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As Barack Obama begins his second term as the 44th president of the United States, the economy is better than it was in January 2009 at the start of his first term. But what is the state of the U.S. economy? And how might it look in the future? This post looks at some of the key economic and demographic indicators by location.[…] Continue Reading »

The election is over. All the votes have been counted (well, almost all of them). It is time to take a look at the electoral map and draw some conclusions about how Barack Obama succeeded in securing a second term in the White House.

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10 Takeaways from Obama’s 2012 victory:

  1. Obama rode to victory on the strength of the “Big City Blues” — Democratic voters concentrated in more populous areas.
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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Social Media — tracks feedback from leading marketers about social media practices and issues.

This week, we asked: Do you believe that the candidates’ social media outreach efforts will have an effect on the presidential election?

  • Yes: 68.99%
  • No: 31.01%

During the 2012 election season, candidates for president from both major parties have been pulling out the stops to engage voters on a variety of social platforms.[…] Continue Reading »

This week, the focus of U.S. politics shifts to North Carolina, as President Barack Obama leads the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The Democratic National Committee chose Charlotte as its location because North Carolina is a battleground state for the election. It is a key state that both parties think they need to win to gain the presidency.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is by Terry R. Bacon, a scholar in residence at The Korn/Ferry Institute and the author of “The Elements of Power” and “Elements of Influence.”

For the past 20 years, I have been studying power and influence among leaders worldwide. What makes some leaders more powerful than others? How do they derive their power?[…] Continue Reading »