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Daily Archives: July 2, 2012

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell at the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in Washington.

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell at the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in Washington.

McDonnell for Party’s Platform

The Republican Party’s primaries are starting to pay off for social conservatives: The protracted contest in which the party spent months searching for an alternative to its now-presumed nominee, Mitt Romney, with social conservatives rallying around former Senator Rick Santorum...

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Health-care demonstrators outside the Supreme Court.

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Health-care demonstrators outside the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court’s Health-Care Ruling: One in Three Americans Didn’t Get it

Know what the Supreme Court did on health care? Almost one in three American adults don’t, a respectable poll reports today. The initial public opinion polling on the Supreme Court upholding President Barack Obama’s health-care law was evenly split, in...

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Mitt Romney addresses the American Israel Policy Affairs Committee's annual policy conference in Washington.

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Mitt Romney addresses the American Israel Policy Affairs Committee's annual policy conference in Washington.

Romney to Meet Netanyahu in Israel

Updated at 5:30 pm EDT Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, plans to visit Israel in the coming weeks and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a campaign official not authorized to discuss the trip said. It will be...

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Swimmers try and keep cool in near 100 degree temperatures at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, Michigan.

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Swimmers try and keep cool in near 100 degree temperatures at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Fed’s Weather Advisory: Stay Cool

The Federal Reserve isn’t always easy to read, especially the chairman. And then there are those much delayed minutes of meetings. Yet even Representative Ron Paul might be hard-pressed to quibble with this bit of advice from the Seventh Federal...

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Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp.

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Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp.

Rupert Murdoch: Romney ‘Of Course’

In the realm of 140-character sentiments, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch appeared to be having some indigestion over the Republican Party’s presumed presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. “Romney has plenty of brains, but want to see heart and stomach,” the Murdoch...

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President Barack Obama departing the White House.

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President Barack Obama departing the White House.

Obama’s Lift From Court, Europe

President Barack Obama embarks on the first bus tour of his re-election campaign later this week politically strengthened, thanks to a conservative chief justice and European government leaders. The Obama administration won two Supreme Court victories last week, one backing...

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A piece of fiberglass fabric into a wind turbine blade mold made in Newton, Iowa.

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A piece of fiberglass fabric into a wind turbine blade mold made in Newton, Iowa.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 49.7

That’s the Institute of Supply Management’s manufacturing index for June, down from 53.5 in May to the lowest level since July 2009, when the index was 49.2. A reading above 50 generally indicates that manufacturing is expanding, while a reading...

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a victory rally in Waukesha.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a victory rally in Waukesha.

Republican Governors’ Group Outraises Democratic Counterpart

More good news for the Republican Governors Association. Fresh off the June 5 victory of Republican Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin’s bitter recall battle, the group reported raising $16.7 million from April to June. That brings its 2012 total to...

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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Obama Dialing Donors for Dollars From Air Force One — Thrill is Gone?

All hands on deck, the graying president called from aboard Air Force One. President Barack Obama’s campaign confirms that the commander-in-chief made a call on Friday from Air Force One asking donors to up their ante for his re-election campaign....

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A Rick Santorum supporter with an Etch A Sketch at a campaign event for Mitt Romney.

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A Rick Santorum supporter with an Etch A Sketch at a campaign event for Mitt Romney.

Health-Care Penalty No Tax — Romney Aide Maintains

Republican Mitt Romney, who helped enact a penalty for those without health insurance in Massachusetts, does not consider it a tax. So says Eric Fehrnstrom, the senior Romney adviser who gained some fame earlier this year during some rough party...

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