April 2012

Apr 30, 2012

Hispanic Leaders Divided on President Obama

With John Dickerson, CBS

Because Hispanics, the fastest-growing segment of the US population, will play a big role in November's presidential election, leaders from the Hispanic community reinforced the notion that they are not a monolithic voting bloc.

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Hardly a Close Ally, Clinton Teams With Obama to Raise Cash and Votes

By Peter Baker, New York Times

Four years ago, Barack Obama wrested control of the Democratic Party after portraying Bill Clinton as a symbol of small-ball ambition and outdated politics. Now, as president, Mr. Obama is turning to his Democratic predecessor for help as Republicans breathe down his neck.

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Chinese Dissident Escapes Arrest

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

A blind human rights activist may be under the protection of U.S. diplomats.

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Ad Wars in Arizona Special Election

By Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal

Both parties are beginning to pour money into the Arizona district vacated by Gabrielle Giffords in advance of a special election on June 12, as a former Giffords aide faces a candidate who narrowly lost to Ms. Giffords two years ago.

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PROMISES, PROMISES: Romney Pledges Raise Questions

By Charlese Babington, Associated Press

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is making campaign promises that could produce an economic miracle -- or a more predictable list of broken vows. Romney says he wants to put the nation on a path to a balanced budget while also cutting an array of taxes, building up the Navy and Air Force and adding 100,000 active-duty military personnel. He says he would slash domestic spending and reduce tax loopholes but has offered few details.

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Reaping Bin Laden’s Whirlwind

By James Kitfield, National Journal

After hunting down and killing Osama bin Laden, U.S. commandos still had to deal with the essential duality of the man. For 20 precious minutes Navy SEAL Team Six scoured bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan’s military garrison city of Abbottabad, collecting what has been described as a library’s worth of intelligence on the inner workings of al-Qaida. That effort recognized bin Laden the arch-terrorist, who built the organization into a globe-spanning conglomerate with far-flung franchises and affiliates. Later they buried him at sea to ensure his final resting place did not become a point of pilgrimage for true believers—a nod to bin Laden the symbolic leader of a revolutionary movement.

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Apr 27, 2012

On Day of Reckoning, Recalling Horror That Swallowed Liberia

By Helene Cooper, The New York Times

When I heard the news Thursday that Charles G. Taylor, the former president of Liberia, had been found guilty of war crimes in Sierra Leone, I immediately telephoned one of the people whose life had been ripped apart by his soldiers: my sister Eunice, back home in Liberia.

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Supreme Court moves to center of presidential race

By Charles Babington, Associated Press

The Supreme Court, suddenly at the heart of presidential politics, is preparing what could be blockbuster rulings on health care and immigration shortly before the fall election. The court, sometimes an afterthought in presidential elections, is throwing a new element of uncertainty into the campaign taking shape between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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Twitter becomes a key real-time tool for campaigns

By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

The bully pulpit has a new kind of altar call: “Tweet them. We’ve got a hashtag. Here’s the hashtag for you to tweet them: #dontdoublemyrate.” President Obama repeated that Twitter hashtag twice more during a Tuesday speech opposing an increase in student loan interest rates. For good measure, he even had his Chapel Hill, N.C., audience chant it back to him.

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Can You Be Honest With Me?

by John Dickerson, Slate

Expecting presidential candidates to be candid with voters is such a quaint idea you'd expect to find it on Pinterest. There it is, next to the adorable confectionery and wedding dog photos. Well, I like quaint, and if you also like a Dr. Seuss saying stenciled on an ambiguous decorative item, then join me on my search for candor in the 2012 presidential campaign. I need your help.

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A Choice, Not an Echo

By Jim Tankersley, National Journal

Arguably, no presidential campaign in the past 30 years has dawned with voters as singularly focused on a single issue as they are this year. In the aftermath of a debilitating financial crisis and amid a feeble and halting recovery from recession, polls show that voters want economic growth and more jobs. President Obama and Mitt Romney are offering dramatically different paths to those ends—in philosophy and in the fine print of policy; in the targets of their campaign-trail attacks; and even in what they’re not saying about the nation’s most pressing economic problems.

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Apr 26, 2012

U.S. High Court Appears to Back Arizona on Immigration

By James Vicini and Joan Biskupic, Reuters

Conservative justices who hold a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to endorse Arizona's immigration crackdown on Wednesday, rejecting the Obama administration stance that the federal government has sole power over those who illegally enter the United States.

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