The debate over the effectiveness of shutting down the government has divided the Republican Party, with experienced lawmakers finding it extreme and "tea party" newcomers, led by Senator Ted Cruz, saying it did not go far enough.
Both the Republicans and the Democrats celebrated several days of motivational speeches, musical performances and networking — but did the party conventions really offer anything to remember? Our analysis continues in our Special Report.
Mitt Romney has announced his candidate for vice-president: Paul Ryan, the head of the Budget Committee in Congress. Ryan's influence may finally bring Republicans together — but that's not the only advantage to Romney. Our Special Report continues.
Election 2012: Rick Santorum has ended his candidacy, meaning that Mitt Romney is likely to be the Republican nominee. How did this happen, and what will it mean for the election? Find out in our Special Report.
The media were full of reports about Rick Santorum winning Alabama and Mississippi, two very conservative states in the Deep South. The image is that Santorum has momentum and that he can catch up to Mitt Romney. The reality is a little different.