September 2012

Sep 24, 2012

Mohammed Morsi’s visit to U.S. shows changing relations with Egypt

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers

Mohammed Morsi’s first visit Monday to the United States as the president of Egypt offers a timely example of all the ways relations between the countries have changed since Egypt held its first democratic election three months ago.

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Sep 21, 2012

Obama: Lessons learned will guide second term

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

Learning on the job is a theme President Obama returns to with some frequency, not just because journalists press him to describe his mistakes in the last four years, but because Americans living through tough economic times want to know how Obama might apply the lessons of his first term if re-elected.

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Before debates, Romney faces a daunting path

By Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times

There are seven days until early voting begins in Iowa, less than two weeks until the first debate and 46 days left in the race for Mitt Romney to change the dynamic of a campaign that by many indicators is tilting against him.

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Romney is latest in a long line to trip over a tongue

By John Harwood, The New York Times

As critics pummel Mitt Romney over his secretly recorded comments at a fund-raiser, he can at least take comfort in this: He’s not the first. Presidential campaign history overflows with candidates who tripped over their own loose tongues — some obscuring their actual meaning, others accidentally revealing it. Even a cursory analysis shows that well over 47 percent of races for the White House have seen a candidate suffer self-inflicted wounds.

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Romney campaign aims to recalibrate around economic message

By Gloria Borger, CNN

In response to sagging battleground polls and criticism from some Republican party insiders, the Romney campaign – as part of its recalibration – intends to get more specific with its economic message, trying to reach out to the increasing number of voters who believe Mitt Romney doesn't understand their problems.

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Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown spar over taxes, character in their first Senate race debate

By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

The two candidates in the nation’s most high-profile Senate race met Thursday for their first debate — one in which Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) portrayed himself as an antidote to Washington’s crippling partisanship, and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren cast herself as a champion against moneyed interests.

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Sep 20, 2012

A ray of hope

By John Dickerson, Slate

Every day until the election, Slate will offer up one reason to be optimistic for your candidate.

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Are businessmen better presidents?

By Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times

It's one of Mitt Romney's favorite lines: America needs a businessman in the White House. It's "a basic qualification" for the job, he said in his speech at the Republican convention last month, "one that's essential to [the] task."

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To claim Virginia, Obama’s hopes rest on women

By Karen Tumulty and Scott Clement, The Washington Post

In a presidential campaign where women’s issues have taken a more prominent role than many expected, the crucial swing state of Virginia is becoming the Grand Canyon of gender gaps.

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In a tight Race, Obama draws on the levers of his power

By Peter Baker and Eric Lipton, The New York Times

For months, government lawyers and economists worked behind the scenes to develop a trade case against China. Then last month came a eureka moment: They confirmed the existence of a Chinese subsidy program for automobiles and parts that in their view violated international trade rules. They finished a complaint, circulated it among agencies and proposed a time frame for filing.

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Sep 19, 2012

Wisconsin offers window into challenges facing Romney

By Jeff Zeleny and Marjorie Connelly, The New York Times

To Mitt Romney, the 10 electoral votes in Wisconsin may be more essential than extra, a critical backup plan if a first-tier battleground state falls out of reach. Seven weeks until the election, with Mr. Romney facing new questions about his ability to gain trust among voters experiencing economic hardships, his campaign is increasingly pointing to Wisconsin as a place where a statewide Republican resurgence could rub off on Mr. Romney.

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Democrats wield "the 47 percent" as new weapon

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

"The 47 percent" became a political catchphrase Tuesday as Democrats reacted with private glee and public head-shaking to Mitt Romney's secretly videotaped comment that Americans who don't pay income taxes believe they're "entitled" to government help.

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