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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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Obama Ad Accuses Romney of Outsourcing U.S. Jobs

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new ad Tuesday accusing Republican Mitt Romney of outsourcing jobs and slamming him for keeping money in foreign bank accounts.

The ad says Romney "shipped American jobs to places like Mexico and China" when he led the ...

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THE RACE: Romney has some hard choices to make

May 1, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

Not only must Mitt Romney pick a running mate, he also needs to decide which former rivals he'll invite to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August — if any. It won't be an easy decision.

How about Newt Gingrich, for instance, who once branded ...

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Gingrich Thanks Supporters, Will Resign Wednesday

May 1, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Newt Gingrich thanked supporters Tuesday, a day before he officially leaves the Republican presidential race, and pledged to work hard to prevent the "genuine disaster" he says would come from re-electing President Barack Obama.

Gingrich says in a video message posted on his ...

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Santorum Hesitant to Endorse Romney

May 1, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum wants to ensure the GOP's policy platform represents conservatives' interests. Newt Gingrich wants help retiring his campaign debt and repairing his reputation.

Both Republicans are expected to endorse their former rival Mitt Romney ...

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Obama, Romney offer classic choices on big issues

May 1, 2012

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the better part of a year, Mitt Romney has tethered himself to an array of positions designed for the Republican presidential primaries, stances that put him to the right of where he's been through much of his career and raise questions ...

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Founders, CEOs hand Wis. governor campaign cash

May 1, 2012

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's fan list reads like a who's who of some of the richest people in America — financial gurus, a Las Vegas casino president, even an NBA team owner.

And they came up big for the embattled governor, taking advantage ...

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The Lowdown: Where do Obama and Romney Stand?

May 1, 2012

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at where Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stand on a selection of issues:

ABORTION and BIRTH CONTROL:

Obama: Supports abortion rights. Health care law requires contraceptives to be available ...

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Wisconsin governor raises $13 million in recall

Apr 30, 2012

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has raised more than $13 million in three months for a recall election, a jaw-dropping feat that easily shattered the fundraising record he set last year.

Walker became the target of a recall election after he ...

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Obama: Marking bin Laden death isn't 'celebration'

Apr 30, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and his use of it to burnish his re-election credentials a year later, saying Monday that it is appropriate to mark an ...

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In Mass. US Senate race, a question of heritage

Apr 30, 2012

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate campaign pitting Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown and likely Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has taken an unexpected turn by delving into whether Warren has claimed Native American heritage in her academic career.

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Romney Says He Would Have Ordered bin Laden Killed

Apr 30, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Once a moment of national unity, the political battle over Osama bin Laden's death intensified Monday as presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought to minimize the role President Barack Obama has carved out for himself ...

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Political calendar offers opportunities, pitfalls

Apr 30, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The long, grueling GOP primary race is over. Now comes a summertime lull the candidates could find just as difficult — not because the schedule is crowded but because it isn't.

It is four months until the Republican National Convention in Tampa,

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Gas Price Drop May Offer Political Bonus

Apr 30, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

You wouldn't know it from campaign rhetoric, but gasoline prices have been trending down.

Six months out, polls show the presidential race is very close and that the frail economy and jobs still top voter worry lists. Thus even a small drop in gas prices could ...

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What happened in Colombia didn't stay in Colombia

Apr 30, 2012

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service does not often get a black eye behind those oh-so-cool sunglasses. It's got a shiner now.

The public face of the service is one of steely professionals in impeccable suits, wearing discreet earpieces and packing even more ...

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Obama Criticizes GOP in Speech to Union Members

Apr 30, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is rallying union workers by painting a bleak portrait of America's infrastructure. He blames Republicans for focusing on tax cutting rather than creating jobs by updating and rebuilding highways, railroads and airports.

Obama tells the Building and ...

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Obama Unveils New Campaign Slogan: 'Forward'

Apr 30, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new campaign slogan: "Forward."

Obama's re-election team unveiled its new motto in a video released Monday morning. The seven-minute video begins by recalling the grim state of the nation's economy when Obama took office, then ticks through what the ...

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Student Loan agreement? Not So Fast.

Apr 30, 2012

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the political campaigns still taking shape, President Barack Obama, Republican challenger Mitt Romney and lawmakers of both parties say they want to protect college students from a sharp increase in interest rates on federally subsidized loans.

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First Lady Campaigns in Tucson

Apr 30, 2012

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrats are hailing first lady Michelle Obama's visit to Tucson as the latest sign that Arizona will be up for grabs in November's presidential election, but Republicans insist that the state will go red just like it has the past three election ...

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Obama, Clintons Join Forces for Summer Fundraising Blitz

Apr 30, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — There were no bear hugs on display, but President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton looked relaxed and friendly as they began a summer fundraising blitz that demonstrates their shared hopes for Democratic victory despite past ...

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