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Daily Archives: October 15, 2012

Mitt Romney, and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, arrive at a campaign event at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C., on Aug. 12, 2012.

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Mitt Romney, and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, arrive at a campaign event at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C., on Aug. 12, 2012.

Romney’s Nascar `Great Friends’ Come Through

Nascar officials and owners of some of the association’s racing teams contributed more than $330,000 from  July 1 to Sept. 30 to the joint fundraising committee for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee. That puts them in...

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Cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder discusses the painting "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" by Gustav Klimt at the Neue Galerie Museum in New York City.

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Cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder discusses the painting "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" by Gustav Klimt at the Neue Galerie Museum in New York City.

Billionaire Lauder Funding Super-PAC Opposing N.Y. Senator Gillibrand

Billionaire cosmetics executive Ronald S. Lauder is bankrolling a super-political action committee that’s helping New York Republican Wendy Long in her longshot campaign to unseat Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Lauder donated $500,000 on Sept. 6 to National Horizon, according to...

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An attendee displays her shirt during a campaign event for President Barack Obama at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on Oct. 11, 2012.

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An attendee displays her shirt during a campaign event for President Barack Obama at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on Oct. 11, 2012.

Obama Campaign in Role Reversal Questions Swing State Poll Results

President Barack Obama’s campaign isn’t letting a new poll showing Republican Mitt Romney surging to a four-percentage-point lead in a dozen battleground states go unanswered.The USA Today/Gallup Poll of Swing States had barely been released when a memo from President Barack...

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Mitt Romney participates in a presidential debate with President Barack Obama at the University of Denver.

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Mitt Romney participates in a presidential debate with President Barack Obama at the University of Denver.

Romney May Be Victim of Unrealistic Expectations

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did so well in his first debate  that registered voters now expect him to go toe-to-toe with with President Barack Obama tomorrow, according to a Pew Research Center poll out today. The poll found 41...

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Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band perform at Citizens Bank Park.

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Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band perform at Citizens Bank Park.

Springsteen’s Early Help for Obama in Early-Voting States

It’s no surprise Bruce Springsteen goes on the road this week for President Barack Obama, touting the candidate he first helped in 2008 at stops Thursday in Ohio — where he’ll be joined by the politician who these days probably comes closest to...

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Rep. Ed Whitfield during the Rally for Coal at the River Discovery Center in downtown Paducah, Ky.

Photograph by John Wright/The Paducah Sun/AP Photo

Rep. Ed Whitfield during the Rally for Coal at the River Discovery Center in downtown Paducah, Ky.

EPA Deemed ‘Rogue’ by Republican Urging Obama to Rein in Agency

A Kentucky Republican says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has gone rogue, reviving his campaign to rein in the regulator. Representative Ed Whitfield, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s panel on energy and power, quoted from court cases...

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Employees hand off new Apple Inc. iPhone 5 devices at a store in San Francisco.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Employees hand off new Apple Inc. iPhone 5 devices at a store in San Francisco.

Retail Sales Jump in U.S. Extends Beyond IPhone

Americans bought millions of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 5 in September, one reason consumer spending bounced back last month. Retail sales advanced 1.1 percent after rising 1.2 percent in August, the strongest back-to-back showing since late 2010, according to a Commerce...

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt speaks in front of the Oakland air traffic control tower, under construction, near the Oakland Airport in this file photo.

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt speaks in front of the Oakland air traffic control tower, under construction, near the Oakland Airport in this file photo.

FAA’s Babbitt Lands at Southwest

Randy Babbitt, the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration, is returning to his union roots. Babbitt, 66, who resigned from the FAA in December 2011 after an arrest on drunk-driving charges for which he later was acquitted, is joining...

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In this photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed holds up a piece of paper during a court recess at his Military Commissions pretrial hearing in the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, on Oct. 15, 2012. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has portrayed himself as the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, and four other co-defendants were back before a military tribunal, forgoing the protest that turned their last appearance into an unruly 13-hour spectacle.

Photograph by Janet Hamlin-Pool/AP Photo

In this photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed holds up a piece of paper during a court recess at his Military Commissions pretrial hearing in the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, on Oct. 15, 2012. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has portrayed himself as the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, and four other co-defendants were back before a military tribunal, forgoing the protest that turned their last appearance into an unruly 13-hour spectacle.

Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Appears in Guantanamo Court

The man who once bragged he was “responsible for the 9/11 operations from A to Z” sat quietly in a military courtroom today at the U.S. naval station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the...

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