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Daily Archives: July 12, 2012

Gymnastics US Olympic Trials in San Jose.

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Gymnastics US Olympic Trials in San Jose.

Reid On American Uniforms Made in China: Burn Them

The U.S. Olympic Committee “should be ashamed of themselves” for commissioning uniforms made in China, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who told reporters the outfits American athletes are to wear while being introduced in London should be put in...

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Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. after a House Democratic caucus meeting.

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Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. after a House Democratic caucus meeting.

Jackson’s Month-Long Absence Causing Unease

The revelation that the month-long disappearance from Capital Hill of Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is due to treatment for a “mood disorder,” which an aide said yesterday was not for alcohol or drug addiction, has prompted some public...

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President Barack Obama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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President Barack Obama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Obama’s Podium: ‘Gov’t Property’

President Obama now flies Air Force One with two spokespeople aboard — White House press secretary Jay Carney and campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki. So should he also be juggling two podium placards? Carney’s West Wing predecessor, Robert Gibbs, told CBS...

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Religious Jews with the Book of Lamentation during Tisha B'av on Jerusalem's Old City.

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Religious Jews with the Book of Lamentation during Tisha B'av on Jerusalem's Old City.

Mourning in Israel: Romney Bound for Jerusalem on Saddest Day of All

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Mitt Romney travels to Israel, for a two-day visit packed with fundraisers for supporters abroad and photo-ops with which to woo Jewish voters back home in the States. But nothing...

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An anti-Obama sticker in Golden, Colorado.

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An anti-Obama sticker in Golden, Colorado.

Democrats Target Crossroads GPS, Which Keeps Targeting Obama

An intriguing coincidence: On the same day the pro-Republican nonprofit Crossroads GPS detailed where it will air $8-million-worth of new ads hammering President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats launched their latest effort to force such groups to reveal their donors. We...

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An inflatable eagle at the Rick Perry Buick GMC dealership in La Salle, Illinois.

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An inflatable eagle at the Rick Perry Buick GMC dealership in La Salle, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: Minus 43

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for political Independents in the week ended July 8. The index, produced for Bloomberg by Langer Research Associates, asks people to rate the national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances on a...

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Vice President Joe Biden during the NAACP annual convention on July 12, 2012 in Houston.

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Vice President Joe Biden during the NAACP annual convention on July 12, 2012 in Houston.

Washington Daybook: Horse Race

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses the NAACP’s conference in Houston one day after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was booed by attendees for saying he’d repeal the Affordable Care Act. By a margin of 55 percent to 36...

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A rally at the Supreme Court to mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court.

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A rally at the Supreme Court to mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court.

Super-PACs: Little From Corporations

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission may have overturned a century-old ban on corporations spending money on federal elections. Yet that 2010 ruling, which also spawned the creation of independent expenditure-only committees known as super-PACs...

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