euronews US election 2012

Two days after the US election, it is the turn of China to choose a new leader…(seen by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf) 

Two days after the US election, it is the turn of China to choose a new leader…
(seen by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf) 

Our illustrator Etienne Barthomeuf had a plan B

Our illustrator Etienne Barthomeuf had a plan B

Barack Obama re-elected president of the United States (seen by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf)

Barack Obama re-elected president of the United States (seen by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf)

US elections D-Day (Picture by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf & Raf)

US elections D-Day (Picture by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf & Raf)

yahoopolitics:

“I’ve watched over the last few months as our campaign has gone from a start to a movement. It’s not just the size of the crowds. It’s the conviction and compassion in the hearts of the people,” Mitt Romney said today at a rally in Portsmouth, N.H. “It’s made me strive to be more worthy of the support I have received across the country and to campaign as I would govern, to speak for the aspirations of all Americans, not just some Americans.”

With three days to go, Romney calls his campaign a ‘movement’ Holly Bailey

usatoday:

The best photos from the race to the White House: http://usat.ly/TEfEP5
(Top left: AP photo. Others: Getty Images.)

usatoday:

The best photos from the race to the White House: http://usat.ly/TEfEP5

(Top left: AP photo. Others: Getty Images.)

campaignmoney:

“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.”
(Politico)

campaignmoney:

“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.”

(Politico)

journo-geekery:

WaPo INTERACTIVE: Make Mitt Romney’s tax plan add up!

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.

journo-geekery:

WaPo INTERACTIVE: Make Mitt Romney’s tax plan add up!

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.

sunfoundation:

A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

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.

sunfoundation:

A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

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.

motherjones:

We really are reaching campaign-meme critical mass.
(via)

motherjones:

We really are reaching campaign-meme critical mass.

(via)

election:

How Will the Animated GIF Affect the Presidential Election? from PBS’ Idea Channel

(Source: gov)