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A relaxed, laid-back Romney? That’s the report from the boys and girls on the bus

Is Mitt Romney finally learning how to campaign? Could be, if one can believe reports from the campaign trail. Kasie Hunt of The Associated Press says Romney is now “looser and largely gaffe-free” on the stump. Reports Hunt: The personal stories were slightly awkward. The small-town events tended toward the corny. His chats with voters were usually just a few words. But as Mitt Romney campaigned across six states, he loosened up a little — and avoided the verbal gaffes that had plagued him in the past. Hunt isn’t the only one noticing a more relaxed Romney.  Reports from The
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Obama’s attempts to steer Campaign 2012 away from his economic failures

Some see President Barack Obama’s recent declarations on immigration and gay marriage as bold political steps by an incumbent whose record of leadership is, at best, spotty. Others see such ploys as risky business in a political environment where strong stances polarize voters both for and against a candidate. But Obama is trying anything — we say again “anything” — to divert attention in this year’s election away from a stagnant economy that could easily end his presidency at one term. Many Democrats admit the economy is Obama’s biggest albatross in his bid to remain in the White House for
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And the eventual winner in Iowa is Ron Paul

Texas Congressman, the self-declared “outsider” who conceded the GOP Presidential nomination to Mitt Romney recently, is still playing an “inside” game to amass delegates and play a potential spoiler role at the party’s convention in Tampa in August. Paul’s determined supporters won the bulk of delegates from Iowa over the weekend at a convention that reversed the party caucuses earlier this year, adding to delegate totals obtained in Nevada and Maine. “We’re not going away,” said Iowa Paul supporter David Fischer.  “We want to send Ron Paul-inspired folks to Tampa.” Paul stopped campaigning in May shortly before presumptive GOP nominee
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Rielle Hunter: “I wasn’t John Edwards’ only mistress’

Rielle Hunter, the mistress who brought down the once-promising political career of former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards, reveals in a new tell-all book that she wasn’t the only one screwing the former political star. In her book, “What Really Happened,” Hunter says she knew of at least two other longtime mistresses that Edwards kept on the side and hints that there were others. Edwards, she says, lied to her about the other mistresses while he was also lying to his wife about his extramarital affairs. ABC News obtained an advance copy of the book, due out on June
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With a Supreme Court decision looming on health care, both sides prepare their spin

With a ruling by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s so-called “health care reform” law expected as early as today, both sides of the contentious debate are waiting, spin-sheets in hand, for a decision that could frame the election this year. Both proponents and opponents have prepared contingency plans for dealing for what could either be a devastating blow to the plan or an endorsement of quasi-reform legislation that defined much of Obama’s first term. Some legal watchers feel the high court will — at least — declare the mandate forcing purchase of health insurance invalid
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Absent Scott Walker dominates right-wing confab in Las Vegas

The rabid right is rallying about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, praising him for beating the unions and the Democrats in their attempt to toss him out of office in a recall election two weeks ago. Walker’s overwhelming win gives conservatives some hope to offset losses in the Arizona special election to replace Gabriel Gifford and the eventual nomination of hated moderate Mitt Romney as the GOP standard bearer in this year’s Presidential election. The Wisconsin governor wasn’t present at a gathering of right wingers in Las Vegas this week but he was the hot topic of conversation and his victory
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Obama blames GOP for his failures but the joke’s on us

In his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama delivered his standing line to answer all the questions facing his failed administration:  It’s not his fault. Blame the Republicans. While the Republicans certainly have their problems when it comes to leadership — especially considering the flawed and failed Congress that they control — a real leader in the White House might have been able to overcome such obstacles.  Obama’s inexperience and inability to focus has exacerbated problems he inherited and created many new one as well. But in Obama’s world, he is blameless, so the message of the day in radio
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Holder proposes meeting with Issa over failed ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running scheme

Beleaguered Attorney General Eric Holder, finding himself deeper and deeper into a career-threatening hole over the failed “Fast and Furious” gun smuggling scandal, wants to meet with Congressman Darrell Issa to try and find a way out of the mess. Holder sent a letter to Issa Thursday, saying he is finally prepared to turn over documents on how the failed program allowed scores of illegally-obtained guns to find their way to Mexico and used in crimes, including the slaying of U.S. border agent Brian Terry. Holder proposed a meeting by Monday to work out the details and to provide a
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In policy reversal, Pentagon will honor gay and lesbian troops

In a sharp reversal of it’s “look the other way” policy, the Pentagon will openly salute gay soldiers in June, abandoning the last vestiges of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that framed the military’s reluctant acceptance of homosexual personnel for nearly 20 years. Pentagon officials announced Thursday that they host an even to openly recognize gay and lesbian troops during June, which is gay pride month. Until the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy — put in place in 1993 — was repealed last September, more than 13000 soldiers were cashiered out of the military after admitting their sexual orientation.
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