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Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Two-Way

Romney, Republicans Pulled In More Money In May Than Obama, Democrats

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in California last week.

June 7, 2012 For the first time in this campaign, the GOP challenger has collected more than the incumbent. Romney and his party brought in more than $76 million. Obama and the Democrats raised about $60 million.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

It's All Politics

On The Ground In Wisconsin: Lessons From The Winning Side

Don Taylor, GOP chairman in Wisconsin's Republican-dominated Waukesha County.

June 6, 2012 An influential Republican in Wisconsin says Gov. Scott Walker's win in Tuesday's recall election shows the GOP governor's action on the state's budget resonated beyond the base. But, says Don Taylor, the chairman of the GOP in Waukesha County, its effect on the presidential election in November is uncertain.

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On The Ground in Wisconsin: Lessons From The Losing Side

A sign along a county highway in Saukville, Wis. Exit polls showed 38 percent of voters with a labor union member in the family voted for Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

June 6, 2012 Democratic activists in Wisconsin say they're not angry with President Obama for avoiding recall politics. But they worry that the president's absence may have embittered some volunteers the campaign will need for the competitive presidential race in November.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Shots - Health News

Romney's Health Care Prescription Gives Some Conservatives Heartburn

June 5, 2012 The GOP candidate's choice to head his transition team has raised doubts among some on the right. Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has been running a group that helps states implement key parts of the health care law that Romney vows to ditch.

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How Accurate Is Obama's Attack On Romney's Jobs Record?

Mitt Romney talks about his plan for creating jobs at a 2011 campaign speech in Las Vegas.

June 5, 2012 A new Obama campaign ad says Massachusetts had one of the country's worst economic records by the end of Mitt Romney's term as governor in 2007. But the Romney campaign says the overall unemployment rate was still very low. Can both campaigns be right?

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Wisconsin Moderates: Heroes Or Heretics?

Stickers are given to voters Tuesday in Milwaukee. Wisconsin voters are choosing between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a recall election.

June 5, 2012 Much has been said and written about the divisions opened in Wisconsin since Gov. Scott Walker undertook a dual agenda to weaken public worker unions while balancing an out-of-whack budget. Come Wednesday, how does the state heal? Two of the moderate state senators left share ideas and concerns.

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The Uniqueness Of The 2012 Election

Protesters in Nice, France, hold banners depicting then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama before a November 2011 G-20 summit where global financial issues were discussed. Sarkozy has since lost re-election; some political scientists say economic problems in Europe also could play an unprecedented role in the upcoming U.S. election.

June 5, 2012 All U.S. presidential elections are distinctive. But the 2012 contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney will highlight historic firsts dealing with religion, wealth, a changing electorate and the global economy's potential to sway domestic politics.

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Monday, June 04, 2012

It's All Politics

Romney Rekindles Conservative Doubts With Pick To Lead White House Transition

Mitt and Ann Romney sit behind Michael Leavitt and his wife Jacqueline at the February 2008 funeral of Gordon B. Hinckley, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Romney reportedly has chosen Leavitt to lead his transition team.

June 4, 2012 Mitt Romney's choice of former Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt, who supports a key part of President Obama's health care law, has irked some conservatives.

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Politics

Big Money: Stuffing The Ballot Box?

Limits on what outside groups can spend on campaigns have largely been eroded.

June 4, 2012 In the era of superPACs, political parties and candidates seem to be the last players in the system who must abide by limits on fundraising and spending. Some observers say it's time to get rid of campaign contribution limits, but others worry that would open the door only wider to corruption.

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Political Junkie

Wisconsin Recall Is Just One Of Many Highlights Of Big Tuesday Campaign Day

Craig Thomas

June 4, 2012 A big day of politics on Tuesday, led by the effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Only two governors have been recalled in U.S. history.

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Barack Obama

Bill Clinton Campaigns As Obama's No. 1 Surrogate

Bill Clinton speaks with President Obama in the White House Briefing Room after a private meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. The former president has become Obama's highest-profile advocate this campaign season.

June 4, 2012 Former President Clinton and President Obama had a famously rocky relationship. But the days when Clinton tried to help his wife, now secretary of state, defeat Obama in the 2008 primaries are ancient history. Now, for better or worse, Clinton is Obama's highest-profile advocate.

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Wis. Recall: A Trial Run For The Presidential Race

A supporter of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (right) talks with a supporter of Walker's Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, at a recall election rally Friday on Friday.

June 3, 2012 The vote Tuesday to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker is being called the important race next to the presidential race this year. The major issues in the race — spending cuts and collective bargaining rights — have wider national implications.

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