| Oct. 29, 2012, 1:40 p.m.
The unemployment rate is still 7.8 percent, and the gross domestic product is growing at a sluggish 2 percent. Young people graduating college canít find jobs and are living in their parentsí houses. Economies in Europe and Asia are weakening, suggesting additional problems in the year ahead for the U.S. economy.
| Sept. 4, 2012, Midnight
Did last week's Republican Convention spell the beginning of the end for national political conventions, at least in their current form? I'm not certain, but it should.
| Aug. 28, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Eight years ago, right before Republicans gathered in New York City from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 to renominate President George W. Bush for a second term, a newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Bush vulnerable and in a dogfight against his challenger, a Massachusetts Democrat.
| Jan. 2, 2012, 2:45 p.m.
Its clear that expectations in Iowa have changed recently, both for the media and for Mitt Romneys campaign.
| Aug. 12, 2011, 12:52 a.m.
With Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman not participating in what is already an event of dubious predictive value, the Iowa straw poll became little more than an opportunity to consume large amounts of beef, gossip and alcohol with my fellow journalists.