Resources for the 2012 federal elections

Diigo list of resources on the 2012 elections

Please note:  All links to outside resources are free to public use.  Any links those sites may have to resources for purchase are not reviewed or endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 
The New York Times has a lot of resources about teaching the 2012 elections.  Take a look at their blog post here, which offers ideas on candidate profiles, stump speeches, debate issues, and polling. 

CNN has a series of explanatory videos such as "Explain it to me: Campaign Spending" and "Explain it to me: How Candidates Raise Money". 

Here is Fox News' main website for the 2012 elections, and here is CNN's.  C-SPAN has an inclusive, interaction website devoted to the elections, which includes lesson plan suggestions.  One of them even incorporates research and social studies literacy ideas into a lesson on researching the candidates

Google has also launched an "all-inclusive" site for the 2012 elections. 

Web 2.0 ideas:
  • Follow @president on Twitter for information on the 2012 elections, or follow any of the main candidates:  
    • Democrats: (These are run by the #2012Obama campaign staff, not directly by the candidate)  @BarackObama & @JoeBiden
    • Republicans (in alpha order by last name) - as far as I can tell, these are run by the candidates/staff themselves):  @Mitt Romney  and @PaulRyanVP
  • Or, do you just want to find some hashtags to hear all the news?  Follow these hashtags on Twitter to hear the conversation! 
    • Posts with #factcheckthis will have a Washington Post fact checker watching and checking
    • #election2012
    • Or, any of the candidates' names - for example, #mittromney or #barackobama
  • Election 2012 has a Facebook page.  
  • You can find updates from multiple Twitter hashtags on the 2012 election on Storify
  • News search on Google for "2012 election".