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Vets Seek Specifics On How Candidates Would Help

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Military veterans across the country have a whole range of concerns this election season, from the high rate of suicide to special challenges for female vets. But like everyone else, they're especially concerned with health care and jobs.

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Candidates' Views On Poverty Get Little Attention

Monday, October 15, 2012

Neither President Obama nor Republican Mitt Romney has focused much attention on the poor. They've talked about creating jobs and opportunity, but mostly for the middle class. Advocates say Obama's stimulus spending has helped, but Republicans argue that government aid helps keep people in poverty.

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The Not-So-Great Communicator: Is Obama Overrated As A Speaker?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Since becoming president, Obama's rhetorical triumphs have been just that: moving speeches delivered on ceremonial occasions. When it comes to policy and attempts to move public opinion, the silver-tongued Obama has largely been absent.

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What's All This Malarkey About Malarkey?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Malarkey is "meaningless talk, nonsense." Vice President Biden said that's what GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was spreading. Where the word came from is a bit of a mystery.

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5 Takeaways From The Vice Presidential Debate

Friday, October 12, 2012

Neither Vice President Biden nor GOP Rep. Paul Ryan gave any quarter Thursday night. The two men were pointed and at some points personal in discussing their differences across a broad range of domestic and foreign policy issues.

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Transcript And Audio: Vice Presidential Debate

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Transcript of the debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

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Wonkfest Or Slugfest? Anticipation Mounts Ahead Of Biden Vs. Ryan

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Vice presidential debates are often quickly forgotten, but tonight's matchup โ€” featuring what one pundit calls "probably two of the most substantive vice presidential candidates we've ever had" โ€” will likely be widely watched. Both men are steeped in policy but offer big contrasts in styles.

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Tale Of The Tape: The VP And His Challenger

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vice President Biden and the Republican hoping to replace him, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, face off for their sole debate Thursday in Danville, Ky. Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two men.

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Jack Welch Says He Was 'Right About That Strange Jobs Report'

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The former General Electric CEO joined others in raising questions about Friday's report and whether it might have been skewed to boost the president's campaign. Obama administration officials have rejected such talk. But Welch is still asking questions.

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Romney Shows His Soft Side; President Tightens His Pitch

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney showed his softer side and President Obama got to his points more quickly in Tuesday appearances on the campaign trail. Romney was in Iowa; Obama, in Ohio.

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Sesame Workshop To Obama Campaign: Leave Big Bird Out Of It

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Sesame Workshop asked President Obama's campaign to take down an anti-Mitt Romney ad featuring Big Bird. Since the first presidential debate, Obama has used a remark Romney made about the Sesame Street character to mock Romney.

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Is The V.P. Debate A Sideshow Or Something More?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

In the past 35 years, there have been memorable moments in vice presidential debates, none greater than Lloyd Bentsen's "You're no Jack Kennedy" jab at Dan Quayle. But do they affect the election results?

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Candidates Tout Different Routes To 'Energy Security'

Friday, October 05, 2012

Mitt Romney has stressed ways of further increasing domestic production, while the president says better gas mileage and lowering consumption are important as well.

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For Obama, 7.8 Could Be Lucky Number

Friday, October 05, 2012

The latest jobs report was good news for President Obama and not so much for Mitt Romney, whose campaign has been predicated on the argument that a bad economy requires a change in White House occupancy.

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Obama Aims Post-Debate Barbs At Romney As Many Ask: Why'd He Wait?

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The day after his widely panned debate performance, President Obama went on the attack.

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Don't Confuse Us With Facts: Why Debates Are All About Style

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The verdict is in, and Mitt Romney has been declared the winner in last night's debate. Was it a case of style over substance?

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Transcript And Audio: First Obama-Romney Debate

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Transcript of the first debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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How Politicians Get Away With Dodging The Question

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

In political debates, candidates frequently avoid uncomfortable topics by diverting the conversation to an unrelated strength. Many politicians hire debate coaches who have perfected this technique, called "the pivot." So why do these dodges usually evade our cognitive radar? A psychologist explains.

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Judge Puts Pennsylvania Voter ID Law On Hold Through Election

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Officials can still ask for identification, the judge rules, but cannot invalidate anyone's vote for lack of an ID card.

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Obama, Romney On Taxes: Similar Plans, Few Details

Monday, October 01, 2012

Both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney agree: America's tax system is too complicated. Both men have outlined changes that are broadly similar, although they have some important differences. But both candidates run for cover when asked about the tax breaks they want to eliminate.

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