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The final debate: Hyperbole trumps facts

Voters didn’t always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night before their last super-sized audience of the campaign. A few of their detours into domestic issues were problematic too. Romney flubbed Middle East geography. Obama got Romney’s record as Massachusetts governor wrong. At the same time, they injected a little more accuracy into two leading misstatements of the campaign: Romney’s claim for months that Obama went around apologizing for America, and the president’s assertion, going back to his State of the Union address
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Latest polls have Obama, Romney in dead heat for Presidency

Republican Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Barack Obama and the two candidates are now tied in the November 6 presidential race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Monday. The online survey of likely voters found Obama and Romney were each supported by 46 percent of the electorate as they prepare for their final televised debate on Monday night. Romney trailed by 1 percentage point when the poll was last published on Saturday. The two candidates have remained within three percentage points of each other since shortly after their first debate on October 3. “Today’s
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George McGovern: A liberal who never wavered

  George McGovern was an unwavering, often unrequited advocate for liberal Democratic causes. He pursued those goals in plainspoken, usually understated, Midwestern style. He was a dedicated, decent man, a devoted Democrat even when the party establishment turned away from him in defeat. He wasn’t good at political gamesmanship. He suffered his worst blunders when he strayed from straight talk in his doomed 1972 presidential campaign. It didn’t fit the man and it shook the credibility he treasured. McGovern was a partisan without the poison that increasingly infected American politics. In his career-long quest for programs to feed the hungry,
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Romney now leads Obama in projected electoral votes

Mitt Romney, for the first time since February, has overtaken President Barack Obama in the race for electoral votes. That’s the conclusion of the web site, Real Clear Politics. The site Friday moved North Carolina from toss up to the “likely Romney category,” giving Romney a projected total of 206 electoral votes. He needs 270 to win. Real Clear politics still lists 10 states as “swing” and 131 electoral votes still up for grabs. “Momentum continues to shift towards Romney and that has to worry the Democrats,” GOP strategist Alvin Williams told Capitol Hill Blue.  “This places even more pressure
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Obama, Romney hit the books to cram for last debate

One day out from their last debate, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are cramming foreign policy and taking a rare break from swing-state campaigning. Monday’s face-off in Boca Raton, Fla., represents one of the last major opportunities for Obama and Romney to capture the attention of millions of voters — especially that small but sought-after group of voters who haven’t yet made up their minds. Obama was holed up in Camp David in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, where he arrived Friday to prep for the debate, a 90-minute encounter focused on international affairs. With him at the presidential retreat
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As Romney closes in, Obama hits campaign trail in swing states

Facing a cliffhanger re-election attempt, President Barack Obama will launch a round-the-clock, two-day campaign blitz through six battleground states next week to try to fend off the challenge from Republican Mitt Romney. Polls show Obama’s strong debate performance this week gained him little or no ground against the former Massachusetts governor with just over two weeks until the November 6 election. The pair are essentially tied in most surveys as Americans remain split between giving Obama more time to fix the economy or choosing a former business executive who argues he knows best how to create jobs. Obama will campaign
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Obama’s money men: Flush with cash and ready to give

Shrek would be green with envy. Movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg is animating the presidential race this election season, raising more money than any other Democratic donor. The DreamWorks Animation CEO joins two other media moguls, a personal-injury lawyer and a philanthropist in giving millions of dollars to help President Barack Obama win a second term. They are helping fund a presidential election on track to cost nearly $2 billion, with money going toward the individual Republican and Democratic campaigns as well as independent, “super” political committees working on the campaigns’ behalf. Political donations can open doors that are closed to
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Romney’s fatcat donors: Money men with deep pockets

For a casino mogul worth an estimated $25 billion, $34.2 million may sound like chump change. Yet that’s how much money Sheldon Adelson has donated so far to aid Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and organizations supporting Romney this election, making him the donor of donors for the GOP. Other top donors giving millions of dollars to aid Romney’s campaign include a trio of Texas money moguls and the head of a south Florida-based energy conglomerate. Those donors and others are funding a presidential election on track to cost nearly $2 billion, with money going toward individual Democratic and Republican
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Dems broke promise, used corporate cash for convention

The Democratic National Convention relied on at least $5 million in corporate donations, despite repeated pledges by top party officials only to use money raised from individuals. Reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission show the convention’s host committee, Charlotte in 2012, raised $24 million, well short of its $36.7 million fundraising goal. To help make up for the shortfall, committee officials spent $5 million raised directly from corporations to rent the cavernous basketball arena used as the convention hall. They spent nearly $8 million more from a line of credit provided by Charlotte-based Duke Energy, the nation’s largest
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Federal appeals court declares anti-gay marriage law unconstitutional

An appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that a law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. It was the second federal appeals court to reject the law, which could go before the Supreme Court soon. The ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was in favor of Edith Windsor, an 83-year-old woman who argued that the Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against gay and lesbian couples, violating equal protection provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The Defense of Marriage Act was passed in 1996. Since then, six states have legalized same-sex
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