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Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

President Barack Obama at a basketball station with the Harlem Globetrotters during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.

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President Barack Obama at a basketball station with the Harlem Globetrotters during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.

Politics Isn’t Obama’s Only Game

Updated at 9 pm EDT In case he’s not made it clear, President Barack Obama is the nation’s basketball-fan-in-chief. Obama is getting an early look at the U.S. men’s national basketball team’s prospects for London. He and Vice President Joe...

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Luciano Guadalupe joins demonstrators protesting outside the site of a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Luciano Guadalupe joins demonstrators protesting outside the site of a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Romney’s `Swift-Baining, Tippy-Toes’ and Possible Return on Disclosure

Mitt Romney “on his tippy-toes.” It’s a curious image to conjure. Yet there’s a lot of dancing going on in campaign circles today. As Romney’s campaign accused President Barack Obama of taking special care of his friendly donors, the president’s...

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Mitt Romney in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

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Mitt Romney in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $140.3 million

That’s how much money that a joint fundraising committee aiding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and allied political committees raised in April, May and June, it said yesterday in a filing to the Federal Election Commission in Washington. The committee,...

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A union rally in Cleveland where organized labor was rallying for public employee collective bargaining rights.

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A union rally in Cleveland where organized labor was rallying for public employee collective bargaining rights.

Bain Hits the Road, Spirit of Mitt in Tow

Bain is squeezing past the elephant in the room to get back on the road. Despite a blizzard of publicity sparked by its famous founder’s candidacy, Bain Capital is officially pitching investors on its new fund, formally known as Bain Capital Fund XI. While...

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Mitt Romney at Newark Town Square on June 17, 2012 in Ohio.

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Mitt Romney at Newark Town Square on June 17, 2012 in Ohio.

Pro-Romney Super-PAC Raises Record $20 Million

The marquee super-PACs in the presidential election each saw record fundraising last month, a sign that big donors are becoming more comfortable with them. Restore Our Future, backing presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, raised $20 million in June, spokeswoman Brittany...

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Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, left, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, center, and Mitt Romney in Las Vegas.

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Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, left, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, center, and Mitt Romney in Las Vegas.

Veepstakes: Governors Edition

Bloomberg conducted an utterly unscientific and informal poll of state leaders attending the National Governors Association annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, this weekend, asking them to guess who they think will join presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in his bid...

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Al Green in concert in Sydney, Australia.

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Al Green in concert in Sydney, Australia.

Obama’s Al Green: Retaliation for Romney’s ‘America the Beautiful’

Updated July 17 at 6:15 pm EDT Two can play at this singing game. First President Barack Obama’s campaign produced a TV ad replaying Republican Mitt Romney’s off-key rendition of “America the Beautiful” with overlaid headlines about Romney’s Bain Capital outsourcing...

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Rescue crews with the wreckage of two Red Line Metrorail trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations on June 22, 2009 in Washington.

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Rescue crews with the wreckage of two Red Line Metrorail trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations on June 22, 2009 in Washington.

Washington Daybook

President Obama makes a campaign stop today at Cincinnati’s Music Hall, site of the 1880 Democratic National Convention that saw Gettysburg war hero Gen. Winfield Hancock selected to run for president against James Garfield. Obama then returns to Washington to...

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, right, Rep. Keith Ellison, left, and Rep. Steve Israel, speak about theDISCLOSE act on Capitol Hill.

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, right, Rep. Keith Ellison, left, and Rep. Steve Israel, speak about theDISCLOSE act on Capitol Hill.

Senate to Vote on Disclosure of Political Ad Funding

Campaign finance reform groups expect a Senate vote this morning on a motion to advance legislation requiring disclosure of donors to groups that are spending millions of dollars on political ads in the run-up to the 2012 elections. Reformers aren’t...

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