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November 3, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Looking back, the end of Wall Street's love affair with President Obama came at a meeting in the Oval Office. Surrounded by 13 of the nation's biggest financial CEOs, Obama fired the first shot: "My administration is all that stands between you and the pitchforks. " A few months later he tongue-lashed them as "fat cats" and struck a populist tone to raise taxes on the rich and slap tough new regulations on their businesses. There was no surprise after all this that financial executives would respond with their checkbooks.
October 25, 2012 | By Paul Richter, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is refusing to join the criticism of the Obama administration for its response to the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans last month, saying Americans should reserve judgment until official investigations have time to piece together the truth. Rice, who has been campaigning for former Gov. Mitt Romney, echoed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's comment that the “fog of war” made it hard to grasp what happened when dozens of armed militants stormed the U.S. diplomatic mission and a nearby annex in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept.
October 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Former UCLA star Trevor Bauer, currently pitching in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, sent out a tweet Monday night during the presidential debate that has drawn criticism for its content. He said: "Obama looked childish and petty tonight. I'm ashamed that he is commander in chief of this great nation. " Some people took offense at that, saying that such a statement crosses the line. Bauer followed up his original tweet with a series of tweets defending himself to those who were unhappy with him. "it's funny.
October 23, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Even before “The Daily Show” aired Thursday night, conservative pundits were already up in arms over two words uttered by President Obama during his conversation with Jon Stewart: Not optimal. For those of you unfamiliar with the brouhaha, Obama said that it was “not optimal” that four Americans were killed in Libya - a detail many conservatives seized upon as evidence of his apparent indifference to the attack. Of course, this conveniently ignored the fact that Obama was rephrasing a question posed by Stewart, but hey - who needs context?
October 22, 2012 | By Michael McGough
When I heard about the death of former Sen. George McGovern, I had a fleeting thought that President Obama might invoke him at Monday's foreign policy debate -- perhaps as part of an argument that Mitt Romney would be too willing to take the nation into war.  I had second thoughts when I saw the White House's statement of condolence, which has angered some of my liberal friends for the conspicuous absence of any reference to McGovern's 1972 campaign against...
October 19, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
On Thursday night President Obama made his second visit to “The Daily Show” since taking office. It was a busy night for the commander-in-chief: He was in New York City to attend the Al Smith Dinner, the traditional election-year fundraiser where the presidential candidates don their fanciest white-tie attire and politely roast each other. Maybe Obama was saving his best one-liners for that event, because his appearance on “The Daily Show” was noticeably absent of the personal-interest chit-chat  that often characterizes political talk-show appearances.
October 18, 2012 | By David Horsey
In addition to the relentless onslaught of mostly negative ads from the Romney and Obama campaigns and their affiliated "super PACs," the good people of Ohio are finding themselves targeted by a right-wing conspiracy maven who is dispensing a DVD that pushes beyond the birthers into a new level of paranoid fantasy. "Dreams From My Real Father" is being sent to 1 million Ohio voters. The DVD makes the claim that, rather than being the son of a student from Kenya, the president was sired by a communist from Chicago named Frank Marshall Davis.
October 17, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 14 - 20 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Rory Kennedy and her mother, Ethel Kennedy; Justin Cronin. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Cee Lo Green; Whitney Cummings and Chris D'Elia; Bobby Flay; Katie Featherston. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Valerie Bertinelli. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Shaquille O'Neal; Isaac Mizrahi.
October 17, 2012 | By David Horsey
If the Barack Obama who showed up for the second presidential debate had shown up for the first debate, there is a good chance Republicans would now be sullenly turning their thoughts to 2016 and arguing over how they got tricked into nominating a loser two elections in a row. The Obama who did show up for that first debate breathed new life into Romney's candidacy by being lifeless himself. Tuesday night, though, the president was in command. He reinvigorated his own campaign by delivering the best debate performance of his political career.
October 16, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Mitt Romney, you better redneck-ognize! Days after troubled starlet Linsday Lohan came out in favor of the Republican nominee , President Obama can now boast of his own dubious political endorsement. During a visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night, Alana Thompson, the pint-sized star of  “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” expressed her support for the incumbent president - or, as she called him, “Marack Obama.” To be fair, Alana didn't exactly volunteer her opinion; it took considerable prompting from Kimmel to get the aspiring beauty queen, who was joined by her mother, June Shannon, to weigh in on the election.
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