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Senators request live TV for health care ruling

Jun 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking the Supreme Court to allow live television coverage when it delivers its ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking Republican Charles Grassley said the issues in the case are as ...

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McConnell: Time to 'Start Over' on Health Care

Jun 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top-ranking Republican in the Senate calls the Obama health care law the first step in "Europeanizing America" and says Congress should "start over" if the system is ruled invalid by the Supreme Court.

Kentucky's Sen. Mitch McConnell says Republicans believe Americans want to ...

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Tests show students struggle to explain answers

Jun 19, 2012

By SARAH PARNASS, Associated Press

American children do much better identifying the correct answers to simple scientific tasks than using evidence from their experiments to explain those answers.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card, asked ...

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Obama campaign launches new ad targeting Hispanics

Jun 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is running new Spanish-language television ads touting the benefits of Obama's health care overhaul for Hispanic voters.

The ads feature Cristina Saralegui (Sara-LEH-gee), a popular Spanish-language television personality who endorsed ...

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Romney: Michigan Would Hand Republicans the Presidency

Jun 19, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — Mitt Romney is coming home — this time as the likely Republican presidential nominee.

"I think Michigan's a state I can win," a relaxed, jovial Romney told reporters on his campaign plane as he left Iowa en route to his home state, the final ...

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Harry Reid's shadow looms over Nevada Senate race

Jun 19, 2012

By CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't on the ballot this year, but he's very much in the game.

With Republicans clamoring to take away his majority, Reid is helping Democratic Senate candidates across the nation raise money and demonize their ...

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Romney says a Michigan win gives him presidency

Jun 18, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney says he thinks he can win Michigan — and that if he does, he'll win the presidency.

Romney was flying Monday evening from Iowa to Michigan for a day of campaigning. He was expected to complete a five-day, six-state bus tour on ...

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Romney looks to Midwest's working class for gains

Jun 18, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is pushing to win a band of Midwestern states that voted for President Barack Obama four years ago and that generally have a long history of backing Democrats in White House ...

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Obama taps Kerry as Romney stand-in for debates

Jun 18, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starring in the role of Mitt Romney? John Kerry.

President Barack Obama has tapped the Democratic presidential nominee from 2004 to stand-in for his Republican rival when he starts preparing for three televised debates this fall, a Democratic ...

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SPIN METER: Candidates trade misquoting charges

Jun 18, 2012

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney can speak with authority when they complain that their words have been taken out of context. They've not only been victims of the tactic, they've also used it to great effect themselves.

In ...

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THE RACE: Obama, Romney grapple with euro crisis

Jun 18, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

President Barack Obama is out of the country for a few days but hardly off the campaign trail.

He's attending a summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, of 20 world leaders and the top agenda item — the European debt mess — will likely influence the U.S. presidential race if ...

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Summit Lets Obama, Putin Size Up the Competition

Jun 18, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press

LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin need one another, an uncomfortable truth for the superpower leader waging a tough re-election campaign and the newly elected Russian leader who is deeply suspicious of the United ...

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A welcome let-up in health costs that may not last

Jun 18, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it too good to be true?

Health care spending has eased up recently, bringing a welcome respite for government and corporate budgets. But experts who track health care's economic indicators like the vital signs of a patient disagree ...

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Romney Says He'll Win Wisconsin

Jun 18, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Mitt Romney is predicting victory in Wisconsin.

No Republican presidential candidate has carried the state since 1984. But speaking to supporters in the state on Monday, Romney predicted he will win the Midwestern state in ...

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Deal Discourages TV Attack Ads in Mass. Senate Bid

Jun 18, 2012

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — In the tight Massachusetts Senate race, GOP incumbent Scott Brown has spent weeks questioning Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren's claim of Native American heritage, while Warren portrays Brown as a darling of Wall Street.

The rhetoric is constant,

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GOP on Health Care: No Quick Replacement

Jun 18, 2012

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans intend to seek quick repeal of any parts of the health care law that survive a widely anticipated Supreme Court ruling, but don't plan to push replacement measures until after the fall elections or perhaps 2013.

Instead, GOP ...

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Heavy focus on news shows in presidential race ads

Jun 18, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — "Tell President Obama: Stop the spending," screams an ad running during the broadcast of NBC's "Today" show in central Virginia. At a break during ABC's "The View," Mitt Romney is praised in a different spot for his "strong leadership."

In ...

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Romney won't say he'll overturn immigration order

Jun 17, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

TROY, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney in an interview aired Sunday repeatedly refused to say that he would overturn President Barack Obama's new policy allowing some young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States. He claimed Obama's decision was political, while ...

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Le Pen loses race for French parliament seat

Jun 17, 2012

PARIS (AP) — Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has lost her race for a parliamentary seat, but her anti-immigrant National Front party will have its first seats in parliament in years.

Le Pen said the initial count showed her losing to a Socialist in the coal-mining region of northern France by about ...

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Santorum sticks by campaign jabs of Romney

Jun 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum is sticking by earlier questions he posed about former rival Mitt Romney's authenticity, saying the points he made during the primary campaign were legitimate.

Santorum said Sunday "I don't back away from any of those things."

Santorum had also argued in March that ...

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