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Daily Archives: July 23, 2012

Barack Obama at an electronics shop in Wheaton, Maryland.

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Barack Obama at an electronics shop in Wheaton, Maryland.

Ad-Rating Project Will Assess Campaign TV Spots by Asking Voters

Those of us who analyze and fact-check television ads in the 2012 campaign do so without really knowing what the voting public thinks of them. It’s a question that researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and YouGov, a global...

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U.S. Marine Sgt. Jordan Hintz from Baker Company of the 1st battalion 7th Marines Regiment looks through his scope while on patrol in Sangin on June 10, 2012.

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U.S. Marine Sgt. Jordan Hintz from Baker Company of the 1st battalion 7th Marines Regiment looks through his scope while on patrol in Sangin on June 10, 2012.

Obama, Romney: `American Century’

Updated at 4:15 pm EDT It’s a sign of the “political season,” President Barack Obama said today, that anyone is talking about cutting defense spending at year’s end. “Let’s stop playing politics with our military,” Obama said in an address...

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington.

IRS ‘Will Consider’ Changes for Tax-Exempt Groups in Politics

The Internal Revenue Service will consider changing the regulations governing non-profit “social welfare” groups that are buying millions of dollars in television ads to try to influence the presidential election and other races. A three-paragraph letter dated July 17 represents the first...

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Herman Cain with a supporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Herman Cain with a supporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

`Cain Train’ Chugs Into Reno, Makes `Robo-Calls,’ Tracking Obama

Been wondering what Herman Cain’s been up to? Well, even if more pressing matters have occupied your time, we’re here to tell you — today, he’s shadowing President Barack Obama in Reno, Nevada. As reported by ace Nevada political reporter...

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Wilbur L. Ross Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of W. L.Ross & Co. LLC.

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Wilbur L. Ross Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of W. L.Ross & Co. LLC.

Ross: Private-Equity Rhetoric Hurts

If you ask private-equity executives whether the campaign rhetoric surrounding Mitt Romney’s buyout past is hurting business, most will wave you off. For billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, on the other hand, the effect has been real — and he’s ready...

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Mitt Romney supporters during a campaign rally in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Mitt Romney supporters during a campaign rally in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Romney’s $50,000 Plates, Obama’s $35,800 — The Window’s Open Again

After a few days off — a moment of campaign silence spurred by the shooting in Colorado — the presidential candidates are back at work fundraising. Republican Mitt Romney started at a $50,000-per-plate lunch Sunday at the Woodside, California, home...

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President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraising event for Sen. Claire McCaskill in St. Louis.

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President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraising event for Sen. Claire McCaskill in St. Louis.

Free Enterprise: `America Again’

The super-PACs fighting the re-election of select Democratic senators have attempted to tie President Barack Obama to his party’s senators. “Obama-care?” asks the Crossroads GPS ad targeting Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill. “More like Obama-Claire.” Now it’s free enterprise itself that’s...

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Engineers and developers work at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago.

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Engineers and developers work at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago.

2012 Gold Rush: Millions to be Made

From the first in a series about a costly election: Making Millionaires: The 2012 Gold Rush Four years ago, Michael Beach was toiling inside the Republican National Committee, overseeing a voter-turnout operation that was overrun by President Barack Obama’s technology-driven grassroots army....

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