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Obama visit to spotlight Iowa's high student debt

Apr 24, 2012

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama's visit to Iowa to talk about college costs is drawing attention to a surprising fact about a state known for education and frugality: its college students graduate with some of the highest debt in the nation.

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AP Sources: Romney to open fundraisers to media

Apr 24, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is preparing to open some fundraisers to the media.

Two Romney campaign officials with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press that the shift from closed to open ...

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THE RACE: Endorsements keep rolling in for Romney

Apr 24, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

The Republican primary race is effectively over but Mitt Romney keeps piling up delegates and endorsements.

He was expected to tighten his lock on the GOP nomination by sweeping Pennsylvania, New York and three other northeastern states holding primaries Tuesday.

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Should Campaign Donations Be More Transparent?

Apr 24, 2012

By JACK GILLUM and STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A once-mysterious $400,000 check written to a "super" political action committee supporting Mitt Romney's presidential campaign rekindled a nagging question this election season: Just how much disclosure is enough to satisfy ...

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SPIN METER: Romney roadmap leaves voters guessing

Apr 23, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's roadmap for governing the country is so vague that it has even Republican allies questioning his intentions.

"You have to campaign to govern, not just to win," Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said in recent days after endorsing Romney. "Go ...

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12th military member tied to prostitution scandal

Apr 23, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service prostitution scandal grew Monday to include a 12th member of the U.S. military as the Pentagon suspended the security clearances of all the military personnel who have been implicated. The Secret Service ...

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Romney backers tied to mysterious $400K donation

Apr 23, 2012

By JACK GILLUM and STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mysterious firm that gave $400,000 to help elect Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has direct ties to a married couple who already are among Romney's top Florida fundraisers, The Associated Press has learned.

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Nonpartisan gov't auditors rebuke Medicare bonuses

Apr 23, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the Obama administration on Medicare, government auditors Monday called for the cancellation of a costly bonus program for private health plans that congressional Republicans have criticized as a wasteful political ploy.

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Romney says he enjoyed French vacations

Apr 23, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

ASTON, Pa. (AP) — Mitt Romney spent two years as a Mormon missionary in France but says his best memories of the country are from vacations there.

Asked to recall his favorite times in France, Romney on Monday cited vacations with his wife, Ann, and "walking around ...

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Romney demurs on VP search with Rubio at his side

Apr 23, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

ASTON, Pa. (AP) — Mitt Romney declined Monday declined to endorse an immigration proposal from potential running mate Marco Rubio. Romney said he's considering the freshman Florida senator's plan to help some young people stay in the country legally while denying ...

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THE RACE: Trivial issues fly in White House race

Apr 23, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

These are the dog days of the presidential race, so to speak.

The candidates are virtually decided, the political conventions still way off and the issues are scattered and sometimes trivial.

Tuesday's Republican primaries in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware,

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Romney on spending: Guns trump butter

Apr 23, 2012

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reducing government deficits Mitt Romney's way would mean less money for health care for the poor and disabled and big cuts to nuts-and-bolts functions such as food inspection, border security and education.

Romney also promises budget ...

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Obama on Brink of Democratic Nomination

Apr 23, 2012

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's official: President Barack Obama will clinch the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday, ending a low-key primary race that many Americans probably didn't realize was happening.

Obama is certain to reach the 2,778 delegates he needs ...

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Report: Media Saw Romney as Nominee Post-Michigan

Apr 23, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The media decided that Mitt Romney would be the inevitable Republican presidential nominee weeks before voters did, according to a report that analyzes race coverage.

The study being released Monday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center Project for ...

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Millionaire Romney says his grandfather wasn't one

Apr 22, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

GREENCASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Mitt Romney is known as a man with millions of dollars, but he wants Americans to know that his grandfather wasn't one.

"My dad's dad went broke more than once," the former Massachusetts governor told 200 or so people who had gathered Sunday ...

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Romney assails Obama ahead of event with Rubio

Apr 22, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney insisted Sunday that Democrat Barack Obama is a "president who is dividing America" as he kicked off a two-day campaign swing that will feature Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American Florida senator considered ...

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Hatch withstands tea party opposition, for now

Apr 22, 2012

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The tea party movement solidified its presence as a force within the Republican Party two years ago when it helped orchestrate the defeat of three-term Sen. Bob Bennett at Utah GOP's nominating convention. But it fell short this weekend of ...

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Obama adviser sees West Virginia as tough sell

Apr 22, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign says he understands the political calculation behind West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's announcement that he's not sure right now whether he'll vote for his party leader in November.

Obama strategist David Axelrod says he hopes the ...

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Indiana Gov. Daniels: Not me for vice president

Apr 22, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana thought long and hard before deciding not to run for president. Now, with Mitt Romney the likely nominee, he's professing no interest in joining the GOP ticket as a vice presidential candidate.

Daniels says that if Romney came calling,

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Swing-state unemployment down, Obama's chances up

Apr 22, 2012

By PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The improving economy is swinging the pendulum in President Barack Obama's favor in the 14 states where the presidential election will likely be decided.

Recent polls have shown Obama gaining an edge over his likely Republican challenger, Mitt ...

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