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For Romney Campaign, Race Unfolding Almost Precisely as Predicted

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No one would deny that the Republican presidential race has had more than its share of surprises and unexpected twists. But there has been a curious predictability to it as well, one that conforms closely to the expectations and preparations established months ago at the Boston headquarters of Mitt Romney’s campaign.
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Death of Bipartisanship Has Killed the Washington Deal

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Every time there is divided government in Washington, there is a revival — among elite journalists, think tank commentators and respectable politicians of all stripes — of a cherished idea about how business should get done in the nation’s capital: Get the most responsible adults of both parties in one room, shoo away the cameras and microphones, and don’t let the two sides come out until they have cut a deal on the most pressing problem of the day.
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A Gingrich Presidency?

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that if Mitt Romney won the South Carolina primary, the Republican presidential race would be over and he would be the nominee. But Romney didn't win, and that means it's time to consider the unthinkable: What would life under President Gingrich be like? It's an easy question to answer because Gingrich has spent much of his campaign listing all the things he wants to do — not only in his first term or his first 100 days but in his first eight hours.

PBS NewsHour: David Brooks and Ruth Marcus analyze the State of the Union

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David Brooks of the New York Times and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post analyze the key points of President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address.

White House to Release Budget Proposal Feb. 13

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President Obama’s final budget proposal of his term, covering fiscal year 2013 and the decade beyond, will be released on Feb. 13, a week later than officials had previously indicated. The Office of Management and Budget notified reporters of the timing on Monday in an e-mail without explanation, though a spokesman said the extra time was needed “to finalize technical and programmatic decisions.” The administration had not committed to releasing the budget on Feb. 6, but that date had been talked about for weeks.

With Recent Criticism, Romney’s Rivals Bring a Smile to the White House

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For months David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior strategist, has argued with evident anticipation that Mitt Romney offers a glass jaw when he boasts that his business record sets him apart as a presidential candidate. Now Mr. Romney’s Republican rivals have beaten the Obama team to the punch, and Democrats could hardly be more pleased.
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More to White House Shakeup Than Meets the Eye?

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Some see it as odd timing that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley resigned at the start of an election year. WSJ's Laura Meckler checks in on Mean Street to explain whether this is likely to be an orderly transition.

White House Chief of Staff Daley Resigns

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White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley resigned at the start of the presidential election year, a surprise decision that underscored President Barack Obama's shift toward a populist platform he hopes will win him another term this November. Mr. Daley's move marked the end of a rocky yearlong tenure in which the former J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. executive, whose original mission was to reach out to business and congressional Republicans, became increasingly sidelined. Mr. Obama announced Monday that Mr. Daley would be succeeded by the White House budget director, Jacob Lew.

Obama Surprised by Daley's Resignation, Says News 'Was Difficult'

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Chicagoan Bill Daley is stepping down as White House chief of staff, making way for budget director Jack Lew to take over the president’s team as it heads into a tough election year. President Obama told reporters this afternoon that Daley’s resignation was “not easy news to hear” and that he didn’t accept the decision right away. “I asked him to take a couple of days,” Obama said, adding that “the pull of the hometown we both love” ultimately won out.

What Led to Daley's Departure, Lew's Appointment

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President Obama has now hired one White House chief of staff who was a flame-thrower, another who was a spear-catcher, and a third who will be his sentry. "When the president asked me to do this, I said I'd love to do it for two years through the re-elect. That's always been my plan," outgoing Chief of Staff William Daley said this past October. Obama announced Monday that Daley moved up his date of departure, deciding to return to private life later this month with the new and largely honorific title as a co-chairman of Obama's campaign.