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Lisa Lerer

covers the White House and covered the 2012 campaign for Bloomberg News. She covered Congress, lobbying and the 2008 campaign for Politico.

Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally on a farm on October 9, 2012 near Van Meter, Iowa.

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Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally on a farm on October 9, 2012 near Van Meter, Iowa.

Romney Recalls Navy SEAL — Making a Private Man More Public

During the holidays several years ago, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received a mailer — more of a flyer, really — dropped into the mailbox of his second home in La Jolla, California. The paper was an invitation to a...

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and chairman of Sands China Ltd., during a news conference in Macau, China, on Sept. 20, 2012.

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and chairman of Sands China Ltd., during a news conference in Macau, China, on Sept. 20, 2012.

Adelson Front and Center for Romney

With casino magnate Sheldon Adelson in town, Las Vegas is never a gamble for Mitt Romney. “I don’t know how it is that Sheldon Adelson got in the front row,” Romney said, with a smile at the opening of a...

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Mitt Romney, on the air in the media hold room at the Univision studios, is interviewed by Univision News, moderated by Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, in Miami on September 19, 2012.

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Mitt Romney, on the air in the media hold room at the Univision studios, is interviewed by Univision News, moderated by Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, in Miami on September 19, 2012.

Romney Softens Immigration Stance

Mitt Romney softened his rhetoric on immigration today, telling a television audience of Hispanic voters that he would not forcibly deport millions of immigrants. “We’re not going to round up people around the country and deport them,” he said, in...

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A donor fills out a contribution form while Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign fundraising event in Atlanta, on Sept. 19, 2012.

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A donor fills out a contribution form while Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign fundraising event in Atlanta, on Sept. 19, 2012.

Romney Woos Donors With Spirited Defense of Controversial Comments

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a spirited defense today of his secretly videotaped remarks, continuing an effort by his allies to transform the campaign distraction into a broader debate about the role of government. “The question in this campaign...

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Nicole 'Snookie' Polizzi  during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Nicole 'Snookie' Polizzi during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Romney: `Kind of a Snooki Fan’

It’s not quite the pages of US Weekly, but Mitt Romney really wants voters to know that he’s just like us. He indulges in Reese Peanut Butter cups, though he doesn’t really consider them junk food. He hates it when...

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Specialist David Pologruto works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke holds a news conference in Washington.

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Specialist David Pologruto works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke holds a news conference in Washington.

Romney: QE3 Just a ‘Sugar High’

Mitt Romney called quantitative easing a “sugar high” today in his first public comments about the Federal Reserve’s plan to stimulate the economy. Speaking to donors in New York City this morning, Romney said his economic policies avoid the need for another round...

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Mitt Romney addresses the crowd at the 134th National Guard Association Convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, September 11, 2012 in Reno, Nevada.

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Mitt Romney addresses the crowd at the 134th National Guard Association Convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, September 11, 2012 in Reno, Nevada.

Romney Initially Mum on Fed’s Action — Leaves the Talking to Campaign

UPDATE: Mitt Romney eventually broke his silence on the  decision announced today by the Federal Reserve to spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds until the economy recovers. He told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that the move for...

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Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11, 2012.

Romney Criticizes Obama on Foreign Affairs

Republican Mitt Romney criticized the Obama administration’s handling of foreign affairs, after attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya brought foreign policy issues to the forefront of the presidential campaign. A statement by the Romney campaign called the...

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Gov. Mitt Romney signs a Romney/Ryan '12 logo car during a rain delay at the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond

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Gov. Mitt Romney signs a Romney/Ryan '12 logo car during a rain delay at the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond

Romney’s NASCAR Rally: Hot Dogs

Republican Mitt Romney’s appeal to the NASCAR vote sputtered out during his last visit to a race, steering his campaign straight into political trouble in February when he seemed to associate himself more with team owners than fans of the sport....

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