Russell Means: 5 Little-Known Facts About a Native American Activist

The 1970s was a turbulent time of confrontation and conflict, and Russell Means  perfectly fit that zeitgeist. To Native Americans who had endured centuries of oppression, the handsome, charismatic Oglala Sioux with the waist-length braids of black hair was a mash-up of Malcolm X, Abbie Hoffman and Saul Alinsky – a once-wayward soul who found a new purpose as a militant activist and who mixed physical confrontation with political theater. As a leader of the American Indian movement, Means had …

George McGovern: 5 Things You May Not Know About Him

Sen. George S. McGovern is remembered mostly as an opponent of the Vietnam War and as the ill-fated Democratic presidential nominee in 1972. After a campaign marred by mishaps - from an out-of-control national party convention schedule to revelations that his vice presidential pick, Thomas Eagleton, had been treated for clinical depression – McGovern suffered one of the worst landslide losses in history to incumbent Richard Nixon. But that one spectacular failure belies a lifetime of achievements. McGovern, who passed away …

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

Unless 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 …

Year of the Job-Seeker

Susan Milligan is visiting six Election 2012 battleground states to talk with 50-plus voters for a report that will be published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. She posted this from a career fair in Independence, Ohio. A lot of middle-aged Ohioans are looking for jobs. While things here are better than they were – the unemployment rate statewide was 7.5 percent in March, down from a high of 10.6 percent in late 2009 – the people I …

Duking It Out Online

This 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 …

For Romney, What A Difference Four Years Makes

Mitt Romney’s “favorable” rating has been on something of a roller coaster in 2012. But the more older Republican primary voters have seen him, the more they seem to like him. Romney, who abandoned his 2008 quest for the Republican presidential nomination soon after Super Tuesday, has been doing better among 50-plus voters in the GOP primaries this year, according to exit polls. With few exceptions, Romney improved his standing among 50- to 64-year-old Republicans as well as Republicans 65 …