This fall's presidential debates could attract the largest viewing audience of any televised campaign event. But some political scientists say the three faceoffs between President Obama and Mitt Romney (and the sole vice presidential debate) probably won't change the outcome of the election.
An attempt to purge tens of thousands of "dead" voters from its election rolls has spawned a backlash across the state, involving the registrar in the state's biggest county, the secretary of state and the Texas Democratic Party.
A mountain of unfinished business has piled up before lawmakers, but members of both parties are hoping to put it off until after the November election. Whichever party takes power then will have an advantage at the negotiating table.
Political campaigning is increasingly driven by data. Journalist Sasha Issenberg says voter outreach has shifted from a precinct-centered game to one focused on individuals' behavior. In his new book, The Victory Lab, he says the smallest changes in tactic have had the biggest impact on politics.
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have been criticized for not being approachable. Their campaigns have spent the last few months convincing Americans to like them. But in the battle for likability, Obama has one tool that Romney doesn't: beer.
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