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Daily Archives: August 21, 2012

President Barack Obama exits Marine One to board Air Force One for a trip to Ohio on Aug. 21, 2012.

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President Barack Obama exits Marine One to board Air Force One for a trip to Ohio on Aug. 21, 2012.

Obama’s Slim Advantage in Poll — Finding Little Impact from Ryan

President Barack Obama holds a four-percentage-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that also shows low approval ratings for Congress. The poll released today showed Obama with 48 percent backing, Romney with 44 percent. Obama has never...

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at the University of Chicago.

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at the University of Chicago.

Priebus Refreshes Republican Coffer

Reince Priebus inherited a Republican National Committee in January 2011 that had been out-raised by its Democratic counterpart and needed to pay off a $23 million debt. His predecessor, Michael Steele, was criticized over his management of the party’s finances...

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A Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan supporter in Potomac, Maryland.

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A Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan supporter in Potomac, Maryland.

Romney to Akin: `Exit the Race’

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, had roundly condemned the remarks about rape made by Rep. Todd Akin, the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri. But Romney, saying there was no way he could defend Akin in...

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Mitt Romney arrives at Wilson Air Center to attend fundraising events on Aug. 21, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

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Mitt Romney arrives at Wilson Air Center to attend fundraising events on Aug. 21, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

Romney Refining Texas T: $7 Million

With President Barack Obama wooing young voters in Ohio and Republican Representative Paul Ryan courting Pennsylvanians, Mitt Romney decided to focus his election efforts today on a slightly less pivotal voting bloc: Oil Barons. The Republican presidential candidate is spending...

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President Barack Obama with students at Sloopy's diner during a surprise visit to the Ohio State University campus in Columbus on August 21, 2012.

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President Barack Obama with students at Sloopy's diner during a surprise visit to the Ohio State University campus in Columbus on August 21, 2012.

Big Ten Schools: Battleground

President Barack Obama wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to visit a Big Ten school. Before giving an education speech at the smaller (and private) Capital University at Bexley, Ohio, today Obama made a stop at the student union at...

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Steve Holloway of Lincoln County, Mo., celebrates word that Todd Akin won the GOP primary at his campaign party at the Columns in St. Charles, Mo., on Aug. 7, 2012.

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Steve Holloway of Lincoln County, Mo., celebrates word that Todd Akin won the GOP primary at his campaign party at the Columns in St. Charles, Mo., on Aug. 7, 2012.

Missouri Republicans, McConnell: Akin Must Go — Akin: Heck No

Updated at 2:55 pm EDT Now the choir has spoken. So has Todd Akin. Senator Roy Blunt, the Republican  junior senator from Missouri, is standing at the front of a line of fellow big-name Missouri Republicans calling for Rep. Akin,...

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Drill, Party, Drill — Republican Convention’s Corporate Sponsors

Last time, it was “Drill, baby, drill.” This time, it’s fund, baby, fund. Energy companies such as Chevron Corp. and Duke Energy Corp. are helping to fund the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa, Florida. Both corporations, along with...

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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry

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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry

Super-PAC Super-Donors Familiar

Super-political action committees are relying upon a familiar roster of super-donors as they spend money on the presidential race, Federal Election Commission reports out last night show. Heading into this month, the super-PACs supporting Republican Mitt Romney, American Crossroads and...

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From left to right, Senate Democrats including Minority Leader David Schapira, D-Tempe, Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, Minority Whip Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, and Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, during a special session on June 10, 2011 in Phoenix.

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From left to right, Senate Democrats including Minority Leader David Schapira, D-Tempe, Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, Minority Whip Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, and Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, during a special session on June 10, 2011 in Phoenix.

Tennessee Super-PAC Attacks Arizona Democrats Before Primary

A Democratic U.S. House primary in Arizona has drawn interest from another out-of-state group, this time a super-political action committee based in Tennessee. The super-PAC, Progressive Independent Committee, has paid for mail pieces attacking the voting records of Kyrsten Sinema, a...

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