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Dems, GOP using popular bills to hurt other party

May 13, 2012

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is producing little this election year that will become law, yet both parties are churning out bills designed to make the other side look bad.

Take a look at separate measures that would protect women from violence, keep student loan rates ...

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Past lobbying becomes issue in Arizona Senate race

May 13, 2012

By JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

Since his first House campaign a dozen years ago, would-be Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has worked diligently to cast himself as a conservative gadfly, willing to buck GOP leaders and even a Republican president.

But as a result of the six-term congressman's work as ...

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Romney urges grads to honor family commitments

May 13, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has shaped his life, but he barely mentioned it as he spoke to graduates at an evangelical university Saturday.

And he hardly touched on hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage,

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Romney urges grads to honor family commitments

May 12, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has shaped his life, but he barely mentioned it as he spoke to graduates at an evangelical university Saturday.

And he hardly touched on hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage,

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GOP: Economy tops gay marriage as campaign issue

May 12, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama delighted his liberal base by coming down on the side of gay marriage, but he cheered the opposition, too.

Republican activists now want to use Obama's stance on the issue — public opinion is about evenly split — to ...

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Gay marriage, abortion back in campaign spotlight

May 12, 2012

By DAVID CRARY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Abortion and gay marriage. For years, they've been lumped together as the paramount wedge issues of U.S. politics — hot-button topics in the vortex of sexuality, personal freedom and public policy.

Yet these two divisive issues, prominent as ever ...

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Women ponder how they became a campaign issue

May 12, 2012

By PAULINE ARRILLAGA, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Wanda Ramey stood on the University of Colorado campus, cane in one hand, "Close The Pay Gap" sign in the other. The rally for equal pay among women in the workplace was the 65-year-old spitfire's second stop in a day of meetings and protests.

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Obama asks Congress to act on 'to-do' list

May 12, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama is asking Democrats and Republicans to act on his "to-do list" for Congress, a five-point plan he says would create jobs and help restore middle-class security.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said Saturday that all the initiatives have bipartisan ...

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North Carolina a political headache for Democrats

May 12, 2012

By MITCH WEISS, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Once a bright spot for President Barack Obama, North Carolina is now more like a political migraine less than four months before Democrats open the party's national convention in Charlotte.

The causes are plenty.

Labor unions, a core ...

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Betty White reveals her presidential preference

May 12, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Betty White says she usually keeps her political views private but in this presidential election strongly favors one candidate.

As she prepares to visit the Smithsonian Institution and National Zoo next week, White told The Associated Press she ...

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Around world, Obama's presidency a disappointment

May 12, 2012

By DON MELVIN and ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

In Europe, where more than 200,000 people thronged a Berlin rally in 2008 to hear Barack Obama speak, there's disappointment that he hasn't kept his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and perceptions that he's shunting blame for ...

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Walker says Republicans should focus on his race

May 11, 2012

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that Republicans gathering for the annual state convention this weekend should be focused on ensuring he and five other Republicans survive June 5 recall elections, even as an intraparty fight over endorsing GOP ...

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Mitt Romney's 'hijinks' seen as bullying today

May 11, 2012

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — When Mitt Romney was a good-looking teen in the buttoned-up '60s, corporal punishment was the norm and bullying had a different, more acceptable name: hijinks.

Yet in today's zero-tolerance world when it comes to, well, just about everything,

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Many blacks shrug off Obama's new view on gays

May 11, 2012

By ERRIN HAINES and JESSE WASHINGTON, Associated Press

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Like many black Americans, Dorsey Jackson does not believe in gay marriage, but he wasn't disillusioned when Barack Obama became the first president to support it. The windows of his suburban Philadelphia barbershop still ...

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Video: Walker explains divide, conquer strategy

May 11, 2012

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released documentary film footage shows embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker shortly after his election describing a "divide and conquer" strategy for taking on unions by first going after public employees' collective bargaining ...

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Being in politics means having to say you're sorry

May 11, 2012

By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a sorry list. This week's apologies from Mitt Romney and Joe Biden are just the latest in a colorful history of politicians regretting personal lapses large and small. A few recent notables:

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MITT ROMNEY: The presumptive Republican ...

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Gay marriage shift gives Obama fundraising boost

May 11, 2012

By BETH FOUHY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his ...

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Obama basks again in Hollywood glory, but at cost?

May 11, 2012

By JOCELYN NOVECK, Associated Press

Under a tent on George Clooney's basketball court, the cheers were loud and warm for President Barack Obama.

"I want to thank Clooney for letting us use his basketball court," Obama quipped to a glittery crowd that included Barbra Streisand, Jack Black, Robert ...

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Obama, Romney trying to refocus on economy Friday

May 11, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN and KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The presidential candidates tried to put aside politically risky talk of gay rights Friday and return to Americans' top worry, the economy, in two states critical to the hopes of President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney.

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Obama wants Congress to help homeowners

May 11, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Refocusing on the economy, President Barack Obama on Friday pushed Republicans to back housing policies the White House says would help shore up struggling homeowners and prevent foreclosures.

Against the backdrop of a middle-class neighborhood ...

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