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Daily Archives: July 26, 2012

President Barack Obama greets diners at the Gateway Breakfast House in Portland, Ore., on July 24, 2012.

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President Barack Obama greets diners at the Gateway Breakfast House in Portland, Ore., on July 24, 2012.

`Success’ as a Brand Name — Romney’s Tussle with Obama

“There are people who are trying to attack success and are trying to attack our success,” says Republican Mitt Romney. “That’s not going to be successful.” Romney says so in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan airing this evening, at...

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Connecticut House Speaker and Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, Chris Donovan, right, during special session at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn.

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Connecticut House Speaker and Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, Chris Donovan, right, during special session at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn.

Super-PAC Aids Connecticut Democrat by Attacking Two Rivals

A super-political action committee attacking two Democrats running for a U.S. House seat in Connecticut is funded by early donors to a third Democrat seeking the same seat. The super-PAC, New Directions for America, questions state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s...

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Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., conducts the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup hearing of "The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act"  on Feb. 2, 2012.

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Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., conducts the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup hearing of "The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act" on Feb. 2, 2012.

In Florida Republican Matchup, Mica Ad Says Adams ‘Failed Us’

Florida U.S. Representative John Mica’s television ad attacking Representative Sandy Adams’s votes on budget and spending bills could include dozens of their Republican colleagues in its sweep. “Sandy Adams talks about reducing the deficit. Given the chance, she failed us,”...

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Job seekers talk to recruiters at a Choice Career Fair in New York, on July 18, 2012.

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Job seekers talk to recruiters at a Choice Career Fair in New York, on July 18, 2012.

Typo in the Typo Fix Ties Up the House

One wrong led to another and two embarrassing fixes on the House floor. Republicans needed to repair their anti-regulation bill, H.R. 4078, because of a typographical error. Instead of triggering action when the UNEMPLOYMENT rate falls to 6 percent, the...

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Police patrol Terminal 4 as Olympic athletes arrive at Heathrow Airport on July 16, 2012 in London.

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Police patrol Terminal 4 as Olympic athletes arrive at Heathrow Airport on July 16, 2012 in London.

London vs. Salt Lake City Games – Romney’s Were `Middle of Nowhere’

Mitt Romney ran Olympic games. So when the Republican candidate for president of the U.S. on tour of London for the opening of the summer games there suggests that local security preparations are “disconcerting,” well, let the games begin: David...

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington.

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington.

Anonymous Donations Can Remain Secret Despite IRS Requirement to Disclose

The handwringing over disclosure of who is giving money to 501(c)(4)’s in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election has increased, as donors seeking anonymity try to bring a cone of silence down around their contributions. Social welfare organizations that...

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GOP cufflinks during a rally in Atlanta.

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GOP cufflinks during a rally in Atlanta.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 17.3

That’s the difference in consumer confidence between Democrats and Republicans as measured by the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended July 22. The index — a measurement of respondents’ views on the economy, the buying climate and their...

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Mitt Romney, second right, tours the GREAT Pavilion Exhibit with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, second left, in London on July 26, 2012.

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Mitt Romney, second right, tours the GREAT Pavilion Exhibit with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, second left, in London on July 26, 2012.

Fundraising Abroad: No ‘Bundling’ at U.S. Embassy Visa Desks Allowed

When it comes to political giving, both presidential candidates are for repatriation. The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each have held fundraisers abroad. More are planned, including an event featuring George Clooney for Obama in Geneva...

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Mitt Romney meets with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London, on  July 26, 2012.

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Mitt Romney meets with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London, on July 26, 2012.

Romney’s ‘Boring White Guy’ Brian?

Take a look at Mitt Romney’s serve return: Brian Williams, the sonorous news anchor for NBC News, was reading from a script when he asked Romney, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, if it’s true he’s seeking an “incredibly boring...

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