Although voting problems in Tuesday's election were fewer than some people had expected, there were extremely long lines at many polling sites; so many that President Obama noted them in his victory speech.
"I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time," he said, adding, "by the way we have to fix that."
Louisiana voters have approved a constitutional amendment to strengthen already strong gun possession rights in the state.
The amendment eliminates language in the Louisiana Constitution that allows passage of laws prohibiting concealed weapons. It also includes a requirement that any gun restriction laws be held to a tough judicial standard.
Most of Louisiana's Republican congressmen had an easy time of things in their re-election bids, but that couldn't be the case for U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry, who will face each other in a December runoff to decide who returns to Washington for another term.
The two men were forced into the same 3rd District when Louisiana lost a congressional seat after the latest federal census. Three other contenders were in the race, and neither congressman was able to win outright in Tuesday's election.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:55 pm
Now that the election is over and we have a winner, we can move on to consider questions that are of concern to any presidency. In fact, the question I'd like to consider today goes to the very core of scientific research and the way it functions in modern democracies, fomenting intellectual and technological innovation.
Are scientists who receive funds from the government free to create?
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:20 pm
In the year and a half leading up to last night, NPR's Election and Washington teams worked nearly non-stop: producing live coverage, special series, profiles and reports of the politics taking shape across the country. And many others in the media stopped to take notice. So, with winners decided in the majority of elections, take a look back at a selection of coverage about NPR News "Election 2012":
You swore your allegiance. You voted. Perhaps you even volunteered your time. But your candidate just lost. What do you do now?
Some psychologists say you can look to the coping tactics of die-hard sports fans, who generally have to deal with defeat more than once every four years.
Play the blame game: You can blame the defeat on someone or something other than your candidate, says Tufts University associate professor of psychology Sam Sommers. In sports, you can blame factors like weather, an injury, or — most often — the referees.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:46 pm
Republican strategist Karl Rove's on-air refusal to accept his own network's election night call putting Ohio in President Obama's win column dominated the blogosphere Wednesday.
And, why not? Rove's Crossroads political money empire had showered Republican candidates with close to $300 million this election cycle, a funding gusher courtesy of the 2010 Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and other recent court decisions.