New Pew poll puts Romney ahead of Obama

New Pew poll puts Romney ahead of Obama

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s strong performance in last week’s debate helped him pull ahead of President Barack Obama, a Pew Research Center poll showed on Monday. Likely voters favored Romney in the presidential race by 49 percent to Obama’s 45 percent, while Romney came up even at 46 percent with Obama among registered voters, […]

Cash-strapped cities ask voters to approve more debt

Cash-strapped cities ask voters to approve more debt

Houston-area schools want to borrow $1.9 billion to modernize most of the high schools, while Seattle says it needs $290 million to upgrade a seawall protecting the downtown waterfront so it can withstand an earthquake. San Francisco wants to sell $195 million of debt to repair and improve worn-out parks and playgrounds that it says […]

Romney on the rebound in swing states

Romney on the rebound in swing states

Mitt Romney appeared on Sunday to have halted his perilous slide in the polls and is back to running a close race with President Barack Obama as he prepares a new assault on the Democrat over foreign policy. A solid performance against Obama at Wednesday’s first presidential debate in Denver has helped the Republican challenger […]

Obama’s fundraising rebounds, rakes in record amounts

Obama’s fundraising rebounds, rakes in record amounts

President Barack Obama’s campaign and its Democratic allies raised $181 million in September for his re-election effort, the largest total that either side has announced yet in the 2012 campaign. The big September number and a good jobs report on Friday that showed unemployment dipping to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent shifted some attention from […]

Presidential campaigns setting records for numbers of ads and negative messages

Presidential campaigns setting records for numbers of ads and negative messages

The 2012 presidential race, now entering its most intense phase, has already set records for the number of ads and their negativity, according to experts. Among the reasons: more money than ever to spend by a larger number of spenders, like “Super PACs,” which are outside groups formally unaffiliated with campaigns. Put together, the Republican […]

White House planning executive order on cyber-security

White House planning executive order on cyber-security

The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, water and other critical infrastructure facilities, according to people who said they had seen recent drafts of an executive order. The prospective order would give the agencies 90 days to propose new regulations and create a new […]

Unemployed and uncounted: Out of work and out of hope

Unemployed and uncounted: Out of work and out of hope

When Daniel McCune graduated from college three years ago, he was optimistic his good grades would earn him a job as an intelligence analyst with the government. With a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in Virginia, majoring in government service and history, McCune applied for jobs at the National Security Agency, the Federal […]