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Romney, US Sen. Brown Play Down Past

May 21, 2012

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Republicans Mitt Romney and Scott Brown have a history of supporting each other throughout their political careers.

But with each facing a tough election, neither the presidential candidate nor the U.S. senator is playing up that history,

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Romney Faced Leadership Test in Big Dig Tragedy

May 21, 2012

By ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney was at his New Hampshire vacation home on a summer night in 2006 when 26 tons of concrete ceiling panels in one of Boston's Big Dig highway tunnels collapsed, crushing a car and killing a female passenger.

Romney, then in his final year ...

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Newark mayor: Romney business record is fair game

May 20, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is backing off comments he made earlier Sunday, when he criticized President Barack Obama's re-election campaign for its attacks on Bain Capital, the private equity firm once run by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

During an ...

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Conservative donors slow to back Romney's campaign

May 20, 2012

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney and his party raised a sizable $40 million last month from donors who want him to replace President Barack Obama. But even as Romney solidifies his position as the eventual GOP nominee, many supporters who backed ...

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Party leaders refuse to budge on debt positions

May 20, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are refusing to budge when it comes to their already hardened positions on spending cuts versus tax increases to deal with the nation's debt.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both said Sunday that ...

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Romney, US Sen. Brown play down past connections

May 20, 2012

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Republicans Mitt Romney and Scott Brown have a history of supporting each other throughout their political careers.

But with each facing a tough election, neither the presidential candidate nor the U.S. senator is playing up that ...

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Where Romney, Sen. Brown stand on various issues

May 20, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown publicly support each other and even share key advisers. But on many topics, from foreign policy to social issues, the Massachusetts Republicans take very different positions.

ABORTION:

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APNewsBreak: 22 states join campaign finance fight

May 20, 2012

By MATT GOURAS, Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia are backing Montana in its fight to prevent the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision from being used to strike down state laws restricting corporate campaign spending.

The states led ...

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Political vulnerabilities in Sen. Rubio's past?

May 19, 2012

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — For freshman Sen. Marco Rubio, a rising GOP figure seen as a possible Mitt Romney running mate, there are questions about whether potential vulnerabilities in his personal and political background might hold him back.

The ...

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Gay marriage could be big voting issue in Colorado

May 19, 2012

By IVAN MORENO and KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Minutes after President Barack Obama endorsed gay marriage on May 9, Colorado's Democratic governor choked back tears as he ordered state lawmakers to reconsider a civil-unions measure defeated the day before by Republicans.

In the ...

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Is GOP trying to sabotage economy to hurt Obama?

May 19, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Are Republican lawmakers deliberately stalling the economic recovery to hurt President Barack Obama's re-election chances? Some top Democrats say yes, pointing to GOP stances on the debt limit and other issues that they claim are causing ...

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Iran, Syria among top for G-8 and NATO

May 18, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN and JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders of other major industrial powers grappled Friday with options to solidify world resolve against development of an Iranian nuclear bomb and encourage a more forceful response to worsening ...

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AP source: Romneys donate $150k to campaign effort

May 18, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Mitt and Ann Romney are opening their personal checkbooks as wide as allowed to their presidential campaign's joint fund with the Republican National Committee.

Mitt and Ann Romney each gave $75,000 to the joint Victory Fund, which is ...

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Gay marriage spawns big spike in online videos

May 18, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama's May 9 announcement that he favors same sex marriage led to a huge spike on YouTube, according to data assembled by the popular video sharing site.

Obama's endorsement of same-sex nuptials resulted in a record number of ...

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Romney points to restored bridge as Obama failure

May 18, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney on Friday criticized a restored 19th century bridge as another "Bridge to Nowhere" and a fresh symbol of the waste he says is rampant in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan.

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AdWatch: Romney "day one" vows are missing caveats

May 18, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — TITLE: "Day One"

LENGTH: 30 seconds

AIRING: Romney is spending roughly $1.3 million to run the ad in Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio

KEY IMAGES: Romney does not speak in the ad, which shows video and still photos of him speaking to ...

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With cookies and conversations, Romney tries charm

May 18, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney is on a charm offensive.

He took reporters' questions after a campaign rally Thursday instead of keeping them at bay. He brought them warm chocolate chip cookies for the flight from Jacksonville to Palm Beach, Fla. After he ...

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Once an Obama coup, Indiana less a battleground

May 18, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to win Indiana in the 2008 presidential race. A repeat coup seems doubtful this year.

Even Democrats see the current political environment in this conservative-leaning state as far more ...

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Senator wants parties to refund convention money

May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator has asked both political parties to refund the millions of federal dollars each has received to help pay for this summer's presidential nominating conventions.

In a letter to leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said the ...

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Romney, GOP guvs have differing takes on economy

May 18, 2012

By BOB LEWIS and PHILLIP RAWLS, Associated Press

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell runs TV ads hailing the state's business growth. Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells anyone who will listen that 100,000 jobs have been created or retained on his watch. And Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ...

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