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Daily Archives: June 12, 2012


Supporters chant for four more years while President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraising reception in Baltimore on June 12, 2012.

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Supporters chant for four more years while President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraising reception in Baltimore on June 12, 2012.

Obama: Debt Like Dinner Tab Unpaid

Debt, nobody wants their hands on it. It’s like that steak dinner ordered by the people who left you the table, the president says. President Barack Obama, in running a campaign ad  highlighting the Massachusetts of former Governor Mitt Romney...

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Abandoned properties await renovation in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

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Abandoned properties await renovation in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

What Congressional Disclosure Forms Won’t Reveal

The House and Senate looked at the same new ethics law and came up with two interpretations of what it requires. As a result, the residential mortgage disclosures being made public this week won’t produce enough data about House members to...

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The Capitol building from the Capitol Visitor Center.

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The Capitol building from the Capitol Visitor Center.

Obama Estate Tax Budget Proposal Keeps Wealthy Jumpy

Those who manage the wealth of the rich and super-rich are warily eyeing an Obama administration budget proposal for 2013 that would require people who create trusts, known as grantors, to include the assets of their trusts in their own...

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Secretary of Commerce John Bryson.

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Secretary of Commerce John Bryson.

Obama’s Troubles at Commerce

Commerce hasn’t been kind to President Barack Obama. The federal department, that is. Getting someone to run the sprawling department responsible for everything from digital television conversion to the Census, fisheries management to foreign trade, has tripped up Obama since before he even took...

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Dentists during the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic in Oakland, California.

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Dentists during the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic in Oakland, California.

After Health-Care Ruling: Moving On

A ruling on health-care is near. Yet big health insurers aren’t waiting for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that not only will have an impact on the presidential election campaign underway. It also will determine who — insurance companies, policy-holders...

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President Barack Obama at a campaign fundraiser sponsored in Beverly Hills.

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President Barack Obama at a campaign fundraiser sponsored in Beverly Hills.

Magic Number of the Day: $17 million

That’s the advantage in fundraising for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party over President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in May, according to figures announced by the campaigns last week. Romney, the Republican National Committee and a Romney Victory...

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President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama

Obama Replays Romney’s Record as Massachusetts Governor

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign today is out with a new TV ad attacking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. The ad uses the same attacks against Romney that he has been using against Obama:...

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Jonathan M. Nelson, chief executive officer of Providence Equity Partners Inc.

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Jonathan M. Nelson, chief executive officer of Providence Equity Partners Inc.

Trading Obama, Clinton for Romney

Jonathan Nelson, the billionaire co-founder of Providence Equity Partners, supported Hillary Clinton and contributed to Barack Obama in the 2008 election. But as the private-equity executive told Bloomberg TV’s Cristina Alesci, Nelson is backing Mitt Romney this time around, saying...

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