Oct 26, 2012 6:16PM ET
President Obama and Mitt Romney will raise $1 billion each this election. They will spend almost all of it. It is impossible not to wonder, when contemplating $2 billion blown on ads that blare at empty rooms while people get snacks from the kitchen, why didn't the campaigns just buy us all presents instead.
Oct 26, 2012 4:20PM ET
Today in Poll Watch: Internal polls from both sides present conflicting but not-pretty pictures for Richard Mourdock in Indiana, Colorado is neck-and-neck in the presidential race, and tracking polls conflict again.
Oct 26, 2012 2:47PM ET
Right now, the conventional wisdom says that there are just nine states that might go either way on Nov. 6, meaning that if the other 41 states go the way they're supposed to, there are exactly (and only) 512 possible outcomes and Obama wins re-election in 84.2 percent of them.
Oct 26, 2012 2:17PM ET
The most amazingly, entertainingly fake video of a fake Barack Obama being born -- featuring a baby that is all cleaned up and looks about three months old -- to a fake Ann Dunham in a fake Kenyan hospital has been leaked to Vice because, wait for it, the leaker couldn't get in touch with Donald Trump.
Oct 26, 2012 2:08PM ET
With Ohio now the make it or break it state in the presidential race, its citizens are being inundated with propaganda: in fact, Julie Bykowicz of Bloomberg News reports that watching all of the presidential advertisements that aired in Ohio in the past month would take 80 days nonstop.
Oct 26, 2012 1:21PM ET
There's another big fat storm coming towards the Northeast, and of course it has political implications. What will Hurricane Sandy, aka the Snor'eastercane and Frankenstorm, do to the presidential race? And the liberal media?
Oct 26, 2012 12:36PM ET
As the outrage train over Lena Dunham's Obama ad rolls on, Eric Kleefeld at Talking Points Memo dug up something that might confuse disgusted conservatives: Ronald Reagan also made a voting as first sexual experience joke, and his was dirtier.
Oct 26, 2012 12:33PM ET
If there's no such thing as bad publicity, the National Geographic Channel's decision to premiere an action film about the killing of Osama bin Laden two days before the election was a stroke of marketing genius.
Oct 26, 2012 10:32AM ET
With national and many state polls showing President Obama and Mitt Romney in a very close race, both campaigns are arguing that the polls are concealing their strength.
Oct 26, 2012 10:31AM ET
Roger Cohen on self-absorbed foreign policy, Eugene Robinson on America's identity, Jonathan Cohn on the auto bailout, David Brooks on being moderate, and Evan Osnos on China's corruption.
Oct 26, 2012 9:07AM ET
The costliest presidential race in U.S. history has a new milestone: President Obama and his allies have cracked the billion-dollar barrier, according to separate analyses of federal campaign filings by Reuters and Politico.
Oct 26, 2012 9:06AM ET
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan doesn't like that Obama uses the government to pick which industries win and which industries lose, and Jon Stewart looked at just why it's a problem last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 25, 2012 11:38PM ET
John Sununu's appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight took an ugly turn when the normally unflappable Romney surrogate John Sununu said that Colin Powell only endorsed Barack Obama because they're both black.
Oct 25, 2012 11:09PM ET
In order to make sure the Romney campaign could aggressively go after your abused attention span during the last month of the election, Sheldon Adelson led a pack of millionaire super friends to donate a record amount of money to Romney's super PAC in the first three weeks of October.
Oct 25, 2012 9:38PM ET
President Obama teamed up with the most divisive 26-year-old in the world to make a suggestive ad encouraging young people to vote, but it seems to have upset some old conservative men on Twitter.
Oct 25, 2012 5:56PM ET
Today in Poll Watch: Two polls have contradictory results on whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is winning women, Romney has a big leg up with white voters, and PPP shows everything all tied up in North Carolina.
Oct 25, 2012 5:47PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Oct 25, 2012 5:24PM ET
To judge by just the headlines from the last few months, you'd think our election was not taking place in enlightened America, where women have been able to vote almost 100 years, but in some distant country that's still struggling with the idea that you should punish rapists, not rape victims.
Oct 25, 2012 4:34PM ET
This morning, Politico's Mike Allen gave us a slice of an upcoming Rolling Stone article in which Obama explained why kids like him over Romney. Within hours, Obama adviser David Pfeiffer was on the trail, giving the glossed-over version of quote to reporters.
Oct 25, 2012 1:53PM ET
Cisco rode its Twitter celebrity while THQ harnessed the power of fanboys (and girls) to rise in the social media rankings.
Oct 25, 2012 1:10PM ET
One of the major lessons learned as the newspaper endorsements of the presidential candidates continue to roll in is that editorial boards are not swing voters.
Oct 25, 2012 11:58AM ET
Even though almost every single poll and early voting points to President Obama winning Ohio's 18 electoral votes, it hasn't stopped Democrats from hitting panic button over their quadrennial fear of Republican-controlled voting machines.
Oct 25, 2012 11:17AM ET
Mitt Romney and allied Republican funds had $169 million cash on hand as of October 17, BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller reports. That means they have 20 days to blow all that money, or $8.5 million a day, and sadly, they won't spend buying presents for you and all your friends.
Oct 25, 2012 10:23AM ET
E.J. Dionne Jr. on the right wing, Amy Sullivan on Mourdock, Richard H. Thaler on entrepreneur safety nets, Greg Lukianoff on free speech at college, and Pete Early on the mentally ill.
Oct 25, 2012 10:14AM ET
The Election Day cliche in a close race is that "it all comes down to turnout," but it's coming down to turnout earlier this year. Because of early voting, 6.5 million Americans have already cast their ballots.
Oct 25, 2012 9:49AM ET
Just days ago, Nate Silver wrote in the New York Times that "if only women voted, President Obama would be on track for a landslide re-election, equaling or exceeding his margin of victory over Senator John McCain in 2008." Today, a new Associated Press-GfK poll, cited by CBS News, indicates that that gender gap is "all but gone."
Oct 25, 2012 9:25AM ET
People in America agree on two things, Jon Stewart said last night on The Daily Show: popcorn is corn and counts as a vegetable and we should help veterans.
Oct 25, 2012 8:55AM ET
He broke party lines in 2008 and he's not looking back: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for president this morning, saying he inherited a terrible economy and has only just begun to turn things around.
Oct 25, 2012 6:46AM ET
Michael Bloomberg sat down for wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic's James Bennet for this month's cover story and was not shy with his thoughts on why journalism stinks, Romney has a "genuine" problem, Twitter is ruining government, and Obama doesn't deserve any credit for killing Bin Laden.
Oct 24, 2012 11:02PM ET
In a matter of hours, CNN published and removed a story about how hormones influence women voters, one that made claims about how women tend to lean liberal when ovulating because they "feel sexier."