From Businessweek, a special issue on the 2012 election: Are you better off? From New York, a special issue on Nov. 6 (and Beyond): With three short weeks to go, a look at the election through the lens of politics past and politics future. Bill Berkowitz on how Sheldon Adelson obliterates democracy at home and abroad. Obama's political philosophy can be traced to the work of William James — but can a pragmatist really effect the change we need? From TNR, Nicholas Lemann reviews Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss; and the Backscratcher: Noam Scheiber reviews The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward; Alec MacGillis on Mitt Romney benefactor Robert Murray and his surprisingly generous employees (and a response); and Jonathan Chait reviews Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party by Geoffrey Kabaservice. Is there life after Mitt? You might expect soul-searching on the right if Romney loses — think again. United Swing States of America: Frank Jacobs on a presidential election battle map.

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