Obama steps up attacks on Romney, looks for ways to capture missing campaign energy

Obama steps up attacks on Romney, looks for ways to capture missing campaign energy

President Barack Obama delivered his harshest rebuttal yet to rival Mitt Romney on Thursday, dismissing his challenger’s claims as “a cowpie of distortions” while seeking to rekindle the all-but-faded Iowa magic that launched him in 2008. Escalating his criticism of Romney’s background as a venture capitalist, Obama said it wasn’t adequate preparation for the presidency. […]

Romney mangles the facts on Obama’s record with unions

Romney mangles the facts on Obama’s record with unions

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney decried President Barack Obama as beholden to the nation’s teachers’ unions and unable to stand up for reform, he glossed over four years of a relationship that has been anything but cozy. Obama has promoted initiatives that encourage districts to tie teacher evaluations to student performance and to expand […]

Profits, CEO paychecks up big time at U.S. companies

Profits, CEO paychecks up big time at U.S. companies

Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs. The head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm. That was up more than 6 percent from the previous year, […]

Romney auditioning candidates for vice president

Romney auditioning candidates for vice president

Mitt Romney’s vice presidential search has entered a new phase: auditions. As his campaign evaluates potential running mates, Republicans with a possible shot at the No. 2 spot on the presidential ticket are starting to engage in unofficial public tryouts for the traditional vice presidential role of attack dog. Democratic President Barack Obama is “the […]

Both sides stubbornly refuse to budge on debt limit negotiations

Both sides stubbornly refuse to budge on debt limit negotiations

Republicans and Democrats are refusing to budge when it comes to their already hardened positions on spending cuts versus tax increases to deal with the nation’s debt. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both said Sunday that when Congress is asked to raise the nation’s borrowing cap after the […]

Right-wing fatcats slow to write checks for Romney

Right-wing fatcats slow to write checks for Romney

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney and his party raised a sizable $40 million last month from donors who want him to replace President Barack Obama. But even as Romney solidifies his position as the eventual GOP nominee, many supporters who backed his primary election challengers have not yet come to his aid. An Associated Press review […]

Romney denounces proposal to use Obama’s former pastor as campaign attack

Romney denounces proposal to use Obama’s former pastor as campaign attack

Mitt Romney swiftly and firmly distanced himself Thursday from a group exploring plans to target President Barack Obama’s relationship with a controversial former pastor. But the revival of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue momentarily placed race at the center of the presidential contest and showcased the independent groups playing a new role […]

Campaign 2012: Nothing, apparently, is off limits when it comes to political mud

Campaign 2012: Nothing, apparently, is off limits when it comes to political mud

The early border skirmishes of Campaign 2012 are reviving questions about one candidate’s former pastor and shining a spotlight on the other’s high school hijinks. Can a fresh round of questions about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate be far behind? In a campaign year when voters have declared the economy their top concern, Obama and […]

Will rise of insurgents help or hinder Republicans in 2012 elections?

Will rise of insurgents help or hinder Republicans in 2012 elections?

For Senate Republicans, 2012 is starting a lot like 2010. They have a shot at taking control away from Democrats as long as insurgent conservatives who are defeating the party’s more establishment candidates in primaries don’t frighten too many independent voters like they did two years ago. Deb Fischer, a little-known state senator, became the […]

No role for George W. Bush in Mitt Romney’s campaign

No role for George W. Bush in Mitt Romney’s campaign

After months of silence, George W. Bush finally weighed on the presidential race — with four short words. “I’m for Mitt Romney,” the former president said Tuesday in Washington as the doors of his elevator shut, perhaps his only public statement on the race before the Nov. 6 election. Romney’s campaign doesn’t foresee the 43rd […]