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Daily Archives: July 17, 2012

A member of the Secret Service next to President Barack Obama's limousine as he attends a private fundraiser in San Antonio, Texas, on July 17, 2012.

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A member of the Secret Service next to President Barack Obama's limousine as he attends a private fundraiser in San Antonio, Texas, on July 17, 2012.

Obama’s Austin City Limits: ‘Noise’

The ex-Dell exec’s penthouse in Texas has a view of Lady Bird Lake. The president’s fundraising dinner at the Austin downtown Four Seasons residence of former Dell Inc. finance chief Tom Meredith capped a $4-million fundraising day in Austin and...

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Protests outside a fundraiser for Mitt Romney on July 16, 2012 in Baton Rouge, La.

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Protests outside a fundraiser for Mitt Romney on July 16, 2012 in Baton Rouge, La.

Rick Perry, from `Vulture Capitalism’ to Tax Auditor — Pressing Romney

Payback is priceless. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who challenged Republican Mitt Romney for the party’s presidential nomination — and criticized Romney’s private-equity business as “vulture capitalism” – has joined a bipartisan chorus  ranging from the Obama campaign to a former...

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Harris Stanley, the most youthful manger in major league baseball, with President Calvin Coolidge and Mrs. Grace Coolidge just before the start of the opening game in Washington between the Senators and the Athletics.Photograph by AP

Photograph by AP

Harris Stanley, the most youthful manger in major league baseball, with President Calvin Coolidge and Mrs. Grace Coolidge just before the start of the opening game in Washington between the Senators and the Athletics.Photograph by AP

Bush’s Book: Growth Lessons from Calvin Coolidge & Baseball’s Answer

The Bush library is out with its first book. That’s the George W. Bush Presidential Center, its establishment with a library and think tank at the alma mater of former first lady Laura Bush generating no small controversy on the...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Washington.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Washington.

Republican Leaders, Super-PACs Shape North Carolina House Runoff

A runoff election for a House seat today between two North Carolina Republicans is unusual for the intervention of party leaders and outside groups. Richard Hudson, a former chief of staff to three House members, is the preferred candidate of...

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Sen. John McCain

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Sen. John McCain

McCain: ‘Mark my Words’ — Campaign Finance ‘Scandal Not Far’

For years, John McCain’s name was synonymous with campaign finance reform. Bruised by his exposure to a scandal in his early years as a senator involving Arizona businessman Charles Keating, a generous campaign contributor who sought help with federal banking...

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President Barack Obama at the University of Texas in Austin.

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President Barack Obama at the University of Texas in Austin.

For Obama, Ayes of Texas = $4 Million

President Barack Obama plans to raise about $4 million at campaign fundraisers in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, today. The president will scour a state that votes Republican in presidential elections — the home of former President George W. Bush...

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's 2011 tax returns. They paid 20.5 percent federal tax rate on $789,674 in adjusted gross income for 2011, according to the returns released today by the White House.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's 2011 tax returns. They paid 20.5 percent federal tax rate on $789,674 in adjusted gross income for 2011, according to the returns released today by the White House.

Obama, Republicans Press Romney — Bipartisan Chorus on Tax Returns

There’s often a price to pay for political decisions. This is the price that President Barack Obama and the Democrats want Republican Mitt Romney to pay for releasing no more than two years of personal tax returns: “Tax havens, offshore...

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President George Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle during the 1992 Republican National Convention.

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President George Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle during the 1992 Republican National Convention.

Romney Picking Veep This Week Flouts Presidential Precedents

The suspicion among many in the political world is that the prospect of Republican Mitt Romney unveiling his vice presidential pick this week — a scenario floated yesterday by veteran aide Eric Fehrnstrom — is more head fake than heads...

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The Republican primary election April 24, 2012 at Bodine High School in Philadelphia.

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The Republican primary election April 24, 2012 at Bodine High School in Philadelphia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 10.3

That was the percentage-point margin of victory for President Barack Obama in Pennsylvania in 2008. It was the biggest winning margin there for a Democratic White House candidate in 44 years. The Nov. 6 election in Pennsylvania probably will be closer...

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