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Romney Conflated Different Groups With '47 Percent'

In secretly-recorded comments released Monday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney referred to some 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax, are dependent on the federal government for assistance, and will vote for President Obama no matter what. Something near 47 percent falls in each category, but they are three distinct groups.

Romney's '47 Percent' Argument Counterproductive

Robert Siegel talks with Jonah Goldberg, National Review contributing editor, about the video released Monday of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking to supporters at a private off-the-record fundraiser. In the video, Romney said nearly half of Americans believe they are victims and dependent on the government. He is not planning to apologize for the comments, but admitted that they were not elegantly stated.

Romney's '47 Percent' Comments Complicate Swing-State Fortunes

Republican Mitt Romney's characterization of 47 percent of Americans as people who believe they are victims may hurt him in the short run. His problem: There's not much more campaign left than a short run. Here's a look at how the controversy is playing in eight battleground states.

Full Romney Video Puts Comments In Context

Mother Jones released the full video of Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraising event in May that included the clips they made public of Mitt Romney commenting on the "47 percent." NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving talks about the tape and how it could affect the presidential campaign.

Are SuperPACs Good For Democracy?

Money has been flowing through this election season like never before. Some say unfettered political spending is a necessary part of free speech; others argue that approach drowns out many voices. A panel of experts takes on the topic for Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Mendelson Takes Reins As D.C. Council Chairman

Council member Phil Mendelson is taking over for Kwame Brown, who retired as council chair in the wake of his conviction this summer.