1. The Week’s latest mini-podcast, on how the leaders of the free world say “I’m sorry.”

    Watch Reagan’s, Clinton’s, George W. Bush’s and Obama’s mea culpas here.

    Listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.

     


  2. There’s no denying it: The National Rifle Association has won — again. Even though more than 3,000 Americans have died via gun violence since 20 children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, the NRA has somehow managed to triumph. The victims’ families and gun-control advocates have lost. Forget an assault weapons ban — or any other serious gun regulation. It’s not happening.
    — Joe Gandelman says the NRA has already won
     


  3. The idea that Romney — who is running on the strength of his record as a manager to replace Obama — could keep titles at, earn from, and own a major company for years while at the same time doing nothing to run or manage it, is not something that will be easily absorbed by your average worker. That is not how most workplaces run (those no-show jobs on The Sopranos excepted). But at the very highest levels of American business, things work differently, apparently.

    Explaining the complexities of this business arrangement to the American people will be as complicated for Romney as explaining away the overseas accounts he legally opened. It’s not the legality of the strategies that’s at issue so much as how foreign they will seem to most Americans.

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    Garance Franke-Ruta at The Atlantic

    When Mitt Romney retired from Bain: 4 reasons why it matters

     

  4. "What remains"
    Glenn McCoy © 2012 Universal Press Syndicate

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  5. While we are glad that Governor Romney recognized the power of the black electorate, he laid out an agenda that was antithetical to many of our interests. His criticism of the Affordable Care Act — legislation that will improve access to quality health care for millions — signals his fundamental misunderstanding of the needs of many African Americans.
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    NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, quoted in National Journal.

    Can Mitt Romney win without winning over minority voters?

     

  6. In the past four years, young adults have come of voting age “with views shaped largely by the recession,” reports Susan Saulny in The New York Times

    Today’s 18- to 24-year-olds support Obama over Republican rival Mitt Romney by just 12 percentage points — half his lead among voters aged 25 to 29 — and among white college-age voters Obama and Romney are essentially tied. Probably not coincidentally, the unemployment rate for 18- and 19-year-olds is 23.5 percent, and 12.9 percent for those 20 to 24.

    Will a lousy economy cost Obama the youth vote? 

     

  7. One thing the media can agree on: No one wants to read about Mitt Romney. 

    BuzzFeed compared two similar photo sets portraying the early lives of the presidential nominees, and found the Obama series drew 10 times as much traffic as Romney’s.

    Romney has roughly a 50-50 shot to be the next leader of the free world. So why isn’t anybody interested in stories about him? 

     

  8. A Romney supporter dons an autographed hat; Michelle visits a bakery; Mitt carries donuts to his staff; and the president visits the Vietnam Memorial.

    Find more in our Campaign Photo Diary, and bookmark The Week’s Election Center for all our latest coverage.

     

  9. Is it too late for the GOP to kill ObamaCare? 

    A looming Supreme Court decision could strike down ObamaCare, and Republicans are vowing to repeal it. Still, key elements of President Obama’s signature health-care reform law might be here to stay. Three of the nation’s biggest insurers — UnitedHealth, Aetna, and Humana — said this week that they would keep some of the legislation’s most popular provisions, such as letting young adults stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26, regardless of what happens to the law. And even some Republicans in Congress are softening their opposition to some aspects of the law, such as mandated coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions.

    Has the window has closed on Republicans who want to scrap ObamaCare entirely?

     


  10. Thus, presidential politics 2012 style: Bonehead comment. Rival attack. Clarification. Repeat. Clinton, Obama, and Romney are, of course, at fault for saying such dumb things in the first place, but much of the media is also to blame for fanning the flames and pandering for viewers and pageviews by playing up the drama and not the substance of the matter at hand.
     

  11. "Tweeting it in," Chip Bok
    © 2012 Creators Syndicate

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  12. You know it’s a slow news day when all anyone wants to debate is whether President Obama intended to make an oral sex joke.

     


  13. I think Obama’s record is such a burden to him that he has no real choice but to go negative and go negative hard, which to a great extent he has.
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    Fox News analyst Brit Hume

    Is going negative the only way Obama can win?