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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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Another day, another meaningless vote to repal Obamacare

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, as it has done several times before, votes today to repeal Obamacare. And the Democratic-dominated Senate, just as it has done each time the House tries to strike down the law, will vote just the opposite. Another day in Washington, another political game that means nothing. Republicans will offer a resolution to strike down the law but they will offer nothing to replace it or provide health care protection. It’s a political move designed to stir up emotions since the Supreme Court, in a split-vote, declared the health care “reform” the law of the land.
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More and more cities filing for bankruptcy

City governments are joining cash-strapped Americans in seeking bankruptcy protection. Three cities have filed for bankruptcy in California in the last month alone and others may join the rush to protect an onslaught from creditors. The City Council of San Bernardino, with 210,000 residents, voted Tuesday night to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, joining Stockton and Mammoth Lakes in the last month. “Increasingly, governments are in no better shape than many Americans,” financial analyst Alan Cummings tells Capitol Hill Blue. “Times are bad and money is tight.” Since Congress voted in 1937 to allow cities to seek bankruptcy protection under
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Romney’s fundraising lead brings panic to Obama campaign

President Barack Obama’s embattled campaign is going into panic mode over fund raising efforts that continue to lag behind challenger Mitt Romney. Romney and the Republican National Committee raised $35 million more than the President and the Democratic party in June — the second-straight month that the incumbent President has trailed well Romney with donors. “People in the fundraising offices are shaking their heads and wondering what the hell’s gone wrong,” one Democratic strategist told Capitol Hill Blue.  “There’s a sense of panic.” Obama, who raised far more campaign cash than challenger John McCain in 2008, was expected to top
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A neck-and-neck Presidential race where voters have doubts about both candidates

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll on the 2012 Presidential race shows a neck-and-neck contest with widespread dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s performance in office offsetting strong doubts about Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Americans fault Obama on the economy as well as his handling of health care and immigration issues.  To make matters worse for an incumbent President, 63 percent of those polled say the nation is heading in the wrong direction. But support for Romney is tepid at best and the GOP challenger remains tied with the incumbent President because he is the only choice, not because voter prefer
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