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2008 Bank Bailout

Vault Show

The 2008 financial crisis and bank bailouts have undoubtedly shaped the current economy and the politics leading to the 2012 Presidential election. How did the 2008 presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama approach these subjects in their campaigns? Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Charles Babington, Associated Press; John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Jeanne Cummings, Politico.

May 04, 2012

Weekly Show

The U.S. and China continue to negotiate over activist Chen Guangcheng's travel to America. Plus, President Obama visited Afghanistan on the one year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. Also, new unemployment numbers and the 2012 presidential race. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Peter Baker, New York Times; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Charles Babington, Associated Press.

SPIN METER: Lawmakers' Talk of Cuts is Just Talk

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If there's one thing Republicans and Democrats in Washington say they agree on, it's the need to reduce federal spending. And it's something they almost never do, as recent events have proved again. Last week the U.S. Postal Service asked the Senate for permission to proceed with a multibillion-dollar savings package that included closing thousands of money-losing post offices. The Senate refused, voting instead to give the Postal Service another $11 billion amid speeches hailing the historic role of post offices in small towns.

In Kabul, Obama Highlights Foreign Policy Record

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President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago. The president's secret flight to Afghanistan — where he signed off on details for withdrawing U.S. troops from the decade-long war there — was the type of campaign counterpunch that may play out many times in his re-election battle against Republican Mitt Romney.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Romney Pledges Raise Questions

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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.

Supreme Court moves to center of presidential race

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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.

Romney Rebuts Claims that He, GOP are Anti-Women

On The Radar

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney intensified his efforts Wednesday to rebut claims that he and fellow Republicans are insufficiently supportive of women, or even hostile to them. For the second straight day, the presumptive GOP nominee campaigned at a female-owned work site, and denounced Democrats for saying his party is waging "a war on women."
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Obama-Romney Showdown Starts with a Harsh Tone

On The Radar

The 2012 presidential general election has begun. It won't be pretty. Tuesday marked Day One, in essence, of the contest between the two virtually certain nominees, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Rick Santorum's departure removed the last meaningful bump from Romney's path to the GOP nomination. Romney and Obama wasted no time in portraying the voters' choice in dire, sometimes starkly personal terms.
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Jobs Report Leaves Obama, Romney Campaigns Wary

On The Radar

The nation's steady-but-modest job growth presents political challenges for both of November's all-but-certain presidential rivals. Republican Mitt Romney needs an ailing economy to fully exploit his image as a "Mr. Fix-It" who can restore the nation's financial health, as he turned around the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics. President Barack Obama needs job-creation momentum to convince voters that things are moving in the right direction, even if millions of people remain unemployed.

Obama Postpones Many Issues Until Elections

On The Radar

Missile defense isn't the only area in which President Barack Obama will have "more flexibility" if he's re-elected. Immigration, the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, gay marriage, tax policy and other issues could invite bold initiatives by a president who knows he will never run for office again, especially if his party gains ground in congressional elections.
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