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Rabid rhetoric resonates over health care repeal, tax cuts

President Barack Obama, campaigning in Virginia Friday, targeted House Republicans for yet another meaningless vote to repeal his health care reform law, nothing that they can vote 33 times on a repeal that will fail in the Senate but they can’t vote once on a middle class tax cut. Said Obama: I notice the House of Representatives, the Republicans in the House of Representatives, they voted to repeal it again. That was the 33rd time they’ve done that—33 votes to repeal the health care bill. All it would take is one vote to make sure that all of you don’t
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Obama continues to bash Ronmey’s record at Bain Capital

The 2012 Presidential campaign continued its decline into the depths of political mud this week as the Obama campaign hammered away at the one issue that polls say is ticking to presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney — his record at Bain Capital and the private equity firm’s role in sending jobs overseas. Ads produced by the Obama campaign claim Bain sent American jobs to China and Mexico and focused on Romney’s overseas investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. “Mitt Romney is not the solution. He’s the problem,” the ads say. The saturation ad buys run in key battleground
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Right vs left before the highest court in the land

They are heavyweights in the ring that is the U.S. Supreme Court. These button-down, Ivy League-credentialed versions of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier represent Washington versus the states and the competing left-right ideologies behind that conflict. And the punches they throw – and take – while at the courtroom lectern have captured as much attention as their stances on the law. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Washington lawyer Paul Clement squared off over healthcare and immigration policy, the two biggest cases in the court term that ended in June. They are likely to do battle again over months, and
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Can Obama keep Virginia in his election victory column?

Against an increasingly bitter campaign backdrop, President Barack Obama is seeking to shore up support for his re-election in Virginia, a state he won four years ago ending decades of domination by Republican presidential candidates. For challenger Mitt Romney, the state now looms as a battleground crucial to his presidential hopes. Obama will travel to the southeast and southwest corners of the state Friday, courting young and African-American voters in the Virginia Beach-Hampton area before turning to more conservative Roanoke, unwilling to cede votes to Romney. On Saturday, he will campaign in Richmond, a once-staunchly Republican region that he won
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Romney hopes the ‘Cheney effect’ will affect his election chances

Republican party grandees gathered in the shadow of Wyoming’s majestic Grand Teton mountains on Thursday for a high-dollar fundraising event that will add to presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s brimming campaign coffers. Hosted by former vice president and native son Dick Cheney, who often goes fly-fishing for trout in nearby streams, the country club reception and dinner are expected to bring in $4 million for Romney, in one of the biggest fundraising nights of the 2012 election season. Business and party figures will huddle at Jackson Hole, a rugged valley settled by beaver trappers in the 19th century that is now
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Romney draws boos from NAACP crowd

Unflinching before a skeptical NAACP crowd, Mitt Romney declared Wednesday he’d do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. He drew jeers when he lambasted the Democrat’s policies. “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him,” Romney told the group’s annual convention. Pausing as some in the crowd heckled, he added, “You take a look!” “For real?” yelled someone in the crowd. The reception was occasionally rocky though generally polite as the Republican presidential candidate sought to woo a Democratic bloc that voted heavily for
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Using technology to catch sexual predators

On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious. A man in his early thirties was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old South Florida girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day. Facebook’s extensive but little-discussed technology for scanning postings and chats for criminal activity automatically flagged the conversation for employees, who read it and quickly called police. Officers took control of the teenager’s computer and arrested the man the next day, said Special Agent Supervisor Jeffrey Duncan of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The alleged predator has pleaded not
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Cheney tries to boost Romney with conservatives

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is using his popularity with Republican conservatives to give a boost to Mitt Romney, hosting a fundraiser for the party’s likely nominee at a mountain valley resort as well as a private dinner at his Wyoming home. Romney has avoided appearing in public with Cheney or with former President George W. Bush — both are seen as divisive figures by many of the swing voters he needs to win over if he’s going to defeat President Barack Obama. The Cheney-sponsored events Thursday evening at this resort town near Yellowstone National Park represent a welcome endorsement
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Five Democrats break ranks and join Republicans in voting for Obamacare repal

Five Democratic members of the House of Representatives crossed over and joined Republicans in voting to kill Obamacare Wednesday but the vote — like the many ones that preceded it — is meaningless. The repeal will stop dead in the Democratic-dominated Senate and joins the long list of political posturing by the GOP against the health care “reform” law. But Wednesday’s vote brought a surprise when Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah joined four other members of his party in voting for the repal. Said Matheson in a statement: We must scrap this flawed effort once and for all, start
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