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Town Hall Format Could Make Things Tough On Obama

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Democrats want the president to be more confrontational and show more passion than he did in the first debate with Republican candidate Mitt Romney. But a town hall requires that he also be responsive to questioners.

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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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With Four Candidates Now Campaigning, 'Choice' Is The Theme

Monday, August 13, 2012

President Obama and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan were in Iowa, where they told supporters that the general election would give voters a stark choice between two visions of the nation's future. With Mitt Romney in Florida and Joe Biden in North Carolina, all four candidates worked to energize supporters in key swing states.

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Paul Krugman: Obama 'Screwed Up' Private-Sector Line

Monday, June 11, 2012

Paul Krugman thinks he knows what President Obama was trying to say when he infamously said that the "private sector is doing fine." But the economist and New York Times columnist said the president "screwed up the line."

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Public Still Mostly Hates Health Law With Supreme Court Ruling Just Weeks Off

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The latest major poll, commissioned by CBS News/NY Times just weeks before the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its ruling on the constitutionality of the health-care law. The survey found that nothing has happened to change the minds of a majority of the public that the law should be overturned.

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Polls Show Obama's Support For Gay Marriage Influencing Blacks

Sunday, May 27, 2012

African-American opposition to gay marriage has declined significantly since President Obama's announcement, according to three polls.

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Inhale To The Chief: More Details Of Obama's Pot-Smoking Youth Revealed

Friday, May 25, 2012

President Obama revealed in his memoir "Dreams for My Father" his youthful use of illegal drugs as he grew up in Hawaii. But journalist and biographer David Maraniss apparently fills in the picture with quite a few colorful details.

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Obama Tosses 'Cowpie Of Distortion' Charge At Romney. And It's Just May

Friday, May 25, 2012

President Obama rhetorically hit Mitt Romney, the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee, with a little barnyard humor. He accused the former Massachusetts governor of not only lying about his record as president but Romney's also.

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Romney, Boehner Message: It's Still The Economy (Not Gay Marriage), Stupid

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mitt Romney and Speaker John Boehner showed a determination Thursday to keep the election-year debate confined to the topic on which they believe President Obama has the greatest vulnerabilty — the economy.

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Obama Gambles On Gay Marriage

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The president and his re-election team are clearly wagering that his support for same-sex marriage will attract more voters than it repels — and allow him to make the choice between himself and Mitt Romney even sharper.

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Young Obama Was Intellectually Deep But His Girlfriend Was Speedier

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

David Maraniss' new biography of President Obama appears from a Vanity Fair excerpt to be an extraordinary glimpse at the president as a young man. It's a reminder that anyone who would become president would be well advised to treat the people they meet along the way well, or at least decently, since one day Maraniss or someone very much like him will be interviewing them.

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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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Trayvon Martin Tragedy Edges Onto Presidential Campaign Trail

Friday, March 23, 2012

President Obama made his first public comments Friday about the Trayvon Martin shooting, which opened him up to approval and suspicion in this racially and politically polarized nation.

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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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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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SEIU Invokes 'Occupy' Movement In Obama Endorsement

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In a conference call with reporters, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry brushed aside the organization's disappointments with Obama and pledged its full support for the president.

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Now-Bankrupt MF Global, Ex-CEO Corzine Had Deep Pockets For Democrats

Friday, November 04, 2011

With the financial implosion of MF Global, the financial derivatives broker that sought bankruptcy court protection this week, Democratic Party candidates stand to take a hit because the company's executives were major donors to their campaigns.

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Obama's Lost Teleprompter: Why Ridicule Him For Using It Anyway?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The truck carrying President Obama's teleprompter and other equipment was stolen from the hotel parking lot in North Carolina where it was parked. It later turned up at another hotel. Weird. Obviously, this is creating some joy among the president's critics who point to his use of a device that all modern presidents have relied on as some sort of character flaw.

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Report: Obama's Stock Falls With Wall Street Execs

Friday, September 30, 2011

Just because Wall Street officials didn't get skewered by Obama as much as they feared they might apparently doesn't mean they still don't have hold a few things against him. There's the signing of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, for instance, and his occasional public criticisms of Wall Street. Not to mention his recent call for higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires.

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Romney Ensures Perry Has Long, Hard Night At Orlando GOP Debate

Friday, September 23, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made the most of his opportunities not only to raise doubts for voters about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's hostility towards Social Security as a federal entitlement but Perry's character.

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