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  Jeff Greenfield on the muddled middle…and the base

As recently as 1976, the Republicans offered a pro-choice candidate–Gerald Ford–and a platform that simply noted widely divergent opinions. By 1980, its candidate–Ronald Reagan–was squarely against abortion, and the platform was to.


Where do Republicans stand on abortion exemption?

by Suevon Lee, ProPublica, Aug. 21, 2012, 4:41 p.m.   A Missouri congressman’s startling remarks about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy have set off a torrent of criticismfrom his fellow Republicans as well as from Democrats. And the episode has made the abortion issue an unwelcome focus for GOP candidates nationwide. Key leaders in the Republican [...]


  Jeff Greenfield on Ohio’s presidential past

A look at Ohio’s place in the history of presidential elections.


  If you’re a Republican and you believe in climate change, who do you vote for?

Virtually every GOP candidate has eschewed the science behind global warming. So if you’re green and you’re conservative, who do you vote for?


  American Voices: Gustavo Arellano on the 2012 Latino vote

Californian columnist Gustavo Arellano contributes an essay about why the GOP risks losing the Hispanic vote in the upcoming presidential election.


  Ken Herman on Rick Perry’s presidential ambitions

Alison Stewart talks to Ken Herman of the Austin American-Statesman about Governor Rick Perry’s accomplishments in Texas and his national ambitions.


Republicans offer starkly different views on Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

The GOP presidential candidates issued mostly muted responses to President Obama’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.


Is Jon Huntsman the GOP’s ‘serious’ candidate (and do they even want one)?

Jon Huntsman, a relative latecomer to the Republican presidential field, is hoping to cast himself as the grown-up in the race. But will that matter to GOP primary voters?


They had a very good year

Did you ever have one of those years when you look back and think, “Wow, the sun was shining on my face for the past 365 days”? It happened for these folks in 2010.

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