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Daily Archives: October 17, 2012

Former senior executive with the National Security Agency Thomas Drake leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore in this file photo.

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Former senior executive with the National Security Agency Thomas Drake leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore in this file photo.

Obama Leak Crackdown Turns High-Paid Expert into Hourly Clerk

At first glance, the lanky, bespectacled shop assistant wearing a blue T-shirt and Levis at the Apple store in a suburb of Washington, D.C., looks little different than the other `‘geniuses’’ extolling the joys of the iPad. Upon closer examination, the...

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President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama at the end of the second presidential debate on Oct. 16, 2012.

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President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama at the end of the second presidential debate on Oct. 16, 2012.

Michelle Obama: `Party Hard’ Nov. 7

The Obamas’ 20th wedding anniversary didn’t go so well — to hear both them and public opinion polls tell it. The evening of their emerald celebration was consumed by a presidential debate with Republican Mitt Romney. “A year from now,...

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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry

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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry

Perry’s $2 Million Top Donation to Republican Governors Group

The Republican Governors Association raised $14.8 million in this year’s third quarter, including $2 million from Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, it said in a filing to the Internal Revenue Service. Perry’s donation was the largest to the RGA during the...

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Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 video game console.

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Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 video game console.

Xbox Marks a 51-17 Win for Obama — With an Audience Skewed Younger

Microsoft Xbox, working in partnership with the the polling company YouGov, conducted a live survey among more than 30,000 respondents who tuned in to watch the presidential debate and answered survey questions via Xbox Live’s election channel. The Xbox sample...

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President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University on Oct. 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York.

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President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University on Oct. 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York.

Obama on Romney’s `Sketchy Deal’ vs. Romney on Obama’s Bad Deal

“In Iowa, you can vote today,” President Barack Obama told a college campus crowd in Iowa today, encouraging students to go out and do just that. “I’m still trying to get the hang of this debate thing,” the president said...

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, speaking at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, speaking at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Reid-Linked Super-PAC Focusing $8.4 Million on Nine Senate Races

A super-political action committee with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is spending $8.4 million more on nine Senate races that will determine whether Reid will keep his title after the Nov. 6 election. Majority PAC, which is run...

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Audience members take photographs before the start of the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

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Audience members take photographs before the start of the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Debate Audience: Numbers Matter

Updated by Emma Fidel at 5:29 pm EDT It’s not only what happens. It’s also who’s watching. The televised presidential debates are drawing roughly twice the viewing audience of the major parties’ presidential nominating conventions. The president got a polling...

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An Exxon station in Columbus, Ohio.

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An Exxon station in Columbus, Ohio.

Exxon Mobil Aids Sure-Bet Incoming House Republican Freshmen

Exxon Mobil Corp. gave 94 percent of its federal political donations last month to Republican candidates, including many who are shoo-ins to join the new Congress that convenes in January. Republicans, who are favored to maintain control of the House...

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Carpenters inside an apartment complex under construction in Peoria, Illinois.

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Carpenters inside an apartment complex under construction in Peoria, Illinois.

Housing Starts Most Since 2008: Another Election Day Barometer

There are all kinds of economic indicators. Housing starts, in the aftermath of a housing bubble-turned financial crisis, are a big one. And a month before the presidential election, this one will be noted: Housing starts in the U.S. surged...

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