In Iowa, President Obama's re-election campaign is already in gear, with staff and volunteers on the ground.
The Obama campaign hopes its head start over the campaign of Republican Mitt Romney — who until recently had been focused on fending off GOP opponents — will make the difference in November in this swing state.
The Obama campaign headquarters in Des Moines is a former Blockbuster Video store, where this week a couple of dozen 20-somethings tapped away at laptops, painted signs by hand and worked the phones.
Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Graphic-Novel/dp/1848566948/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_9"> </a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Graphic-Novel/dp/1848566948/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_9"> </a>Pride and Prejudice and Zombies</em> and <em>Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter</em>.
I know it's strange to be thinking about October right now, but whenever I write, in a way that's always where I am. Growing up in Connecticut, it always held a special place in my heart — "a rare month for boys," as Ray Bradbury begins Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Commuters immersed in their smartphones ride the subway in Beijing.
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Actress Isabelle Fuhrman, one of the stars of <em>The Hunger Games,</em> kicks it old school when it comes to communication: "I don't like to text; I use it to make plans with people, but I prefer to call. You can hear the intonation in their voice and you can really connect to them."