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Finally, a Presidential election with some clear choices

Finally, a Presidential election with some clear choices

November’s presidential election offers Americans one of the starkest choices in years. On this, at least, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can agree. Obama says voters will choose between “two fundamentally different visions of where we take America.” To which his Republican rival counters: “If you want to know where his vision leads, open […]

Romney: Birth certificate? I don’t need no stinkin’ birth certificate

Romney:  Birth certificate?  I don’t need no stinkin’ birth certificate

Wading into a debunked conspiracy theory, Mitt Romney raised the issue of President Barack Obama‘s citizenship Friday by joking that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.” At a rally in the suburbs of Detroit, Romney told a crowd of about 5,000 that he and his wife were happy to be back near […]

Mission impossible? Turning a political convention into exciting TV

Mission impossible? Turning a political convention into exciting TV

Patriotic music? Check. Balloon drop? Check. Sign-waving delegates? Check. Viewer interest in this summer’s Republican and Democratic national conventions? Still unclear. With the parties’ quadrennial presidential nominating gatherings fast approaching, organizers on both sides are bedeviled by a similar challenge: how to raise TV viewer interest in the multiday affairs, which threaten to be largely […]

Akin mess keeps Republicans in chaos

Akin mess keeps Republicans in chaos

For Republicans, it could be another lost week in their effort to keep November’s election focused on President Barack Obama’s handling of the weak U.S. economy. After much of the summer news cycle was dominated by immigration, Obama’s healthcare overhaul, Medicare and a gaffe-ridden foreign trip by Mitt Romney, the Todd Akin controversy is further […]

Obama shops for votes in key demographic areas

Obama shops for votes in key demographic areas

For all the recent diversions over Medicare and abortion, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is still running a campaign that paints with a broad economic brush in hopes of rallying voters on jobs and fiscal policy. President Barack Obama, by contrast, is painting by the numbers, filling in the Democratic landscape step by demographic step. […]

Todd Akin on leaving Senate race: Hell no, he won’t go

Todd Akin on leaving Senate race: Hell no, he won’t go

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) Tuesday ignored mounting pressure from his own party to drop out of the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. A 5 p.m. deadline to remove his name from the ballot in Missouri came and went Tuesday as Aiken vowed to stay in the race, claiming he “represents a conservative movement […]

Adding Ryan didn’t give Romney a hoped-for boost in polls

Adding Ryan didn’t give Romney a hoped-for boost in polls

Wisconsin GOP Representative Paul Ryan‘s addition to Mitt Romney‘s Presidential ticket may have energized conservatives and brought in more campaign cash but it hasn’t given the ticket any significant bump in the polls. A new NBC-Wall Street Journal survey shows incumbent President Barack Obama holding on to his lead nationwide — 48 to 44 percent […]

Obama campaign spent far more than it is raised for three straight months

Obama campaign spent far more than it is raised for three straight months

From most accounting perspectives, the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama is in serious financial trouble, having spent far more money than it raised for the past three months. Although the campaign raised $49.1 million in July — a slight increase over the previous month — and is matching the President’s record-setting pace from 2008, […]

GOP reps on Congressional junket got drunk and skinny-dipped in the Sea of Galilee

GOP reps on Congressional junket got drunk and skinny-dipped in the Sea of Galilee

A number of Republican Congressmen and others — including the daughter of one member and the wife of another — visiting Israel as part of a Capitol Hill junket last summer, got drunk after dinner, stripped off their clothes and frolicked naked in the Sea of Galilee at the place where Jesus was said to […]