2012 Election

 
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Where’s Alexander? Part VI: Young women at helm of U.S. politics

Here twenty-something single women, an electoral bloc instrumental in President Obama’s successful re-election bid, said they could breathe a sigh of relief after the Obama-Biden ticket’s re-election this month.

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Best donors and dollars graphics

There’s no question that this was the most expensive election cycle in American history. According to the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets online database, the $6 billion spent nearly doubled what was laid out in 2000.

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  Need to Know, November 16, 2012: Money Matters: Life after Citizens United

The election was more than a week ago, but the debate continues about the extraordinary amount of money spent during the campaign season, an estimated $6 billion.

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Campaign finance panel who’s who

The 2012 election cycle cost an estimated $6 billion was spent — nearly double what was spent in 2000 according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Of course the huge increase in campaign spending follows the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling. That 5-4 decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, said restrictions on independent spending by [...]

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What effect did Voter ID laws have on the election?

Suevon Lee, ProPublica | Nov. 15, 2012 Elaine Schmottlach has been a ballot clerk in the small southeastern New Hampshire town of Nottingham for the last 25 years. Yet when it came time for her to vote on Nov. 6, she had to show valid photo identification as required under a new state law. Schmottlach [...]

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Where’s Alexander? Part V: Youth in charge

President Obama’s re-election victory shows that young people remain a focal point in the present-day American political system.

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  The road ahead

No rest for the weary may be a serious understatement. Just days after winning a second term in the White House, President Barack Obama is faced with the same Republican-led house that thwarted many of his biggest policy goals over the past four years. And time may be running out to reach across the aisle. [...]

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  A historic election

Some years ago, the famed conservative William F. Buckley told me in a public conversations that the culture war is over—and my side lost.” Had Mr. Buckley been alive, he would have looked at last Tuesday’s outcomes and said, “as I was saying…”

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  Need to Know, November 9, 2012: The road ahead

Need to Know anchor Jeff Greenfield looks at the policy implications of President Obama winning a second term in office.