Election 2012

Karl Rove's Historically Colossal Waste of Money

Karl Rove is the co-founder and senior advisor to American Crossroads, a multifaceted organization that has raised massive amounts of money in order to get Mitt Romney elected to the presidency. That did not work out. Here's how much the super PAC spent on Romney.

Would Democracy Work Better If You Could Buy More Votes?

In Tuesday's election, millions of eligible voters didn't care enough to vote. Millions more were so energized they'd have voted twice if they could. So why not let them? University of Chicago economics professor Glen Weyl thinks letting people buy extra votes could be good for democracy, and our budget issues, too.

Election 2012, As Seen From a Poll Worker's Seat

Usually, reporter Bruce Watson covers events like today's election from a journalistic distance. This time, he'll be a bit more hands-on, as a first-time poll worker. To do so, he'll be balancing two agendas: Making sure that everybody who wants to vote is able to, and making sure that every vote is legitimate.

Fact-Checking the Presidential Debate

Voters didn't always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night before their last super-sized audience of the campaign. A few of their detours into domestic issues were problematic too.

Congressional Budget Office Warns of Recession in 2013

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is warning that if $607 billion in tax increases and spending cuts all hit as scheduled, the U.S. will likely go into recession in 2013. It's a "fiscal cliff" we don't have to jump off.

Perry's Flat Tax Plan: Big Savings, Bigger Costs

On Tuesday, Texas Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry finally entered the tax debate with "Cut, Balance and Grow," a startling new flat tax plan that borrows freely from Herman Cain's 9-9-9 proposal. But would it help American workers, or slash, topple and shrink the U.S. economy?

Is President Obama's Second Term in the Bag?

You might think Yale economics professor William C. Fair is a bit crazy. After all, he's predicting that President Obama will cruise to reelection in 2012. However, Fair has a good track record of predicting presidential outcomes based on his economic model.