April 30, 2012 The video titled "Forward" distills much of Obama's argument for his re-election. It opens with news footage meant to recall how truly perilous was the state of the economy leading into his election, then leads into his achievements in office — the economic stimulus, health-care reform, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and the killing of Osama bin Laden, among them.
April 30, 2012 Talking to reporters Monday in New Hampshire, the unofficial GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, summoned Jimmy Carter's name in defending himself against Democratic attempts to raise doubts about whether Romney, like President Obama, would have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
April 27, 2012 A new Obama campaign ad features former President Bill Clinton praising Obama for giving the risky order for Navy SEALS to kill Osama bin Laden, a decision that could have had disastrous political results if it had failed. The ad essentially asks what would Mitt Romney have done and highlights 2007 statements that make it sound like bin Laden would have been a low priority for him.
April 26, 2012 A president seeking re-election against a backdrop of a lackluster economy would be remiss if he didn't stress his unique roles as the nation's top policymaker for international relations and the military's commander-in-chief. President Obama and his campaign clearly intend to exploit those credentials for all they're worth while pointing out Mitt Romney's lack of them.
April 25, 2012 President Obama's greatest challenge is the economy. Relatively high unemployment and other factors suggest the economic recovery is shaky. Mitt Romney's challenge is that a tough primary fight forced him to the the right and now he needs to moderate his positions in a way that doesn't hurt him with his base or others.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as she testified this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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April 25, 2012 Some of the agents accused of cavorting with prostitutes in Colombia say similar behavior had been overlooked in the past, The Washington Post reports. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says there's no evidence of that so far.
President Obama took to the mic with Jimmy Fallon (at left) to slow jam the news about student loans.
April 25, 2012 The "Barackness Monster," as Jimmy says, was part of the late night host's latest rapping of the news. This time the subject was the cost of student loans.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann celebrated Tuesday night in Manchester, N.H.
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April 25, 2012 After winning all five primaries on Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor all but wrapped up the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Now he's pledging to mount a campaign to show "we can do better."
President Obama gave the 2012 National Teacher of the Year trophy to Rebecca Mieliwocki this morning at the White House.
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April 24, 2012 Rebecca Mieliwocki is a seventh-grade English teacher in Burbank, Calif. "I'm happy to be there every day," she says of teaching.
April 18, 2012 While Mitt Romney's argument is that President Obama doesn't deserve a second term, Obama is essentially framing his "are you better off" case against Romney as the former Massachusetts governor representing a potential third term for President George W. Bush.
Ted Nugent, during his appearance at the NRA convention over the weekend in St. Louis.
April 18, 2012 The rocker told NRA members that he will either be "dead or in jail" next year if President Obama is re-elected. Nugent says that was not some sort of veiled threat.
April 17, 2012 For those who can't get enough of polls about the presidential election, Gallup has fired up its "daily tracking" survey that will follow the levels of support for President Obama and presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
April 16, 2012 First Lady Michelle Obama disagreed with Tell Me More host Michel Martin's premise that her life in the White House is stressful. She said she gets to work on the issues she cares about and suggested she's surrounded by many supportive people who care for her family. It's President Obama who has the stress, she said, though adding that he handles it well.
April 16, 2012 Based on the amounts collected in the previous two months, some of President Obama's supporters had begun to fear that the campaign might face a more daunting challenge than it had expected in reaching its fundraising targets for the 2012 election. March's numbers may reduce some of those anxieties.
April 12, 2012 President Obama's hopes of being re-elected very much reside in the hands of women, the same group that played such a big role in his 2008 victory. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney's hope of becoming president lie in his being able to dissuade enough women from voting for Obama.
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