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Daily Archives: July 25, 2012

Steve Tellam, co-owner of Tellam & Tellam Cattle, prepares to round up cattle to sell to another ranch in Ramona, California.

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Steve Tellam, co-owner of Tellam & Tellam Cattle, prepares to round up cattle to sell to another ranch in Ramona, California.

USDA: No Meat in ‘Meatless Monday’

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was not amused, not by a long shot, when it learned this week that the USDA was endorsing — or at least someone with access to an agency website was endorsing — “Meatless Mondays.” The...

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The Chick-fil-A Inc. cow mascot during the grand opening of the company's restaurant in Costa Mesa, California.

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The Chick-fil-A Inc. cow mascot during the grand opening of the company's restaurant in Costa Mesa, California.

Chickened Out on Same-Sex Marriage

The Chick-fil-A debate has reached the U.S. Congress. Members of the Republican Study Committee today dined on chicken sandwiches and wraps from the fast food company at their weekly luncheon. It was a show of support after its president, Dan...

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Mitt Romney meets VFW members following his speech in Reno,  Nevada, on July 24, 2012.

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Mitt Romney meets VFW members following his speech in Reno, Nevada, on July 24, 2012.

Romney and the ‘Likeability’ Factor

Mitt Romney could use a Sally Field moment. The presumed Republican presidential nominee has a lot going for him in his White House bid, most obviously a sluggish economy that undermines support for President Barack Obama. But, as new public...

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The stage is set for the Republican presidential candidates' debate on Feb. 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.

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The stage is set for the Republican presidential candidates' debate on Feb. 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.

Formats Picked for This Fall’s Must See Presidential Debate TV

Get the popcorn ready. After this summer’s Olympics and the national political conventions, this fall’s presidential and vice presidential debates will offer a little bit of everything for that small slice of the electorate still trying to decide between President...

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Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a questions about the plan to build a giant twin tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities, with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, in Sacramento, Calif., on July 25, 2012.

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Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a questions about the plan to build a giant twin tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities, with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, in Sacramento, Calif., on July 25, 2012.

Jerry Brown Wants to `Get S— Done’

Jerry Brown was California’s youngest governor when he was first elected in the 1970s. Now back in the statehouse at age 74, he’s California’s oldest. Apparently he isn’t afraid to admit that, at his age, he can’t dilly-dally around anymore....

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Landscaper Mark Feliciano, who voted previously for Obama, has switched parties and will vote for GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Feliciano, who is of puerto rican descent, had to short sale his previous house and watch his business drop by 75 percent in the housing crash.

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Landscaper Mark Feliciano, who voted previously for Obama, has switched parties and will vote for GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Feliciano, who is of puerto rican descent, had to short sale his previous house and watch his business drop by 75 percent in the housing crash.

Romney’s Anti-Immigrant Stand Could Hurt in November

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who famously called on undocumented immigrants to “self-deport,” is getting less than one fourth of the Hispanic vote, according to a poll out today. The survey by NBC News, Telemundo and the Wall Street Journal, found...

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Demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court show their support for the Affordable Care Act.

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Demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court show their support for the Affordable Care Act.

Supreme Court Health-Care Ruling Primed Obama’s Fundraising Pump

That high court health-care ruling unleashed some political money. By the numbers, it apparently went better for the president. The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 ruling upholding the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care law proved financially profitable for both...

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A frame grab from a recent Romney campaign ad.

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A frame grab from a recent Romney campaign ad.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 48,448

That’s how many presidential campaign ads ran in the seven-day period ended July 23, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising on local broadcast and national network and cable stations. President Barack Obama was out-gunned in the...

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President Barack Obama at a campaign fundraiser at the Oregon Convention Center on July 24, 2012 in Portland.

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President Barack Obama at a campaign fundraiser at the Oregon Convention Center on July 24, 2012 in Portland.

Moody’s Modeling Shows Obama Winning 303 Electoral Votes

President Barack Obama maintains a narrow electoral advantage over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to the latest run of a Moody’s Analytics’ model for the election. The model, based on state economic data and past voting behavior, projects the incumbent...

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