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Daily Archives: August 1, 2012

President Barack Obama at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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President Barack Obama at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Sunshine State Key: Orange County

Florida remains a battleground state, and Orange County is one of the 50 or so counties nationally which will determine which way key states “swing” in the 2012 presidential election. In part two of our series, “Bellwethers: A 50-County Election,”...

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U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the beam during the women's team final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games.

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U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the beam during the women's team final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games.

Air Force One’s Switchboard, Fridge: `Dream Come True,’ Obama Told

This is about the power of the pulpit. Why it’s fun to run for the White House from the White House. “I want to congratulate Michael Phelps — most medals we’ve ever seen,” President Barack Obama told a crowd at...

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President Barack Obama prepares to board Air Force One to Ohio for campaign stops in Mansfield and Akron.

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President Barack Obama prepares to board Air Force One to Ohio for campaign stops in Mansfield and Akron.

Ohio: One in 10 Open to Persuasion

In Ohio, where President Barack Obama is campaigning for reelection today and where a new poll shows him holding an advantage over Republican Mitt Romney, there is room to move between now and November. While 87 percent of the likely...

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Demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court protest against the Affordable Care Act in Washington.

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Demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court protest against the Affordable Care Act in Washington.

Latest CBO Report on Health Law Adds to Business Uncertainty

The Congressional Budget Office’s new estimates of the budgetary impact of the Affordable Care Act, made in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling last month, glides right by one obvious fact: the budget analysts really have no idea how...

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A campaign sign in Orange, Texas, for Republican congressional candidate Steve Stockman.

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A campaign sign in Orange, Texas, for Republican congressional candidate Steve Stockman.

Texas Republican Stockman Likely to Return to House After 16 Years

Representative Steve LaTourette of Ohio is leaving Congress just as another member of the iconic House Republican Class of 1994, Steve Stockman of Texas, is on his way back after a 16-year absence. Hours after LaTourette revealed his surprise exit yesterday, Stockman was...

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President Barack Obama greets supporters during a campaign event in Mansfield Central Park in Mansfield, Ohio, on August 1, 2012.

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President Barack Obama greets supporters during a campaign event in Mansfield Central Park in Mansfield, Ohio, on August 1, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 90 percent

That’s the share of the 48,438 presidential campaign television ads in the past seven days that carried a negative tone, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising on local broadcast and national network and cable stations. About 72...

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Volunteers for the Obama 2012 campaign are instructed on how to interact with residents in a Tampa neighborhood as they prepare to canvass the area.

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Volunteers for the Obama 2012 campaign are instructed on how to interact with residents in a Tampa neighborhood as they prepare to canvass the area.

Obama’s Swing-State Advantage: Quinnipiac, CBS, NYT Poll

President Barack Obama holds an advantage over Republican Mitt Romney in three swing states critical to the outcome of the presidential election, according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times. The survey of...

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