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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: poll dancing in the US

Examining the current presidential polls in the US, Japan’s enormous deficit (and deadlocked parliament) and other political views from around the globe.

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Rundle: vanishing motels in Ohio and the Right’s new ground

In a culture shifting from production to consumption, from place to cyberspace, from goods to services, the new ground is literal-minded religion. How else to explain Republicans’ war on abortion and rape?

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Rundle: in Jesus country, it’s time to elect an American resident

See the thing is when you start to let Jesus in a little bit, he gives you a little bit, and then you use that to get more, and it just keeps on going.” Somewhere out of Daytona Beach, the taxi whizzing through the flatlands, I realised the trip was going to be trouble. There […]

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Rundle: Romney’s soft money (and Andy Griffith) hit Obama hard

Barack Obama might have raised more money, but it’s the Super PACs pushing Mitt Romney to the line harder. The final days will be a battle of TV ads.

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Rundle: a conservative Heritage in knife-edged DC

If Barack Obama goes down Democrats may reflect on why they cannot combine reason and emotion. Our correspondent visits a gathering of conservatives in DC.

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Rundle: direct democracy, through a laid-back dope haze

This was not what the founding fathers had in mind on direct democracy; our correspondent ventures inside a laid-back rally aimed at softening cannabis laws.

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Rundle: prepare for a minority-voted president, America

Barack Obama continues to slide into the polls — perhaps out of favour with the country overall. How will the US handle a president the majority of people didn’t vote for?

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Rundle: on a Virginia night, Romney’s nerdshow rolls on

Virginia is a microcosm of America: an urbane north and rural south. Guess who turned up to see Mitt Romney? It was short but, to the faithful, perfectly sweet.

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Rundle: Romney sorta won the debate because Obama didn’t

Mitt Romney won the debate for the simple reason that Barack Obama lost it, our man in the US reckons. And the latest polling shows voters tend to agree.

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Rundle: Obama did better, but this was no home run

Republican Mitt Romney exposed his neck in the second US presidential debate in New York today, but Barack Obama didn’t sink his teeth in. Our man watched on from a bar in Brooklyn.

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Rundle: Obama brings it in Romney rematch

Expectations are high ahead of Obama versus Romney rematch this afternoon, the second of three presidential debates. Mitt’s in striking distance of the White House and Barry couldn’t possible do worse this time.

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From the vault: meet blowsy Evan and the deep disquiet of Tea Party faithful

Despite looking like a spectacled jewalike, our correspondent infiltrates a Tea Party-aligned poll squad on the US campaign trail. But will Rundle miss out on the juiciest bit?

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Google gets it wrong on Romney

Richard Farmer prepares to don the hat of embarrassment, after Crikey readers voted that the Prime Minister’s stirring misogyny speech would actually do her any good electorally.

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Rundle: Obama’s ‘diffident professor’ act misfires in Ohio

With debate terrors behind him, Barack Obama is back in the territory that won over America four years ago, at thousands-strong campaign rallies still pining for 2008’s candidate. It’s not the same.

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Rundle: polls return to Romney as he finds foreign fire

The polls are returning to Mitt Romney. And despite the capture of Osama bin Laden, Barack Obama has questions to answer on foreign policy.

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Rundle: 90 minutes is a long time in US politics …

From a debate week disaster, to the latest job figures “boom”, Barack Obama is riding the yo-yo of break-neck politics. Guy Rundle writes from the US presidential campaign trail.

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Women aren’t destroying the joint, they’re deciding who runs it

Women voters could make or break the US presidential result. Tanja Kovac takes a look at gender-based campaigning in the US, and gleans some lessons for Australia.

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NMaybe, just maybe, Obama had something on his mind

Polling suggests 67% of the 62 million viewers scored yesterday’s US presidential debate as a win for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama. After surveying Denver we’re not so sure.

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Rundle’s verdict: where’s the zinger? Debate ends in a draw

An assertive Mitt Romney fired up in the first US presidential debate tonight — but it probably wasn’t enough to eat into a lacklustre Barack Obama’s lead.

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Outside the airport, everything is a disappointment

God, the debate is a few hours away and I’m still at the airport. Spiritually speaking.

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Presidential debate in quotes: who owns the middle class?

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney vied for the middle class vote in their first presidential debate today. Here’s what they said.

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Memo to Obama: what to say in debates

A memo presented to Obama’s team ahead of today’s presidential debate contains interesting suggestions on how centre-left parties should present themselves. Read the memo here.

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Voter ID issue hits US election (but won’t help Mitt)

Voter ID and voter suppression have re-entered the political debate in the US — but it won’t help Mitt Romney win Pennsylvania. Crikey begins its swing of the battleground states.

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Rundle: Mitt hits the fan as swing states lean to Obama

It doesn’t look good for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party. And there’s a host of excuses why. Crikey previews the race before landing stateside this week.

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If Obama stays home the Senate could be the fight

With the Democrats post-convention bump settling into a nice two-to-three lead in the presidential race, Obama is starting to breathe a little easier. But the real fight might be in the Senate.

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