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Daily Archives: November 15, 2012


Mitt Romney, as the Republican presidential candidate, arrives on stage at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Mitt Romney, as the Republican presidential candidate, arrives on stage at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Romney Remarks: `The Dumb Party’

Mitt Romney’s campaign already had suffered from the publication of some words offered in private to supporters — telling fundraisers during his run for president that 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes, are victims of government dependency and politically...

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A canvasser for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in Steubenville, Ohio in October. Photograph by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg

A canvasser for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in Steubenville, Ohio in October. Photograph by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg

Obama’s Tax Following: 47 Percent

President Barack Obama, at his White House news conference yesterday: “If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. Romney, it was, when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for...

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Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., addresses the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Photograph by Bill Haber/AP Photo

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., addresses the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Photograph by Bill Haber/AP Photo

Obama’s `Liberal Agenda’ Stops Here

In the event anyone gets too carried away with all the talk of “common ground” coming out of the House speaker’s office, the Republican Study Conference, a conservative assemblage that compromises more than two thirds of the party’s caucus, today...

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Shaun Donovan, U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, speaks at the Bloomberg Washington Summit in Washington, on May 1, 2012. Photograph by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Shaun Donovan, U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, speaks at the Bloomberg Washington Summit in Washington, on May 1, 2012. Photograph by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Obama’s Housing Secretary Post-Sandy ‘Point-Person’

Speaking before residents of storm-ravaged Staten Island, President Barack Obama announced Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan will be the “point-person” for the federal government’s rebuilding efforts after superstorm Sandy in New York. “He knows a little bit about New York and...

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A collage of nighttime network television commercials largely dominated by campaign ads. Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

A collage of nighttime network television commercials largely dominated by campaign ads. Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

2012 Campaign Negative as Seemed

After 1 million negative ads, it’s easy to conclude that the 2012 presidential campaign was negative. And it was, according to Americans surveyed in a Pew poll out today. The Pew Research Center found 68 percent of voters saying the...

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Without a new farm bill, old legislation would gradually take effect in 2013, beginning with dairy programs in January. Photograph by Paul Sisul

Without a new farm bill, old legislation would gradually take effect in 2013, beginning with dairy programs in January. Photograph by Paul Sisul

Farm Bill Stalemate: No Crying Over Doubled Milk Prices Next Year

The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee says the $1-trillion agriculture bill the panel approved in July is out of his hands — and if milk prices double next year because Congress doesn’t act, it has only itself to...

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Washington’s precarious fiscal-cliff stalemate. Photograph by Steven Puetzer

Washington’s precarious fiscal-cliff stalemate. Photograph by Steven Puetzer

JPMorgan: Fiscal Cliff Slow-Walking Feeds Stock Market Volatility

Volatility has returned to U.S. stocks since the presidential election, and it’s partly Washington’s fault as the fiscal-cliff stalemate makes investors more and more skittish, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. And even bigger swings may be on the way...

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Hundreds of supporters signed the American Energy Alliance bus, a project by led by Sean Noble. Photograph by Allie Robinson/Bristol Herald Courier via AP Photo

Hundreds of supporters signed the American Energy Alliance bus, a project by led by Sean Noble. Photograph by Allie Robinson/Bristol Herald Courier via AP Photo

Koch Network Rides to Rescue of … Koch Business Interests

The Center to Protect Patient Rights funneled $62 million into a series of nonprofit groups for the 2010 elections. The sources of the money were hidden from public view, Bloomberg reports. The center was headed by Sean Noble, a former...

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President Barack Obama arrives in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, for his first post election day news conference. Photograph by Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

President Barack Obama arrives in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, for his first post election day news conference. Photograph by Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Obama: Election Soon `Forgotten’

On Day One of his presidency, Republican Mitt Romney liked to say in his TV ads, he’d start taking care of all sorts of business. He promised an ambitious agenda, starting with the repeal of “Obama-care.” On Day One after...

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