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What viewers didn’t see in Thursday night’s veep debate

Most voters watching the debate from home didn’t get to see what happened before and after Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan went on stage Thursday. Even then, some exchanges were lost in broadcast. Here’s what those voters missed: ___ BEFORE THE DEBATE In the minutes leading up to the debate, moderator Martha Raddatz took her seat with her back to the audience. She joked that she is used to reporting from war zones, a place where she seldom turns her back on anyone. After a few awkward moments of silence, she spun around in her chair
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Another poll, another lead for Romney

Republican challenger Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of President Barack Obama in the race for the White House for the first time in more than a month and leads 45 percent to 44 percent among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Wednesday. With just under four weeks to go before the November 6 election, Romney’s surge followed his strong performance against Obama in last week’s debate and erased a jump in support that Obama had enjoyed following the September 3-6 Democratic National Convention. The poll showed that voters have warmed to Romney across a range of
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White male vote more important than ever for Romney, Republicans

With the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama tightening, the Republican needs one group more than any other to drive him to the White House: white men. For Romney, the support of white male voters offers the likeliest path to the presidency, even as betting on white men is proving an increasingly risky proposition for Republicans. His reliance on that voter group becomes more acute as polls show him far behind with African-Americans, lagging badly among Hispanics, and at a disadvantage with women in many polls, despite overall poll numbers showing him essentially tied with Obama in recent days.
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Democrats look to Biden to provide rebound for Obama

With the Republicans grabbing the momentum in a shifting White House race, Vice President Joe Biden will look to recover some ground and ease Democratic worries on Thursday in a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan. Mitt Romney‘s steady climb in polls since President Barack Obama’s poor performance in last week’s first debate has raised the importance of the vice presidential showdown, which is rarely a critical event in White House campaigns. This time it comes at a critical juncture, with Romney enjoying one of his best weeks of the campaign and Obama suffering the fallout from his passive
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Another day, another change in the “official” story on the U.S. consulate attack in Libya

The “official” story on the cause of the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya has changed again with the State Department now saying it never believed the assault that killed a U.S. ambassador and other Americans¬† was a film protest gone awry — a move that gives congressional Republicans new fodder for criticizing the Obama administration‘s initial accounts of the assault. The State Department’s claim is a solid break with other administration officials and underscores a growing rift in the Obama administration that adds to increasing concern among Democrats that the wheels may be coming off the
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Supremes set to examine affirmative action in college admissions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear arguments on whether colleges and universities can continue to favor minority candidates in admissions policies. Given that the court in 2003 approved such policies, its decision to take up the issue again suggests it may be looking to cut back on affirmative action. The case before the court was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who says the University of Texas denied her admission because of her race, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection guarantee. The university says it must consider race as a factor in admissions,
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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, Pew said. Romney had trailed Obama by nine points among likely voters in September. Other polls found that Romney got a bump from last week’s debate, the first of three presidential debates, but most showed Obama retaining the lead. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sunday, for
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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 have been “loved to death” Voters in these and a number of other big U.S. cities — some with already-high debt loads — will decide on Election Day whether to borrow even more or face prospects for reduced services or higher taxes. The United States
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Voters in four states will decide legality of gay marriage

When Nathan Meyer calls voters who are undecided about same-sex marriage, he talks about his parents’ marriage and how he sees it as a model for what he hopes to have — before he mentions that he and his boyfriend plan to one day wed. Meyer, 30, a high school English teacher from the St. Paul suburb of Roseville, is part of a team of volunteers who aim to reach 1 million Minnesota voters before the state votes on November 6 on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. “All people get married for the same reasons. And my parents and
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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 regain ground in several swing states after three weeks of campaign stumbles that had appeared to jeopardize his chances of winning the November 6 election. Romney is now sounding more confident and has put the normally sure-footed Obama campaign on the defensive with a vice
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