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Martin Killing Resonates in Conn. Town Still Trying to Heal Racial Fissures

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No one died in what became known here as “the incident.” But that has not kept the raw racial fissures that ran through this blue-collar town six years ago from resurfacing in light of the national attention focused on the killing of Trayvon Martin. As in the Martin case, there were dueling stories in Stratford, accusations of racism and what many saw as criminal suspicions rooted in faulty racial assumptions.

Jobs Report Leaves Obama, Romney Campaigns Wary

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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.

Tulsa Shooting: Two Suspects Arrested

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Race and revenge may have fueled the rampage that killed three African-Americans.

Both Parties Wooing Seniors

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President Barack Obama and Democrats are counting on regaining support from older voters who switched to the GOP in 2008 and 2010 by attacking Republican plans to revamp Medicare. But Mitt Romney is proving to be a formidable competitor in this battle. The Republican presidential front-runner has drawn large shares of older voters during the primaries, and recent polls show him ahead of Mr. Obama among seniors in swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

120,000 Added Jobs in March, Less Than Expected

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The U.S. economy added 120,000 jobs last month, less than expected and an indication that momentum could be slowing. Phil Izzo and David Wessel have the details.

A ‘War on Women’ or a Battle for their Votes?

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Is there a “war on women” going on? That is a matter of dispute between the parties these days. But one thing is certain: There is a battle raging over them. If that wasn’t clear after weeks of argument over contraceptive coverage, it became so Thursday, when caterpillars and country clubs got dragged into the fray.
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Rob Portman's the One

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Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee, Wisconsin sealed the deal, and he will pick Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio as his running mate. Write it down. And harangue me mercilessly this summer if I am wrong.
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Back to the Drawing Board

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Mitt Romney still has only a bit more than half the delegates he’ll need to become the Republicans’ official nominee in Tampa this summer, but after his sweeping victories in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, no one can any longer doubt that the nomination is—really, finally—his. Just ask that famously sloppy political operator Barack Obama, who has suddenly trained his sights on Romney as if the general election were well under way—which, come to think of it, it is.

White House Women's Forum Could Capitalize on Gender Gap

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President Obama is hosting a White House "forum on women and the economy" Friday, and aides are denying up and down that politics is afoot. Planned two weeks ago and featuring panels about business, women’s education, the workplace, health care, and violence against women, the event is a chance for the president to deliver a speech directed at women -- and for the administration to tout its record on “women’s economic security . . . through all stages of life.” At least 10 female administration officials are scheduled to moderate.

Justice Kagan--Giving Liberals a Rhetorical Lift

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During three days of arguments over the Obama healthcare plan, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan put on a display of rhetorical firepower, reinforcing predictions that the newest liberal justice is best equipped to take on the conservative, five-man majority controlling the bench.
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