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Daily Archives: August 23, 2012

Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin in Chesterfield, Mo.

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Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin in Chesterfield, Mo.

Todd Akin’s $100,000 Day

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, who’s been asked to drop out of the race by seemingly everyone in his party’s leadership, used that opposition to fuel a $100,000“ money bomb”  ’in donations Wednesday. His party’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney,...

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Putting up a security fence around the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 23, 2012 as they wait for Tropical Storm Isaac.

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Putting up a security fence around the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 23, 2012 as they wait for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Republican Convention Starting? — Must be a Hurricane (Isaac, Gustav)

It’s worth taking note of Isaac’s veering course. Yet it’s worth remembering what Isaac and Gustav have in common: Ominous beads on the northern Gulf of Mexico coast at the opening of a Republican National Convention. The opening of the...

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Seniors wait to see Vice President. Vice President Biden speak on medicare and social security in Coconut Creek, Florida.

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Seniors wait to see Vice President. Vice President Biden speak on medicare and social security in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Florida Crossroad: Medicare, Nelson

The Medi-scare campaign isn’t limited to the presidential contest. Crossroads GPS, a committee co-founded by Bush strategist Karl Rove, is promoting a $4.2-million “issue advocacy push” in Florida, Ohio, New Mexico and Montana for its “New Majority Agenda.” That agenda,...

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Supporters hold up cell phones and cameras as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign event at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas on August 22, 2012.

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Supporters hold up cell phones and cameras as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign event at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas on August 22, 2012.

Texting Obama: More Like $exting

President Barack Obama’s campaign, raising more than a third of its donations through small contributions, is making it even easier for some one to chip in a few bucks to re-elect him. The campaign announced today it is allowing people...

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The Xbox Microsoft booth during the E3 gaming conference.

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The Xbox Microsoft booth during the E3 gaming conference.

Washington Daybook: Xbox Election

Two institutions that have seen steep declines in popularity — Congress and Facebook — are being teamed up to make legislation fun again. Rocket Surgeon Entertainment executives head to Capitol Hill today to show off the start-up’s political Facebook game,...

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Protesters against the Affordable Care Act and calling for "Medicare for All" in front of the Supreme Court.

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Protesters against the Affordable Care Act and calling for "Medicare for All" in front of the Supreme Court.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 11,643

That’s the number of television ads mentioning Medicare that the presidential candidates and their allies ran between April 10 and Aug. 20, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising. It’s a small share of the 526,633 presidential election ads...

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