10 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About the Election
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To raise a global, well-informed citizen, try these ideas to engage children big and small in the United States' biggest poli…

  • Who deserves your vote?

    Who deserves your vote?

    2012 presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney clash on the topics that matter most to you. Consult this crucial cheat sheet before you cast your vote.

    By Lauren Panariello

    1. Abortion

    Obama: Pro-choice. He strongly supports Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, and says he'll continue federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    Romney: Pro-life. Despite recent remarks that he has "no legislation with regards to abortion...that would become part of my agenda," Romney has called Roe v. Wade "one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history" and believes abortion access should be decided by each state. (BTW, He later back-tracked on his most recent comments, saying that he would govern as a "pro-life president.") He also wants to stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    2. Equal Pay

    Obama: Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which ended the 180-d

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  • Could you be with someone on the other side of the political fence?

    During the last election, my neighbors Mark and Jennifer were at odds with each other. They had been married for over 25 years and always voted for the same party. This year was different. Mark was voting for McCain, and Jennifer was voting for Obama.

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    Jennifer and Mark work together in their family business and have raised four great sons. Jennifer tends to be outspoken and sees the world in black and white, right and wrong. Mark is much more easy going and flexible. Like other couples they have overcome challenges yet still remain devoted to each other.

    Mark had mentioned to me that he was planning to vote Republican this year. I didn't know how they were handling their differences but one day as I walked past their front yard I noticed two political signs in their yard. They were shoved into the ground right next to each other.

    I smiled because it looked as if someone had measured the distance from the st

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  • A breakdown of the top issues that affect parents and kids. Will this change how you vote?

    By Leah Rocketto for TheBump.com

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    Still unsure who you'll vote for on November 6? Learn where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stand on issues that matter to moms.


    Romney thinks there needs to be better - not more - teachers in the schools in order to improve America's academic performance. Romney wants schools to recruit the best candidates and then evaluate the teachers to make sure they continue to meet educational standards. He is also a firm proponent of standardized testing, and as governor of Massachusetts, he required high school students to pass a standardized test to graduate. That being said, he doesn't feel education is something that can be handled at the federal level; rather, it should be handled state-to-state. His biggest proposal for public education, however, deals with disadvantaged and disabled students. If elected, Rom

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  • Martha Raddatz steers the conversation between Congressman Paul Ryan (left) and Vice President Joe Biden on Oct. …

    As viewers analyzed Thursday night's vice presidential debate, one thing became clear: While they may be divided over whether Vice President Joe Biden or Congressman Paul Ryan won the debate, most people thought that the moderator, Martha Raddatz, hit a home run.

    Missed the debate? Read the complete transcript here

    Raddatz corralled the candidates with her take-charge attitude, asking pointed questions and cutting them off when they took too much time to respond. After veteran moderator Jim Lehrer's laid-back performance with the presidential candidates, Raddatz's assertiveness took many by surprise—especially those who didn't know her background.

    Who is Martha Raddatz?

    An Emmy award–winning journalist with a reputation for being both fearless and fair, the 59-year-old mother of two (Greta Bradlee, from her first marriage to Boston Globe projects editor Benjamin Bradlee Jr., and Jake Genachowski, from her second marriage, to current FCC head Julius Genachowski), lives with her third

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  • Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention with her daughters Malia (left) and Sasha (center) on Sept. …

    When it comes to raising her girls, First Lady Michelle Obama says that she's much like any other parent.

    "My life is no different from any other mother's. Mine is just more public," she told Yahoo! Shine before a rally in Leesburg, Virginia, this week.

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    While other parents don't have to deal with being in the spotlight -- during the Democratic National Convention, Mrs. Obama said, she was sitting in the audience urging her daughters to smile and "just look like you're listening!" -- she insisted that she faces "the challenges, the worries that we all have."

    "We are really all working for the same thing, fundamentally," the first lady explained. "I just don't think that we're that far apart when we get a chance to sit down and actually talk to each other."

    Related: Ann Romney reaches out to women online

    On Tuesday, Yahoo! Shine caught up with the first lady to do just that. While the conversation touched on political

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