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Back to work, Obama is greeted by looming crisis

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Newly re-elected, President Obama moved quickly on Wednesday to open negotiations with Congressional Republican leaders over the main unfinished business of his term — a major deficit-reduction deal to avert a looming fiscal crisis — as he began preparing for a second term that will include significant cabinet changes.

After Obama’s reelection, overtures from Republicans on debt negotiations

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Less than 24 hours after the election, President Obama and congressional leaders moved with alacrity Wednesday to show flexibility in solving the nation’s biggest economic problems and recast Washington’s often divisive politics.

Three small steps to a modest jobs deal

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For the last several years in Washington, lawmakers acted like winning the next election was more important than getting the country back to full employment. Tuesday’s election should mercifully end that. Growth remains substandard. Both parties own a solid piece of the federal government. It’s now in both Democrats’ and Republicans’ political and policy interests to juice up job growth.

In victory speech, Obama pledges to heal divide

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President Barack Obama, in a celebratory re-election speech early Wednesday, said he will in his second presidential term strive bridge a partisan divide that has proven difficult to bridge during his first four years in the White House.

Political perceptions: split decision for Congress?

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This was supposed to be the year an anti-tea-party backlash handed the House to the Democrats. Or anger over Democrats’ overreach swept the GOP to power in the Senate.

6 questions that will settle the election

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Mitt Romney’s hopes have long hinged on the notion of a tipping point. He would clear some psychic threshold necessary to be embraced as an acceptable alternative to Barack Obama in the minds of persuadable voters, then see national public opinion swing swiftly in his favor.

ANALYSIS: Who gets momentum after second debate?

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Like the vice presidential debate last week, the Democrat and the Republican candidate on stage last night were not so much talking to each other as they were to two different audiences.

Republicans outspend Democrats on TV advertising, but have fewer ads to show for it

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When it comes to spending on political ads, money isn’t everything.

Data from Kantar Media’s CMAG, an ad tracking firm, showed that during the week of Oct. 4-Oct. 11 Mitt Romney, the RNC and Republican outside groups combined to outspend President Obama and his allies on on TV ads by about $5 million – $31.6 million to $28.05 million.

Spirited Biden debate performance allows democrats to exhale

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Democrats, you may exhale. But don't you dare rejoice.

Vice President Joe Biden took some of the heat off his boss in the critical home stretch of the 2012 election, delivering a spirited debate performance that aimed to compensate for President Obama’s lifeless appearance on another stage one week ago.

Who won the Vice Presidential debate? Depends who you ask

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Partisan Democrats had a lot to be happy about last night’s vice presidential debate. Vice President Joe Biden turned in an aggressive and energetic performance that they wished they’d seen in President Obama.

And while Republicans have cried foul on Biden’s behavior (GOP surrogates called him “rude”), they argue that Rep. Paul Ryan’s calm, unflustered demeanor and his solid performance on foreign affairs was appealing to swing voters, especially women.