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Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

Doctors wait for President Barack Obama to arrive about health insurance reform.

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Doctors wait for President Barack Obama to arrive about health insurance reform.

In Obama-Romney Money Fight, Clear Health-Related Fault Line

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld the  health-care law, political contributors had made clear their preference for the measure’s champion, President Barack Obama. Health-industry employees and their families, including doctors, gave $6.2 million to Obama’s re-election campaign through...

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A Home Depot in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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A Home Depot in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Lowe’s, Home Depot: Leading Indicators of Weakened Confidence

Consumer confidence may be even softer than we think. Analysts at Cleveland Research said today that Lowe’s and Home Depot stores are probably “a bit behind expectations to this point” in the second quarter. They’re seeing softer order rates and...

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A Mitt Romney supporter in Salem, Virginia.

Photograph by Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

A Mitt Romney supporter in Salem, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $9.4 M

That’s how much Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has collected from employees of the investment and securities industry and their family members, according to the latest figures from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group that tracks political...

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Volunteers help to wrangle an Uncle Sam balloon at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington.

Photograph by Allison Shelley/The Washington Times/Landov

Volunteers help to wrangle an Uncle Sam balloon at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington.

Fireworks for the Fourth and Friday

Get ready for two blasts of fireworks this week: the holiday pyrotechnics tomorrow and another blast Friday — when the government reports the jobs tally for June. The Labor Department may report that employers increased payrolls by 90,000 workers in...

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President Barack Obama gets out of an electric Chevy Volt in Holland, Michigan.

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President Barack Obama gets out of an electric Chevy Volt in Holland, Michigan.

Obama’s Ad-attack on Romney: `Insourcing’ vs. Outsourcing

President Barack Obama wants you to know he supports “insourcing” and Republican challenger Mitt Romney supports “outsourcing.” That’s the contrast on jobs that the president’s re-election campaign is trying to make in a new television ad airing in swing-states critical to...

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Robert E. Diamond Jr., of Barclays PLC.

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Robert E. Diamond Jr., of Barclays PLC.

Diamond Out of Romney Fundraiser

Updated at 10:30 am EDT Robert Diamond, who today stepped down as chief executive of Barclays Plc, will no longer co-host a London campaign fundraiser this month for presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed....

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Mitt and Ann Romney on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., on July 2, 2012, where they have a vacation home.

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Mitt and Ann Romney on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., on July 2, 2012, where they have a vacation home.

Mitt Romney Letting His Hair Down

Now come snapshots from Mitt Romney’s summer vacation. And the buttoned-down, perfectly coiffed candidate for president has let his hair down. There’s Romney, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, ordering an ice cream cone. There’s Romney surrounded by some of the kids...

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Steam and smoke from a coal-fired power plant.

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Steam and smoke from a coal-fired power plant.

Energy Planning: Ohio’s Brown Targeted by Anonymous Donors

A nonprofit organization that supports free markets and curbing regulation is airing television ads in Ohio attacking Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown on energy policy. American Commitment, which formed in April, is spending about $1.2 million on two ads that began...

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