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Obama campaign caught in multiple lies over controversial anti-Romney ad

The campaign of President Barack Obama lied not once, but at least twice, about both its knowledge and role in the use of a Missouri steelworker in a controversial pro-Obama SuperPAC political ad claiming the worker’s wife died of cancer after Mitt Romney‘s private equity firm laid him off. After disclosures that the steelworker previously appeared in an Obama campaign ad and even participated in a campaign conference call, Obama campaign officials backed off pious — and untruthful — denials that they knew about him. “No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads,” Obama spokesman Jen
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Conservatives still uncomfortable with Romney

Months after he clinched the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney is still struggling to win over skeptical conservatives. And the longer he waits to name a running mate, the more time conservative activists have to try to coax him to name one of their own — such as Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. “Why Not Paul Ryan?” asks an editorial in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. Ryan heads the House Budget Committee and is author of a House-passed budget that would slash federal spending and overhaul entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Romney’s latest problem with conservatives flowed from a spokeswoman’s reflections
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Romney goes beyond economy in attacks on Obama’s record

For months, Mitt Romney has seemed to have one focus — bludgeoning President Barack Obama on the economy. Now, the Republican presidential candidate has started poking at Obama from all sides as he looks to gain ground. In recent days, Romney has criticized Obama in TV ads and speeches on topics that include farm policy, transparency, military voting rights, welfare reform and religious freedom. Republicans have been pressing Romney to go after Obama in areas that resonate with party loyalists as the close contest approaches its final push, which begins after the party convention this month. Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith
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Historic Agent Orange cleanup begins in Vietnam

From deformed infants to grandparents with cancer, families near Vietnam’s Danang Airbase have long blamed the toxic legacy of war for their ills. Now after a decades-long wait, a historic “Agent Orange” clean-up is finally beginning. The base was a key site in the US defoliant program during the Vietnam War, and much of the 80 million litres (21 million gallons) of Agent Orange used during “Operation Ranch Hand” was mixed, stored and loaded onto planes there. On Thursday, the US and Vietnam began a long-awaited joint cleanup effort at the site — using technology which will heat the contaminated
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New poll shows Obama’s lead over Romney increasing slightly

Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the future but voters do not seem to be holding it against Democratic President Barack Obama, who slightly expanded his lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney this month, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll says. Three months before the November 6 presidential election, nearly two-thirds of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction. Only 31 percent say it is moving in the right direction – the lowest number since December 2011. But Obama’s lead over Romney among registered voters was 49 percent to 42 percent, up slightly from the 6-point advantage the president held
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Campaigns continue constant political sniping

President Barack Obama is pushing an economic fairness argument to voters in Colorado while Republican Mitt Romney‘s campaign protests a tough attack ad aired by a super PAC supporting the president. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul labeled the ad linking Romney to a woman’s death from cancer “despicable,” but the Obama campaign refused to call on Priorities USA Action to pull the TV spot. Bill Burton, a former White House aide and co-founder of the group, defended the ad. In the ad, a steelworker suggests that Romney and the private equity firm he founded might bear some responsibility for his
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Welfare debate: Deja vu all over again?

Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign. But the program is a shadow of its old self from the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of “welfare queens” to assail government poverty programs promoted by liberals. Nowadays government cash assistance to the poor is mainly conditioned on work. And the Obama administration waivers excoriated by Mitt Romney as gutting welfare reform are unlikely to reverse that basic policy, as even some architects of work requirements acknowledge. “If Washington were different and … people could sit down and reason together, it’s not impossible to think that Republicans and
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Campaigns target working class, female voters

Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are making hard sells to working-class and female voters while raising the volume on their criticism to fire up the party base and cast the other as an extremist. Romney’s team thrust welfare into the campaign with an ad claiming that Obama planned to dole out taxpayer dollars to anyone, even those not trying to find work. For his part, Obama was set to appear Wednesday with Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student who became a flashpoint for women’s health and, by proxy, abortion rights. Romney is set for a Wednesday morning
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Romney ad: Obama ‘gutting welfare reform’

Mitt Romney has released a new television ad accusing President Barack Obama of “gutting welfare reform.” The Republican presidential contender says Obama simply wants to pass out checks without the work requirement adopted in President Bill Clinton‘s welfare overhaul. The Obama campaign says Romney is twisting the facts. Obama says he’s giving states the flexibility they’ve asked for to make welfare more efficient. Romney is among several Republican governors who signed a letter back in 1995 asking for more “waiver authority.” The ad is part of Romney’s push to paint Obama as a big-government liberal. Romney’s campaign is refusing to
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