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Soros' $2M gift may show new support from liberals

May 8, 2012

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal financial heavyweights are becoming more involved in the presidential campaign.

The growing list of financial supporters now includes George Soros, who has pledged $2 million to political groups supporting President Barack Obama's ...

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Obama and Romney campaigns target Hispanic voters

May 8, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign launched a series of Spanish-language television ads in three battleground states on Tuesday. Separately, a Republican official stated that Mitt Romney is "still deciding" his position on immigration,

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Obama's 'To Do' List For Congress

May 8, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that only Congress can take the "bold action" needed to spur job creation, as he unfurled an election year "to do" list for lawmakers.

Obama's action plan for Congress centers on a series of economic ...

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Lawmakers question VA's plans to hire more staff

May 8, 2012

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress expressed doubts Tuesday on plans by the Department of Veterans Affairs' to hire 1,900 additional workers to improve access to mental health care.

Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction over ...

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THE RACE: Distractions hounding both Obama, Romney

May 8, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney should be pressing full-steam ahead to energize their respective supporters, consolidate gains and reach out to voting blocs where polls suggest weakness.

They're trying to. Yet both have had unwanted ...

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Redistricting Leads to Ugly GOP vs. GOP Races

May 8, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Community and business leaders in affluent Seminole County talked about the promise of jobs and economic development from the new 61-mile commuter rail through Orlando. They praised the man who pushed hard for the $1.3 billion project and ...

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Ron Paul Still Taking Delegates From Romney

May 8, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't tell Ron Paul the Republican primary is over. He's too busy mucking up Mitt Romney's efforts to accumulate enough convention delegates to officially claim the GOP nomination for president.

Paul's supporters won control of ...

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Obama Targeting Middle-Class Voters Through Airwaves

May 8, 2012

By KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Targeting middle-class voters, President Barack Obama on Monday unveiled a sweeping $25 million, nine-state ad campaign whose centerpiece is a commercial portraying him as the steward of an economic comeback and confronting ...

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Santorum endorses one-time rival Romney

May 7, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum urged his supporters to back fellow Republican Mitt Romney's campaign Monday in a late-night email that ignored that Santorum once calling Romney the "worst Republican in the country" during their ...

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Romney taking credit for auto industry success

May 7, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Campaigning in the backyard of America's auto industry, Mitt Romney re-ignited the bailout debate by suggesting he deserves "a lot of credit" for the recent successes of the nation's largest car companies.

That claims comes in spite of his ...

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Obama pushing 'to do' list for Congress

May 7, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applying pressure on Congress, President Barack Obama intends to lay out an election year "to do" list Tuesday that urges lawmakers to take another look at economic proposals to promote job creation and help families refinance their mortgages.

The ...

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Billionaire Soros giving $2M to Democratic groups

May 7, 2012

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire financier George Soros is pledging $2 million to political groups supporting progressive causes and President Barack Obama's re-election, part of an effort by liberal donors to counterbalance large sums of money flowing to Republican ...

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Obama's vague gay marriage stance under scrutiny

May 7, 2012

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's election-year vagueness on gay marriage is coming under fresh scrutiny.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan broke ranks with the White House on Monday, stating his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage one day after Vice ...

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AdWatch: Obama pushes recovery in new ad

May 7, 2012

By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — TITLE: "Go"

LENGTH: 60 seconds

AIRING: Broadcast and cable TV stations in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, all key swing states.

KEY IMAGES: The year 2008 flashes across the ...

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Ind. early voting down in Sen. Lugar's GOP primary

May 7, 2012

By RICK CALLAHAN and TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the toughest primary battle in his almost four-decade Senate career neared its end, Republican Richard Lugar tossed darts at a wooden board in an Indiana retirement home Monday and left hopeful that the residents would be ...

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GOP plan protects Pentagon, cuts social programs

May 7, 2012

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to protect the military from a crippling wave of budget cuts next year, a key House committee voted Monday to cut instead food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels.

The measure would require federal employees to ...

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Wis. Dems tout records on eve of recall primary

May 7, 2012

By DINESH RAMDE and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The leading Democratic candidates in the race to take on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a historic recall election made their final pitches to voters Monday, touting their records while steering clear of any last-minute attacks ...

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Did Romney earn tax credits for overseas profits?

May 7, 2012

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Do you remember what's on page 169 of your income tax return? Neither does Mitt Romney.

At a town hall-style meeting Monday in Cleveland, the GOP presidential candidate got this pointed question about his investments: In this age of tough foreign ...

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Romney: Obama shouldn't be tried for treason

May 7, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney says he doesn't think President Barack Obama should be tried for treason.

Obama's likely Republican opponent told reporters after a campaign rally Monday in Cleveland that "no, of course" the president should not be tried ...

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Obama Campaign Emphasizes Economy in Newest Ad

May 7, 2012

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election team plans to spend $25 million on advertising this month, a dramatic escalation of its media presence in a handful of states that could determine the outcome on Nov. 6.

Campaign adviser David Axelrod announced the ...

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