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Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk before a live debate between Democratic gubernatorial primary candidates in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 4, 2012.

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Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk before a live debate between Democratic gubernatorial primary candidates in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 4, 2012.

Primary Day: What to Watch

Congress, not the White House, is the major focus of primary elections today. Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia are voting on the first of six consecutive Tuesdays on which there will be congressional primaries. There’s also a Democratic primary...

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Mitt Romney shadow falls across Sen. Marco Rubio on April 23, 2012 in Aston, Pa.

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Mitt Romney shadow falls across Sen. Marco Rubio on April 23, 2012 in Aston, Pa.

Romney, Immigration: ‘Still Deciding’

It was another Etch-a-Sketch moment for Mitt Romney, this time courtesy of a Republican Party spokeswoman characterizing his stance on illegal immigration. “He’s still deciding what his position on immigration is,” Bettina Inclan, the party’s director of Hispanic outreach, told...

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President Barack Obama, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, with a silicon wafer at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at State University of New York at Albany's Nano-Tech complex, on May 8, 2012.

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President Barack Obama, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, with a silicon wafer at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at State University of New York at Albany's Nano-Tech complex, on May 8, 2012.

From Fur-Trading to Nanotechnology

“Oh, Albany!” That was the name of a history penned by William Kennedy, the novelist perhaps better known for his riveting fiction — including an Albany trilogy that included the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ironweed.”  (If you missed the book, you may...

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Indianapolis Mayor and Senate candidate Richard G. Lugar, left, with his campaign chief at the Indiana state Republican convention.

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Indianapolis Mayor and Senate candidate Richard G. Lugar, left, with his campaign chief at the Indiana state Republican convention.

Magic Number of the Day: 12,910

That’s how many days that Senator Richard G. Lugar, an Indiana Republican who may be defeated for re-election today in his party’s primary election, has served during a tenure that dates to 1977. Lugar, 80, is the longest-serving Republican senator...

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Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney following the Fox News Channel debate on Dec. 15, 2011 in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney following the Fox News Channel debate on Dec. 15, 2011 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Santorum’s Long Route to Romney

It took Rick Santorum 28 days and 13 paragraphs to endorse Mitt Romney after abandoning his own campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. The long-delayed nod for the former governor of Massachusetts, now the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, went out...

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