Presidential Politics Strain Facebook Friendships

We've all had them — those people in our Facebook news feeds whose political updates we find abhorrent or stupid or just plain irritating. But with Election 2012 drawing nigh, such updates seem to have increased tenfold, leaving us with that mighty modern quandary: To block or not to block? Or perhaps even – gasp – to unfriend altogether?

Fact Check: Martha Raddatz Got It Wrong on Medicare and Social Security

“Let’s talk about Medicare and entitlements. Both Medicare and Social Security are going broke and taking a larger share of the budget in the process. Will benefits for Americans under these programs have to change for the programs to survive?” – Martha Raddatz, vice presidential debate, Oct. 11, 2012 It’s a given that political candidates will misrepresent facts and spin them to their own advantage. That’s what we’ve come to expect when candidates meet face-to-face for a debate. Watching a …

How Not to Be Fooled By Campaign Ads

This is the time of year when many of us begin to dread the commercial breaks in our favorite TV shows. We know that we’re going to hear tense, horror-movie soundtrack music. We’ll see a grainy, unflattering black-and-white photo of some candidate. The photo will be emblazoned with headlines condemning the candidate’s record of shameful failures or conscience-shocking offense. Sometimes the ad has been authorized by the candidate’s opponent; often, though, it turns out to have been paid for by an …

Not Yet Registered to Vote? In Most States There’s Still Time, But You’d Better Hurry

One strange and sometimes troubling thing about American democracy is that a lot of us don’t participate in it. According to a 2006 Pew Research Center study, about one in five adults aren’t registered to vote, and another 23 percent are “registered but rare” voters, who hardly ever show up at the polls. It’s as if we’ve forgotten that there were was a time, not that too long ago – 1964, to be exact – when three American heroes named Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael …

Obama, Romney Spar on Medicare, Medicaid and Health Care Law at First Debate

President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney donned their blue and red ties, respectively, and took to the stage Wednesday evening for the first presidential debate of Election 2012. With little more than a month before Election Day, it was interesting to finally see the two men come face to face. In the 90-minute televised debate broadcast from Denver, Obama and Romney covered ample issues of import to older adults, including Medicare, Medicaid, health care reform and Social Security.

Presidential Debate #1: Obama and Romney on Medicaid

Debate #1 moderator Jim Lehrer devoted a segment to the national debt. The discussion turned to Medicaid. Obama on Medicaid Romney on Medicaid See also: Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on Medicare Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on the health care law Join the online discussion Election 2012 Debate Season