Features related to election 2012

Lawrence Lessig TED talk: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim
June 11, 2013 | Blog

The academic and political activist will be talking about the corrupting influence of money on our political system and how we can take our democracy back from the billionaires. Continue reading

A copy of a campaign finance report from the super PAC "Vermonters First." October 2012. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
March 19, 2013 | Blog

“Follow the Money.” Deep Throat’s famous words are even truer today; money remains at the root of corruption in government and politics. In this audio interview, Los Angeles Times journalist Matea Gold talks about investigating Washington’s money trail. Continue reading

Students from the Progress Village Christian Academy get their first chance to play on a new playground built by volunteers in in Tampa, Fla. September 2011. (Brian Blanco / AP Images for Rebuilding Together)
November 28, 2012 | Q&A
What can we learn about Congress on the playground? Can our representatives work together — or do they need a giant time out?
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November 16, 2012

Former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter refutes the claim that money made little difference in the most expensive election in American history. Continue reading

A copy of a campaign finance report from the super PAC "Vermonters First." October 2012. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
November 14, 2012 | Blog
Americans across the political spectrum are in favor of scaling back the amount of money going into campaigns.
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November 9, 2012

Bill looks beyond the 2012 election with insight from the veteran journalist. Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama attend the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. October 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
November 9, 2012 | Q&A

Nick Nyhart, CEO of Public Campaign, argues we need to “get the small money in, and the big money out” of our campaign finance system. Continue reading

Ai-jen Poo
November 7, 2012 | Group Think
The activist says the diversity of the winning majority holds the seeds of a new America.
Simon Johnson
November 7, 2012 | Group Think
The economist and author says the re-elected president has a great opportunity to mend our budget.
Heather McGhee. Photo credit: Dale Robbins
November 7, 2012 | Group Think

The activist says we now have an opportunity to turn the campaigns that ignited a generation into an enduring force for change. MORE

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November 7, 2012 | Group Think

The author is waiting for President Obama to focus on people who are struggling to get by and to bail out his real constituency. MORE

Voters wait in line outside of a tent serving as a polling site in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island, New York because the original voting station was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. November 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig).
November 6, 2012

New Yorkers head to the polls, some in tents or in the dark. Continue reading

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November 5, 2012

If we’ve learned anything from the 2012 race, it’s that American politics have gotten way out of our control. Our guest Tom Engelhardt says that, like our sodas and our military, our elections have become “supersized.” Continue reading

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October 31, 2012 | Blog
Year-to-date spending totals for this year's election have exceeded spending for the past six elections combined.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes a stop at Millie's to talk with voters before attending a fundraising event in Nantucket, Mass. August 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 29, 2012

Tom Englehardt looks at the political landscape and asks: How big can one election get? Continue reading

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