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Obama planning new trade sanctions against China

Obama planning new trade sanctions against China

President Barack Obama is launching a new trade enforcement case against China as he seeks an advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney on an economic issue that has become a…

Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Septembers shock, Octobers surprise, early Novembers can knock a campaign sideways. In a presidential race’s waning weeks, almost anything can happen — bedlam in the Middle East, financial panic at…

Foreign crisis could be bad news for Romney

Foreign crisis could be bad news for Romney

With protests at U.S. embassies and four Americans dead, Mitt Romney is suddenly facing a presidential election focused on a foreign policy crisis he gambled wouldn’t happen. But it did…

Obama widens poll lead but Mideast crisis hovers as wild card

Obama widens poll lead but Mideast crisis hovers as wild card

President Barack Obama is pulling away from rival Mitt Romney in polls in what might be a turning point in the U.S. presidential campaign, but volatility in the Middle East…

Congress will take the easy route on budget and go home

Congress will take the easy route on budget and go home

America’s do-nothing Congress took the path of least resistance is voting in a six-month stopgap spending bill that keeps the government running but does nothing to deal with the many…

McCain calls Obama’s foreign policy ‘feckless’ at best

McCain calls Obama’s foreign policy ‘feckless’ at best

Sen. John McCain, who lost to  President Barack Obama four years ago, is accusing his formal rival of pursuing “a feckless foreign policy” that compromises American influence around the world.…

With 9/11 reflections over, campaign hyperbole returns

With 9/11 reflections over, campaign hyperbole returns

Reflection over Sept. 11 quickly past, the race for the White House is returning to fierce form, with negative ads free to fly again and the candidates spreading out from…

Biker babes and bear hugs: Ah, the campaign trail

Biker babes and bear hugs: Ah, the campaign trail

Barack Obama goes airborne in a doozy of a bear hug with a pizza guy in Florida. Joe Biden cozies up with a biker chick in Ohio. Paul Ryan encircles…

Both campaigns silence rhetoric on 9/11 anniversary

Both campaigns silence rhetoric on 9/11 anniversary

It could be the only day before Nov. 6 without explicit partisan rancor. Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney plan to take down their negative ads in…

Fog of war: The mind-numbing drone of a never-ending conflict in Afghanistan

Fog of war: The mind-numbing drone of a never-ending conflict in Afghanistan

It was another week at war in Afghanistan, another string of American casualties, and another collective shrug by a nation weary of a faraway conflict whose hallmark is its grinding…