September 2012

Sep 26, 2012

Romney, Obama zero in on Ohio, a GOP must-win

By Charles Babington, Associated Press

Ohio has emerged as the presidential race's undisputed focus. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making multiple stops this week alone in a state that's trending toward the president, endangering Romney's White House hopes.

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How to measure for a president

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

It’s hard to say what the Founding Fathers would think of the modern presidency. But there’s no doubt they’d be horrified by the modern presidential campaign. In their day, no man worthy of the presidency would ever stoop to campaigning for it. George Washington was asked to serve. Decades later his successors were also expected to sit by the phone. "The Presidency is not an office to be either solicited or declined," wrote Rep. William Lowndes of South Carolina in 1821. Rutherford B. Hayes wanted to be so free of the taint of self-interest he didn’t even vote for himself in the election of 1876. As late as 1916, President Woodrow Wilson called campaigning "a great interruption to the rational consideration of public questions.”

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Polls show Obama is widening his lead in Ohio and Florida

By Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times

For weeks, Republicans in Ohio have been watching with worry that the state’s vital 18 electoral votes were trending away from Mitt Romney. The anxiety has been similar in Florida, where Republicans are concerned that President Obama is gaining the upper hand in the fight for the state’s 29 electoral votes.

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Post polls: Obama has lead in Ohio, edge in Fla., hampering Romney path to victor

By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, Washington Post

President Obama is threatening Mitt Romney’s best route to victory in the electoral college, grabbing a significant lead over his Republican challenger in Ohio and a slender edge in Florida, according to two new polls by The Washington Pos

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Sep 25, 2012

Six senators sound bipartisan alarm over sequester

By Janet Hook, The Wall Street Journal

Six Republican and Democratic senators are urging their party leaders to find a way to avert the spending cuts slated begin Jan. 2, a rare bipartisan warning that that the so-called sequester could have a “devastating impact’’ on defense and domestic programs.

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In Massachusetts Senate race, Warren and Brown take off the gloves

By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

The most closely watched Senate race in the country has taken a sharp turn off the high road.

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While U.N. beckons Clinton, Obama takes in ‘The View’

By Helene Cooper and Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times

President Obama on Monday flew up to New York from Washington, rode in his motorcade to ABC’s studios and sat down for an interview on “The View.” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was not far away, in the Waldorf-Astoria, meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

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In Arab Spring, Obama Finds a Sharp Test

By Helene Cooper and Robert F. Worth, The New York Times

President Hosni Mubarak did not even wait for President Obama’s words to be translated before he shot back.

“You don’t understand this part of the world,” the Egyptian leader broke in. “You’re young.”

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Sep 24, 2012

The path to war with Iran

By James Kitfield, National Journal

In an endless campaign season filled with forgettable speeches and debates, few Americans will recall March 4, 2012 as particularly noteworthy. On that Sunday afternoon President Barack Obama appeared before the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, where he was expected to give a boilerplate talk about close U.S.-Israeli ties. Instead Obama announced a new policy that put the United States and Iran on a collision course from which neither side has veered.

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Afghanistan troop surge ends at tumultuous point

By Martha Raddatz, ABC News

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Romney: Debates will set record straight

Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post

Mitt Romney is set to kick off the most important stretch of his presidential campaign, a time when he said he will use his three debates with President Obama to set the record straight on his vision for the country and to stump more vigorously in swing states.

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Tide shifts to Obama in most competitive states

By Charles Babington, Associated Press

In a presidential race seemingly frozen in place for months, the advantage has shifted toward President Barack Obama after a series of miscues by Mitt Romney, punctuated by the Republican challenger's comments about people who pay no income tax.

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