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Can Obama deliver a solid debate performance and stop erosion?

Losing ground to Republican Mitt Romney on a host of issues, President Barack Obama faces a serious challenge to put his re-election bid back on track when the two men face off on Tuesday in their second debate. Obama’s passive performance in their first debate two weeks ago and Romney’s subsequent surge have raised expectations for a more fiery encounter at New York’s Hofstra University. The Democratic president’s team has been encouraged by the feisty performance of Vice President Joe Biden last week in his debate against Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Now, with Romney having virtually erased Obama’s
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The Tea Party’s lunacy and hype over Agenda 21

Tea Party activist Judd Saul admits that he can sound a little unhinged when he gets talking about an issue close to his heart that most Americans have never heard of. “Agenda 21 is an elusive enemy that floats in and chokes you gradually,” said Saul, of the Cedar Valley Tea Party in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “They want to destroy the middle-class way of life.” “Agenda 21 aims to undermine your property rights and force you” to live in cities, Jake Robinson told Tea Party members at a meeting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in April. For Joe Dugan, leader of the
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Candidates cram for next debate

With the White House race barreling toward the finish, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were staying out of the spotlight Monday, underscoring the intense focus each campaign is placing on the second presidential debate. Obama’s campaign, seeking to rebound from a dismal first debate, promised a more energetic president would take the stage Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Romney’s team aimed to build on a commanding opening debate that gave the Republican new life in a White House race that had once appeared to be slipping away from him. When the two candidates step back
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Can Obama gets his act together for round two of Presidential debates?

Losing ground to Republican Mitt Romney on a host of issues, President Barack Obama faces a serious challenge to put his re-election bid back on track when the two men face off on Tuesday in their second debate. Obama’s passive performance in their first debate two weeks ago and Romney’s subsequent surge have raised expectations for a more fiery encounter at New York’s Hofstra University. The Democratic president’s team has been encouraged by the feisty performance of Vice President Joe Biden last week in his debate against Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Now, with Romney having virtually erased Obama’s
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Longtime GOP maverick Arlen Specter dead at 82

For most of his 30 years as Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator and prominent moderate in Congress, Arlen Specter was a Republican, though often at odds with the GOP leadership. He helped end the Supreme Court hopes of former federal appeals Judge Robert H. Bork, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Decades later, he was one of only three Republicans in Congress to vote for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus. His breaks with his party were hardly a surprise: He had begun his political career as a Democrat and ended it as one, too. In between, he was at the
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Obama campaign claims four million donors

President Barack Obama’s campaign says it has surpassed 4 million donors, a record for a presidential campaign. The president’s field director Jeremy Bird announced the total in an email to supporters Saturday night. Obama’s campaign has relied on small donors to boost its fundraising totals through the summer and fall. The campaign raised $181 million in September, its biggest haul of the cycle. Republican Mitt Romney‘s campaign has not yet announced its September fundraising numbers. (c) Copyright 2012 The Associated Press
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New numbers show Romney closing gap in Ohio

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is recovering ground in the critical swing state of Ohio as he rises in the polls and crowd numbers swell after his strong debate performance last week against President Barack Obama. Despite pundits and pollsters dismissing Romney’s chances in the state in late September, the Republican is now either tied or just barely trailing Obama in Ohio ahead of the next presidential debate on Tuesday night. At an event with thousands of Ohioans on Friday night, Romney boasted of “a growing crescendo of enthusiasm.” He has spoken to several large audiences in Ohio this week.
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Who offers the best tax plan? That’s a very good question

Good luck figuring out whether Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would cut or raise your taxes if he’s elected president. President Barack Obama promises tax reform, too, but precious little detail. Unlike Romney, Obama wants to make sure any tax reform produces a big new chunk of revenue to address the deficit. Yet it’s difficult to do that and not hit the middle class. It’s Romney’s far more ambitious tax plan, however, that has become front and center in the presidential campaign. Romney promises a 20 percent cut in tax rates, but he won’t say which deductions he’ll kill to
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Obama cites auto bailout as a reason for re-election

President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to sustain momentum from Vice President Joe Biden‘s strong debate showing by touting the benefits of one of his signature actions, the rescue of the U.S. auto industry, as he prepared for his next debate with Republican Mitt Romney. “We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. “We bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and three years later, that bet is paying off in a big way.” The president will drop from view for several days to prepare for his second debate with Romney on Tuesday. By
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Congress expands probe into meningitis outbreak

Lawmakers on Friday widened their investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role state regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments blamed for killing 14 people in six states. The U.S. House of Representatives‘ Energy and Commerce Committee called on the Massachusetts pharmacy board to tell congressional staff what it knew about the New England Compounding Center before the recall of more than 17,000 vials of injectable steroid treatments for back and joint pain from health facilities in 23 states. Separately, New England Compounding, which voluntarily gave up its license in Massachusetts after it was
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