Barack Obama re-elected president of the United States (seen by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf)
A “so-LOL” selection of pictures of the US election campaign by Buzzfeed. “The 20 Weirdest Photo Moments Of The 2012 Campaign. This election got seriously weird. Let’s reminisce.”
Imagine… Wednesday morning… The United States wakes up. But neither Obama nor Mitt Romney has been able to claim a majority. Honors even, 269 Electoral College votes to 269. What next? euronews has the answer » http://bit.ly/QfZCLW
(Picture by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf & Raf)
The best photos from the race to the White House: http://usat.ly/TEfEP5
(Top left: AP photo. Others: Getty Images.)
“A full 86 percent of Obama’s television advertising and 79 percent of Romney’s has been negative, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political advertising. By comparison, Obama and John McCain had spent an average of 69 percent of their TV budgets on negative ads by this point in 2008, and George W. Bush and John Kerry had spent 58 percent in 2004.”
The last time the tax code got a deep clean was 1986. Since then, it’s been clogged back up with deductions, credits, and loopholes that have made tax time a burden for individuals and tax decisions distortive for businesses. Eliminating many of these special carve-outs would pay for a reduction in tax rates, deficit reduction, or perhaps even both.
But the minute one moves from that vague goal of making the tax code simpler into the knotty questions of what provisions of the tax code ought to be eliminated, the broad consensus breaks down. Should the next president limit the mortgage-interest deduction, and if so, by how much? Should he end the charitable deduction? What about the tax-free status of employer-provided health benefits?
The reason for trying to fill Romney’s tax plan—as opposed to Obama’s second-term plan—is that you can try filling the shortfall with a mix of tax cuts and tax increases of various types. It explores the different party approaches and their feasibility for the current budget (setting aside the longer-term impact). WaPo and Ezra Klein offers three generalized packages but also the ability to select options in each category.
If only ballots included stuff like this, just for measuring support.
Explore political ad spending through creative cartography. This animated map shows where superPACs and other outside groups spent their money — over a six-month period during the general election — to air political ads aimed at influencing the presidential race.