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Romney builds insurmountable lead in primary sweep

Apr 4, 2012

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney won nearly all the convention delegates a three-primary sweep, adding to a lead that will be insurmountable without a dramatic shift in the race for the Republican nomination for president.

With 95 delegates at stake Tuesday,

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Analysis: Obama's incumbency vs. Romney's hurdles

Apr 4, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality has smacked Mitt Romney in the face.

President Barack Obama used the power of the presidency Tuesday to ring the general election's opening bell, declaring in no uncertain terms that he and his mammoth organization are ready to take on ...

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GOP's McCain to Santorum: Time for 'graceful exit'

Apr 4, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says Rick Santorum should recognize "it's time for a graceful exit" from the Republican presidential campaign in the wake of Mitt Romney's sweep of primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

McCain also tells "CBS This Morning" there's a ...

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A Romney sweep: He takes Wisconsin, Maryland, DC

Apr 4, 2012

By DAVID ESPO and KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., with time left over to swap charges with President Barack Obama.

"Four more ...

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Romney makes inroads with the right in Wis., Md

Apr 3, 2012

By CALVIN WOODWARD and JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney won the Maryland Republican presidential primary broadly and deeply, besting chief rival Rick Santorum among conservatives as well as moderates and emerging as the runaway favorite of those who care most about ...

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GOP campaign: What we learned

Apr 3, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the District of Columbia, in Wisconsin and in Maryland gave Mitt Romney a trio of wins Tuesday that put him closer to clinching his party's presidential nomination. We learned a few things, too:

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Republicans increasingly ...

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Romney: Obama surrounded by 'true believers'

Apr 3, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney assailed President Barack Obama as an "out of touch" liberal Tuesday night as he looked past three primary victories and toward the fall's general election.

"Out of touch liberals like Barack Obama say ...

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Gingrich vows to stay in GOP campaign until Tampa

Apr 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Newt Gingrich says he isn't leaving the party's presidential race and is vowing to continue all the way to the nominating convention.

Gingrich said Tuesday he is committed to carrying the banner of bold conservative colors all the way to Tampa to ensure, in his words,

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Santorum says GOP contest only at halftime

Apr 3, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

MARS, Pa. (AP) — Republican Rick Santorum said Tuesday night his presidential campaign would continue despite triple losses to rival Mitt Romney in primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

"There are no marching bands. We're hitting the field.

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Judge upset by Obama's comments on health care law

Apr 3, 2012

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court judge on Tuesday seemed to take offense to comments President Barack Obama made earlier this week in which he warned that if the Supreme Court overturned his signature health care overhaul it would amount to overreach by an ...

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IMF chief wants 'more firepower' to fight crises

Apr 3, 2012

By DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The managing director of the International Monetary Fund made an impassioned plea Tuesday for American leadership in the global economy as she called for the international community to give her organization "more firepower" to bolster tottering ...

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Romney eager to shift focus to Obama

Apr 3, 2012

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press

A political tip sheet for the rest of us outside the Washington Beltway, for Tuesday, April 3:

WHAT'S HAPPENING

ROMNEY EAGER TO FOCUS ON OBAMA: Republican front-runner Mitt Romney is eager to shift his campaign's focus to the general election campaign against ...

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Obama says Reagan couldn't get through GOP primary

Apr 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says if President Ronald Reagan was running for president now, he "could not get through a Republican primary today."

Obama said during a question-and-answer session with newspaper editors on Tuesday that Reagan was forced to raise taxes and spending cuts ...

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Obama: GOP 'doubling down' on faulty policies

Apr 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a budget plan presented by House Republicans represents a "doubling down" on a failed economic policy.

In a speech before newspaper executives, Obama says a $3.5 trillion budget plan pushed by House Republicans is "so far to the right, it makes the ...

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Cheney out of hospital after getting new heart

Apr 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after getting a new heart, his office said.

Cheney, 71, received the organ from an unknown donor on March 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

"As he leaves the hospital, the former ...

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Romney's focus on Obama brings new challenges

Apr 2, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As Mitt Romney looked for a sweep in Tuesday's three Republican primaries to tighten his grip on the party's nomination, President Barack Obama criticized the GOP front-runner by name in a campaign ad for the first time,

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A political tip sheet for the rest of us

Apr 2, 2012

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

A political tip sheet for the rest of us outside the Washington Beltway, Monday, April 2:

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

TUESDAY'S PRIMARIES: Two states and the District of Columbia vote, but the marquee contest is in Wisconsin. It's the kind of big industrial state ...

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Obama campaign targets Romney ties to oil

Apr 2, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign accused Republican Mitt Romney of siding with "Big Oil" in a new television ad released Monday, signaling an escalation of a general election campaign and a vigorous debate over gas prices.

"In all these fights,

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Romney halfway to clinching GOP nomination

Apr 2, 2012

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is halfway to clinching the Republican nomination for president.

The former Massachusetts governor inched up to 572 delegates on Monday — exactly half the 1,144 needed — after the Tennessee Republican Party finalized delegate ...

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Romney faces question about Mormon faith

Apr 2, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faced a tough question about his Mormon faith while campaigning for Tuesday's Wisconsin primary.

A Ron Paul supporter, 28-year-old Bret Hatch, asked Romney whether he agreed with a passage from ...

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