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PBS NewsHour: Poll Numbers Sliding, Mitt Romney Plans to Offer Policy Specifics

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In an effort to combat sliding poll numbers, the Romney Campaign announced that Mitt Romney would address voters' hunger for specificity, planning to give more detail on parts of his policy platform. Gwen Ifill talks to USA Today's Susan Page and the Washington Post's Dan Balz on whether this strategy shift can win over voters.

Post-Arab Spring states: magnets for extremism

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When the Arab awakening swept through the Middle East last year, with waves of democratic protesters swallowing tyrants in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, no one could confidently predict what kind of political order would emerge from the ruins. Certainly the stability of the old order of autocracies was shattered, hopefully along with their characteristic corruption and stagnation. In the long term, there is still reason to hope for a democratic transformation similar to the one that eventually emerged in Eastern Europe at the end of the Cold War.

Obama hold slight edge

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Middle East violence is shaking up a presidential race that otherwise looks stubbornly stable, and tight. President Barack Obama holds a tiny edge, Republican Mitt Romney is seeking a breakthrough message, and three debates are ahead in the campaign’s final seven weeks.

Poll: Obama holds narrow edge over Romney

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President Obama holds a narrow three-point advantage over Mitt Romney among Americans most likely to vote in November, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Obama has clear leads over Romney, new polls show

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President Obama has opened clear leads over Mitt Romney in three critical battlegrounds of the November election, according to new polls by NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and Marist College.

Romney’s dark worldview

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In the homestretch of the campaign, Mitt Romney has offered enticing clues to anyone trying to decipher his essential worldview and foreign-policy lodestar. In two recent instances, Romney doubled down on positions that place him well to the right of the Obama administration, and firmly in the mold crafted by hawks and neoconservatives in the first term of President George W. Bush.

Teetering at the Water’s Edge

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It is always perilous for anyone running for commander in chief to get out in front of the man who already has the job. For Mitt Romney, this week has been a special test.

Fresh off a pair of political conventions that were designed to blast the candidates into the fall campaign with a burst of enthusiasm, the nominees were reminded that the best-laid plans often fall victim to world events.

Egypt may be bigger concern than Libya for White House

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For all the harrowing images of the deadly attack on the American mission in Benghazi, the Obama administration is grappling with the possibility that its far bigger long-term problem lies in Egypt, not Libya.

Amid foreign-policy crisis, Romney picks a big fight

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Mitt Romney has picked a big fight fraught with political risks amid an ongoing foreign-policy crisis with heartbreaking and murderous consequences for the U.S. diplomatic corps.

Protest erupts at US embassies in Sana'a, Yemen, and Cairo

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