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Obama’s ‘green energy programs’ slow to take root

Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama stood in front of a sea of gleaming solar panels in Boulder City, Nevada, to celebrate his administration’s efforts to promote “green energy.” Stretching row upon row into the desert, the Copper Mountain Solar Project not far from Las Vegas provided an impressive backdrop for the president. Built on public land, the facility is the largest of its kind in the United States. Its 1 million solar panels provide enough energy to power 17,000 homes. And it employs just 10 people. Three years after Obama launched a push to build a job-creating “green” economy,
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Obama stands up for Ann Romney

President Barack Obama is sticking up for Ann Romney, the wife of Republican rival Mitt Romney and the target of a Democratic operative who suggested that she’s unqualified to speak about the economy’s tolls because she’s “never worked a day in her life.” “It was the wrong thing to say,” Obama told WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Criticism of candidates’ spouses should be out of bounds, he added. Polls show women lean heavily Democratic and favor Obama by a wide margin in battleground states. Romney must win about 40 percent of the women’s vote to have a shot at denying Obama
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Sarah PAC lavishes money on Palin, not on candidates

Sarah Palin‘s so-called political action committee — created under the pretense of raising money to help political candidates — raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first three months of 2012 but didn’t give a cent to any candidate for office. Instead, the PAC spent more than it raised on Palin’s travel and personal expenses, an army of consultants and expenses to raise more money. Sarah PAC also spent 19 grand for a video to try refute the movie “Game Change,” which ran on Home Box Office (HBO) and portrayed Palin in a less-than-favorable light during her tenure as
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Another day, another screwup by Romney

Less than a day into the U.S. general election campaign, probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumbled on a key issue on Wednesday in an early warning that he needs to sharpen up quickly to compete with President Barack Obama. Romney made a disputed claim that the vast majority of U.S. jobs lost under Obama were held by women, and his campaign team struggled to say whether their candidate supports a fair pay law for women. Romney is now under pressure to show he can take on Obama’s well-organized campaign, after main Republican rival Rick Santorum quit the White House race
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Time for Romney to mend fences

Now is the time for Mitt Romney to mend his Republican fences and bring around those dubious voters who kept spurning him for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and others to the right. After a nasty primary battle, his challenge is to somehow excite the party’s staunchest conservatives without alienating the independent voters he’ll need to defeat President Barack Obama in the fall. Romney predicted on Wednesday that Republicans will naturally rally together against their common foe, Obama, and focus on their shared distress about the nation’s economy — an issue that resonates across the political spectrum. To smooth the way,
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Obama ramps up campaign to take out Romney

For all the turmoil of the long primary season, President Barack Obama is right where he expected to be: taking on Mitt Romney and targeting him as a wishy-washy protector of the rich. With the November outcome likely to hinge on the economy, Obama will now engage more directly with the help of an experienced, well-financed campaign organization. The campaign for the White House took on a decidedly different feel on Wednesday, a true two-man race for the first time. Yet even as Republican Rick Santorum‘s withdrawal a day earlier changed the dynamic, beginning the general election in earnest, the
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With Santorum out, Romney still faces distractions from Gingrich, Paul

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s surprise withdrawal from the GOP Presidential sweepstakes Tuesday leaves the road more or less clear for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to wrap up the nomination by June. But Romney is not home free.  Backbenchers Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remain in the race and while neither has a chance of winning the nomination both can still be a distraction for the frontrunner as he attempts to hone his campaign strategy for the only real obstacle to his quest for the White House:  Current President Barrack Obama. Most polls show Romney losing to Obama in
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Santorum sure sounded like a moderate in 2006

Rick Santorum boasts that his deep conservative values make him a stronger challenger against President Barack Obama this fall than likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney. It’s an argument he is making in his home state of Pennsylvania, where a primary victory in two weeks is critical to a campaign already seen by many as all but hopeless. Yet Santorum showed a considerably more moderate face in a campaign brochure from his failed 2006 Senate race in Pennsylvania. It highlighted how he steered big federal dollars to the state and teamed up with rock star Bono to fight AIDS and global
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Study says Obamacare increases nation’s deficit

Reigniting a debate about the bottom line for President Barack Obama’s health care law, a leading conservative economist estimates in a study to be released Tuesday that the overhaul will add at least $340 billion to the deficit, not reduce it. Charles Blahous, who serves as public trustee overseeing Medicare and Social Security finances, also suggested that federal accounting practices have obscured the true fiscal impact of the legislation, the fate of which is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. Officially, the health care law is still projected to help reduce government red ink. The Congressional Budget Office,
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With nomination almost secure, Romney’s to-do list is growing

Mitt Romney faces a daunting to-do list as he transitions into the role of likely Republican presidential nominee. Among the tasks: Raise as much money as possible for the general election campaign against President Barack Obama. Hire more people and send them to the most critical states in the fall race. Hone his message to appeal to voters across the political spectrum. And do it all quickly while fending off challenges from GOP rivals who refuse to quit the primary race. Obama, with the advantages of an incumbent, is well ahead of Romney on fundraising, organization and broad pitches to
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