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Daily Archives: August 20, 2012

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have dinner with three winners of "Dinner with Barack and Michelle" fundraising contest on August 20, 2012 at Mintwood Place in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have dinner with three winners of "Dinner with Barack and Michelle" fundraising contest on August 20, 2012 at Mintwood Place in Washington, DC.

Idaho `Smokejumper’ Joins the Obamas for a Night Out

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dined at a Washington restaurant tonight with three winners of a contest sponsored by his re-election bid, one of whom is a “highly trained wildfire smokejumper from Idaho,” according to the campaign. The two other contest winners are educators:...

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The silhouette of Rep. Paul Ryan, running mate of Mitt Romney, during a campaign event at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Va., on Aug. 17, 2012.

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The silhouette of Rep. Paul Ryan, running mate of Mitt Romney, during a campaign event at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Va., on Aug. 17, 2012.

Ryan Bound for Akin Turf for Money

The terrain is shifting somewhat, but the fundraising goes on. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is scheduled to raise money later this week on embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s home turf. According to the Web site PoliticMo, which...

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Peter Thiel, head of Clarium Capital Management LLC and founding investor in PayPal Inc. and Facebook Inc.

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Peter Thiel, head of Clarium Capital Management LLC and founding investor in PayPal Inc. and Facebook Inc.

Thiel’s $1 Million Tops Donors to Club for Growth Super-PAC

Club for Growth Action, a super-political action committee that supports slashing government spending and taxes, raised $2.9 million last month, including $1 million from venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Thiel, a Facebook Inc. director who founded the hedge fund Clarium Capital...

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Rep. Ron Paul during a town hall style campaign event about 'Solving Detroit's Crises' in Detroit.

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Rep. Ron Paul during a town hall style campaign event about 'Solving Detroit's Crises' in Detroit.

Ron Paul Heads to Tampa With Money to Burn

U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who technically remains a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, entered August with $2.5 million still in his campaign bank account — money that could help him raise a ruckus over the next few days....

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1040 Individual Income Tax form for the 2011 tax year belonging to President Barack Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama.

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1040 Individual Income Tax form for the 2011 tax year belonging to President Barack Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama.

Obama on Look at Romney’s Taxes: `This is Pretty Standard Stuff’

President Barack Obama suggests that Mitt Romney’s disclosure of personal tax returns is a question of seeing whether everyone is “playing by the same rules.” Obama already has suggested, in campaign ads on TV, that Romney is not –with ads...

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President Barack Obama during the daily press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on August 20, 2012.

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President Barack Obama during the daily press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on August 20, 2012.

Obama: Campaign in `Bounds’

President Barack Obama says his campaign has not gone “out of bounds” in criticizing Republican challenger Mitt Romney, though he can’t say the same for the super-PAC backing him. Asked about a Web video that the Obama-backing Priorities USA Action...

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A pro-life activist stands in front of pro-choice activists with the National Organization For Women at a vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

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A pro-life activist stands in front of pro-choice activists with the National Organization For Women at a vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republican Party’s Battle Lines Tested — By a Remark About Rape

It’s serious business when prominent members — and the chief fundraisers — of any political party suggest that one of their own should consider getting out of a contest. That’s what Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, facing his own...

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Comedian Stephen Colbert hosts a rally with former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain at the College of Charleston.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert hosts a rally with former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain at the College of Charleston.

Colbert on Par With Congressmen

What do Stephen Colbert and Congressman Frank Guinta have in Common? $1.2 million. When Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s faux-news “ Colbert Report,” announced he was creating a super-PAC called “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Inc.,” it started out...

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Rep. Paul Ryan during a campaign rally at West Springfield High School on August 17, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia.

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Rep. Paul Ryan during a campaign rally at West Springfield High School on August 17, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia.

Romney Rally: Ryan Takes Lead

What a friend Mitt Romney has in Paul Ryan. “So many friends here in New Hampshire — I feel like I’m almost a New Hampshire resident,” Romney said today on the campus of St. Anshelm College in Manchester. Romney, his...

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