The 2012 Election

The 2012 election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Congressional, state and presidential elections will be held nationwide. Agencies and the federal workforce continue to be hot-button issues for candidates.

Analysis: Obama is using the permacampaign to change Washington from the outside

December 11, 2012 The president aims to win the fiscal-cliff debate the same he won the election -- barnstorming through battleground states and email-blasting supporters.

The final election receipts exceeded $2 billion

December 7, 2012 The Romney campaign had a surge of $86 million raised between October 18 and November 26.

The Plum Book web app is searchable and mobile-native.

The 'Plum Book' is out in print and digital formats

December 3, 2012 2012 edition features searchable Web app.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan meet up in D.C.

November 29, 2012 Romney was in town for lunch with President Obama.

“As he seeks to replace Cabinet officers, I would urge him to seek people with managerial experience in [running] large, complex organizations,” Elaine Kamarck said Wednesday.

Mr. President: Look inside agencies for leaders

November 28, 2012 Obama should tap talented agency personnel with management know-how in second term, say two former government officials.

Obama, Romney to meet Thursday at the White House

November 28, 2012 President has said he's interested in his former opponent's ideas on government reform.

Feds worry transition to second Obama term will break their stride

November 26, 2012 Key concerns are lack of transparency and communication from leaders, survey finds.

Senate moves to Defense bill, sort of

November 15, 2012 Real work may begin after Thanksgiving.

No honeymoon period ahead for Obama

November 15, 2012 At press conference, no time to savor solid victory and no claim to exaggerated mandate.

Obama seeks Romney's help on government reform

November 14, 2012 On the campaign trail, Romney pledged to consolidate and possibly eliminate whole agencies.

Ryan: No mandate for Obama in election

November 14, 2012 The Wisconsin congressman maintains objections to raising taxes.

Poll: Majority bracing for spending cuts and tax hikes in January

November 14, 2012 Americans would blame congressional Republicans over Obama.

Reports: Susan Rice is favorite for State

November 13, 2012 If nominated, she would face a tough confirmation hearing.

As Campaign Fades Away, Secret Service and Facebook Abandon Romney

November 13, 2012 How does a billion dollar presidential campaign shut down? Fast.

Youths Carry the Vote, Research Study Says

November 12, 2012 The idea that young people don't vote might have been put to rest in 2012.

Wearing campaign shirts no longer violates Hatch Act, OSC says

November 9, 2012 Feds still prohibited from canvassing for party or group.

Analysis: A perfect new mission for Eric Holder

November 9, 2012 The attorney general has the chance to build a lasting legacy as a defender of voting rights. How? By leaving his current post to take up a new one.

Condoleezza Rice: GOP must adapt to 'changing demographics'

November 9, 2012 Party is losing 'important segments of the electorate,' former secretary of State says.

Expect big differences in Obama's second-term Cabinet

November 8, 2012 In some ways, transition will be harder than building a team from scratch.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most high-profile of the Cabinet members likely to step down.

Obama's Cabinet: Six seats likely to change

November 8, 2012 State, Treasury, Defense, Energy, Transportation and Commerce could see new secretaries.

Barack Obama spoke in Chicago after he won reelection Tuesday evening.

Federal employees rank high on list of Obama campaign donors

November 8, 2012 State and Justice staffers gave the most in 2012 cycle.

Senate leader says he's ready to deal, suggests House speaker is too

November 7, 2012 Reid says Americans are 'tired of partisan gridlock.'

Analysis: Expect more of the same from the 113th Congress

November 7, 2012 If you didn’t like the 112th Congress, you'll hate the 113th.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. makes her victory speech after winning the race for Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seat.

One in five U.S. Senators will be women next term

November 7, 2012 The number of women in the Senate will rise to 19.

Elizabeth Warren open to compromise on deficit

November 7, 2012 Left-leaning Democratic senator-elect says she'll work with Republicans.

Senator-elect Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Partisans argue over the 'mandate' question

November 7, 2012 Voters want 'cooperative government,' Democratic senator-elect for Virginia says.

Obama drops in on a cabinet meeting in April.

What Obama's second-term Cabinet might look like

November 7, 2012 If history is a guide, big changes are likely in the works.

Federal employee groups laud Obama victory, seek to end pay freeze

November 7, 2012 Leaders say elections show Americans reject negative view of government and its employees.

The new Congress: Nine things to know

November 6, 2012 Congress is still the same bundle of dysfunction and dyspepsia that it was on Tuesday.

Obama wins victory, but mandate is a different story

November 6, 2012 In a capital as polarized as Washington, even a landslide victory and detailed campaign platform wouldn’t secure a president’s agenda.

Obama wins reelection: how he did it

November 6, 2012 He made the election a pass-fail test on Romney’s character.

Treasury Secretary gears up for fiscal cliff showdown

November 6, 2012 Timothy Geithner will be heavily involved during the lame-duck session in providing technical economic-policy advice within the administration.

Obama’s victory gives management reformers breathing room

November 6, 2012 Second term could bring pay thaw, defense drawdown, reorganization and solidified performance goals.

Democrats poised to retain control of Senate

November 6, 2012 ABC News and NBC News called Maine's Senate race for former Gov. Angus King, an independent.

A sign shows voters the poling place in Scranton.

Voting has been particularly confusing in battleground states

November 6, 2012 Pennsylvania voter-identification law is not in effect, but has caused delays.

Obama and Romney Offer Dueling Closing Arguments in Op-Eds

November 2, 2012 CNN is giving both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney a chance to spell out their "vision for America."

Democratic fundraiser Harvey Weinstein funded the film.

Bin Laden raid movie features Obama

October 24, 2012 Democratic fundraiser and director claim film is not politically motivated.

Vice presidential candidates square off after debate

October 23, 2012 Ryan calls Obama's approach 'naive,' Biden says Romney mostly agrees with president.

Post-debate polls of voters declare Romney the winner

October 4, 2012 Romney also improved image, likeability say uncommitted voters.

Romney slams Obama’s approach as 'trickle-down government'

October 3, 2012 Candidates spar over role of government but don’t give specific federal workforce proposals much air time.