May 2012

May 30, 2012

Nomination His, Romney Steps Up Attack on Obama

By Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

Mitt Romney, having initially weathered the first sustained general election attack, is entering a critical 90-day stretch to the Republican convention on relatively equal footing with the White House and is unleashing a new offensive to win over independent voters and further undermine confidence in President Obama’s stewardship of the economy.

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May 29, 2012

Joe Biden Recalls Death of Wife, Daughter

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

Vice president opens up about past grief and thoughts of suicide.

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New Question Arises over Validity of Egypt Election Even as Results are Confirmed

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers

The Egypt’s election commission on Monday released the final vote tallies in Egypt’s first democratic election, confirming that next month’s runoff will be between a Muslim Brotherhood-backed candidate and a top leader from the deposed regime. But even as the commission released the numbers from last week’s two-day vote, uncertainty continued to plague the election process, as it remains unclear whether one of the candidates, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, will be constitutionally allowed to run.

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Romney's VP Pick?

With John Harwood, CNBC

CNBC's John Harwood reports on who Mitt Romney is likely to choose as his vice presidential running mate.

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Productivity Far Outpaces U.S. Factory Wages

With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

Overall compensation to factory workers doesn't come close to the impressive productivity gains that American factories have enjoyed over the past year. WSJ's David Wessel reports.

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McCain Says Obama's Syria Policy 'Abandons American Leadership'

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Arizona Sen. John McCain on Sunday called the Obama administration’s approach to the violence in Syria, “a feckless foreign policy that abandons American leadership.’’ More than 90 people, including about 30 children, were killed when Syrian tanks shelled a rebel-held village, United Nations officials reported on Saturday. As many as 10,000 people have been killed since the uprising began against President Bashar al-Assad more than a year ago. The Obama administration is reportedly preparing to vet members of the rebel army to determine whether they could be armed by other Arab nations.

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Romney Tells Vets Dangerous World Demands Powerful Military

By Sam Youngman, Reuters

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney chose Veterans Day to proclaim to the American people his conviction that the world is a dangerous place, and the United States must remain its most formidable military power. "The world is not safe," Romney told veterans on Memorial Day. He was joined by Senator John McCain, in a speech to honor the veterans of America's wars.

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Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talk to Veterans in San Diego (CNN)

May 25, 2012

How Things Have Changed At The CIA

By Tom Gjelten, NPR

The CIA has faced intense criticism for reporting, incorrectly, that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten got direct access to CIA analysts to discuss the lessons learned from Iraq, and how they're applying them to a new intelligence target: Iran.

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Romney Holds Key Advantages Among Financially Struggling White Voters

By Jon Cohen and Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

In an election year in which the economy ranks as Americans’ top concern, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney holds significant advantages over President Obama among white voters who are struggling financially and buffeted by job loss, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Obama Urges Congress to Extend Clean-Energy Tax Credits

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times

From a wind-power factory in this battleground state, President Obama urged Congress to extend tax credits he said would save jobs in the field of clean-energy production. Obama said continuing the production tax credit would save 37,000 jobs that would otherwise be at risk, an estimate his aides based on reports from industry officials.

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President Obama at a wind-energy manufacturing plant in Newton, Iowa (CNN)

Romney Campaign Begins Quiet Push for African American Voters

By Nia-Malika Henderson and Philip Rucker, Washington Post

Mitt Romney’s campaign team has been quietly laying plans for an outreach effort to President Obama’s most loyal supporters — black voters — not just to chip away at the huge Democratic margins but also as a way to reassure independent swing voters that Romney can be inclusive and tolerant in his thinking and approach.

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Stumping for Energy

With Eamon Javers, CNBC

President Obama seeks an extension of renewable energy tax breaks, with CNBC's Eamon Javers. Christopher Horner, Competitive Enterprise Institute, weighs in.

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