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Daily Archives: August 7, 2012

Mitt Romney with audience members as he campaigns at Acme Industries in Elk Grove Village, Ill., on Aug. 7, 2012.

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Mitt Romney with audience members as he campaigns at Acme Industries in Elk Grove Village, Ill., on Aug. 7, 2012.

Romney’s Sympathy for the `Sheikh’ — or Other `Similar Sounding Word’

Mitt Romney’s world tour continues. Sikh, the Romney campaign explains, is “a similar sounding word” like sheikh. Fresh from a European tour where the Republican presidential candidate offended the British over security preparations for the Olympic Games and offended the...

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Gen. David Petraeus testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill.

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Gen. David Petraeus testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill.

Petraeus as Romney Running Mate? `Not’ Seeking Elected Office

Written with John Walcott Eisenhower did it. Al Haig declared he was in charge. Wesley Clark tried it, too. But David Petraeus, the retired four-star general, ex-commander of U.S. Central Command and commander of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan now...

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Mitt Romney with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during a campaign stop at Exeter High School in Exeter, New Hampshire.

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Mitt Romney with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during a campaign stop at Exeter High School in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Christie With Romney: Read On

“Two weeks ago, I was definitely going to be the keynote speaker,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says of his role at the Republican National Convention. “Now this morning, I’m going to be the vice president,” Christie says of speculation...

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President Barack Obama shoots hoops with NBA basketball players and members of the Harlem Globetrotters at the White House.

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President Barack Obama shoots hoops with NBA basketball players and members of the Harlem Globetrotters at the White House.

`Obama Classic:’ Hoops w/ Swoopes — Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing too

Barack Obama likes basketball. And he counts on donors liking it too. In the president’s never-ending quest to lure more small-dollar donors to his re-election campaign, he is offering contributors a chance to dine with him and basketball legend Michael...

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An Obama campaign worker at the campaign's headquarters in Chicago.

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An Obama campaign worker at the campaign's headquarters in Chicago.

Obama’s `Bully Pulpit’ — Internet vs Republican National Convention

Say the president is looking for a “bully pulpit” on the World Wide Web. He starts in Columbus, Ohio. With a purchase of ads on Road Runner’s Web site. That run of Web ads, timed for the start of the...

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing.

White House Stands Down — No Recess App’ts While Congress Out

The White House has agreed not to issue recess appointments to any of President Barack Obama’s nominees between now and Sept. 10 while Congress is out of session, according to an aide to the Senate’s top Republican. “They agreed not...

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President George W. Bush with his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Jeb's son George P. Bush in Palm Beach, Florida.

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President George W. Bush with his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Jeb's son George P. Bush in Palm Beach, Florida.

Bush’s Convention Address: Phase III

When a Bush takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the party will not be looking backward. It will be casting eyes forward. It won’t be either one of the Bushes who served as president — George...

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Republican Senate candidate Clark Durant and supporters gather in Durant Park in Lansing, Mich., for a march to the Michigan Secretary of State's office to deliver more than 24,000 signatures to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot.

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Republican Senate candidate Clark Durant and supporters gather in Durant Park in Lansing, Mich., for a march to the Michigan Secretary of State's office to deliver more than 24,000 signatures to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot.

Washington Daybook: Incumbents at Risk

Primary elections in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state will cost at least two more House Democrats their jobs in incumbent vs. incumbent clashes today. Reps. Hansen Clarke and Gary Peters face-off in Michigan’s 14th District; and Reps. William Lacy...

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Rep. John Conyers, Jr.,left, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. and Rep. Carolyn Maloney hold a news conference to discuss a proposal to reform election financing.

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Rep. John Conyers, Jr.,left, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. and Rep. Carolyn Maloney hold a news conference to discuss a proposal to reform election financing.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 38,077

That’s the combined number of days that Michigan Democrats John Dingell and John Conyers have served in the U.S. House of Representatives, respectively the longest and seventh-longest tenures in the history of that institution. Their combined tenure comes out to...

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