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Obama, Romney still looking for an edge

Three days. Nine states — give or take. A magic 270 electoral votes. For President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney, the final touch-and-go stretch of campaigning is down to the numbers. New hiring reports or a new jobless rate. Spending totals or early vote totals. Percentage points and rhetorical points. Frequency of stops or size of crowds. In a game of metrics, each camp is looking for that last measure that will separate them at the finish line. After holding mostly small and mid-size rallies for much of the campaign, Obama’s team is planning a series of larger events
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Secret Service agent assigned to Obama kills himself over affair

A Secret Service agent assigned to protect President Barack Obama and under investigation for an affair with a foreign national killed himself, sources within the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department tell Capitol Hill Blue. Rafael Prieto’s body was discovered Saturday.  Secret Service spokesman Max Milien confirmed Prieto’s death Thursday but would not discuss details or confirm that the death was suicide. Said Milien: Rafael Prieto has a distinguished 20-year career with the Secret Service that was marked by accomplishment, dedication, friendships and the Secret Service is mourning a valued colleague. Prieto, however, was under an administrative investigation for having —
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In final days, many factors could sway a close Presidential race

A U.S. jobs report due Friday — the last one before Election Day — will provide a crucial snapshot of the vigor of the country’s economic recovery, with the potential to sway the presidential race shaping up to be one of the closest in history. President Barack Obama got good news when joblessness measured at 7.8 per cent in September, falling below 8 per cent for the first time since he took office, but it wasn’t enough to give him a lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and the race remains in a virtual dead heat. The Obama administration claims
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Romney backs off harsh rhetoric, preaches post-Sandy unity

Switching gears in a Presidential campaign noted for its rancor and unrelenting attacks from both sides, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney Wednesday toned down he rhetoric and preached unity at a stop in Tampa, Florida. In a return to campaign trail after both candidates suspended politicking during Superstorm Sandy’s devastating assault on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, Romney said: We love all of our fellow citizens. We come together in times like this, and we want to make sure that they have a speedy and quick recovery from their financial and, in many cases, personal loss. Political strategists tell
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Another day, another stupid GOP candidate’s remark about rape

Another Republican candidate for office has opened his mouth and stuck his foot squarely in it with more insensitive and outrageous comments concerning abortion. And, of course, he’s a proud member of the Tea Party. Washington state Congressional candidate John Koster says he opposes abortions, even when it involves pregnancies that result from “the rape thing.” And, as for incest, he says its too rare to even consider. Said Koster in a recording made at a fundraiser in Everett, Washington: Incest is so rare, I mean, it’s so rare. But the rape thing, you know, I know a woman who
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Former FEMA director: Obama moved too quickly in Superstorm Sandy crisis

Former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown — who lost his job for sitting on his butt in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — says President Barack Obama is acting too fast in responding to the Superstorm Sandy crisis. Says Brown: One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas? Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi. As FEMA director under former President George
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Obama holds on to Ohio lead in latest polls

With most polls showing President Barack Obama’s lead over challenger Mitt Romney holding at around 5 points in the all-important swing state of Ohio, Democratic political strategists are breathing a little easier. Both campaigns see Ohio as crucial to victory in what is an extremely tight race in the Electoral College. CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University polls show Obama’s lead holding steady in Ohio while holding on to slim leads in Virginia and Florida. “The new numbers are reassuring,” a top Obama strategist told Capitol Hill Blue via email.  “We are cautiously optimistic.” But neither campaign is resting.  Both continue
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Can Bill Clinton save Barack Obama’s butt?

With President Barack Obama sidelined — for the time being — by duties dealing with the Superstorm Sandy crisis, his campaign is turning to former President Bill Clinton to fill in an energize voters. Clinton appears up to the task, hitting the road and attacking challenger Mitt Romney at every stop. On Monday, Clinton slammed Romney for claiming Chrysler is moving jobs from Ohio to China, calling it “the biggest load of bull in the world.” Some Democratic strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue the President is better off staying at the White House in a commander in chief role and
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Superstorm Sandy shuts down the federal government in Washington

The federal government is shut down in Washington today, something that some might view as a positive from Superstorm Sandy — and she is now called — and the devastation that stretches from North Carolina to the upper reaches of the Northeast. The storm also brought a halt to much of the campaign hyperbole in the contentious Presidential race as Barack Obama suspended his politicking and headed back to Washington. Challenger Mitt Romney stayed on the campaign trail but shifted his schedule to avoid the areas ravaged the most by the storm. The “superstorm” left millions without power, at least
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Sandy becomes Campaign 2012’s October surprise

A new swing voter named Sandy may impact the 2012 Presidential election more than anything or anyone else as the candidates go into the final week. Sandy, of course, is better known as Hurricane Sandy or “Frankenstorm,” the moniker for the superstorm headed ashore at New Jersey and set to wreak havoc in the swing states of New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Sandy is scrambling schedules, canceling events and affecting everything from fundraising to media coverage. “In politics, timing is everything,” political consultant Wilson Evers tells Capitol Hill Blue. “Sandy’s timing could not be worse for either Barack
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