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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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