RSS Feed

Tagg Romney, Voting Machines And Ohio 'In Context'

Social media and the liberal blogosphere have raised questions about a Texas-based voting system company's connections to several fundraisers for Mitt Romney and Romney's son Tagg. Further stirring concern, the voting systems are used in two counties in Ohio. We look at the issue in the latest installment of our series In Context. Tamara Keith talks to Audie Cornish.

No, Romney's Son Is Not Gunning To Steal Ohio Vote By Rigging Voting Machines

Tagg Romney's private equity firm is connected to the company that makes voting machines used in a couple of Ohio counties. Therefore, conspiracy theorists say, he could fix the election in his father's favor.

Romney, Obama Take Different Spins On Jobs Report

Both candidates seized on Friday's jobs report to make the case for why they should be elected next Tuesday. Employers added a better than expected 171,000 jobs in October. But the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent as more Americans entered the labor force to look for work.

Romney Makes His Campaign's 'Closing Argument'

Mitt Romney made his "closing arguments" on the campaign trail in Wisconsin on Friday.

Campaigns Use Local Media As A Form Of 'Free Press'

In battleground states like Ohio, distant national figures running for the White House show up in person to capture the local news cycle again and again and again. The campaigns' desire to get "free media" simply by appearing is a source of excitement and exhaustion for local news organizations, which know they're being used but can't help themselves.
WAMU 88.5

One Of O'Malley's Top Aides Steps Down

One of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's top aides has resigned to take a job at a lobbying firm.


What If There's No Winner? Presidential Campaigns And Their Lawyers Prepare

With the presidential election looking to be very close, the outcome could come down to relatively few votes in a battleground state. That has the political parties, state election offices and lawyers for the campaigns preparing a post-Tuesday strategy.

Sandy, Election Could Skew Future Jobs Reports

Friday's jobs report was — in effect — a BEFORE snapshot of the U.S. economy. The Labor Department collected all of the data before Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast and before the election outcome could be known. The election adds uncertainty over the looming fiscal cliff that has made some companies reluctant to hire.

How Secure are Electronic Voting Machines?

Election Day 2012 is just around the corner, and many Americans will be casting their ballots on electronic voting machines. But how reliable are these devices? Michael Alvarez, professor of political science at Caltech, discusses the technologies at your polling station.

It's All Politics, Nov. 1, 2012

Superstorm Sandy, the October surprise no one anticipated, throws a monkey wrench into the final days of the campaign. NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving spend the final pre-Election Day podcast scouting the key presidential battleground states and have a forecast of control over the House and Senate.