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Romney SuperPAC Pulls Negative Primary Spots From YouTube

Monday, April 30, 2012

Restore Our Future has removed all but two ads from its YouTube channel, including all ads attacking Romney's primary opponents.

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WNYC News

Biden Foreign-Policy Counterattack On Romney Highlights GOP Challenge

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A president seeking re-election against a backdrop of a lackluster economy would be remiss if he didn't stress his unique roles as the nation's top policymaker for international relations and the military's commander-in-chief. President Obama and his campaign clearly intend to exploit those credentials for all they're worth while pointing out Mitt Romney's lack of them.

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Five Primaries. One Night. No Contest.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The results in Delaware may determine the fate of Newt Gingrich.

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The Takeaway

The Republican Problem for Republicans

Friday, March 23, 2012

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is leading the pack of GOP hopefuls, but that doesn't mean he's escaped criticism for not being able to unify the Republican party: some say he's not conservative enough, or that he's not likable. Of course, the perceived inability to unify the party isn't unique to Romney.

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The Takeaway

Once Bipartisan, Violence Against Women Act Now Faces Political Fight

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the federal legislation aimed at ending violence against women and supporting victims of violence, is up for reauthorization this year. Senate Democrats plan to begin the push for reauthorization today. The original bill, passed in 1994, enjoyed strong support from both sides of the aisle. This year, Republican critics are voicing opposition, particularly to new programs included in this iteration of VAWA, including expanded programs for illegal immigrants to access visas by claiming domestic violence and support for victims in same-sex relationships. Democrats claim that this is the latest in Republicans' war on women. Republicans claim that federal money needs to be spent responsibly. What does this mean for the future of VAWA and for female voters in the 2012 election?

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The Takeaway

Ohio Voters on the Super Tuesday Ad Push

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

It’s Super Tuesday, and Ohio is among the most pivotal states in the race. In order to gain an edge, the two frontrunners — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum — secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads which began airing last weekend in Ohio. Are the ads working?

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Why Romney's Shaggy Dog Story Won't Die

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Will the tale about Mitt Romney strapping the family Irish setter to the roof of his car actually hurt him with voters?

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Sarkozy trails in the polls and US Republicans' search for a candidate continues

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sarkozy trails in polls and US Republicans search for a candidate

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WNYC News

We Watched So You Don't Have To: Top Moments Of The GOP Tampa Debate

Monday, January 23, 2012

The two South Carolina debates featured raucous audiences who cheered on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. This time, it was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who seemed more comfortable before the more sedate crowd.

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South Carolina: Another Unpredictable Point In Campaign Full Of Them

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's been a contest of surprises, with a series of candidates rising to the top to fill the anybody-but-Romney role. So it really shouldn't come as a surprise that on the day of the first-in-the-South primary in South Carolina, it's uncertain what the outcome will be or what comes next.

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GOP Primary Campaign Inundates South Carolina TV Viewers

Friday, January 13, 2012

With South Carolina's GOP presidential primary a week from Saturday, TV viewers in the state are getting an eyeful of political ads. It seems almost everyone who is running has bought time. And so have the superPACs, which are forbidden to coordinate with the campaigns.

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Obama's Ex-Car Czar Defends Romney, Bain From GOP Attacks

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Steven Rattner, the Wall Street financier who oversaw the Obama Administration's successful rescues of General Motors and Chrysler, now comes to the aid of some other beleaguered members of corporate America — Mitt Romney in his former role as a private-equity CEO, and Bain Capital, the company the Republican presidential candidate once ran.

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WNYC News

Iowa Offers Little Clarity For GOP Field

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Even after a spectacular night of political drama, what Republicans are looking for in a presidential candidate remains unclear. Entrance polls reveal that Iowa voters were split on whether they want electability or principles.

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Mitt Romney Declines Donald Trump's Debate Invite

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Donald Trump's planned Republican presidential debate lost a major reason for watching it, to see how Mitt Romney would contend with Newt Gingrich, the latest rival to claim frontrunner status. Romney said Tuesday he planned to skip the debate to be moderated by Trump, the TV reality show star and real estate developer.

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The Takeaway

Donald Berwick: The Man Who Wanted to Save Medicare

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

There's no question that our American health care system needs fixing. Dr. Donald Berwick, the man who was in charge of Medicare and Medicaid until last Thursday, was committed to ending waste. "Much is done that does not help patients at all," Dr. Berwick recently told The New York Times, "and many physicians know it." Dr. Berwick's quest to reform Medicare and Medicaid, the result of a temporary appointment made by President Obama last year, came to an end after just 17 months.

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Call It 'White House Apprentice:' Donald Trump Will Moderate GOP Debate

Friday, December 02, 2011

If you were sitting around watching the Republican presidential debates saying to yourself, "Hmmm, you know, these would be a whole lot more interesting if Donald Trump were moderating," you're in luck. Because he will be asking the questions, at least at one debate.

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At GOP Security Debate, Gingrich's Tolerance On Immigration Stands Out

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The big theme out of Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington was Newt Gingrich's compassionate tolerance toward illegal immigrants who have put down deep roots in the U.S. That position conflicted with the more hardline views of many conservative voters.

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The Takeaway

Lawmakers Say 'Super Committee' is Likely to Fail

Monday, November 21, 2011

After months of budget negotiations, tensions between Congressional "super committee" members have reached what seems to be a breaking point. With only three days left before their deadline to cut 1.2 trillion dollars from the federal debt, 12 super committee members made the rounds to the Sunday political news outlets and publicly aired their grievances. Republican Jeb Hensarling told "Fox News Sunday," the following: "Unfortunately, what we haven't seen in these talks from the other side is any Democrats willing to put a proposal on the table that actually solves the problems." 

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Herman Cain Has Major 'Oops' Moment On Libya

Monday, November 14, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry move over. You now have company in the brain-fade department after Herman Cain demonstrated a flamboyant confusion over his position on Libya Monday.

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The Takeaway

Super Committee Comes Up For Air

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Joint Deficit Reduction "Super Committee," put in charge with finding $4 trillion to cut from the deficit, held their fifth public meeting on Tuesday. But the fate of the Super Committee remains unclear as it is unlikely they will come to consensus any time soon. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, says the hearing was both a pep talk to the committee but also partly a threat. There is a lot riding on them to succeed and a lot of heads could roll if they fail.

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