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Daily Archives: May 30, 2012

President Barack Obama after speaking at the University of Iowa.

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President Barack Obama after speaking at the University of Iowa.

Obama Campaign Fights Bid to Keep Political Ad Donors Secret

Many political groups spending millions of dollars on candidate-centered television ads in this year’s campaign want to keep their donors secret. But they face a dilemma due to recent court rulings that require disclosure of those funding “electioneering communications.” Campaign...

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President Barack Obama with supporters during a campaign rally at Ohio State University in Columbus.

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President Barack Obama with supporters during a campaign rally at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Obama Campaign Customizing Its ‘Higher Education’ Ads

President Obama’s campaign is airing five different versions of an education-themed television ad that emphasizes the importance of education in people’s lives including his own. Why so many adaptations of the same ad? It looks like most of the ads...

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The legislature of Henan, China's most populous province, approved a package of laws to ban fetal gender selection by abortion.

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The legislature of Henan, China's most populous province, approved a package of laws to ban fetal gender selection by abortion.

Hoyer: Abortion Bill a ‘Luntz Package’ Without Substance

Tomorrow’s planned House vote on legislation that would impose penalties for performing abortions for the purpose of gender selection is part of a “totally political” Republican agenda planned for the coming weeks, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told...

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Joblessness and the accompanying loss of health benefits drove an additional 3.7 million people into the Medicaid program in 2009, the largest single-year increase since the early days of the government insurance plan, according to an annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Joblessness and the accompanying loss of health benefits drove an additional 3.7 million people into the Medicaid program in 2009, the largest single-year increase since the early days of the government insurance plan, according to an annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Debt-Drivers: Baby Boom, Recession

There’s a lot of election-year finger-pointing over blame for the explosion of U.S. debt. It misses some of the biggest culprits: The aging of the Baby Boom generation and sluggish recovery from the deepest recession since the 1930s. The BGOV...

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Carlos Valdez, left, election judge for Precinct 97, a.k.a. Rosa's Garage, during primary elections on May 29, 2012 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Pompeyo Valdez, right, was the 13th voter to cast a ballot at that location.

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Carlos Valdez, left, election judge for Precinct 97, a.k.a. Rosa's Garage, during primary elections on May 29, 2012 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Pompeyo Valdez, right, was the 13th voter to cast a ballot at that location.

Texas Democratic U.S. Senate Turnout May Be Lowest Since 1916

The Texas primary yesterday yielded more evidence of how the nation’s second most-populous state has transformed into a Republican bastion and shed its ancestral Democratic roots. About 1.44 million people voted in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, about three times...

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Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Somers Furniture on May 29, 2012 in Las Vegas.

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Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Somers Furniture on May 29, 2012 in Las Vegas.

Europe Remains Target for Romney, Despite His French Mission

For a guy who served as a Mormon missionary in France, Europe is a pretty scary place for Mitt Romney. As he has throughout his campaign, Romney is constantly mentioning Europe. In a warm Las Vegas furniture distributor warehouse yesterday,...

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House Speaker John Boehner in a ceremonial swearing in with Rep. Ralph Hall on Jan. 5, 2011.

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House Speaker John Boehner in a ceremonial swearing in with Rep. Ralph Hall on Jan. 5, 2011.

Texas Primary Roundup

Political Capital stayed up late last night to watch Texas congressional primary returns so you didn’t have to. Here’s a recap of results from the major races, some of which will require second-round runoffs on July 31 to determine nominees...

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First lady Michelle Obama during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on May 29, 2012, in New York.

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First lady Michelle Obama during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on May 29, 2012, in New York.

Obamas: `Ice Cream, Vegetables?’

In what we’re told will become a multibillion-dollar election campaign, there are certain assets that carry no precise dollar value. The capacity of a candidate’s spouse to campaign is one of them. The ability of the first lady to call...

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Mitt Romney supporters in St. Louis.

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Mitt Romney supporters in St. Louis.

Magic Number of the Day: $13 million

That’s how much money Dallas businessman Harold Simmons has donated in this election cycle to American Crossroads, a Republican super-PAC with a stated purpose of defeating President Obama. Simmons has donated $11 million from his own pockets, and his holding...

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