Political Capital

BEES

A construction worker hauls lumber during the framing of a new townhouse in Chantilly, Virginia.

Photograph by Paul J. Richards/AFP/GettyImages

A construction worker hauls lumber during the framing of a new townhouse in Chantilly, Virginia.

Virginia is for Lovers — and Haters — of the Economy

Virginians could be forgiven for feeling a bit schizophrenic about their state’s economy: Two top Republicans have delivered seemingly opposite messages in recent television ads. A few months ago, Governor Bob McDonnell appeared in an upbeat ad to deliver a reassuring...

Read more »


President Barack Obama prepares to board Air Force One to Ohio for campaign stops in Mansfield and Akron.

Photograph by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

President Barack Obama prepares to board Air Force One to Ohio for campaign stops in Mansfield and Akron.

Ohio: One in 10 Open to Persuasion

In Ohio, where President Barack Obama is campaigning for reelection today and where a new poll shows him holding an advantage over Republican Mitt Romney, there is room to move between now and November. While 87 percent of the likely...

Read more »

Employees work on fiberglass fabric in a wind turbine blade mold made for General Electric Co.'s renewable energy business at TPI Composites Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Newton, Iowa.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Employees work on fiberglass fabric in a wind turbine blade mold made for General Electric Co.'s renewable energy business at TPI Composites Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Newton, Iowa.

Obama’s Iowa Stage, Romney’s Colorado Platform: Different Pictures

Colorado and Iowa: The stages for Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign for president, and for President Barack Obama’s campaign for re-election today. Romney plans a “town hall”-styled event at Central High School in Grand Junction, which generally opens a candidate to questions...

Read more »

A Ford Motor Co. Mustang at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

A Ford Motor Co. Mustang at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Swing-State Economy Shown in Polls

As a dear old newsman once asked, “Ever wonder why?” In an election contest dominated by the state of the American economy — with unemployment hovering above 8 percent nationally, and voters nationwide voicing mixed approval for President Barack Obama’s...

Read more »

Crash test dummy hands labeled before being packaged for spare parts at the Humanetics Innovative Solutions facility in Huron, Ohio.

Photograph by Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Crash test dummy hands labeled before being packaged for spare parts at the Humanetics Innovative Solutions facility in Huron, Ohio.

Obama, Romney Tackle Ohio: No. 5

Ohio. Historically, a must-win for a Republican presidential candidate. In practice, a big get for a Democrat. It’s also No. 5 on another important list, Bloomberg’s State of the States — read on. Both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt...

Read more »