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Headed for a Showdown on Gun Control

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 9:13 pm (UTC+0)

Real Shift or just Another Tragedy?Little kids. First graders. Gunned down in their school in Newtown, Connecticut. There is a something haunting about this incident that just seems too horrible to even grapple with. A town is shattered and a nation is in shock just as Christmas approaches. Sorry, this is such a downer but […]

Obama’s Second Term Focus

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 7:04 pm (UTC+0)

Storm Clouds on the Horizon   President Obama’s most important priority as he starts his second term is dealing with the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ — $600 billion worth of tax increases and spending cuts that will go effect on January 1st unless Congress can reach a compromise to cut the budget deficit. A lot of […]

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Political Lessons From 2012

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 8:47 pm (UTC+0)

Do’s and Don’ts for the Future More than anything else, I think the underlying message of the 2012 presidential campaign is that how the two main political parties adapt to the changing demographics of the United States will largely dictate future success.  Republicans were flummoxed that the Democratic coalition of 2008 came out again in […]

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Four More Years

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 9:44 pm (UTC+0)
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Compromise or More Gridlock? And so in the end, the public opinion pollsters and the Obama campaign were right.  The margins held in the key battleground states and the Obama camp did an amazing job of not only identifying their supporters but making sure they got out to vote.  In short they schooled the Republicans […]

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Election Day Guide

Posted November 5th, 2012 at 10:01 pm (UTC+0)

What to Watch For Since all the public opinion polls and experts are predicting a close race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney Tuesday, it might be worthwhile to highlight a few things to look for as Election Day and Election Night unfold. Early on, watch the state of Pennsylvania.  Mitt Romney […]

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Into the Final Days of the Campaign

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 7:43 pm (UTC+0)

  Slight Edge to Obama We’re in the home stretch now and most of the indicators point to a small but persistent lead for President Barack Obama in most of the handful of states that will decide the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday. The latest Quinnipiac/CBS News/New York Times public opinion poll of three key […]

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Countdown to History

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 8:24 pm (UTC+0)

Obama-Romney Race Could be Closest Race Since 2000 One way or the other, history will be made on November 6th, Election Day in the United States.  We’ll know soon enough, but if Republican Mitt Romney is able to defeat President Barack Obama that day, he would become the fourth presidential candidate to oust an incumbent […]

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Now the Final Push

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 8:12 pm (UTC+0)

Dead Heat with Two Weeks to Go If you had told me a month ago that President Barack Obama would be seen as the winner in two of his three debates with Mitt Romney, and that Vice President Joe Biden would be given the edge in his showdown with Paul Ryan, I might have concluded […]

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Obama’s Electoral Edge

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 8:18 pm (UTC+0)

Romney’s Narrow Path to the White House Now we’re getting to crunch time and the presidential election is all about Electoral votes and which candidate wins which states.  Remember that in America’s presidential election system, you can win the national popular vote and still lose the presidency.  If you don’t believe, that just ask Al […]

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Obama’s Debate Comeback

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 6:59 pm (UTC+0)

But Will it Shift the Race?   Whoa! Who was that guy Tuesday night?  He was like night and day compared to the first debate.  Barack Obama brought his “A game” to the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York, and in doing so it’s possible he saved his presidency.  But let’s not […]

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Jim Malone

Jim Malone

After a stint in the Peace Corps in Swaziland, Jim joined VOA in 1983 as a reporter and anchor on English broadcasts to Africa.  He served as East Africa correspondent, then covered Congress in the early 1990’s.   Since 1995, Jim has served as VOA national correspondent responsible for coverage of U.S. politics, elections, the Supreme Court and Justice Department.  Jim has been involved in VOA’s election coverage since the 1984 presidential campaign and has co-anchored live VOA broadcasts of numerous national political conventions, candidate debates and election night coverage.


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