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  1. what a depressing election
    John Heilemann Talks Double DownA highlight reel of our national affairs editor’s media appearances.
  2. bons mots
    Michele Bachmann Has Low Self-Esteem“God, I’m a loser.”
  3. Mitt Romney Mocked Chris Christie’s Weight Behind His Back“Guys! Look at that!”
  4. The Huntsmans Lied Their Way Through the 2012 RaceLike father, like son. 
  5. election hangover
    NYC Still Counting Ballots From 2012 ElectionMore than 400 ballots just turned up.
  6. stuck in the mittle
    John Heilemann on Morning Joe: Romney Was ‘An Unlikely Fit’ for GOP“It’s the era of Occupy Wall Street and the tea party and you’ve got a guy who represents — more than anything — the one percent.”
  7. 2012
    Heilemann: Harsh Realities for the GOPIf Republicans continue to lose Latino voters, the GOP will become “an extinct party.”
  8. election day
    Video: Hoboken Residents Found It Difficult to ‘Shift to Election Mode’Voters head to the polls with last week’s storm still first on their minds.
  9. the end is near
    Video: A Two-Minute Look Back at the 2012 Election That WasA mere year and a half ago ago, it felt like this day might never come.
  10. master debaters
    Obama’s ‘Battleship’ Zinger Wasn’t Out of LineIn the third debate, Obama “indulged in zingers” to cast his opponent as a relic of eighties foreign policy.
  11. 2012
    John Heilemann on Morning Joe: Breaking Down the Pre-Debate PollsObama-Romney tied at 47 percent. Ironic?
  12. master debaters
    Video Recap: The Second Presidential Debate in Under Three MinutesAlternate title: Pardon the Interruption?
  13. master debaters
    Heilemann: Debate Is Obama’s Biggest Challenge“The badness of Obama’s first debate performance has sunk in.”
  14. master debaters
    Video Recap: The Vice-Presidential Debate in Three MinutesIt was more than just a Joe Biden giggle-fest.
  15. master debaters
    Heilemann: Biden Will Get Personal at Debate“If he doesn’t talk about his mother, father, children, grandchildren, and grandparents tonight, I will be shocked.”
  16. loud noises
    What Was That Strange Noise During the Presidential Debate?Daily Intel investigates.
  17. master debaters
    Video: The First Presidential Debate in Less Than Three MinutesIn which we learn President Obama actually likes the term “Obamacare.”
  18. master debaters
    Watch As Chris Matthews Grows Increasingly Upset Over Obama’s Debate Performance“I don’t know what he was doing out there.”
  19. master debaters
    Ann Romney and Michelle Obama on Debate AnxietiesAnn shows her “uh-oh” face, and Michelle explains why a debate is the worst way to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
  20. stuck in the mittle
    Heilemann: ‘47 Percent’ Remark Hurt GOP SupportThe comments were “politically toxic,” Heilemann said.
  21. 47 percent
    Romney Remarks More Damaging Than Obama’sJohn Heilemann and Jonathan Chait weigh in.
  22. 2012
    John Heilemann on Morning Joe: Romney’s Candid Camera Moment“He seems small.”
  23. 2012
    John Heilemann: Romney’s Bungled Libya ResponseHeilemann wonders if we will look back on Romney’s response as the moment he lost the election.
  24. republican national convention
    GOP Convention Word of the Day: WORK!You can work, work hard, and then work harder.
  25. 2012
    GOP Convention Word of the Day: S-U-C-C-E-S-S!It’s not a bad thing.
  26. campaign 2012
    Michelle Obama Is Not Watching the GOP ConventionBut there might have been some Todd Akin talk in the White House.
  27. 2012
    GOP Convention Overused Word of the Day: FreedomShocking!
  28. early and often
    So, What’s Barack Obama Up to These Days?With eyes on Isaac and the RNC, the president is campaigning at colleges and unleashing new ads.
  29. 2012
    John Heilemann: Paul Ryan Was Hardly a ‘Courageous Choice’ for Mitt RomneyVoters have yet to hear very specific plans from the VP pick.
  30. early and awkward
    Watch Paul Ryan’s Delightfully Midwestern Response to Hecklers “These ladies must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin.” Ya burnt!
  31. r&r
    Obama Team ‘Could Not Be Happier’ with Ryan Pick“They think [Ryan] is a gift to them.”
  32. it’s the economy
    Heilemann: Obama Shouldn’t Talk Up the EconomyHe’ll be regretting it for the rest of the election.
  33. 2012
    Obama Sitting Pretty in Three Swing States: PollThe president is leading Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.
  34. veepstakes
    Heilemann: Why Jindal, Ryan Look Good to Romney“You can’t underestimate how much the Romney campaign is worried about conservative enthusiasm right now.”
  35. stuck in the mittle
    Romney Advisers Discuss ‘Anglo-Saxon Heritage’“The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”
  36. stuck in the mittle
    Frank Rich on Face the Nation: Bain Capital Issue Confuses Voters“The problem for Romney is a lot of Americans don’t really know him, and Bain is the biggest part of it.”
  37. stuck in the mittle
    Mitt Romney Responds to Bain AttacksRomney states over and over that he had no real role at Bain Capital after February 1999.
  38. stuck in the mittle
    Hugo Chávez Remark Sparks Foreign Policy Bickering Between Romney and ObamaRomney says Obama is insufficiently alarmed about the Venezuelan leader.
  39. the most important people in the world
    Roseanne Barr on Short List of VP CandidatesFor the Green Party, that is.
  40. 2012
    New York Is Now a Battleground State — in Fight for the House, at LeastProbably as close as we’ll come to seeing how the swing voters live.
  41. fun-raising
    Romney Campaign’s June Fund-raising Haul Beats Obama’s by $35 MillionOutpacing the president for the second straight month.
  42. stuck in the middle
    Maryland Teens Reenact Romney Haircutting Prank During ParadeIt cuts deep.
  43. early and awkward
    Ohio Man Challenges Obama to Arm Wrestling for VoteObama: Nay.
  44. 2012
    Romney Turns Anti-Obamacare Sentiment Into Fund-raising SpikeMore than 30,000 people have donated so far.
  45. health care
    Heilemann: Romney Will Make Hay With Health CareWhile the Obama campaign will champion other parts of the health care reform.
  46. 2012
    Heilemann: Bain Attacks Will ContinueBecause it’s working!
  47. 2012
    Supreme Court Strikes Down Most of Arizona’s Immigration Law [Updated]The “show me your papers” part of the law can move forward, but may be subject to future legal challenges.
  48. early and awkward
    Top West Virginia Democrats RSVP ‘No’ to DNC ConventionCiting … anything else.
  49. 2012
    David Maraniss Q&A on Barack Obama: The StoryThe author talks about the lead-up to his new book and the president’s reelection chances.
  50. stuck in the mittle
    Mitt Welcomed With ‘Romney Go Home!’ Chants at Ohio Campaign StopRomney spoke from the bed of a pickup truck.
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