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The Man Who Jump-Started Presidential Debates

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Four years before the famous Kennedy-Nixon face-off, a student at the University of Maryland wanted to see whether the nominees in 1956 — Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson — might want to engage with students. His effort failed, but ultimately set in motion the televised debates we know today.

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To Prep For Debates, Stand-Ins Take The Stage

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Both President Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, have spent weeks preparing for the debates by facing off against fake versions of their challengers played by stand-ins. Though easily overlooked, the work of a debate stand-in is grueling.

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What Winning The 'Catholic Vote' Means Today

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Catholics used to reliably side with Democrats, in large part because of the labor union movement. But after a century of integration, the group started to look like the rest of the American constituency. But out of this population, two new voting blocs have emerged — with more reliable preferences.

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In Ohio, Obama and Romney Duel Over Trade With China

Friday, September 28, 2012

Romney and Obama are waging an ad war in the swing state of Ohio over Chinese trade. Part of the reason is that Ohio's manufacturing industry — especially for autos — is firing on all cylinders.

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New Groups Make A Conservative Argument On Climate Change

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Two new Republican groups are bucking their party's widespread rejection of climate science. They're targeting young people, warning of the national security risks of fossil fuel dependence, and touting free market ideas to deal with global warming.

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Two Plans For Fixing The Economy, But Few Details

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Neither President Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney has offered many specifics on how to fix the economy. But economists say that, based on what we do know, the candidates offer very different visions for spurring growth.

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Romney's Medicaid Remarks On '60 Minutes' Raise Eyebrows

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's not so much what Mitt Romney said about whether the government should guarantee people health care in his interview Sunday that has health care policy types buzzing. It's how that compares to what he has said before.

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Women Head For The Hill In Record Numbers

Sunday, September 23, 2012

More women are running for Congress than ever before. This year may be the product of a unique political climate, but is a broader change on the way?

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Candidates Banter Over The Best Side Of The Beltway

Sunday, September 23, 2012

President Obama and Mitt Romney seem to have switched places in recent days. The incumbent president is promising to change Washington from the outside. Meanwhile, Romney, who made his fortune turning businesses around, says he wants to work within the existing political system.

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Romney's 2011 Tax Return Gives More Fodder To Critics Who Already Had Surplus

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mitt Romney's release Friday of his 2011 tax return and a summary of his tax rate over 20 years gave friends and foes alike something to grab hold of. But not all his allies greeted the move.

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Romney's 2011 Tax Return Shows He Paid At 14.1 Percent Rate, Campaign Says

Friday, September 21, 2012

That rate is in line with earlier statements the candidate made about how much he paid in taxes last year. He's also releasing a summary of his taxes from the past 20 years — which may not satisfy Democrats who want him to offer more details.

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The Voter Veto: On Controversial Issues, More Citizens Taking On Lawmakers

Friday, September 21, 2012

In November, voters will decide whether new state laws on issues such as labor policy, immigration and gay marriage can remain in effect. They're using a process called "popular referendum." Different from a ballot initiative, it amounts to a public veto of elected officials. And its use is growing.

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Tim Pawlenty Exits Romney Campaign To Lead Bank Lobbying Group

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tim Pawlenty's resignation as co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign comes less than seven weeks before Election Day and during a bad stretch for the candidate.

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The End Of WASP-Dominated Politics

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan compose the first presidential ticket in history not to feature a Protestant. And, of course, they're running against the first African-American president. All of these individuals point to an enormous shift in American demographics and political power.

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Romney Explains Comments Again As GOP Unearths Obama Video

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The punching and counterpunching between the presidential campaigns over Mitt Romney's remarks about President Obama's supporters continued Tuesday. Romney and other Republicans tried to change the subject by citing a 1998 video in which Obama, then an Illinois legislator, talked positively about "redistribution."

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Leaked Video Shows Romney Discussing 'Dependent' Voters

Monday, September 17, 2012

Videos appearing to show Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talking candidly with wealthy donors about Obama supporters have caused a stir in the campaigns. The videos have emerged after Romney's perceived stumbles on the campaign trail.

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Despite Recent Romney Stumbles, Presidential Race Is Far From Over

Monday, September 17, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears a man under siege. But while Democrats are licking their chops and many Republicans are despairing at the state of the Romney campaign just seven weeks from Election Day, more dispassionate observers suggest that the race is still very close.

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Obama, Romney In Tug Of War Over China Trade

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Obama administration has filed a new trade complaint against China with the World Trade Organization, challenging Chinese subsidies for auto parts. Mitt Romney dismissed the trade complaint as "too little, too late." He's been criticizing Obama for not taking a tougher line against China.

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Football And (Conservative) Politics Do Mix For Some NFL Fans

Monday, September 17, 2012

Americans for Prosperity, a well-funded political advocacy group, normally spends its millions on TV ads. But it's finding success in reaching out to voters directly by showing up at big events — like NFL games.

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White House Launching Trade Complaints Against China

Monday, September 17, 2012

The cases — charging that China unfairly subsidizes auto parts and slaps high duties on U.S.-made cars — come as Republican rival Mitt Romney argues that President Obama has let too many jobs go overseas.

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