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Daily Archives: July 6, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on July 6, 2012.

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President Barack Obama speaks at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on July 6, 2012.

$10 M Checks, Obama Complains — Yet Look Who’s Gone Negative

President Barack Obama is running campaign ads portraying his rival, Republican Mitt Romney, as the outsourcer-in-chief. “I know that sometimes modern campaigns aren’t pretty to watch, because basically so much of it involves millions of dollars on television,” Obama told...

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A welder works on the deck component of a petroleum tanker at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

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A welder works on the deck component of a petroleum tanker at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

‘Inch by Inch:’ Obama on Economy

“Inch by inch, yard by yard, mile by mile,” the economy is starting to come back. That’s President Barack Obama’s word on the economic recovery this afternoon. The president was addressing an audience at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh near the...

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Mitt Romney in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

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Mitt Romney in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

Obama Keeping `Cookiegate’ Alive

The Obama campaign isn’t letting “Cookiegate” go. An e-mail circulated to reporters covering the president’s two-day bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania announced that cookies from Pennsylvania’s Bethel Bakery would be awaiting them at Carnegie Mellon University for the president’s...

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John Podesta

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John Podesta

Podesta Urges Against Fiscal Delay: `Political Capital with Al Hunt’

A significant postponement of spending cuts and tax-cut expirations set to kick in Jan. 1 would be a “disaster” for U.S. fiscal credibility and for President Barack Obama’s ability to govern if elected to a second term, said John Podesta,...

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President Barack Obama with Edward Ruscitti during a tour of Summer Garden Food Manufacturing in Boardman, Ohio, on July 6, 2012.

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President Barack Obama with Edward Ruscitti during a tour of Summer Garden Food Manufacturing in Boardman, Ohio, on July 6, 2012.

Obama Takes `the Sauce’ – Marinara

Minutes after a weak employment report today, President Barack Obama was looking at something else, too: Strong marinara. In a tour of the sprawling factory at Summer Garden Food in Boardman, Ohio, makers of Mario Batali’s marinara sauce and other...

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Job applicants in Denver, Colorado.

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Job applicants in Denver, Colorado.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 41, 28

The first figure is the number of consecutive months that the national unemployment rate has stood above 8 percent. The stretch runs from February 2009, when the rate was 8.3 percent during President Barack Obama’s first full month in office,...

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On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg

On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Obama Offers `Excuses,’ Says Republican Group With $25 Million

If you live in a swing state and are seeking a summer respite from the presidential campaign, you’d better turn off your television. Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a tax-exempt group with Republican ties, today announced a $25 million television advertising...

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Job seekers at a job fair held at the Jacob Javits Conference Center in New York.

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Job seekers at a job fair held at the Jacob Javits Conference Center in New York.

Unemployment Holding at 8.2 %

Updated at 9, 10:07 and 11:07 am EDT Four months from Election Day, the nation’s unemployment rate has held steady at 8.2 percent, with just 80,000 jobs added in June, according to the report this morning from the U.S. Department...

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A letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail to a residence in Washington after a powerful storm.

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A letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail to a residence in Washington after a powerful storm.

Free Mail for Congress: $45 Million

Lawmakers intent on dictating how the U.S. Postal Service cuts billions from its spending are among those helping themselves to a favorite congressional perk: free mail. U.S. House members sent more than $45 million worth of such mail in 2010...

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