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Daily Archives: September 10, 2012

Missouri Congressman and Republican senate candidate Todd Akin speaks to about 50 members and visitors at the Columbia, Mo. Pachyderm Club at Jack's Gourmet Restaurant on Sept. 7, 2012.

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Missouri Congressman and Republican senate candidate Todd Akin speaks to about 50 members and visitors at the Columbia, Mo. Pachyderm Club at Jack's Gourmet Restaurant on Sept. 7, 2012.

Akin Returns to D.C. and Mingles With Fellow Republicans

For the first time since his infamous utterance on rape and pregnancy, Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri was back today on the floor of the U.S. House in Washington – the city where many of his fellow Republicans want nothing to do with him....

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A construction worker hauls lumber during the framing of a new townhouse in Chantilly, Virginia.

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A construction worker hauls lumber during the framing of a new townhouse in Chantilly, Virginia.

Virginia is for Lovers — and Haters — of the Economy

Virginians could be forgiven for feeling a bit schizophrenic about their state’s economy: Two top Republicans have delivered seemingly opposite messages in recent television ads. A few months ago, Governor Bob McDonnell appeared in an upbeat ad to deliver a reassuring...

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan waves to supporters in Westlake, Ohio.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan waves to supporters in Westlake, Ohio.

Ryan to Take Break from Campaigning to Return to House, McCarthy Says

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will return to Capitol Hill this week to take part in the House debate over a six-month stopgap spending measure, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, said today. “We’ll see Paul this...

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Former President Bill Clinton speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

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Former President Bill Clinton speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Clinton Upstages Obama in Charlotte, Poll Finds

The Democratic convention verdict: Bill beat Barack. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 29 percent of respondents considered former President Bill Clinton’s speech the highlight of last week’s gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sixteen...

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American solders speak with an Afghan villager during a patrol in Afghanistan.

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American solders speak with an Afghan villager during a patrol in Afghanistan.

Obama Team Hits Romney Readiness to be Commander in Chief

On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Barack Obama’s re-election team sought to raise doubts about Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s fitness to be commander in chief. In a conference call with reporters organized by...

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Shoppers at a Costco Wholesale Corp. warehouse in New York.

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Shoppers at a Costco Wholesale Corp. warehouse in New York.

Workers in U.S. Face Stagnant Incomes and Cooling Job Prospects

As if the sluggish job market weren’t bad enough, Americans have one more thing to worry about: stagnant wages. Average hourly earnings barely budged in August compared to July and rose just 1.7 percent from a year ago, matching the smallest gain since records began in...

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President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton after Clinton's speech to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton after Clinton's speech to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Clinton Event to Bring Obama and Romney Together (Well, Almost)

In his much-praised — and lengthy speech — at the Democratic National Convention last week, former President Bill Clinton made a point of praising several past Republican presidents and offered himself as someone who didn’t share the hyper-partisanship that marks...

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Chicago school teachers picket outside Wells High School in Chicago, Illinois.

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Chicago school teachers picket outside Wells High School in Chicago, Illinois.

Romney Weighs in on Chicago Teacher Strike Before O’Hare Landing

Updated 2:14 p.m. and 3:44 p.m. Even before landing at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this afternoon for an evening fundraiser in the northern suburbs, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney weighed into the Chicago teacher’s strike. Romney and Republicans are seeking...

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Supporter Julia Harden, right, cheers President Barack Obama during a rally at the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Supporter Julia Harden, right, cheers President Barack Obama during a rally at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Fun v. Stress Distinction Clear for Obama and Romney, Dowd Says

Just days after the Democrats left Charlotte, the Obama campaign’s post-convention glow is hard to miss. “You can feel the confidence in the Obama folks right now — they’re having fun, they seem relaxed,” Matthew Dowd, Bloomberg political analyst and former chief strategist...

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