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    SLIDESHOW: The Second Presidential Debate in Pictures

    Words played an important role at the second presidential debate, but images mattered as well. Given the town-hall format, both President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney moved around, engaged each other and attempted to connect with the 82 undecided voters at Hofstra University as well as the millions watching … More

    WORD CLOUD: Obama and Romney at the Second Presidential Debate

    Long Island’s Hofstra University was the scene of the second presidential debate this election cycle. This time the questions didn’t come from a moderator but from undecided voters of Nassau County, N.Y., whose questions were screened by CNN’s Candy Crowley. These uncommitted voters, selected by Gallup, did in fact, “drive … More

    Heritage Experts' Roundup of the Second Presidential Debate

    Obama’s Questionable Embrace of Free Enterprise In his closing argument, President Obama presented himself as a champion of free enterprise. Then came the ominous “but”: “But I also believe that everybody should have a fair shot and everybody should do their fair share and everybody should play by the same … More

    INFOGRAPHICS: Federal Spending by the Numbers 2012

    Several key questions still remain to be asked of President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney during tonight’s debate. Among them: What would each of them do to reduce the growing burden of federal spending on American households? In 2012, the federal government spent $29,700 per American household. Of that amount, … More

    Kaiser Study on Medicare Assumes Seniors Don't Like Lower Prices

    The Kaiser Family Foundation just released a study that grossly misrepresents the premium-support model of Medicare reform and apparently misunderstands normal market dynamics and the differences between efficiency, choice, and higher premiums. The Kaiser study assumes that an entire class of Americans—senior citizens—is insensitive to price. In reality, seniors are … More

    Presidential Debate Prep: Understanding Obamacare's $716 Billion in Cuts to Medicare

    As the Medicare debate intensifies, there still seems to be popular confusion regarding the $716 billion in “savings” from Obamacare’s Medicare payment cuts. Let us end the confusion. Which Parts of Medicare Will Be Cut? In Obamacare, the payment cuts are across-the-board cuts (modifications of Medicare’s complex payment formulas) made … More

    Presidential Debate Prep: Schools Should Trim Education Jobs

    Calls to spend more on teachers are likely to come up in tonight’s debate. More likely still, we’ll hear accusations that Governor Mitt Romney wants to slash education spending by 20 percent. This figure is a reference to the House of Representatives-approved budget, authored by House Budget Committee chairman Paul … More

    Sequestration: Spending Cuts Needed, but Get the Policies Right

    Tonight’s presidential debate is a good opportunity for President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to tell the nation what they would do about our spending crisis and the looming fiscal cliff—in particular, the problem of the automatic defense budget cuts. Leadership on this issue is crucial. Some conservative lawmakers are … More

    Questioners at Tonight's Debate Face $4,492 Tax Increase Next Year

    President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney won’t be the only people in the spotlight at tonight’s presidential debate in Hempstead, NY. About 100 undecided voters from Nassau County on Long Island will have an opportunity to ask Obama and Romney questions in the town-hall format. These voters were selected … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Issues That Haven't Come Up in the Debates

    Tonight’s presidential debate is the last one that will include questions on domestic policy. The previous presidential and vice presidential debates covered a host of issues, but there are key questions still to be answered. Heritage experts submitted five issues below—with questions—that it is important to discuss before the debate … More