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Romney can ignore Trump’s zany ideas in exchange for support

Mitt Romney doesn’t care if off-the-wall billionaire Donald Trump is a “birther” who supports the discredited movement that questions President Barack Obama’s citizenship. The presumptive GOP Presidential nominee wants Trump’s support and is willing to overlook the real estate mogul’s support of crackpot ideas to get it. Says Romney: You know I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is that they don’t agree with everything I believe in.  But i need to get 50.1 percent ore more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people. In other words, bring
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Wall Street dumps Obama, showers Romney with campaign cash

Wall Street, fed up with a barrage of attacks from President Barack Obama, is abandoning the incumbent President and throwing is considerable weight and wealth behind presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. “They have basically ditched Obama,” Center for Public Integrity managing editor John Dunbar told CNN. “Romney is just a much friendlier candidate if you are a banker.” And Romney’s new-found friends have money to burn.  Wall Street execs wrote checks for $8.5 million to Romney through the end of April, compared to $3 million for Obama. That’s a sharp turnaround from 2008 when Obama raked in $16 million while
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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. “There may be value for that kind of experience, but it’s not in the White House,” Obama said. The speech, to a cheering Iowa crowd of about 2,500 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, represented a new intensity for Obama’s campaign as Romney begins to hit
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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 the number of charter schools — actions the teacher unions have long been against, and which Romney himself promoted Wednesday in a speech in Washington outlining his education platform. He also painted a bleak picture of a country where millions of kids are getting a
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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, and is the second year in a row of increases. The figure is also the highest since the AP began tracking executive compensation in 2006. Companies trimmed cash bonuses but handed out more in stock awards. For shareholder activists who have long decried CEO pay
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Romney says schools are failing under Obama’s watch

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened a new front on Wednesday in his fight against President Barack Obama, accusing him of presiding over a failing U.S. education system in the grip of union bosses who refuse to accept reforms. In a rare diversion from his campaign focus on the weak economy, Romney laid out an education plan in a speech that represented his most overt appeal to date to Hispanic voters who have largely sided with the Democratic incumbent. Although he trails Obama by a huge margin among Hispanics, Romney’s address to a Hispanic business group avoided mentioning a top
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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 most ill-prepared person to assume the presidency in my lifetime,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared at a speech in Kentucky this week. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told South Carolina Republicans that Americans hadn’t seen such a “divisive figure in modern American history” as Obama.
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Senators try new plan to douse partisan fires

Call it a humble effort to douse the flames of dysfunction and paralysis in the U.S. Senate. Frustrated by an inability to get much done amid the partisan rancor in what has been called “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” two senators – Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Mark Warner – have decided to quietly reach across the political divide. They helped pull together a loosely organized group of senators – dubbed the “Volunteer Fire Department” by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham – to have private dinners and try to build relationships to help quell conflicts. “The idea is basically this: When
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Romney closes in on magic delegate number with primary sweeps in Arkansas, Kentucky

Mitt Romney closed in on the Republican Presidential nomination Tuesday, sweeping primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky, ending the day just 79 delegates shy of the 1,144 needed to officially clinch the race. Romney captured all 42 delegates in Kentucky and 31 of the 33 up for grabs in in Arkansas.  A convincing win next week in Texas could put him over the top. With the nomination all but assured, Romney continues to focus on his general election opponent — incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama — while all but ignoring his one remaining GOP opponent : Never say die Libertarian Texas Congressman
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Ron Paul’s delegate strategy could pay off at GOP convention

Texas Congressman Ron Paul may have suspended “active campaigning” for his third and last run for President but he continues to look for ways to add delegates to his current count of 104 and wants enough of a collection to press parts of his agenda on the Republican Party at the nominating convention in Tampa this summer. What’s he want?  A few things: Stricter oversight of the Federal Reserve. Paul has long advocated disbanding the Fed but now is willing to go with more regulation if he can get that tidbit as part of the GOP platform; A ban on
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