings Proceed Despite Health Concerns

Motion hearings for the military commission trying 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants begin here today, and the proceedings are beset with controversy before the court is even in session. (read more »)

Dropout Nation’s Marcus Finally Gets to Play Ball

When we last saw Marcus, the stubborn, charismatic student in Dropout Nation, he had just punched another kid in the face two hours before the school year ended, an act that jeopardized his chance to stay in school and play football. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Citizens United Lets Unions Canvass for More Votes

When it came to asking for votes, unions once could only knock on their own members' doors. Not anymore. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Sneak Preview: The First 10 Minutes of “The Choice 2012″

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have spent years crafting their campaign narratives. Tonight, FRONTLINE takes you behind the slogans and behind the spin to present definitive portraits of the two men competing to lead this country. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Paths to Power: Obama/Romney Artifacts Discussion Week 3

We released six more "Artifacts of Character" this week, looking back at Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's paths to power and public identities. Now, a small group of the country's leading journalists covering the candidates weigh in on this week's artifacts. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact 14: A Governor’s Legacy

Mitt Romney's official gubernatorial portrait depicts him casually perched on a desk next to two objects: a photo of his beloved wife Ann and a bound copy of the 2006 health care reform law that was his crown policy achievement while in office. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact 13: Portrait of a Future President

As a state senator, Obama hung two pictures in his Springfield office that said a lot about the man he was, and who he wanted to become. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
Senate Report: Massive Post-9/11 Surveillance Apparatus A “Waste”

Today a Senate committee published the searing results of a two-year investigation concluding that fusion centers have "not produced useful intelligence to support Federal counterterrorism efforts" and have "too often wasted money and stepped on Americans’ civil liberties." (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact 12: Letters From Romney’s Mission to France

At age 19, Mitt Romney set out for France to begin 30 months of missionary work for the Mormon church. Each day, he would wake at 6 a.m., eat breakfast, study his bible, and then go door-to-door looking to win over converts. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact 11: Obama’s Early Impressions of Chicago

In this rarely seen letter, written while he was a community organizer in Chicago, Obama is still very much the writer, scribbling eloquent descriptions of his new hometown on yellow legal paper. (read more »)

Controversial Teenage Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Canada

A juvenile when he was arrested, Omar Khadr's case has been a lightning rod in the debate over post-9/11 detention policies. His treatment in detention and his family's connections to Al Qaeda have only added to the controversy. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
New Mortgage Task Force Charges JPMorgan With “Systemic Fraud”

The lawsuit is the first filed by a federal mortgage task force established by the Obama administration to investigate alleged fraud involving home loans. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Blocked for Nov. Election

A judge ruled that Pennsylvania's voter ID law can't be implemented fairly in time for the presidential election in November. (read more »)

FRONTLINE Wins Two News and Documentary Emmys

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Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact 10: Mitt Romney’s Olympic Pins

By 1999, following a crushing defeat in his bid to take the Senate seat of Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) almost five years earlier, Mitt Romney felt he had only one option left to remain in public life: becoming the CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Artifact Nine: Obama’s Big Political Play

Obama learned from his first big loss to Bobby Rush. Before he launched his next political campaign, he engaged in some political maneuvering that would allow him to run for, and win, a seat in the U.S. Senate. (read more »)



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