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Despite Fact Checks, Romney Escalates Welfare Work Requirement Charge

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of President Clinton's welfare overhaul. Republican Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama has gutted the law — even though every major fact-checking organization says the claims are false.

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Romney And GOP Strike Deal With Ron Paul Loyalists Before Convention

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The deal allows some of the Texas congressman's delegates to be seated at the Republican National Convention. The compromise would appear to avert a potential public clash with Paul supporters during next week's festivities.

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GOP Platform Anti-Abortion Language Includes No Exceptions For Rape, Incest

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Republican Party's platform committee on Tuesday adopted the same anti-abortion language it included in GOP platforms in 2004 and 2008. It seeks passage of a constitutional amendment that would essentially ban abortion. The language includes no exceptions for rape or incest.

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WNYC News

Biden And Ryan Share Faith, But Not Worldview

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The views of vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are strikingly different, but both espouse the same Catholic faith and are reaching out to Christian voters. Their views, which represent opposite wings of their religion, are a reflection of the growing divide among Catholics.

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Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

Monday, August 20, 2012

The president weighed in on controversial comments made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is running for the Senate. Akin said that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.

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Ryan's Taxes Show Gap Between Romney And The Not-So-Rich

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign hoped to close the book on tax questions when running mate Paul Ryan released two years of tax returns. Not quite. In reality, the differences between Romney and Ryan's taxes helps propel the debate further.

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New Jersey News

Crime-Riddled N.J. City Considers Axing Police Force

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Supporters of a regional police force in New Jersey are pulling together a plan to replace Camden's police department with a new division operated by the county. Some Camden residents, however, fear the move could jeopardize public safety in a city already ravaged by crime.

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WNYC News

Romney Says He Paid A Tax Rate Of At Least 13 Percent

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday revealed a bit more about his tax history, telling reporters: "I never paid less than 13 percent" in the past 10 years. The Obama campaign's response: "Prove it."

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Campaign Trail: Biden's Comment About 'Chains' Sparks Controversy

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

By telling a racially mixed audience in Virginia on Tuesday that the Republican ticket's economic plans would "put y'all back in chains," Vice President Biden sparked the latest campaign controversy.

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Choosing Ryan Defines Health Care For GOP Ticket

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Adding Rep. Paul Ryan to the Republican presidential ticket will likely elevate issues like Medicare and Medicaid to the top of the election agenda. Ryan's presence will present the public with a dramatic choice about the role the government should play in health care.

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Pros And Cons: Ryan As Romney's VP

Saturday, August 11, 2012

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate seems to be uniting both Republicans and Democrats. Here's a quick look at the pluses and minuses of the decision, from the point of view of the man at the top of the ticket.

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Ryan Boosts Romney's Conservative Credentials, But Also Mobilizes Opponents

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney discarded his increasingly inert better-safe-than-sorry campaign strategy Saturday when he named budget hawk and Democratic bete noire Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. But the pick has handed Democrats a trove of material to use in an effort to weaken the GOP ticket's appeal among independent voters, women and senior citizens.

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Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan brings the kind of enthusiasm Mitt Romney could use — he's a darling of the conservative base that Romney has had a harder time winning over. But the ideas that have made him a star — particularly his plans for Medicare — may give Democrats an opening against him.

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In New Ads Focused On Character, Obama And Romney Get Personal

Friday, August 10, 2012

In new ads, President Obama and Mitt Romney seek to raise doubts about each other's character. Romney accuses the president of being willing to do anything to stay president. Obama's ad accuses Romney of making a "blatantly false" claim.

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Poll Shows Voters Split On Presidential Candidates' Tax Returns

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The findings appear to give Democrats plenty of fuel to continue pounding away at Republican Mitt Romney on his tax returns. But there appears to be almost as much support for Romney to stand firm.

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Obama, Romney Each Read Jobs Numbers Differently

Saturday, August 04, 2012

President Obama focused on the millions of jobs that have been created in the past 2 1/2 years. His Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, stressed the unemployment rate, which rose to 8.3 percent. With the economy seemingly in a holding pattern, analysts wonder if the numbers will sway voters.

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Cheney: Picking Palin Was A 'Mistake'

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called Sen. John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 a "mistake."

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Romney In London: Not A Smashing Success So Far

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mitt Romney's big foreign trip got off to a shaky start. Among several missteps, the Republican presidential candidate upset his British host by raising doubts about whether the London Olympics would be a success.

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Romney's 1040: Tax Terms An Accountant Would Love

Friday, July 20, 2012

The debate over Mitt Romney's tax returns is the latest example of America's mixed feelings about wealthy presidential candidates, including John F. Kennedy, Ross Perot and John Kerry. Some of the lingo related to all this can be baffling. So just what are blind trusts, tax shelters and offshore accounts?

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Features

Urban Outfitters And The Politics Of Cool

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A recent poll confirms that the youngest voters are more likely to support President Obama than Republican Mitt Romney. So when Urban Outfitters unveiled a line of Romney T-shirts, the decision immediately generated a buzz.

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