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Understanding the Presidential Debate Game

Posted on 10/2/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf you’ve watched a few presidential debates over the years, you’ve probably been a bit puzzled by some of what takes place. Why do the candidates stand stiffly at podiums, instead of relaxing in chairs? Since it’s supposed to be an argument, why don’t they actually just talk to each other? Who writes the questions, and are they a surprise to the candidates, or do they get to see them in advance? Why are the Democratic and Republican candidates invited, but not …

5 Ways to Stay Out of the Presidential Debate Spin Cycle

Posted on 10/1/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWith President Obama holding a narrow lead in the polls and looking to close the sale, and challenger Mitt Romney searching for a game-changing big play, the stakes in this year’s presidential debates are probably even higher than usual. The initial debate, which will focus on domestic policy, takes place on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) in Denver, with PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer moderating. From PBS, here’s a preview of the debate. Even before the candidates meet on stage, both campaigns are furiously trying to …

5 Cool Ways to Follow the 2012 Elections Online

Posted on 09/28/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf you’re a fan of Saturday Night Live, you may have gotten a chuckle from the spoof advertisement poking fun at what political pundits call “low information” undecided voters. “Before you’re going to get our vote, you’re going to have to answer some questions,” the ad explains. “What are the names of the two people running? And be specific!” But seriously, though, unless you’re filing an absentee ballot from a desert island without Internet access, there’s really no excuse for being a …

New Poll Shows Significant Age Divide on GOP Medicare Plan

Posted on 09/27/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News The Republican proposal to change Medicare that has been championed by GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan remains unpopular with Americans, although younger people are more receptive to it than older ones, according to a new poll. Only 37 percent say that the program should be changed to a “premium support” system in which the government provides beneficiaries with a fixed amount of money to buy coverage, either from traditional Medicare or private …

In the Presidential Election, Age Does Matter, But Only If You’re . . .

Posted on 05/30/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsUnless you bend over backwards to avoid reading about politics (in which case, would you be here?), you probably know that President Barack Obama does better among younger voters than Mitt Romney, and that Romney does better among older voters than Obama. Consider, for example, Gallup’s analysis of more than 15,000 daily tracking interviews with registered voters conducted from April 11 to May 16, 2012. It shows Obama and Romney tied at 46 percent each. Among voters aged 18 to …

Duking It Out Online

Posted on 05/3/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThis year’s presidential campaign, more than any in history, will play out on a digital battleground — everything from the candidates’ own websites to Facebook and Twitter and anything, really, that comes to us byte-by-byte. Digital ads have joined television and radio ads as instruments of political persuasion and propaganda. E-mail is crowding out direct mail in the same way. Even fundraising has moved increasingly online, where campaigns can collect money (in mostly small amounts) nearly as fast as they …