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Daily Archives: October 2, 2012

Reverend Jeremiah Wright, senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2008.

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Reverend Jeremiah Wright, senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2008.

Anatomy of a Political `News’ Hit

In the afternoon before the first of three presidential debates, the Drudge Report, a Web site with a large following, announced that a problematic videotape was coming. Stay tuned. Near the start of the evening newscasts, Drudge reported that FOX...

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Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, left, listens as delegates from New Hampshire participate in roll call during the Republican National Convention.

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Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, left, listens as delegates from New Hampshire participate in roll call during the Republican National Convention.

John Sununu Cracks Wise About Debate Expectations Game

John Sununu knows his way around talking points — the pre-scripted arguments and rejoinders that partisans on both sides of the political divide bring to their dealings with the media and the public. Which is why it was so refreshing...

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University of Denver students Zach Gonzales, left, and Dia Mohamed stand in for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during a dress rehearsal for tomorrow's presidential debate on October 2, 2012 in Colorado.

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University of Denver students Zach Gonzales, left, and Dia Mohamed stand in for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during a dress rehearsal for tomorrow's presidential debate on October 2, 2012 in Colorado.

Colorado: What’s at Stake This Year

More than 2.4 million ballots were cast the last time Coloradans voted for a president. So whose policies matter to the electorate in the state that will host the first presidential debate of the season, one of few states which...

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., left, and Rep. Timothy Bishop, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., left, and Rep. Timothy Bishop, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill.

Super-PAC Ad: Bishop is Pelosi `Pawn’

A Republican super-political action committee is using a chess-themed play on words in a television ad linking New York Rep. Tim Bishop and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “He’s not a bishop. He’s Pelosi’s pawn,” a narrator says after attacking...

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President Barack Obama visits the Hoover Dam, on Oct. 2, 2012 in Boulder City, Nev.

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President Barack Obama visits the Hoover Dam, on Oct. 2, 2012 in Boulder City, Nev.

Obama the Sight-Seer: Hoover Dam

President Barack Obama, practicing for the first of the presidential debates tomorrow night, took some time off from his studies today in Henderson, Nevada, to go sight-seeing. Obama said he decided to go visit the Hoover Dam because “it’s spectacular...

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Vice President Joe Biden on Oct. 2, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Vice President Joe Biden on Oct. 2, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.

Biden: Middle Class `Buried’ 4 Years

“I’m supposedly an expert on foreign policy,” Vice President Joe Biden said today. “As all of you know, an expert is a guy from out of town with a briefcase.” That was in Asheville, North Carolina. Earlier today, in Charlotte,...

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Karl Rove and Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah at the Republican National Convention.

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Karl Rove and Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah at the Republican National Convention.

Karl Rove at War With Himself

Forget Obama vs. Romney or Democrats vs. Republicans.  Here’s the battle to watch as the presidential campaign heads into its final 5 weeks: Karl Rove the ideologue vs. Karl Rove the realist. Both sides of Rove, President George W. Bush’s...

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photograph prior to the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photograph prior to the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.

Hillary Clinton Smiles: That Button!

Most people who meet Hillary Clinton on the street want a picture. Snapping it is the hard part. “Whenever I walk around New York, as I did yesterday at the conclusion of a week in New York for the UN...

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Mitt Romney and Sen. Rob Portman make an unscheduled stop at a Chipotle restaurant in Denver, on Oct. 2, 2012.

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Mitt Romney and Sen. Rob Portman make an unscheduled stop at a Chipotle restaurant in Denver, on Oct. 2, 2012.

Chipotle Take-Out: Debate-Prep Menu

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is spending most of the day hunkering down in his Denver hotel getting ready for tomorrow’s face-off against President Barack Obama — and he has a burrito bowl for sustenance. The former Massachusetts governor, along...

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President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama after landing on Marine One in Washington.

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President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama after landing on Marine One in Washington.

What Obama Won’t Forget at Debate

Here’s something that should be on President Barack Obama’s to-do list tomorrow night: Acknowledging his 20th wedding anniversary in a nationally televised debate forum that millions of voters will watch. Perhaps the president will answer moderator Jim Lehrer’s opening question...

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