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Hispanic campaign donors look for new ways to flex their political muscle

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They are an unlikely trio, these relative newcomers to the world of major-league political fundraising: a Hollywood actress who gained fame as a desperate housewife, a Texan who grew up walking picket lines with his labor-organizer father and a Harvard-educated lawyer from Puerto Rico.

New revelations from Obama/Romney campaign on immigration, Facebook and that Eastwood speech

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The 2012 election cycle came full circle last week when representatives from the Obama and Romney campaigns, as well as top advisers to many of the GOP primary candidates and several influential outside groups, gathered at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for a 2012 debrief — finally answering some of the lingering questions about the race.

The Political Storm Ends; the Drama Begins

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Perhaps it's just my imagination, but one of the most hard-fought electoral prizes in the nation -- the Buckeye state -- seems oddly quiet.

How to run a killer campaign

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Every morning when Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina turned on his computer, he saw a snapshot of the state of the race. Campaign software engineers had built him a dashboard that showed how many doors volunteers had knocked on the night before, how many phone calls they had made, how much money had been raised, and what was moving on Twitter and other social networks. It also included a feed of traditional news feeds.

November 9, 2012

Weekly Show

The roundtable analyzes how President Obama was re-elected and how changing demographics played a key role. Also, we examine the looming fiscal cliff crisis. Plus, we look at the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus after admitting to an affair. Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and PBS; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Beth Reinhard, National Journal.

Analysis: Obama may now seek to make deeper mark on high court

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President Barack Obama's election victory on Tuesday may give him the  opportunity to deepen his liberal imprint on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Obama Victory – The Good, The Bad and the Potentially Ugly

Gwen's Take

Late into the evening on election night, as we were waiting for Mitt Romney to concede and President Obama to accept victory, striking images began dominating our television screens.

One moment we saw the Romney crowd in Boston, some of them leaning on each other as if for support –- most of them white, many of them older, all of them apparently quite depressed.

Then in a flash, we saw the Obama crowd in Chicago, dancing, smiling and –- strikingly –- full of young, often brown faces, all of them quite jubilant.

Back to work, Obama is greeted by looming crisis

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Newly re-elected, President Obama moved quickly on Wednesday to open negotiations with Congressional Republican leaders over the main unfinished business of his term — a major deficit-reduction deal to avert a looming fiscal crisis — as he began preparing for a second term that will include significant cabinet changes.

GOP asks "why?" and "where do we go from here?"

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Having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, Republicans plunged Wednesday into an intense period of self-examination, blame-setting and testy debate over whether their party needs serious change or just some minor tweaks.

Analysis: U.S. battle over ballots averted, but not forever

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They sued early and often.
Voting-rights advocates, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and some political party officials, tackled potential electoral problems early this election year. Judges blocked stringent voter ID laws, lifted registration restrictions and rejected limits on early voting.