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Daily Archives: November 26, 2012


Arkansas Republicans gather for an election watch party in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Arkansas Republicans gather for an election watch party in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 6, 2012.

Arkansas Votes More Republican Amid Obama Wins

Arkansas zigs as most of the nation zags. As he was losing nationally to President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election, Mitt Romney took 60.57 percent of the vote in Arkansas, the biggest share by a Republican presidential candidate...

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President Barack Obama, right, and House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in the  first face-to-face talks on reducing the deficit.

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President Barack Obama, right, and House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in the first face-to-face talks on reducing the deficit.

Obama More Influential — Republicans More to Blame: Poll

President Barack Obama will have more influence over the nation’s direction during the next two years than congressional Republicans will have, according to 61 percent of Americans surveyed. Just 33 percent say congressional Republicans will have more influence. The  CNN/ORC...

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Supporters celebrate President Barack Obama's re-election in front of the White House on Nov. 7, 2012.

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Supporters celebrate President Barack Obama's re-election in front of the White House on Nov. 7, 2012.

Obama Campaign By the Numbers

The $567 million that President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign raised through Oct. 17 —  combined with the fundraising of the Democratic National Committee and an allied super-political action committee totaling close to $1 billion —  isn’t the only big number. His...

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Marine One, with U.S. President Barack Obama on board, passes the Washington Monument in Washington.

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Marine One, with U.S. President Barack Obama on board, passes the Washington Monument in Washington.

`Marine One’ Contractors Bid Anew

Let’s try this again: The U.S. Navy last week announced plans for a competition to develop and build a new fleet of presidential helicopters. The draft notice came three years after the service canceled a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. for...

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A Boeing Co. ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies over the ocean.

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A Boeing Co. ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies over the ocean.

FAA Going Slow on Drones as Privacy Concerns Studied

The Federal Aviation Administration told Congress it’s further delaying the naming of six test sites for unmanned aircraft, as called for in a law passed Feb. 14, as it weighs the privacy implications of the new technology. FAA acting chief Michael Huerta’s letter...

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Fairgoers over the age of 18 are invited to drop one piece of corn into one of 14 jars with photos of their favorite Republican presidential candidate during the second day of the Iowa State Fair, ahead of the Iowa Straw Poll in this file photo.

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Fairgoers over the age of 18 are invited to drop one piece of corn into one of 14 jars with photos of their favorite Republican presidential candidate during the second day of the Iowa State Fair, ahead of the Iowa Straw Poll in this file photo.

Iowa Straw Poll Ripe for Retirement — Branstad Says Time to Move On

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is continuing his critique of the Iowa Straw Poll, a Republican fundraising event traditionally held the summer before the state’s precinct caucuses start the presidential nominating season. Branstad told reporters today at his weekly news conference...

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Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, right, and Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, left, talk to Lance Auer, deputy assistant secretary for financial institutions with the U.S. Treasury, prior to a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing in Washington.

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Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, right, and Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, left, talk to Lance Auer, deputy assistant secretary for financial institutions with the U.S. Treasury, prior to a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing in Washington.

Capito in 2005: West Virginia Senator ‘Pretty Cool Job’

Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican who announced today that she will run for the Senate in 2014, said seven years ago that being a senator “looks like a pretty cool job.” Capito, who won a seventh House...

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

Chamber’s Election Stance = Bystander in Fiscal Cliff Talks?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shouts “JOBS” with two-story-tall block letters strung on its building facing the White House. That might be the closest the business trade association gets to President Barack Obama’s talks on skirting the fiscal cliff, a $607...

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Visitors ride on Segway personal transporter vehicles past the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

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Visitors ride on Segway personal transporter vehicles past the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 38

That’s the percentage of U.S. adults who say that President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress will reach an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Fifty-three percent of respondents would blame Republicans...

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