• Obama's electoral college edge

    If we elected the president by popular vote, we would have heard some different spin going into the debates. With the presidential election looking closer in the national polls than it does in the swing states, the pressure on Mitt Romney from his party and the pundits alike would have been rather less demanding.

  • Health care's direction in doubt as election nears

    What happens when a politician, a professor, a judge and a historian appear together on the same stage? It’s hard to say. And that pretty much sums up Tuesday's discussion under the banner “Election 2012 and the Future of Health Care.”

  • Which candidate will fare better in the debate?

    CNBC’s John Harwood, The Washington Post’s EJ Dionne and Rep. Tom Price discuss Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama’s strengths and weaknesses for the upcoming debate.

  • Defining the debate game

    In this week’s debate, Mitt Romney has too much to do. President Obama has a great deal to lose. Romney’s is the most difficult position. Obama’s is the most dangerous.

  • The NFL owners got flagged

    When even Scott Walker and Paul Ryan kind-of, sort-of side with labor against management, who knows what else is possible?

  • Is the American Dream Dead?

    A recent report by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce found that employment among people who didn't attend college has been flat since the recovery began, meaning people who lost their jobs can't find new ones.

  • The Sergent Theorem and Romney's troubles

    Should Obama hold his current leads and prevail, this election will challenge quite a few electoral models rooted almost entirely in economic determinism.

  • Can this election settle anything?

    The most important issue in the 2012 campaign barely gets discussed: How will we govern ourselves after the election is over?

  • Week In Politics: The '47 Percent,' Senate Races

    Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney's "47 percent," new polls on the presidential race, and close Senate races.

  • Economy leaves many returning students disappointed, deep in debt

    The weak economy and high unemployment have prompted many adults to head back to the classroom, armed with the promise that more education will bring them a higher paycheck and increased job security. But now, some are learning the hard way that just earning a degree isn’t a guarantee of a good paycheck -- or any paycheck at all – when the job market is so difficult. That’s leaving many Americans saddled with high student loan debts and frustrated by low job prospects.