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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, waves after speaking during the 65th annual United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, waves after speaking during the 65th annual United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York.

Onion: Source of Iran News Agency’s `Poll’ Report on Obama, Ahmadinejad

Written by Terry Atlas Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency reports that some Americans prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Barack Obama. Here’s the headline on the FARS  Web site: “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama.” Unfortunately, the...

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Mitt Romney is introduced by his wife Ann at a fundraiser at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California  on Sept. 22, 2012.

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Mitt Romney is introduced by his wife Ann at a fundraiser at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sept. 22, 2012.

Romneys at White House: Lincoln Bedroom, George Bush’s Massage

Mitt and Ann Romney tell different stories about their visit to the White House when President George W. Bush lived there. The candidate’s wife has spoken of walking in on a massage that Bush was getting. Ann Romney remembers the...

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Americans for Job Security paid $8,165,368 to Crossroads Media LLC to purchase the airtime from television stations, Federal Election Commission records show.

Americans for Job Security paid $8,165,368 to Crossroads Media LLC to purchase the airtime from television stations, Federal Election Commission records show.

Business Group Runs — Literally — $8 Million in Ads

A jogger who says she is running “to forget the bad economy” stars in the latest television ad making a direct appeal to disaffected supporters of President Barack Obama. Americans for Job Security, a Republican-leaning business group, is behind the...

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Mitt Romney at a call center at his Pennsylvania campaign headquarters in Harrisburg.

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Mitt Romney at a call center at his Pennsylvania campaign headquarters in Harrisburg.

Romney’s Philly Cash Haul Today

Republican Mitt Romney is campaigning today in Pennsylvania, a state that polls portray as securely ready to vote for President Barack Obama’s re-election. He is there for money. The Romney campaign motorcade rolled out of the Renaissance Hotel in Philadelphia...

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Retired Adm. Roy Hoffmann, head of the Swift Boat group, seen in an anti-John Kerry ad released on Aug. 5, 2004.

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Retired Adm. Roy Hoffmann, head of the Swift Boat group, seen in an anti-John Kerry ad released on Aug. 5, 2004.

Marginal Returns in Campaign Ads?

Are all the television ads from President Barack Obama, Republican challenger Mitt Romney and their allies influencing the opinions of swing-state voters, including those making up their minds before Nov. 6? A Vanderbilt University political scientist who analyzes ads doesn’t...

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Employees work in a factory producing textiles in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China.

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Employees work in a factory producing textiles in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 29,613

That’s the number of television ads from President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the past month that address the issue of trade with China, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising. In the 30-day period ended...

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Protesters outside of Edward DeMarco’s house.

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Protesters outside of Edward DeMarco’s house.

Homeowners Protest Fannie, Freddie at DeMarco’s House

A few dozen people picketed outside Edward DeMarco’s house this evening to protest what they say is his unfair treatment of their own homes. DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, didn’t show during the 1 and 1/2 hour...

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Bill Clinton appearing in a television ad for President Barack Obama.

Bill Clinton appearing in a television ad for President Barack Obama.

Obama’s Most-Aired Ad: Bill Clinton

What does a presidential candidate do with a former president with a 69 percent approval rating? Make him the star of a campaign commercial — and make it  the most-aired ad of the election contest. That’s how President Barack Obama’s...

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George Soros, founder of Soros Fund Management LLC,  in Budapest, Hungary.

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George Soros, founder of Soros Fund Management LLC, in Budapest, Hungary.

Soros: $1 M for Obama-Backing Super-PAC

Investor George Soros, a long-time donor to Democratic candidates and causes, has agreed to contribute $1 million to the super-political action committee run by former aides to President Barack Obama. Two officials of Priorities USA Action confirmed the donation. Priorities USA...

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