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Daily Archives: October 26, 2012

Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., left, and his wife Miriam stand in front of a model of the company's Marina Bay Sands resort and casino during its grand opening, in Singapore.

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., left, and his wife Miriam stand in front of a model of the company's Marina Bay Sands resort and casino during its grand opening, in Singapore.

Adelsons Go `West’ in Florida With $1 Million to Back Tea Party Favorite

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson continue to operate as a veritable political ATM – the Las Vegas-based casino executive and his wife recently funneled $500,000 apiece to help one of the most controvesial of Tea Party-backed Republicans, Representative Allen West of Florida. The combined...

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The Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California.

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The Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California.

GDP and Presidential Elections: 2 Pct Worked for Reagan’s Party

The nation’s gross domestic product grew by 2 percent in the last quarter. The Obama White House hailed this as “further evidence that the economy is moving in the right direction” — Council  of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger’s words...

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a rally at Defiance High School, in Defiance, Ohio, on Oct. 25, 2012.

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a rally at Defiance High School, in Defiance, Ohio, on Oct. 25, 2012.

Obama, Romney Contact 4 in 10 Voters in Swing States — `Pivotal’

The gap between Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama has widened in one poll — Romney up 5 percentage points in the Gallup daily tracking surveys — and narrowed in another poll — Romney up 1 point in the...

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Mitt Romney, head of Bain & Company, Inc.

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Mitt Romney, head of Bain & Company, Inc.

Bain (The Man) Speaks Out

We’ve heard from Bain, the Firm. Now there’s something (a little something) from Bain, the Man. The Daily Beast coaxed the hyper-private Bill Bain into addressing the criticism directed at his namesake firm and his protégé Mitt Romney’s tenure there...

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The hand of President Barack Obama is visible over the podium, and supporters are reflected in the TelePrompTer, as he speaks at a campaign event at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 23, 2012, the day after the last presidential debate against Gov. Mitt Romney.

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The hand of President Barack Obama is visible over the podium, and supporters are reflected in the TelePrompTer, as he speaks at a campaign event at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 23, 2012, the day after the last presidential debate against Gov. Mitt Romney.

Obama Campaign Sent $14 Million to State Democratic Parties: Ohio Top

President Barack Obama’s campaign sent more than $14.4 million to state Democratic parties early this month, with most of it going to states crucial to his bid to win re-election Nov. 6. Obama’s campaign directed the biggest chunk of the...

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Delegates cheer during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2012.

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Delegates cheer during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Republicans: More Now Than 2008 — Gallup’s Portrait of 2012 Electorate

The voting public this year looks pretty much like the voting public of 2008 — except for one significant difference: It’s more Republican. That’s the conclusion of Gallup’s analysis of the daily tracking of public opinion it has run since...

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Filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham in New York City.

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Filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham in New York City.

First-Time Advice: Not Just Anybody

Updated at 11:51 am EDT In that bid for the female vote, particularly the young female vote, the first words from this famous young supporter of the president are attention-getting — she’s not talking about what it sounds like she...

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President elect Barack Obama waves to his supporters during an election night gathering in Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008 in Chicago.

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President elect Barack Obama waves to his supporters during an election night gathering in Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008 in Chicago.

Polls Point to Closer White House Race for Obama Than 2008

“I was never the likeliest candidate for this office,” newly elected President Barack Obama said in Grant Park in Chicago on election night four years ago. If the president earns a second term, the statement may be even more fitting....

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Construction workers at a highway road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Columbus, Ohio, on June 18, 2010.

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Construction workers at a highway road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Columbus, Ohio, on June 18, 2010.

Stimulus: No Longer a `Dirty Word?’

Stimulus is no longer taboo at the White House. President Barack Obama, who has refrained from using the term “stimulus” all year, let it slip three times in that off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register. Under pressure, the White...

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