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Daily Archives: December 10, 2012

Delegates sit at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

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Delegates sit at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

RNC Asks What Went Wrong — Working on Getting it Right in 2016

The Republican National Committee has created a study group to examine ways to improve the party’s image and win more elections. The initiative, called the Growth and Opportunity Project, was announced today by party chairman Reince Priebus and comes after...

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David Rubenstein, co-chief executive officer of Carlyle Group LP.

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David Rubenstein, co-chief executive officer of Carlyle Group LP.

Rubenstein: Markets Expect No Cliff

Written with Jason Kelly What would David Rubenstein do? That was the question posed to the private-equity tycoon and former Carter administration policy wonk today in Washington, as the town stares down a so-called fiscal cliff that, if breached, would...

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President Barack Obama during a tour of the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford, Michigan, on Dec. 10, 2012, prior to speaking on the economy and fiscal cliff negotiations.

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President Barack Obama during a tour of the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford, Michigan, on Dec. 10, 2012, prior to speaking on the economy and fiscal cliff negotiations.

Obama: `Won’t Compromise’ on Taxes for the Highest-Earners

“I want us to bring down our deficits, but I want to do it in a balanced and responsible way,” the president said today at a truck engine manufacturing plant in Michigan. The president was addressing United Auto Workers members...

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President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with citizens who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy, while surveying storm damage in Brigantine, N.J., on Oct. 31, 2012.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with citizens who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy, while surveying storm damage in Brigantine, N.J., on Oct. 31, 2012.

Christie: No Poke in Obama’s Eye

Chris Christie, New Jersey’s outspoken Republican governor, says timing — not a political statement — explains his torpedoing of a state-run health exchange bill last week prior to meeting with President Barack Obama to pitch his case for federal aid....

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio re-enacts the swearing in of Rep. Charles Boustany,  in this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo.

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio re-enacts the swearing in of Rep. Charles Boustany, in this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo.

2012 Congressional Elections (Finally) Over — 27th Incumbent Defeated (13 Redistricted Out)

This year’s House elections finally have concluded more than a month after the Nov. 6 presidential election and nine months after the first congressional primary. Louisiana Republican Charles Boustany won a fifth term on Dec. 8 by defeating another Republican...

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Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade.

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Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade.

Fed Exit Looks Harder w/ New Buying

Federal Reserve watchers such as Michael Feroli at JPMorgan Chase & Co. expect the central bank this week to bulk up its balance sheet again by adding $45 billion dollars of monthly Treasury purchases to its standing program of $40...

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn looks over a drought-damaged ear of corn on the farm of Jerry Kitowski on July 16, 2012 in Waltonville, Illinois.

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn looks over a drought-damaged ear of corn on the farm of Jerry Kitowski on July 16, 2012 in Waltonville, Illinois.

Quinn Defends 25%: Bloomberg Bkfst

Unlike his two immediate predecessors, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t in prison. Still, staying out of legal trouble hasn’t helped the Democrat’s approval ratings. In a Public Policy Polling survey released late last month, Quinn’s job approval rating stood at...

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President Barack Obama tours the Copper Mountain Solar Project, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country, on March 21, 2012 in Boulder City, Nevada.

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President Barack Obama tours the Copper Mountain Solar Project, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country, on March 21, 2012 in Boulder City, Nevada.

Climate Treaty Hinges on Obama — Speaking Out, Former Aides Say

Written with Alex Morales One of the biggest things President Barack Obama can do to fight global warming is to talk about it. That’s the conclusion of at least seven former presidential aides and advisers serving in three administrations. Their comments...

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