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Daily Archives: September 12, 2012

Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. health and human services secretary, speaks at the World Health Care Congress in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. health and human services secretary, speaks at the World Health Care Congress in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Sebelius Broke the Law but Won’t be Punished

Eight months after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gave a pro-Obama speech in North Carolina, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel has concluded she broke the law. By campaigning while on government business — she called for President...

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President Barack Obama waves to supporters during a campaign stop on September 12, 2012 in Las Vegas.

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President Barack Obama waves to supporters during a campaign stop on September 12, 2012 in Las Vegas.

Obama: Romney Shoots First, Aims Later — Americans can `Judge’

The trailer for a two-hour movie criticizing Islam, the producer calling the religion “a cancer,” was online for over two months before the Grand Mufti of Egypt issued a statement this week condemning the film: “Freedom of speech does not...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Christie Sheathed His `Zingers’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, keynoter at the Republican National Convention this year, has fielded some criticism for not taking his famously combative game to the national television audience watching his party’s show. He’ll get another keynote assignment in Washington...

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Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, greets delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

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Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, greets delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Congressional Primaries End With Most House Defeats Since 1992

Thirteen members of the U.S. House have been defeated for re-election in primaries before the Nov. 6 general election, the most in two decades. It’s not a harbinger of an anti-incumbent vote in eight weeks, even as public approval of...

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Five year-old Jesse Quesada Jr. receives a dental x-ray during the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic in Oakland, California.

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Five year-old Jesse Quesada Jr. receives a dental x-ray during the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic in Oakland, California.

Obama Policy Credited For Decline in Uninsured; What Would Romney Do?

It’s difficult to spin today’s news on health insurance coverage as anything but a win for Barack Obama and his candidacy to keep the White House. Last year, the nation enjoyed its largest reduction in the uninsured population since 1999,...

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A copy of Mitt Romney's book at a rally in Flint, Michigan.

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A copy of Mitt Romney's book at a rally in Flint, Michigan.

Romney Takes Page From Book Title: ‘No Apology’

This country’s political dialogue will be dominated for days to come by the controversy surrounding Mitt Romney’s attack on diplomatic tweets and statements coming out of Cairo yesterday. The U.S. embassy in Egypt initially tried to calm protests with these...

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Mitt Romney gets a big hug from supporter Joni Scotter during a campaign rally in Marion, Iowa.

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Mitt Romney gets a big hug from supporter Joni Scotter during a campaign rally in Marion, Iowa.

Romney: No, I’m the Candidate of the Middle Class

Mitt Romney wants to steal the mantle President Barack Obama has called his own: the candidate of the middle class. After months of attacks from the Obama campaign about pushing tax cuts for the wealthy and reducing regulations for Wall...

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The Obama for America campaign field office in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The Obama for America campaign field office in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Obama’s `Bounce:’ TV Springboard

While Republicans and Democrats were holding their national political conventions, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the super-political action committee supporting him dominated the airwaves, running twice as many spots as Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his Republican allies, according...

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee about the Economic Outlook on Capitol Hill.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee about the Economic Outlook on Capitol Hill.

Here Comes QE3

A majority of economists believe the Federal Reserve is poised to boost stimulus tomorrow, according to a Bloomberg Survey of 73 economists. Sixty-four percent say the Fed is going to launch a bond-buying program at the conclusion of its meeting today and tomorrow...

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The Toyota Motor Corp logo at a dealership in Richmond, California.

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The Toyota Motor Corp logo at a dealership in Richmond, California.

Toyota Shows Off U.S. Safety Center Created After Record Recalls

Three years after recalling a record number of cars for defects that may cause unintended acceleration, Toyota Motor Corp. is seeking attention for something different — promoting automotive safety. Toyota today flew top executives into Washington to promote its year-old...

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