June 2012

Jun 19, 2012

Maine Candidate: Don't Assume Party Affiliation

By Susan Davis, USA TODAY

Angus King is running for the Senate on a campaign pledge to tell voters how he will vote right after they elect him in November. The independent candidate, a popular former governor, is the front-runner in the open race for the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He is running a campaign on a platform of changing Congress and resisting partisanship, which is complicated by the fact that senators must align with a party to receive committee assignments and determine control of the chamber. King won't say before Election Day whether he will align himself with Republicans or Democrats if he wins.

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The Rust Belt is Dead. Long Live the Rust Belt!

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

The road to the White House has long run through Midwestern and Northeastern states paved with "iron, coke, chromium steel," as Billy Joel sang when he memorialized Allentown, Pa., in his 1982 hit song of that name. Since 1960, no candidate has won a presidential election without capturing the Rust Belt's buckeyed heart in Ohio. Just ask George W. Bush, who would have been relegated to one term if not for the voters in Ohio's small towns and rural areas who lifted him to victory in 2004.

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G20 Meeting: Where's the Leadership?

With John Harwood, CNBC

CNBC's John Harwood reports on the details of President Obama's comments on the Greek election.

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Face to Face, Obama Tries to Persuade Putin on Syria

By Helene Cooper, New York Times

President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir V. Putin, finally had their face-to-face meeting on Monday, as Mr. Obama pressed Mr. Putin to work with him to ease President Bashar al-Assad of Syria out of power, a move increasingly viewed by the West as the only way to end the bloodshed that has been under way there for more than a year.

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Immigration Ruling Won't be End of the Road

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

As the Supreme Court readies a decision on Arizona's tough immigration law, the consensus among advocates on both sides is that at least part of the measure will be upheld. If that happens, a separate pending case might block the law from taking effect.

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The U.S. Supreme Court (CNN, File Photo)

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Jun 18, 2012

An Election Referendum or a Choice?

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Is November's presidential election a referendum on President Obama's record or a choice between two different approaches to government? How voters answer that question could well determine the outcome.

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Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Declares Victory in Egypt

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers

Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi claimed a narrow victory early Monday in Egypt's first free presidential election, hours after the ruling military council further expanded its control over the country by granting itself war powers, raising new questions about what authority the president would actually have.

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Romney Knocks Obama’s Immigration Move but Struggles to Offer an Alternative Plan

By Philip Rucker and Dan Balz, Washington Post

Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s decision to stop deporting some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children as an election-year political move, but he repeatedly declined in an interview Sunday to lay out an alternative plan.

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Obama’s New Approach: Bypassing Congress

By Charles Babington, Associated Press

There’s not much President Barack Obama can do to boost the economy in the next five months, and that alone might cost him the November election. But on a range of social issues, Obama is bypassing Congress and aggressively using his executive powers to make it easier for gays to marry, women to obtain birth control, and, now, young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.

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On and Off the Romney Bus, Tryouts for a Spot on the Ticket

By Jeff Zeleny and Ashley Parker, New York Times

One of the most secretive rituals of the presidential race unfolded in plain sight over the weekend as Mitt Romney stood a few paces behind, watching and smiling, while a procession of prospective running mates delivered their best arguments against President Obama’s re-election.

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Mitt Romney speaks to reporters outside of his campaign bus (CNN)

Jun 15, 2012

Obama Says Election Offers a Clear Choice on the Economy’s Long-Term Path

By Helene Cooper and Michael Barbaro, New York Times

Framing his re-election bid as a stark choice between government action to lift the middle class and a return to Republican economic policies that he said had caused a deep recession, President Obama on Thursday called the presidential decision facing Americans a clear-cut one that will determine the long-term trajectory of the economy.

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Egyptian Court Rulings Seen as Reversal of Last Year’s ‘Revolution’

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers

With a pair of court rulings, forces aligned with fallen former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak succeeded Thursday in reversing many of what had been considered democratic gains that have taken place here in the 16 months since Mubarak was toppled from power. Critics denounced the developments as the equivalent of a coup.

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