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Daily Archives: August 14, 2012

Drought stricken corn on the McIntosh farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, on August 13, 2012.

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Drought stricken corn on the McIntosh farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, on August 13, 2012.

At State Fair, Iowans Wish Candidates Had Stayed in Washington

Struck by the worst drought in more than a half-century and the focus of swing-state campaigning, Iowa is getting plenty of attention from politicians. President Barack Obama concludes a three-day trip in the state tomorrow. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the newly-named Republican vice-presidential candidate,...

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Reaction to President Barack Obama during a campaign stop at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, on Aug. 9, 2012.

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Reaction to President Barack Obama during a campaign stop at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, on Aug. 9, 2012.

Obama vs Romney: The `Differences’

This is a story about a bus driver, and about much more. “We’ve got a whole lot of differences between me and Governor Romney,” said President Barack Obama, campaigning today in Iowa, where his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination...

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Tourists take a gondola ride at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.

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Tourists take a gondola ride at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

When Congressman Paul Ryan makes an appearance as a vice presidential candidate before some of his campaign’s biggest donors, the event will be kept firmly behind closed doors. Press is barred from tonight’s finance meeting in Las Vegas, which a...

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Mitt Romney with Rep. Paul Ryan during a campaign event in Ashland, Va., on Aug. 11, 2012.

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Mitt Romney with Rep. Paul Ryan during a campaign event in Ashland, Va., on Aug. 11, 2012.

Ryan Pick Brings $7.4 Million to Romney Campaign Coffers

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney raised $7.4 million in 72 hours after he chose U.S. Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate, said a campaign spokesman, Andrea Saul, on Twitter.The campaign received more than 101,000 donations online following the...

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Members of Congress ascend the House steps of the Capitol before a vote on the floor.

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Members of Congress ascend the House steps of the Capitol before a vote on the floor.

Congress: 1 in 10 Americans Approve

One in ten Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. (Quick quiz: who among the major parties’ presidential tickets never served there?) Ten percent is as low as congressional approval has sunk in 38 years of Gallup Poll surveys on...

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Mitt Romney and Ohio Gov. John Kasich arrive for a roundtable discussion with students at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on April 27, 2012.

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Mitt Romney and Ohio Gov. John Kasich arrive for a roundtable discussion with students at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on April 27, 2012.

Obama to Romney: `Get Real, Mitt’

President Barack Obama’s campaign is telling Mitt Romney to“get real” in a television ad that paints the Republican challenger as out of touch on higher education funding. “Take a risk. Get the education. Borrow money if you have to from...

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker leaps from a mobile billboard during part of the FixGunChecks.org truck tour stop.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker leaps from a mobile billboard during part of the FixGunChecks.org truck tour stop.

Gun-Control Group Files FEC Report Listing Donors

Donors funding many of the current political ads that boost or attack candidates are being kept under wraps. But a group sponsoring a new ad campaign calling for gun-control plans from President Obama and Mitt Romney has opted for disclosure....

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A supporter at a Barack Obama campaign event in Chicago on August 12, 2012.

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A supporter at a Barack Obama campaign event in Chicago on August 12, 2012.

Voters Tuning Out Traditional TV Ads

Nearly half of likely voters own a smartphone, a third skip commercials when watching television because they have digital video recorders and a third own a tablet computer. Those are some of the findings from a national survey conducted by...

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