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Daily Archives: June 4, 2012

Women work on the engine of a GM truck on the assembly line of the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant in Michigan.

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Women work on the engine of a GM truck on the assembly line of the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant in Michigan.

White House Corrects Obama’s Words

When the president hopped on a hastily planned conference call  intended to push the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, he got a key statistic wrong. But that would be corrected for him hours later. President Obama mistakenly said that...

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Singer Jon Bon Jovi waits to board Air Force One after performing at a campaign event of President Barack Obama's in New York on June 4, 2012.

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Singer Jon Bon Jovi waits to board Air Force One after performing at a campaign event of President Barack Obama's in New York on June 4, 2012.

Bon Jovi Gives Obama a Big Name

Among the many perks of being a rockstar: you get to fly on Air Force One. Jon Bon Jovi was spotted getting off the president’s jumbo jet at JFK Airport in New York, among the last to deplane the back stairway....

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Postal workers rally in Chicago to gather support for H.R. 1351, a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Stephen Lynch, which the workers believe will prevent the closing of post offices, suspension of Saturday mail delivery and save up to 120,000 postal jobs.

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Postal workers rally in Chicago to gather support for H.R. 1351, a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Stephen Lynch, which the workers believe will prevent the closing of post offices, suspension of Saturday mail delivery and save up to 120,000 postal jobs.

Postal Workers Going on Hunger Strike

Last month, the National Association of Letter Carriers collected food to stock food shelves and feed hungry Americans. This month, five people plan to go on a hunger strike on behalf of the letter carriers’ employer, the U.S. Postal Service. A group...

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Yun Tune, 56, and her mother, Tae Yi, 81, at Blue Diamond Growers in Salida, California.

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Yun Tune, 56, and her mother, Tae Yi, 81, at Blue Diamond Growers in Salida, California.

80 is the New 65

AIG chief Robert Benmosche took a few minutes this weekend at his seaside villa in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to talk with Bloomberg’s Boris Cerni and said the crisis in Europe means governments have to start raising retirement ages. “Retirement ages will...

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Deputy Administrator of NASA Dr. Robert Seamans, left, and Dr. Wernher von Braun, center, with President John F. Kennedy at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida, in this Nov. 16, 1963 photo by NASA.

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Deputy Administrator of NASA Dr. Robert Seamans, left, and Dr. Wernher von Braun, center, with President John F. Kennedy at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida, in this Nov. 16, 1963 photo by NASA.

Arizona Sees Rare Presidential Action Thanks to Niche Super-PAC

Tucson, Arizona isn’t exactly a hot spot for the presidential race — neither President Obama, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, nor any of the major super-PACs have aired general-election TV ads there. But a niche super-PAC called Real Leader, funded...

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Hortencia Wilcox of Allen, Texas, with a signed hat by Mitt Romney while waiting in line at a campaign stop at Southwest Office Systems on June 5, 2012 in Fort Worth.

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Hortencia Wilcox of Allen, Texas, with a signed hat by Mitt Romney while waiting in line at a campaign stop at Southwest Office Systems on June 5, 2012 in Fort Worth.

Romney Builds Congress Team With House’s Top Republican Woman

Mitt Romney has turned to the top Republican woman in the U.S. House to bolster his congressional outreach efforts. The presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign announced today he’s tapping Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the vice chair of House Republicans’ messaging arm,...

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Mitt Romney at the Hotel Fort Des Moines on Jan. 3, 2012 in Iowa.

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Mitt Romney at the Hotel Fort Des Moines on Jan. 3, 2012 in Iowa.

Republicans Outnumber Democrats in Latest Iowa Registration Data

Here’s another reason for President Barack Obama’s campaign to keep a close eye on the battleground state of Iowa: Registered Republicans continue to outnumber Democrats there. The latest registration data from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office shows there are...

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Unemployed men wait for bread and handouts during the Great Depression.

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Unemployed men wait for bread and handouts during the Great Depression.

It’s the Economy, All Over Again

The season of distractions is over. The American economy’s worst performance in job creation in a year has refocused the presidential campaign debate on the place where it started: The relative abilities of President Barack Obama or the Republican alternative...

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President Barack Obama embraces former President Bill Clinton during a campaign event in New York on June 4, 2012.

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President Barack Obama embraces former President Bill Clinton during a campaign event in New York on June 4, 2012.

Washington Daybook: By the way, Bill…

President Barack Obama attends two of three campaign fundraisers in New York with former President Bill Clinton today. Obama might want to ask a certain power couple who reside in Chappaqua for help: FEC records don’t show any donations from...

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