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Daily Archives: June 18, 2012

Supporters of President Barack Obama with a supporter of Mitt Romney before his campaign event at the Cornwall Iron Furnace on June 16, 2012 in Pennsylvania.

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Supporters of President Barack Obama with a supporter of Mitt Romney before his campaign event at the Cornwall Iron Furnace on June 16, 2012 in Pennsylvania.

Obama, Romney Virtually Tied

Millions have already been spent by the campaigns and the super-PACs on this year’s presidential election. So where do we stand less than 5 months out from Election Day? Well, if you believe the polls — and the polling aggregation...

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Afghan women and children enter FOB (Forward Operating Base) Jackson also known as Sabit Khadam during seed distribution organized by U.S. Marines Female Engagement Team (FET) from the 1st battalion 7th Marines Regiment in Sangin on June 12, 2012.

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Afghan women and children enter FOB (Forward Operating Base) Jackson also known as Sabit Khadam during seed distribution organized by U.S. Marines Female Engagement Team (FET) from the 1st battalion 7th Marines Regiment in Sangin on June 12, 2012.

Afghanistan, Iran Still ‘Failed States’

After 11 years of war, billions of dollars, and 2,004 American deaths, the U.S. effort at nation-building in Afghanistan shows little sign of success by one measure: The country was ranked even worse than last year in the annual “Failed...

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Ozombie Care

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Ozombie Care

Ozombie Care

President Obama’s push for near-universal health insurance coverage may be harder to kill than most zombies. If the Supreme Court decides to take a metaphorical stake to Obama’s health-care overhaul law and tosses the individual mandate out on the front...

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Capitol Hill.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Capitol Hill.

Bernanke Weighs Risks as U.S. Economy Slows

It’s a tough call for Federal Reserve officials this week. Economic growth indicators have sputtered. Job creation in May and April slowed to 69,000 and 77,000 jobs respectively, not nearly enough to lower the unemployment rate below 8 percent. None...

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Mitt Romney, left, and Gov. Scott Walker at Monterey Mills during a campaign stop on June 18, 2012 in Janesville, Wis.

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Mitt Romney, left, and Gov. Scott Walker at Monterey Mills during a campaign stop on June 18, 2012 in Janesville, Wis.

Magic Number of the Day: 74

That’s the number of electoral votes in the six states on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign bus tour, which takes him to Wisconsin (10 electoral votes) and Iowa (6) today. Romney will conclude the tour tomorrow in Michigan (16),...

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Sen. Barbara Boxer urging the House-Senate Transportation Conference Committee to pass a conference report reauthorizing the nation’s surface transportation programs, which expire on June 30.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer urging the House-Senate Transportation Conference Committee to pass a conference report reauthorizing the nation’s surface transportation programs, which expire on June 30.

Driving Us Over the Fiscal Cliff

“I guess it would be nice to think that somehow more enlightened leadership and followership could avoid a dismal conclusion, but so far there’s not much evidence of it.” That’s Pete Davis, president of Davis Capital Investment Ideas, who advises...

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Supporters of Antonis Samaras, leader of Greece's New Democracy party, in Athens.

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Supporters of Antonis Samaras, leader of Greece's New Democracy party, in Athens.

Washington Daybook: Come Together

President Barack Obama is in Los Cabos, Mexico, joining other heads of state and finance officials including U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Group of 20 summit. The meeting, which...

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President Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry in this file photo.

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President Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry in this file photo.

Texting: The New Way for Campaigns to Draw Contributions

Get ready to start texting campaign contributions to President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the six-member Federal Election Commission has unanimously approved an advisory opinion that will, for the first time, allow...

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