2012 Election

 
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As lawmakers push rival debt plans, only one person is still seeking compromise: Obama

A “grand bargain” would seem impossible at this point, but Obama is still pushing for one. Lawmakers in both parties meanwhile, planned votes on their rival debt plans.

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Maryland governor promises renewed gay marriage push, just in time for 2012 election

Martin O’Malley said he would campaign more aggressively for the measure after taking a back seat earlier this year. The fight could come just as the 2012 election beings in earnest.

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Moody’s: You know what? Just scrap the debt limit altogether

The novel proposal suggests that rating agencies would rather the government meet its obligations to creditors than grapple over how much spending to slash.

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Tim Pawlenty, neocon?

The former Minnesota governor has tried to burnish his public image by adopting a hawkish foreign policy platform in the early days of the campaign.

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Republicans supported gay marriage in New York. Will they do the same in Maryland?

The lone Republican lawmaker to support gay marriage in Maryland said the result there could be similar to New York, “with the final margin being the Republicans.”

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Republican rift on foreign policy widens as Pawlenty criticizes ‘isolationist’ rivals

The Republican party is deeply split on America’s wars, and that rift widened Tuesday as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized his rivals for appealing to “isolationist sentiments.”

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The view from 10,000 miles: Huntsman brings an outsider’s eye to the 2012 campaign

Jon Huntsman comes to the presidential campaign as something of an outsider. Which view of America will he take: The outlook of the Tea Party, or the outlook of the rest of the world?

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Republicans offer starkly different views on Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

The GOP presidential candidates issued mostly muted responses to President Obama’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

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Is Jon Huntsman the GOP’s ‘serious’ candidate (and do they even want one)?

Jon Huntsman, a relative latecomer to the Republican presidential field, is hoping to cast himself as the grown-up in the race. But will that matter to GOP primary voters?