He's been a congressman, a governor, the head of a bank and now he wants to be president. Buddy Roemer of Louisiana was running as a Republican. He's now seeking the nomination of Americans Elect: a new online platform for third-party candidates.
A growing debate over the politicization of think tanks is pitting scholarly-oriented purists against politically-minded advocates. Kojo explores the role DC's many think tanks play in policy and politics.
One Republican who didn't seize on the chance to to jump on Obama for his open-mic remark to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev was Speaker John Boehner who rarely misses a chance to use Obama as a political foil, and vice versa.
The number of Americans who call themselves independents is at a record high. But they're not the huge, impressionable bloc of swing voters you might think. Political scientists say most of these voters are what they call "closet partisans" — people who identify as independents but actually vote quite consistently for one of the two main parties.
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