Peering into the future

September 22, 2008

Talk show host Tyra Banks gives a crystal ball to Barack Obama.  REUTERS/Jason Kempin/Warner Bros/Handout

Part of our mission at is to help our readers anticipate what’s around the corner. We do that through expert analysis of complex stories, factboxes laying out possible scenarios for milestone events and insight from columnists such as James Saft.

Recession? Place your bets

September 5, 2008

Surprisingly dismal data on U.S. employment for August has heightened fears of a full-blown recession. To date, the economy has not met the popular definition of recession, two back-to-back quarters of declining GDP. Whether it will meet a more-nuanced definition employed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the accepted recession arbiter, remains to be seen. What do you think? Place your bet via the Reuters page on, a news prediction game. The odds shown on the live graph below fluctuate to reflect bets by the Hubdub community. You can let us know what you think of this feature in the comments below.

Inside the Tent: Frist on the “One” campaign

September 5, 2008

It’s not all pomp, parties and politics in St. Paul this week. Former senator Bill Frist talks about the One campaigns’ efforts to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty. This video was shot by Inside the Tent contributor Josh Ruxin, a guest speaker at the Republican National Convention.

Inside the Tent: Is North Carolina in play?

September 5, 2008

No way, says North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.  “But I understand why (Democrats) say it’s in play,” he tells Inside the Tent contributor John Steward. “If you eliminate Virginia and North Carolina, it’s hard for Barack Obama to get to 270 (electoral votes).”

Inside the Tent: “It used to be a great party”

September 4, 2008

Jesse Irwin talks about how supporters of Ron Paul, former Republican candidate for president, want to take the GOP back to its ideological roots. This video was shot by Kelly Nuxoll of Huffington Post’s Off The Bus, a contributor to Inside the Tent.

Inside the Tent: British Conservative Party

September 4, 2008

Philippa Broom from the British Conservative Party — invited by its sister party, the GOP, to attend the convention in St. Paul — speaks about why America’s presidential pick is important to Britain. This video was shot by Inside the Tent contributor John Steward.

Inside the Tent: Stop Bird Porn

September 3, 2008

Does the Audubon Society know about this?

Amid the anarchists, pro-life picketers and anti-war protesters at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Reuters reporter Ed Stoddard talks to a fervid anti-birdwatching activist.

Inside the Tent: Will Bush be missed?

September 2, 2008

Hurricane Gustav may have sucked some of the fun out of the Republican National Convention, but will John McCain‘s campaign miss the presence of President Bush? Inside the Tent contributor Joseph Irvine speaks with Richard Himelfarb, a professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Reuters Inside the Tent has more than 40 delegates and other attendees in St. Paul and Denver, equipped with video cameras to capture the conventions from the ground up. Irvine is not a Reuters employee and any opinions expressed are his own.Click here for a full list of contributors.Click here for more Inside the Tent blogs.Click here for more Reuters 2008 election coverage.

Inside the Tent: Reactions to Obama’s big speech

August 31, 2008

Barack Obama‘s acceptance speech in Denver — although quickly overshadowed by John McCain‘s surprise vice president choice and the looming presence of Hurricane Gustav — drew heavy praise from the Democratic faithful last week. The most common response was a single word: “Awesome.”