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      By James Pogue Feb 19 2013

      Disasters Made in Bangladesh

      We still don't know exactly how many of Swapna's coworkers were killed at the Tazreen Fashions factory on November 24, 2012. She was sewing shorts—"half-pants," they're called in Bangladesh—when on the ground floor piles of yarn and acrylic fabric began t…

      By James Pogue Feb 19 2013
      By James Pogue Nov 10, 2012

      On the Road with Obama and Romney - Reelection

      It's a little underwhelming, a re-election. We wake up and, give or take a few Senate seats, we're exactly where we were. Wednesday was a sunny day in Cincinnati, though I slept through most of it. I went out in the afternoon to buy the paper and pack of

      By James Pogue Nov 10, 2012
      By James Pogue Nov 6, 2012

      Voter Suppression: Did It Happen in Ohio?

      We watched a Republican poll worker reject a black girl with a blonde dye job and a pink hoodie. The 866-OUR-VOTE people caught her on her way out and asked why she'd been rejected. She was vague on the reasons. They told her to go back in and insist. She…

      By James Pogue Nov 6, 2012
      By James Pogue Oct 29, 2012

      On the Road with Obama and Romney - Part VI

      Romney talked for too long—the cadets were scratching themselves and glancing around by the end of his speech. The candidate outlined his vision, which was essentially peace through respect. Or peace through fear, if you want to put it that way. There's p…

      By James Pogue Oct 29, 2012
      By James Pogue Oct 22, 2012

      On the Road with Obama and Romney - Part V

      I started thinking about writing an obituary for George McGovern four days ago, when the news came out of Sioux Falls that the senator was in hospice and, as the family put it, "nearing the end." But I waited too long, and I know that now every politician…

      By James Pogue Oct 22, 2012
      By James Pogue Oct 16, 2012

      On the Road with Obama and Romney - Part 4

      The first Obama-Romney debate dirtied the robes of majesty. That, I think, was the great loss for the president in it. He spoke with Romney as though the machine of power really was something they could just tune up, and that has never really been this pr…

      By James Pogue Oct 16, 2012
      By James Pogue Oct 12, 2012

      On the Road with Obama and Romney - Part 3

      I'd been asked to go see the vice presidential debates in person. Center College, where they were held, is close enough to Cincinnati to appeal to the freshman planning to drive home every weekend, and the thought was that I was already in the neighborhoo…

      By James Pogue Oct 12, 2012
      By James Pogue Oct 9, 2012

      On the Road with Obama and Romney - Part 2

      The 2001 riots, which were the single major political moment of my youth, have become an odd historical anecdote, shared by kids recently moved from Knoxville or Indianapolis—"Do you know where the last American race riots happened? Cincinnati. Look it up…

      By James Pogue Oct 9, 2012