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Obama and Romney on Energy, Environmental Issues

Apr 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at where President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stand on energy and environmental issues:

OBAMA: Ordered temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas ...

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Pro-Obama super PAC runs ad bashing Mitt Romney

Apr 17, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — An independent group supporting President Barack Obama's re-election is spending $660,000 to run a TV ad in four states bashing Mitt Romney.

The ad by Priorities USA Action casts likely GOP presidential nominee Romney as a wealthy opportunist who would cut social programs as ...

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THE RACE: Romney likely to look to right for veep

Apr 17, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

If he follows recent tradition, Mitt Romney will look to his right for a running mate.

Speculation over a GOP No. 2 has been percolating for some time and has been boiling over since Romney on Monday put longtime adviser Beth Myers in charge of the selection process.

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House Speaker Endorses Mitt Romney for President

Apr 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner has finally endorsed Mitt Romney to be the Republican presidential nominee, saying his economic policies would help the unemployed find jobs.

The Ohio Republican told reporters Tuesday that Romney's proposals will offer a strong contrast with what ...

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Utah System Puts a Unique Spin on Senate Race

Apr 17, 2012

By JOSH LOFTIN, Associated Press

KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Every handshake counts in Utah's unique nominating system, even for a senator seeking his seventh term.

At Granny Annie's Cafe, just outside Salt Lake City, Sen. Orrin Hatch treated about 70 people to scones and juice — and nearly two hours of ...

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Aides soft-pedal Romney remarks to donors

Apr 16, 2012

By ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mitt Romney's aides soft-pedaled his latest tax pronouncements on Monday, insisting he wasn't tipping his hand when he told donors privately that he might seek to end the tax break for mortgages on second homes and curb other ...

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No shocker in store: Romney veep search under way

Apr 16, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Don't look for a vice presidential shocker from Mitt Romney. His choice of a running-mate — a search he announced Monday he has begun — will be guided by both his methodical, risk-averse corporate training and the lessons his party ...

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Maine voters seek female senator. Enter Angus King

Apr 16, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Independent Senate candidate Angus King of Maine has a woman problem. He's not one.

The popular former governor is the undisputed front-runner in the campaign to replace retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, the state's most powerful ...

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NYC's Towns retiring after 30 years in Congress

Apr 16, 2012

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Edolphus Towns, the Democratic congressman from New York City who was a longtime political stalwart for his working-class Brooklyn district, won't be running for a 16th term, his office said Monday.

Towns assistant Allan Joseph told The ...

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THE RACE: Obama, Romney Nixing Fed Campaign Funds

Apr 16, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney don't want your three bucks.

Sure, they'll happily take direct contributions. But for the first time since public financing of presidential campaigns began in 1976, both major-party candidates will likely turn ...

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Romney Taps Longtime Adviser to Head VP Search

Apr 16, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has tapped a longtime adviser to begin his search for a vice presidential candidate.

Romney said Monday that Beth Myers is in charge of "selection and vetting and analysis."

"I have selected someone who has been a counselor of mine for ...

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Obama Raises $53M for Campaign in March

Apr 16, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama raised a combined $53 million for his campaign, the Democratic Party and other campaign funds in March, his campaign said Monday as it prepared to face Mitt Romney and a rejuvenated GOP in the general election.

Obama has ...

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Obama Defends Typically GOP States in Race to 270

Apr 16, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

President Barack Obama begins his re-election campaign defending traditionally Republican territory that he carried when he won the White House four years ago. Republican Mitt Romney is looking to reclaim any combination of these GOP strongholds now in flux.

In ...

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Long political fights ahead over dueling tax plans

Apr 16, 2012

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are forcing votes in Congress this coming week on competing tax plans that affect millionaires and smaller businesses, and they know the proposals are doomed from the start.

But that doesn't matter to either party.

Their ...

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Summit over, Obama looks to domestic concerns

Apr 16, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is returning to his familiar agenda of righting the U.S. economy and winning a second term, wrapping up three days of Latin American summitry that yielded mixed results and were clouded by a Secret Service scandal.

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Advisers in presidential campaign talk taxes

Apr 15, 2012

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaign advisers to President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney say the general election will offer competing visions of how to help the middle class.

Romney adviser Ed Gillespie says the most important thing to do is to ...

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Obama defends typically GOP states in race to 270

Apr 14, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

President Barack Obama begins his re-election campaign defending traditionally Republican territory that he carried when he won the White House four years ago. Republican Mitt Romney is looking to reclaim any combination of these GOP strongholds now in flux.

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Obama pledges immigration reform early in 2nd term

Apr 14, 2012

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — In his most specific pledge yet to U.S. Hispanics, President Barack Obama said Saturday he would seek to tackle immigration policy in the first year of a second term. But he cautioned that he would need an amenable Congress to succeed.

"This is something I care deeply ...

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Obama urges Romney to release past tax returns

Apr 14, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called on Republican Mitt Romney to release his past tax returns, saying that candidates for office need to be "as transparent as possible."

Obama told Univision in an interview conducted at the Summit of the Americas in ...

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Obama 2008 gains key to presidential battleground

Apr 14, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

An analysis of the state-by-state race to 270 electoral votes, the total needed to win the presidency, and where Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney stand now. The numbers reflect electoral votes:

SOLIDLY DEMOCRATIC ...

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