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Romney nails Obama for wimp-like response to diplomatic mission attacks

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticized the Obama administration in the wake of attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya on Tuesday, branding as “disgraceful” an early response to the assault in Cairo and saying it sympathized with the attackers. The assaults were linked to a video being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian in the U.S. Protesters say the video posted on the Internet, a 14-minute trailer for a movie, attacks Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to replace the American flag with an Islamic banner. In the Libyan
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With 9/11 reflections over, campaign hyperbole returns

Reflection over Sept. 11 quickly past, the race for the White House is returning to fierce form, with negative ads free to fly again and the candidates spreading out from Florida to Ohio to Nevada. In a campaign speech and a new TV ad, President Barack Obama was accusing Republican nominee Mitt Romney of failing to explain how he would pay for trillions of dollars in tax cuts. Eying the possible electoral paths to victory, both campaigns are jockeying more in Wisconsin, a state that has long swung to Democrats in presidential elections. Romney, in the midst of a campaign
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Biker babes and bear hugs: Ah, the campaign trail

Barack Obama goes airborne in a doozy of a bear hug with a pizza guy in Florida. Joe Biden cozies up with a biker chick in Ohio. Paul Ryan encircles a campaign supporter in North Carolina in a double-armed embrace. Even the more reserved Mitt Romney seems to be loosening up some with people he meets on the campaign trail. Kissing babies and slapping backs are so yesterday. The 2012 candidates are putting their all into the campaign cliche of pressing the flesh. “America’s become more touchy-feely,” says Lillian Glass, a body language expert based in Los Angeles. “That’s what
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Biden gets friendly with biker chick

Vice President Joe Biden got cozy with a biker chick who nuzzled up to  him during an impromptu campaign stop in Ohio Sunday. And Associated Press photographer Carolyn Kaster was there to capture the moment. A biker club called the Shadowmen were at the Cruisers Diner in Seaman Ohio.  Biden walked in, approached a trio of two bikers guys and a female rider and asked if they would let him borrow one of their Harleys. “Can I borrow one of your bikes?  They don’t let me ride anymore,” Biden said. Replied Jeff Cook:  “Probably not.” “Yeah,” Biden responded.  “Probably not.”
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Does racism drive anger over Obama?

Is it because he’s black? The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama’s policies and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike of the president. It is an accusation almost impossible to prove, yet it remains inseparable from the African-American experience. The idea, which seemed to die in 2008 when Obama became the first black president, is now rearing its head from college campuses to cable TV
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Can Congress accomplish anything in short, pre-election session?

When lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, they face big issues, including taxes, spending cuts and the prospect of a debilitating “fiscal cliff” in January. Yet Congress is expected to do what it often does best: punt problems to the future. With Election Day less than two months away, their focus seems to be on the bare minimum — preventing a government shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30. Democrats controlling the Senate and their House GOP rivals also will also try to set up votes intended to score political points or paint the other side with an unflattering
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Believing in America for political gain

After all this time running to lead America, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are still trying to show they really believe in America. Both men have made the election not just about the economy or even the American Dream, but about America itself. They see a nation pessimistic about itself and nervous about its future, hardly American traits. They see political opportunity if they can come across as the one who gets what it means to be American, the guy who restores the glory. What’s more, for reasons quietly tied to religion or race or family roots, Romney and Obama
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Obama: Romney’s math ‘doesn’t add up’

President Barack Obama mocked Mitt Romney‘s “two plus one equals five” economics, poking his Republican foe as he wrapped up his two-day trip across Florida in a bid to woo undecided voters. Romney and his Republican running mate Paul Ryan meanwhile struggled to explain the accounting in their taxation plans, with fiscal policy and slow job creation taking centre stage in the White House race. In Florida, Obama courted retirees by lambasting Romney’s plans to reform the Medicare health care system for the elderly. He also picked apart interviews in which the two Republicans declined to name any of the
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Obama raises more campaign cash than Romney in August

President Barack Obama squeaked out a fundraising victory over Mitt Romney in August as the candidates gear up for the final stretch of their closely contested campaign. Obama raised more than $114 million in August, while Romney brought in just over $111 million, according to numbers released early Monday by the rival campaigns. It’s the first time in four months the Democrats have outraised the Republicans. And it’s a sharp increase for the president, who raised $75 million in July. Despite Obama’s advantage in August, it’s the third straight month Romney has collected more than $100 million, and the figure
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Many unknowns as Presidential race heads into final stretch

Flush with cash, Mitt Romney plans to open a new front in the White House race by challenging President Barack Obama in upper Midwest states where he might not have dug in otherwise. Obama is intensifying his efforts to cast his Republican rival as out of touch, which he’s already been working pretty hard at doing. Sure, this is the beginning of the homestretch to Election Day, when everything in the two campaigns goes into overdrive and a September or October surprise could upend it all. But this all has the whiff of politicking around the margins, too — a
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