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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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Foreign crisis could be bad news for Romney

With protests at U.S. embassies and four Americans dead, Mitt Romney is suddenly facing a presidential election focused on a foreign policy crisis he gambled wouldn’t happen. But it did happen — and at a bad time for the GOP hopeful. Momentum in the race is on President Barack Obama’s side and Republicans are fretting over the state of their nominee’s campaign. To shift the trajectory, Romney’s plan boils down to this: Spend big money on TV and work harder. It’s unclear how long this bout of Middle East unrest will last, and the Republican’s aides concede that the former
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Obama widens poll lead but Mideast crisis hovers as wild card

President Barack Obama is pulling away from rival Mitt Romney in polls in what might be a turning point in the U.S. presidential campaign, but volatility in the Middle East is allowing Republicans to cast the Democrat as weak on foreign policy and could threaten his momentum. In the latest survey to show Obama ahead, a Reuters/Ipsos online poll on Thursday gave the Democrat a 7 percentage point lead, 48 percent to 41 percent, among likely voters. Survey aggregator Real Clear Politics’ average of national polls gives Obama a 3.3-point advantage while Gallup’s seven-day tracking poll of registered voters has
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Congress will take the easy route on budget and go home

America’s do-nothing Congress took the path of least resistance is voting in a six-month stopgap spending bill that keeps the government running but does nothing to deal with the many financial problems the nation is facing. The stopgap measure is a resounding defeat for tea party Republicans since the extension is at least $19 billion above the spending plan of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee for vice president. “Noone had the stomach to face the tough issues so it’s vote in an extension and go home to campaign for re-election,” veteran Congressional staff member John Isaacs told Capitol
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