Elections 2012 / Why It Matters

Outsourcing jobs: Why does it matter?

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why the environment matters in this election

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Americans depend on energy for everything they do

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why does cybersecurity matter in this election?

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why it atters: Labor unions

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why It Matters: Europe's economic crisis

BEDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

From words to deeds: Why election matters

Editor’s note: In this series, Associated Press writers who cover subjects at stake in the election look at the positions of the candidates, the underlying issues — and why it matters.

WHY IT MATTERS: Why does it matter that middle-class incomes are stagnating?

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: So what's the deal with illegal immigration?

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: Have defense budget cuts gone too far?

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people The issue: Is the U.S. spending enough money on defense, and is it spending it in the right ways? In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks the money spigot was turned wide open,