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Daily Archives: April 25, 2012

President Barack Obama at a campaign event on April 10, 2012, in Hollywood, Fla.

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President Barack Obama at a campaign event on April 10, 2012, in Hollywood, Fla.

Obama Campaign Refunds $10K from Investor Charged with Running Ponzi Scheme

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is refunding donations from Los Angeles investor Shervin Neman and his wife Cassandra after they were accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of running a Ponzi scheme, a campaign official said today, speaking on condition of anonymity....

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Rep. Jason Altmire through a window as he votes in the Pennsylvania primary on April 24, 2012 in McCandless, Pa.

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Rep. Jason Altmire through a window as he votes in the Pennsylvania primary on April 24, 2012 in McCandless, Pa.

Can the (Democratic) Center Hold?

The losses of Democratic Representatives Tim Holden and Jason Altmire in Pennsylvania primary elections yesterday will thin the ranks of Democrats who sometimes buck their party leadership on issues including fiscal policy and health care. Here’s just one way of...

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A Newt Gingrich campaign volunteer collects donations at a rally on Feb. 29, 2012 in Gainesville, Ga.

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A Newt Gingrich campaign volunteer collects donations at a rally on Feb. 29, 2012 in Gainesville, Ga.

Gingrich Super-PAC Cash Enough to Pay His Debt — if Only it Were Legal

Newt Gingrich, who has signaled he’s about to hop off the campaign trail, is saddled with at least $4.3 million in campaign debt. Too bad his largest super-PAC can’t help; it reported a cash balance of more than $5.7 million...

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Students, faculty, staff and invited guests cheer for President Barack Obama at Prince Georges Community College on March 15, 2012 in Largo, Maryland.

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Students, faculty, staff and invited guests cheer for President Barack Obama at Prince Georges Community College on March 15, 2012 in Largo, Maryland.

Magic Number of the Day: 52

That’s President Barack Obama’s approval rating among 18-to-29 year-olds, according to a Harvard University Institute of Politics survey released yesterday. It’s up from 46 percent from December 2011, though below his 58 percent rating in November 2009. Obama led Mitt...

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