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Analysis: Obama as war candidate

May 2, 2012

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — As slogans go, President Barack Obama's promise of the "light of a new day" in Afghanistan isn't nearly as catchy as the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln the day President George W. Bush announced the end of major combat ...

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Obama returns amid foreign, economic uncertainties

May 2, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama returned from Afghanistan to the uncertainty of election year politics and the complications of foreign policy Wednesday after traveling halfway around the world on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.

No doubt, the ...

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W.Va. Gov. Tomblin keeping Obama at arms' length

May 2, 2012

By LAWRENCE MESSINA, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday in the list of top West Virginia Democratic officeholders keeping their distance from President Barack Obama, saying that neither the Democratic incumbent nor the presumed ...

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Gingrich ends campaign, urges party to back Romney

May 2, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Newt Gingrich, the colorful former House speaker and fiery partisan, formally exited the Republican presidential contest Wednesday and vowed to help Mitt Romney's bid to defeat President Barack Obama.

Ending a campaign that seesawed ...

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Obama attends 2 high-dollar fundraisers

May 2, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is mingling with donors at two high-dollar fundraising events, aiming to raise about $2 million toward his re-election effort.

The Obama campaign says the president will be meeting with about 25 supporters at each of the fundraisers. The intimate events are ...

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Pro-Romney group readies 9-state ad buy

May 2, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An independent group backing Republican Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy has placed a $4.3 million advertising buy in nine battleground states.

Restore Our Future announced Tuesday it has bought television ad time in Florida, North Carolina,

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Romney Campaigns for Small-Business Vote in VA

May 2, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Kicking off his Virginia campaign, Republican Mitt Romney said Wednesday he'll do "the opposite" of what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy. His wife, Ann, chipped in by appealing to women voters in a key region of a state both ...

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THE RACE: Obama flexes presidential muscle in race

May 2, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

We just saw a raw display of the power of the presidency in an election year.

Mitt Romney and other Republicans may gripe that President Barack Obama tries to politicize the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces.

But only Obama could secretly ...

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Obama Has 2 Narratives on Afghanistan

May 2, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Barack Obama's twin narratives, the United States is both leaving Afghanistan and staying there.

The different messages are meant for different audiences, one at home and one away. As Obama's brief, symbolic visit to ...

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President Obama Goes All In on The Taliban

By | May 2, 2012

President Obama's plan for ending the war in Afghanistan largely depends on whether the White House's gamble on direct talks with the Taliban pays out.

In a major address from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan Tuesday, Obama bluntly said "our goal is to destroy al Qaeda." The president and senior aides ...

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Romney Used Fees to Close Budget Gap

May 2, 2012

By ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's boast that he closed a $3 billion budget gap as Massachusetts governor without raising taxes is a cornerstone of his White House campaign, a way to highlight his pitch for lower taxes and leaner government in a race where federal ...

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Sen. Lugar Sees Trouble Before Primary

May 2, 2012

By TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's allies have largely disappeared from the television airwaves in the days before Tuesday's primary. It's a sign that even Lugar's friends think the six-term Republican is in trouble and could lose to tea party-backed ...

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In Kabul, Obama highlights foreign policy record

May 1, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago.

The president's secret flight to ...

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Romney's gay national security spokesman resigns

May 1, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's national security spokesman resigned Tuesday after critics questioned his conservatism because he is gay.

Richard Grenell announced he had decided to leave Romney's campaign shortly after he was hired in late April. Grenell, who is ...

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Romney: Obama shouldn't use bin Laden in campaign

May 1, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of politicizing the death of Osama bin Laden a year ago but said it was "totally appropriate" for him to claim credit for ordering the U.S. military raid that ended with the terrorist ...

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Group stirring independent WH bid hits obstacle

May 1, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group clearing the path for an independent White House bid on Tuesday canceled the first phase of its search for a bipartisan ticket because declared and draft candidates aren't mustering enough preliminary support.

Americans Elect ...

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AdWatch: Obama ad says Romney sent jobs overseas

May 1, 2012

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — TITLE: "Swiss Bank Account"

LENGTH: 30 seconds.

AIRING: In the battleground states of Virginia, Ohio and Iowa.

KEY IMAGES: The ad opens with the words, "Over the top, erroneous, out of context" and shows images of a wind farm with the words,

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Supreme Court ratings down in Pew poll

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new survey finds the Supreme Court's popularity is at a 25-year low, though still much higher than that of Congress.

The Pew Research Center says 52 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the court, the lowest rating since the group started asking Americans their view ...

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Gingrich to Depart Race for the White House

May 1, 2012

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential candidate no longer, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich departs the race for the White House as likely the most consequential and certainly the most interesting Republican of his time never to sit in the Oval Office.

Ferociously ...

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