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Daily Archives: May 11, 2012

Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey signs his Barack Obama Hope artwork.

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Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey signs his Barack Obama Hope artwork.

Obama’s Joke Failed Fact-Check

Last night’s $40,000-a-ticket fundraiser at George Clooney’s pad in L.A. included a repeat performance by the Comedian-in-Chief. President Obama reportedly got a lot of laughs, just as he did two weeks ago at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The only...

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PMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York.

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PMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York.

Bernie Sanders to Banks: It’s Time to Break Up

Washington’s anti-Wall Street crowd just got really, really lucky. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s announcement yesterday of a $2 billion trading loss from a steep bet it made is giving congressmen like Senator Bernie Sanders a renewed boost in their crusade against big banks....

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Mitt Romney walks with executives from Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, and Sen. Richard Burr, in Charlotte, N.C., on May 11, 2012.

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Mitt Romney walks with executives from Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, and Sen. Richard Burr, in Charlotte, N.C., on May 11, 2012.

Romney Stays in the Closet on Gay Marriage

It seems like nearly every political figure in America is talking about gay marriage this week — except Mitt Romney. The Republican presidential nominee has studiously avoided mentioning gay marriage — or any other divisive social issue — in event after event...

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Campaign worker William Pierce, of Warwick, R.I., stands in the lobby of the Radisson Hotel  Before Republican presidential candidate, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer held a news conference in Manchester, N.H.

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Campaign worker William Pierce, of Warwick, R.I., stands in the lobby of the Radisson Hotel Before Republican presidential candidate, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer held a news conference in Manchester, N.H.

Things Not to Worry About…

Dinosaurs, Mayan calendars, and Buddy Roemer as spoiler. So in case you were worried about the former Louisiana Governor running for president as in independent, pulling just enough votes to tip the race in favor of one of the major-party candidates,...

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Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren with her  campaign deputy political director, Jess Torres, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

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Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren with her campaign deputy political director, Jess Torres, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Women From Mass. Aren’t Marching En Masse to Higher Office

When you think of liberal, New England states, the one most likely to come to mind is probably Massachusetts. With a long history of liberal icons — from the Kennedys to Tip O’Neill to John Kerry, just to name a...

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A same-sex couple weds in San Francisco.

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A same-sex couple weds in San Francisco.

Obama, Romney: How Now?

Two big stories played out this week in the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Their lasting impact on the election contest remains to be seen. Obama, who had said before that he was “evolving”...

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Cynthia Quiroz directs people to the Liberty Tax Service in Miami.

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Cynthia Quiroz directs people to the Liberty Tax Service in Miami.

Magic Number of the Day: $59.1 Billion

That was the federal government’s budget surplus in April, the first time since September 2008 that revenues exceeded outlays in a month, according to a Treasury Department statement. Receipts often spike in April, when individuals face a deadline to file...

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The presidential SUV outside George Clooney's house on May 10, 2012 in Studio City, California.

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The presidential SUV outside George Clooney's house on May 10, 2012 in Studio City, California.

Obama’s Clooney-envy

The precise setting for last night’s $40,000-a-ticket fundraiser at George Clooney’s Tudor-style digs in Los Angeles? His outdoor basketball court. However, it was so thoroughly made over with clear plastic tenting, dark carpeting, chartreuse wall upholstery, paper planters and dining tables that...

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