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Daily Archives: August 3, 2012


Voting in the Illinois primary election in Bourgonnais.

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Voting in the Illinois primary election in Bourgonnais.

Party Identification: Ebbs and Flows

The blogosphere has buzzed with complaints about polls this week. Polls that showed President Barack Obama running ahead of Republican Mitt Romney. The common complaint: too many Democrats surveyed. Andy Kohut, one of the best in the business, has an...

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A worker prepares carpeting next to a symbol of a cloud at the Deutsche Telekom stand during CeBIT 2012.

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A worker prepares carpeting next to a symbol of a cloud at the Deutsche Telekom stand during CeBIT 2012.

Federal Contractors Gobbling Subs

Washington belt-tightening may be having a dramatic impact on the acquisition strategies of the nation’s largest government contractors. In an effort to keep government cash flowing, companies such as Dell, Citrix and Symantec have been gobbling up smaller companies in...

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Mitt Romney with senior advisor Beth Myers  aboard his campaign plane.

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Mitt Romney with senior advisor Beth Myers aboard his campaign plane.

Romney: `Paid Taxes Every Year’

“I have paid taxes every year, and a lot of taxes,” Republican Mitt Romney said today. His unequivocal statement is a response to suggestions from Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, that Romney has averted paying taxes for many...

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A train attendant prepares a complimentary dinner in a microwave aboard Amtrak's Acela Express in New York City.

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A train attendant prepares a complimentary dinner in a microwave aboard Amtrak's Acela Express in New York City.

Amtrak: `On Second Thought — Make Mine a Cheeseburger’

Here’s a business model: A passenger on Amtrak pays $9.50 for a pre-packaged cheeseburger steamed up in the microwave in the dining car. It costs Amtrak $16.15 to deliver it. That’s what John Mica, the Florida Republican who chairs the...

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Mitt Romney during a campaign event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on August 2, 2012 in Golden, Colorado.

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Mitt Romney during a campaign event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on August 2, 2012 in Golden, Colorado.

Romney Ratchets the Adjectives: `Kick in the Gut, Hammer Blow’

Today, Mitt Romney called the latest report of 8.3 percent unemployment “a hammer blow” to middle-class families. Last month, he called June’s 8.2 percent “a kick in the gut.” In June, he called May’s 8.2 percent “devastating news for American...

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Volunteers at a food bank in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

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Volunteers at a food bank in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 87 pct

That’s the share of Americans who rate the national economy as “not so good” or “poor,” according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, which also asks people to rate their personal finances and the buying climate. The 87 percent figure...

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A job seeker speaks with an employer at the Veterans On Wall Street job fair in New York.

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A job seeker speaks with an employer at the Veterans On Wall Street job fair in New York.

Jobs Added: 163,000 — Unemployment Rate Rises: 8.3 pct

Updated at 9:25 am and 9:45 am EDT The monthly gain in jobs in July has nearly doubled the past two months’ anemic reports — and nearly tripled the revised gain for June. Yet the unemployment rate has inched up...

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President Barack Obama during a campaign event in Leesburg, Virginia, on August 2, 2012.

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President Barack Obama during a campaign event in Leesburg, Virginia, on August 2, 2012.

Obama’s Marginal (3 pct) July Lead

July would appear to be a good month for President Barack Obama. Not a great month. That would be the conclusion of a run of public opinion polls which, taken one at a time, have portrayed a series of confusing...

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