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Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney: Self-Restraint in an Age of Rage

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American politics has become so angry and divisive that it favors candidates who appeal to extremists and eccentrics, and even are extremist and eccentric themselves. The nonstop circus of modern campaigns, meanwhile, has left the county’s most accomplished and capable people on the sidelines, with scant interest in running for office. Or so the argument goes. But something strange—or rather something normal—is happening in 2012.
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Romney Rebuts Claims that He, GOP are Anti-Women

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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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How the World's Most Exclusive Club Was Born

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It was one of those moments that, in a mere second or two, changed American history: On January 20, 1953, at the inauguration of President Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman greeted Herbert Hoover on the platform. "I think we ought to organize a former presidents club," Hoover suggested. "Fine," Truman replied. "You be the President of the club. And I will be the Secretary." Up to that moment, the Presidents Club was more an idea than an institution.
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George Zimmerman Charged With 2nd Degree Murder in Trayvon Martin's Death

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George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who admits he shot unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was charged with murder today and has been taken into custody. The charge of second degree murder was announced by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey at a news conference this evening.
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Ann Romney Tweets; What Would Hillary Do?

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You've come a long way, baby? Somehow the 2012 campaign has regressed back to 1992 (some would say even decades earlier) when Hillary Clinton kicked up a storm for saying "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.''
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Obama Won’t Order Ban on Gay Bias by Employers

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President Obama disappointed and vexed gay supporters on Wednesday with his decision, conveyed to activists by a senior adviser, not to sign an executive order banning discrimination by employers with federal contracts.
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The Campaign is On, and So Are the Fake Fights

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Today is for all intents and purposes the first full day of the 2012 general election for president. If you scan headlines, blog posts, and Twitter feeds, you'll notice two stories are sucking up a lot of the coverage of the race: President Obama's push for a "Buffett Rule" to force millionaires to pay the same effective federal tax rate as middle-class Americans, and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's claims that Obama is waging an economic war on women.

Obama Goes on Offensive Over Taxes on Wealthy

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All but certain now that his Republican opponent will be Mitt Romney, President Obama has made his proposed “Buffett Rule” minimum tax for the wealthiest Americans like Mr. Romney a centerpiece of his re-election campaign, defying the political risk of being seen as a tax-and-spender by wary voters.
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With Rick Santorum Out of GOP Presidential Race, Mitt Romney Shifts Focus to Obama

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Rick Santorum’s decision to suspend his presidential campaign Tuesday effectively ended the race for the Republican nomination, giving likely nominee Mitt Romney the opportunity to repair the damage he sustained in the primary contests, rally reluctant conservatives behind his candidacy and shift his focus to President Obama.
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Obama to Millionaires: Time to Pony Up!

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WSJ's Laura Meckler checks in on Mean Street to discuss President Obama's plan to pressure Republicans into supporting a minimum tax on millionaires, also known as the 'Buffett Rule.'