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GOP-pushed voter ID laws could disenfranchise 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens

New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election. The Latino community accounts for more than 10 percent of eligible voters nationally. But the share in some states is high enough that keeping Hispanic voters away from the polls could shift some hard-fought states from support for Democratic President Barack Obama and help his Republican rival, Mitt Romney. The new laws include purges of people suspected of
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Can Todd Akin rebuild his Senate campaign after rape remark?

Written off by many in his own party a mere month ago, Republican Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape. Now Akin is approaching a critical week that could determine whether his re-emerging campaign can gain enough momentum to put Missouri back in the battleground column as Republicans attempt to win control of the Senate from Democrats. Tuesday is the deadline for Akin to get a court order to drop his challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But Akin says he won’t do so. Instead, Akin plans to
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Romney hands out big-dollar bonuses to underperforming campaign aides

Most political professionals agree that Republican Presidential candidate  Mitt Romney‘s stagnant campaign for President is one of the most underwhelming in memory But that didn’t stop the candidate who preaches fiscal conservatism from handing out more than 200 grand in bonuses to a senior staff that hasn’t delivered much in the way of campaign support or organization. At the same time, the Romney campaign took out a $20 million loan to cover cash flow after donations have declined in recent weeks. “Romney comes out of the convention with virtually no bounce and he rewards his aides? This is the guy
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Trouble in Mittville: Campaign is imploding

Political insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue the troubled campaign of GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney is imploding. Increasing staff dissension, loud arguments between top strategists and increasing impatience from the candidate is “ripping the campaign apart,” a top staffer confides. “We’re imploding.” The internal strife escalated during the recent GOP convention when top Romney strategist Stuart Stevens scrapped Romney’s planned acceptance speech and started a last-minute scramble to come up with new messages and themes. Reports Politico: Romney’s convention stumbles have provoked weeks of public griping and internal sniping about not only Romney but also his mercurial campaign muse, Stevens.
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Another day, another Romney disaster

From the beginning, political professionals feared Mitt Romney would be a disaster as a candidate for President. Their fears have become reality, sources within the Republican Party tell Capitol Hill Blue, and party officials fret daily over a one-time election opportunity they see vanishing rapidly. “God, this guy is a loser,” says one long-time GOP strategist who — for obvious reasons — asked not to be identified.  “We just lurch from one disaster from another.” Romney’s latest debacle is a hidden-camera video shot at a fundraiser which caught the GOP Presidential candidate calling supporters of President Barack Obama “victims” who
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Obama planning new trade sanctions against China

President Barack Obama is launching a new trade enforcement case against China as he seeks an advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney on an economic issue that has become a flashpoint in the presidential campaign. Senior administration officials said Obama will announce the new action, targeting Chinese subsidies for exports of automobiles and automobile parts, Monday during a campaign trip to Ohio. The swing state has a large manufacturing base where many blame China for depressing its industry. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the trade action publicly ahead of the president. Obama’s announcement comes
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Romney hopes to shift focus of campaign

Mitt Romney will seek this week to explain more about what he would do as president, a strategy shift intended to change the trajectory of a race that President Barack Obama appears to be winning. Seven weeks before the election, campaign aides say Romney plans to release a new batch of TV ads, re-focus his campaign appearances on his five-point economic plan and make a series of speeches aimed at offering voters a more concrete outline of his plans for the country. The shift comes as Republicans openly fret about the state of their nominee’s campaign and press Romney to
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Boy Scout files will reveal decades of sexual abuse coverup

The Boy Scouts of America could face a wave of bad publicity as decades of records of confirmed or alleged child molesters within the U.S. organization are expected to be released in coming weeks. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported the organization failed to report allegations of sex abuse of scouts by adult leaders and volunteers to police in hundreds of cases from 1970 to 1991. In some cases, the Boy Scouts helped the accused “cover their tracks,” the paper said. The story was based on a review of 1,600 internal Boy Scouts case files the newspaper said it
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Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Septembers shock, Octobers surprise, early Novembers can knock a campaign sideways. In a presidential race’s waning weeks, almost anything can happen — bedlam in the Middle East, financial panic at home, a scandal in the headlines. And as Election Day ticks closer, candidates get less and less time to absorb the blow. Sometimes the kind of jolt known as an “October surprise” matters in the end. Other times it doesn’t. But every campaign knows enough to worry about what might come. “A fall general election is a very wild ride,” said Steve Schmidt, who managed Sen. John McCain‘s campaign and
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More women than ever in this year’s House, Senate races

Democrats and Republicans have nominated women as candidates in a record 181 U.S. Senate and House races that will be decided in November’s general election, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University said on Thursday. The number of women nominated for U.S. House seats surged to 163 for the November election, breaking the previous record of 141 in 2004, the Center said. The parties nominated 18 women for U.S. Senate seats, compared with the 2004 record of 14. Debbie Walsh, the Center’s director, said the increase in nominations for congressional seat was the biggest since 1992, which
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