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Obama attempts to make case for re-election

Obama attempts to make case for re-election

President Barack Obama’s fall mission: Remind voters why they chose him in the first place, hope the economy doesn’t get worse — and paint Mitt Romney as an unacceptable alternative.…

Obama’s team not expecting big post-convention boost in polls

Obama’s team not expecting big post-convention boost in polls

President Barack Obama is expected to lay out his vision for a second term, even as advisers say they don’t anticipate a big bounce in the polls following the Democratic…

Bill Clinton plays fast and loose with facts in convention speech

Bill Clinton plays fast and loose with facts in convention speech

It’s a fact of life in Washington that what one party considers a principled stand, the opposition considers pigheadedness. Compromise? That’s the other guy’s problem. But when former President Bill…

Can Obama sell Romney as a Bush retread to a divided nation?

Can Obama sell Romney as a Bush retread to a divided nation?

Democrats assemble Tuesday to re-nominate Barack Obama for the presidency, to sell him as the wise and humane alternative to Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a pitch that will be repeated…

For Obama, 2012 requires a new message

For Obama, 2012 requires a new message

We campaign in poetry, Mario Cuomo used to say, but we govern in prose. This was how the then-New York governor explained the gap between his soaring speeches and the…

Democratic platform supports same sex marriage, abortion rights

Democratic platform supports same sex marriage, abortion rights

Democrats unveiled a party platform at their national convention Monday that echoes President Barack Obama’s call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Delegates…

Democratic convention security rules raise free speech concerns

Democratic convention security rules raise free speech concerns

Starting Saturday, someone walking through Charlotte’s central business district could run afoul of the law by carrying water bottles, hair spray, socks or magic markers under sweeping security rules enacted…

Obama takes battleground state tour on way to Democratic convention

Obama takes battleground state tour on way to Democratic convention

President Barack Obama is embarking on a four-day march through battleground states and the storm-battered Gulf Coast in the lead-up to his party’s convention as he seeks to blunt any…

Rising college expenses becomes campaign issue

Rising college expenses becomes campaign issue

President Barack Obama would make tax credits for college expenses permanent and expand Pell grants for students from lower-earning families. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would emphasize the need to…

Romney took tough welfare line in Massachusetts

Romney took tough welfare line in Massachusetts

  Mitt Romney, who is trying to gain an edge in the presidential contest with the disputed charge that President Barack Obama is giving welfare recipients a free ride, can…