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Daily Archives: May 18, 2012

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Barack Obama at the G8 Summit in Camp David.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Barack Obama at the G8 Summit in Camp David.

Merkel Shrugs at Obama’s Camp David Greeting

As President Obama stood beneath an oak tree to greet world leaders at the start of the G-8 summit at Camp David, the heavily guarded presidential retreat in Maryland, one leader refused to smile for the cameras. The arrival ceremony is...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg White House Correspondents' Association dinner after-party.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg White House Correspondents' Association dinner after-party.

Christie Puts Humor Out Front This Week

Chris Christie, New Jersey’s Republican governor, is known for slashing budgets and memorable lines like his admonishment to “get the hell off the beach!” as Hurricane Irene approached last summer. He’s gone on the humor offensive this week. Christie’s press...

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John Edwards, center, arrives at a federal courthouse with his parents Wallace and Bobbie Edwards, right, in Greensboro, N.C.

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John Edwards, center, arrives at a federal courthouse with his parents Wallace and Bobbie Edwards, right, in Greensboro, N.C.

Democrats Used Edwards as Bipartisan Bad Example

Not that anyone needed another reason to be glad they’re not John Edwards. But here’s one you wouldn’t have noticed unless you follow the Senate very, very closely. When Democrats proposed paying for a freeze in student-loan interest rates by requiring some...

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Sen. John McCain

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Sen. John McCain

Senator McCain Criticizes Campaign Spending After Blocking Efforts to Curb It

Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican who voted twice to block proposals to require outside groups to disclose their donors, told the U.S. Supreme Court that “Americans believe that the current system of campaign finance is corrupt, and that Citizens United, thanks to...

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President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, on May 18, 2012, in the Oval Office.

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President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, on May 18, 2012, in the Oval Office.

Obama’s Burger, Fries Hollande-aise

“I just want to remember that cheeseburgers go very well with french fries.” So said President Barack Obama, as he closed his public appearance today with France’s new President Francois Hollande. They met for the first time today, at the...

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Cleaning the stage before an election night rally for Mitt Romney.

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Cleaning the stage before an election night rally for Mitt Romney.

Super-PAC Feeds Romney Words

The Democrats are ready with a response to Mitt Romney’s “Day One.” American Bridge 21 Century, a super-PAC that serves as the research arm for the party’s campaigns, is airing a Web-video which attempts to answer the new Romney campaign...

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Barack Obama teaching at the University of Chicago Law School.

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Barack Obama teaching at the University of Chicago Law School.

Obama Campaign Ad Focuses on Higher Education

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is emphasizing the importance of education in a television ad that references his personal background and touts policy achievements. The ad shows pictures of Obama in his younger years while a female narrator talks about...

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., center, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, and others after the opening bell of the Nasdaq stock market, on May 18, 2012, from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., center, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, and others after the opening bell of the Nasdaq stock market, on May 18, 2012, from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Time for Sandberg’s Bankshot?

Here’s today’s Facebook bankshot: If Sheryl Sandberg becomes a billionaire today, and has already said she in effect would like to save the world, will her next move be to Washington in a high position in the Obama administration. A...

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