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Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

Mitt Romney with refreshments and residents in Bethel Park on April 17, 2012.

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Mitt Romney with refreshments and residents in Bethel Park on April 17, 2012.

Romney’s ‘Cookie-Gate’ Frosts Baker

When Mitt Romney joined some Bethel Park,Pennsylvania, residents around a picnic table on April 17, the conversation was supposed to be focus on rising gasoline prices, falling home value, and other economic anxieties that make up the central theme of...

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George Clooney and President Barack Obama in Washington.

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George Clooney and President Barack Obama in Washington.

Want To Dine With Obama and Clooney? It Will Cost You $3

“The President, George Clooney, and you.” That’s the eye-catching subject line of an e-mail sent this afternoon to supporters of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Julianna Smoot sent the message out asking supporters to donate at least $3...

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Sen. Richard Lugar before debating his primary challenger, Richard Mourdock in Indianapolis, on April 12, 2012.

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Sen. Richard Lugar before debating his primary challenger, Richard Mourdock in Indianapolis, on April 12, 2012.

Club for Growth Super-PAC Has $5 Million in Bank

The Club for Growth’s super-PAC has more than $5 million in the bank — funds it will use to aid candidates who share its aversion to taxes, government spending and bailouts. The group began April with $5,060,867 in available funds...

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Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, at the Congressional Facebook Developer Hackathon in Washington.

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Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, at the Congressional Facebook Developer Hackathon in Washington.

Cantor Rules Himself out of VP Race, Points to Ryan, McDonnell

The Republican governor of Virginia and the House Republicans’ leading voice on the federal budget would be solid picks as a vice president for Mitt Romney, according to the second-ranked Republican in the House, Eric Cantor. Asked at a Politico breakfast interview...

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Mitt Romney at a campaign rally held at the closed National Gypsum drywall factory in Lorain, Ohio, on April 19, 2012.

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Mitt Romney at a campaign rally held at the closed National Gypsum drywall factory in Lorain, Ohio, on April 19, 2012.

Romney Visits Factory Closed Under Bush, Blames Obama

It seemed like the perfect political setting for Mitt Romney. A shuttered dry-wall factory in Lorain, Ohio — a swing state hit hard by the recession – where four years ago then-candidate Obama promised to turn-around the economy. “It would have...

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Barack Obama supporters in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2008.

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Barack Obama supporters in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2008.

FEC Says ’08 Obama Campaign Didn’t Report All Donations on Time

The final government audit of President Barack Obama’s record-breaking 2008 campaign is out, and the Federal Election Commission says the committee should have been quicker in reporting about $2 million in donations. The audit of Obama’s campaign committee, which raised a record...

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Occupy Wall Street protesters protest Mitt Romney in front of the Waldorf Astoria hotel during his campaign fundraiser in New York on March 14, 2012.

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Occupy Wall Street protesters protest Mitt Romney in front of the Waldorf Astoria hotel during his campaign fundraiser in New York on March 14, 2012.

Blackstone’s Bracing for More Romney-Related Heat

Tony James knows it’s not over. The president of New York-based Blackstone Group — a firm that helped define the modern private equity landscape and now owns everything from Hilton Hotels to Legoland — said the assault on the buyout business is...

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Rick Perry at a campaign event in Cherokee, Iowa, on Dec. 16, 2011.

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Rick Perry at a campaign event in Cherokee, Iowa, on Dec. 16, 2011.

Perry’s Campaign Finds Gold in Its Mailing List

Rick Perry’s presidential campaign may have gone bust, but its fundraising was prolific. So prolific that those who raise money for a living have rented out his donor list in order to solicit contributors to give to other Republicans — and perhaps...

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