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Obama, Romney trade tough words over attacks

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Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are trading tough words over the handling of foreign attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East, injecting foreign policy into a presidential campaign that has focused on a sour economy.

A challenger’s criticism is furiously returned

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The deadly attack on an American diplomatic post in Libya propelled foreign policy to the forefront of an otherwise inward-looking presidential campaign and presented an unexpected test not only to the incumbent, who must manage an international crisis, but also to the challenger, whose response quickly came under fire.

Obama resumes campaign in west vowing to avenge Libya killings

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President Barack Obama resumed campaigning as his administration grappled with the aftermath of attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Egypt and Libya.

Questions of Precedent

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There is a good reason why The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage calls “unprecedented” a “dangerous word that should be avoided.” There is really nothing new under the sun, except, perhaps, the Internet.

Mitt Romney panic syndrome

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It happens every four weeks. Conservatives get a very scary feeling that Mitt Romney is blowing this election for all the wrong reasons.

Romney on tax loopholes

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Master campaigner summons the spotlight for Obama (and himself)

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Elvis is back in the building, and everyone is singing from his song sheet. Twelve years after leaving the White House, four years after his wife’s failed presidential campaign and six days after his well-received convention speech, Bill Clinton is hitting the campaign trail as the role model both sides claim to emulate.

Among likely voters, Obama-Romney close

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Last week’s Democratic National Convention helped President Obama improve his standing against Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but did little to reduce voter concern about his handling of the economy.

Romney struggles to gain traction in battlegrounds

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With two months to Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces the disconcerting reality that he isn't winning most of the states he would need to beat President Barack Obama.

With $114 million, Obama just outraises Romney in August

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President Barack Obama's campaign and its Democratic partners raised more than $114 million in August, narrowly beating Republican rival Mitt Romney for the first time in months as the race for the White House approaches its final stretch.