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March 16, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
So long, "hope"; by the looks of a new sleek campaign video, this Obama campaign has a new favorite word: "tough. " President Obama faced tough decisions, tough choices and plenty of tough luck in his term in office, and the president demonstrated toughness in return. Or so goes the narrative in a much-hyped 17-minute extended campaign ad released Thursday night by his campaign. The video was directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim and narrated by Tom Hanks. It borrows from news clips, speeches and behind-the-scenes White House photos to zero in on the decision points the campaign likes best -- bailing out the auto industry, passing the healthcare law, killing Osama bin Laden and removing troops from Iraq.
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NEWS
February 24, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
A TV commercial released this week by the pro-Mitt Romney "super PAC" looks much like an ad released about four years ago by the official Romney campaign, raising suspicions among watchdog groups of improper coordination between the super PAC and the GOP presidential candidate's current campaign. The commercial, which is running in Arizona and Michigan in advance of Tuesday's primaries, tells the tale of Romney's former Bain Capital colleague Robert Gay, whose then-teenage daughter had run away in New York City for three days.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Paul Babeu, the Arizona sheriff who announced that he was gay after he was accused by a former lover of abusing his power, has dropped his bid for a seat in Congress and will seek another term as sheriff. In a letter on Friday to supporters, Babeu said he decided to withdraw because of complications about the succession of his chief deputy, Steve Henry, as Pinal County sheriff. The federal government had ruled that Henry is unable to seek the sheriff's office while serving as chief deputy because the office receives federal funds, the sheriff said.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Washington columnist Doyle McManus will report from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Monday to Thursday, which will feature a who's who from the GOP in support of the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket. Speakers include Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Condoleezza Rice and Rick Santorum. In the months leading up to the convention, McManus has written about Romney's arithmetic problem , attack ad politics and healthcare . He's also asked why President Obamaand Romney haven't addressed the four wars the U.S. is engaged in and, most recently, McManus has questioned whether the outcome of the presidential race will make any difference at all. On Wednesday, McManus will host a half-hour Google+ Hangout from the convention floor beginning at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1994
Re "U.S. Judge Blocks Most Sections of Prop. 187," Dec. 15: From the riots to the welfare lines, Southern California has just been one big, open, free market for illegal aliens. A majority of us in California voted to stop this travesty and hopefully reverse it. I guess this is more proof that my vote doesn't count. We don't want anybody to go hungry, we don't want anybody to go uneducated or uncared-for. We just want everybody who is here illegally to go home! And if you're in that foreign country thinking about coming here illegally, don't!
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Vice President Joe Biden today is traveling to this working-class city to amplify the Obama campaign's tough attack on Mitt Romney's economic credentials, accusing the Republican of profiting at the expense of laid-off manufacturing workers. It's the follow-through of a one-two punch from the president's reelection team concerning Romney's ties to Bain Capital, the private equity firm he controlled for 15 years. A campaign ad that aired in key battleground states told the story of a Kansas City steel plant that went bankrupt and laid off workers after Bain took control.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative sensation and briefly a Republican presidential front-runner, announced Wednesday that she won't seek reelection to her congressional seat in 2014. The four-term Minnesota lawmaker told supporters in an online video that it was "the right decision" not to run again. She said it was not a reaction to the difficult challenge she may face to hold the seat, or to federal inquiries into her campaign finances and activities. Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll and showed early strength in the leadoff caucus state before her presidential bid collapsed, did not foreclose a potential future run for national office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By James Rainey
The race for Los Angeles mayor takes another turn tonight at 7 when City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel face off in a televised debate, the third since the candidates finished as the top vote-getters in the March 5 primary. The broadcast on NBC4 and KPCC-FM (89.3) will beam from USC's Health Sciences Campus next to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. Monday's contest comes a day after a USC Price/Los Angeles Times Poll found Garcetti with a 50% to 40% lead among likely voters.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Texas' first congressional candidate debate in Spanish could help decide one of the closest races in the country . Incumbent Republican Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco, 63, a tea party conservative, will face challenger Pete Gallego, 50, a Democratic state representative, Tuesday night in an hourlong debate aired by Spanish-language network Univision. The event at Palo Alto College in San Antonio will be moderated by KWEX Univision 41 anchor Arantxa Loizaga, with questions from a panel of reporters at the station, the San Antonio Express-News and Texas Public Radio.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
CINCINNATI -- It is no small task for Mitt Romney to find new ways to attack President Obama's record on the economy - day after day, week after week, month after month. But when he went at Obama again on Thursday, he was at least guaranteed to get more attention than usual, thanks to Obama's almost simultaneous campaign stop on the opposite side of Ohio, a state better placed than any to decide the November election. “Now you may have heard that President Obama is on the other side of the state, and he's going to be delivering a speech on the economy,” Romney told invited supporters on the factory floor of a manufacturing equipment maker.
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