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The GOP's Electoral College Scheme

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Republicans alarmed at the apparent challenges they face in winning the White House are preparing an all-out assault on the Electoral College system in critical states, an initiative that would significantly ease the party's path to the Oval Office.

Jeb Bush talks education, but politics comes to mind

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The former governor was passionate and persuasive as he opened his fifth annual education conference in Washington, D.C. He made a strong case for holding all students to the same academic standards as a way to bridge the nation’s growing income inequality gaps, seamlessly blending the concerns of liberals and conservatives, suburban moms and corporate executives. Among the hundreds of policy wonks in the audience were powerful political consultants and fundraisers chomping at the bit should he run for public office again.

PBS Newshour: President Obama's Second Term Agenda Begins With Stressing Compromise on Budget

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With automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to hit in January 2013, President Barack Obama hopes to find a "grand bargain" solution to U.S. budget woes. Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, about President Obama's latest efforts to push compromise on Capitol Hill.

Petraeus scandal widens: Gen. Allen implicated in affair

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An investigation into the top commander in Afghanistan's possible relationship has been revealed.

Through Post-Election Fog, a Fiscal Cliff Looms

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WSJ reporters look ahead to the immediate challenges for Barack Obama's second term, including the approaching fiscal cliff and the likely way Congress will solve it.

Across the electoral map, a mixed picture for candidates down the ballot

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In the past six years, there have been three national elections, each of them producing a wave, in which races up and down the ballot moved in generally the same direction. Democrats won big in 2006 and 2008, only to see those gains reversed in the mid-term election of 2010.

September, November: 40 precious days to spend on early vote

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A stream of voters arrived at election offices across Iowa to cast their ballots. Waves of absentee ballots have started landing in mailboxes in 30 other states. And more than a month before what the calendar says is Election Day, President Obama began delivering his closing argument to voters.

Romney: Debates will set record straight

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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.

Foreign policy’s moment in Campaign 2012

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Campaign 2012 has produced plenty of flash points, some real and some manufactured. Few have hit with as much fury, outrage, second-guessing and doubling down as the clash between Mitt Romney and President Obama over the terrible events in the Middle East that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.

Platforms reveal deep divide on hot-button issues

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While the economy dominates this presidential election, issues such as abortion, immigration, regulation, and—in a sudden and startling reversal of Democratic platform language—God and Israel, have added a dose of intrigue to the conventions.