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Meet the Healthcare Tax

Jul 3, 2012

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like a tax, smells like a tax, and the Supreme Court says it must be a tax. But politicians in both parties are squirming over how to define the Thing in President Barack Obama's health care law that requires people to pay up if they ...

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AG says GOP using him as 'proxy' to attack Obama

Jul 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is charging that he's become a "proxy" for Republican attacks against President Barack Obama in an election year.

Holder tells The Washington Post that Republican congressional figures have used a failed gun-tracking operation known as Fast and ...

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Obama campaign launches new Romney outsourcing ad

Jul 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is launching a new attack on Republican rival Mitt Romney's business record.

In a television advertisement released Tuesday, the campaign says Romney invested in companies that moved jobs overseas and supports tax breaks for companies ...

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Mass. Health Law May Bode Well for Federal Law

Jul 3, 2012

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has the nation's highest rate of residents with health insurance. Visits to emergency rooms are beginning to ease. More residents are getting cancer screenings and more women are making prenatal doctors' visits.

Still, one of the biggest ...

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Romney Takes Summer Break Before Big Campaign Push

Jul 3, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — It's a family tradition that spans a decade, as Mitt Romney's clan — all 30 of them — gathers at his New England lakeside compound for a week of home-cooked meals, sporting events and ice cream outings.

Only this summer, things are a little ...

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Aide: Romney sees mandate as a penalty, not a tax

Jul 2, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top adviser says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn't see the health care mandate as a tax but as a penalty or a fee or even a fine.

That's a different view from Republicans who are condemning the individual mandate in President Barack Obama's health care law ...

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Romney planning to visit Israel over summer

Jul 2, 2012

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is planning a trip to Israel this summer, an aide to the likely GOP nominee said Monday.

Details about exactly when and where Romney will visit were not immediately available, and the aide spoke on the condition of anonymity because ...

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At July Lull, Presidential Race is Close as Ever

Jul 2, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential race is entering the sultry summer, a final lull before the sprint to Election Day, with President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney neck and neck and no sign that either can break away.

As both candidates take a breather ...

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Minority leader: Odds Long to Undo Healthcare Law

Jul 2, 2012

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — It's on his to-do list, but U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the odds are against lawmakers wanting to gut the health care law championed by President Barack Obama.

The Kentucky Republican talked about the law on Monday to about 50 people at Hardin ...

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Obama and Romney Taking Summer Breaks

Jul 2, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

For the past few days, President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney have been mostly out of sight if not exactly out of mind.

Romney has been a little more accessible than Obama. But the best way to find the Republican candidate seems to be from a boat.

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Privately devout Romney worships with his family

Jul 2, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Every year, Mitt Romney and his family spend a week at his estate on the picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee. They go boating, play games — and attend church, an expression of the faith that's fundamentally shaped the Republican presidential ...

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More nuanced view of Roberts after health care law

Jul 2, 2012

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts could have taken down the entire, massive health care law that his fellow Republicans deride as "Obamacare." He could have prevented the Supreme Court decision that largely disabled the most disputed aspects of ...

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APNewsBreak: Dem group, union reserve $20M ad buy

Jul 2, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major union and an outside group committed to electing Democrats to the House have reserved nearly $20 million in television ad time for the fall in districts from Illinois to Florida as the party tries to reclaim the majority, The Associated ...

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No one-size-fits-all approach to wooing Hispanics

Jul 2, 2012

By JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In New Mexico, Tomasita Maestas says she will pick the presidential candidate who has the best plan to fix education and the economy.

In Arizona, Mexican immigrant Carlos Gomez backs Republican Mitt Romney because he's more conservative ...

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Re-election drives Obama's legacy

Jul 2, 2012

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents live in a world of wins and losses quickly forgotten. Rarely are they presented with the kind of defining moment that President Barack Obama experienced when the Supreme Court upheld his health care law.

It's one that will transcend his ...

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FACT CHECK: On keeping your current health plan

Jul 2, 2012

By CALVIN WOODWARD and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In promoting the health care law, President Barack Obama is repeating his persistent and unsubstantiated assurance that Americans who like their health insurance can simply keep it. Republican rival Mitt Romney says ...

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GOP: Voters will have final say on health care law

Jul 1, 2012

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican congressional leaders said Sunday that voters — not the Supreme Court — will have the final word on President Barack Obama's health care law come November. And they are betting that the law's unpopularity will be enough to drive ...

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Romney ad uses Hillary Clinton criticism of Obama

Jun 29, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitt Romney's campaign has launched a new attack ad against President Barack Obama that uses Hillary Rodham Clinton's words against the president.

The Romney ad is running in Ohio and several other battleground states. It's a response to a commercial run by the Obama campaign ...

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Justice Won't Prosecute Holder for Contempt

Jun 29, 2012

By LARRY MARGASAK and PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has declared that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of ...

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Q&A: What does the health care law mean for you?

Jun 29, 2012

By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free vaccines for kids, cheaper drugs for the elderly and many other benefits of President Barack Obama's health care law are already out there. More are coming, like a guaranteed right to buy health insurance even for patients with serious ...

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