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April 26, 2012
Jokes about polygamy and funny long underwear aside, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has not been, and will not become, a factor in the presidential campaign of 2012. I have a friend who wishes that were not so. She thinks it's creepy that Mormons comb genealogical records to find people to retroactively baptize into the church -- people who were not Mormons when they were alive and probably would not want to be Mormons if they still were. Knowing that the one constant in Romney's otherwise malleable set of beliefs is his religion, my friend cannot understand why the Obama campaign has not raised the oddities of Mormonism as an issue.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Here's the thing about President Obama's decision to appear with Zach Galifianakis on Funny or Die's “Between Two Ferns,” one of the funniest faux-interview series you will ever see on the Web or off. It's not that Obama was particularly funny (his jokes seemed strained). Or that Galifianakis was at his offensive best (I'd save that praise for his interview with Justin Bieber , though asking whether Obama was going to put his presidential library in Hawaii or Kenya was pretty funny)
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NATIONAL
November 14, 2012 | By David Horsey
After what the Obama campaign accomplished with a backroom filled with 20-something math geeks, American presidential politics will never be the same. For decades, candidates have put their faith in political consultants whose gut instincts, ability to read polls and track records of victories made them look like magicians with an astounding array of tricks up their sleeves. Mitt Romney had one such man at his side throughout the 2012 campaign, a guy named Stuart Stevens who could claim to have helped elect more Republican governors and senators than any contemporary media consultant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle
The FBI spoke to former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about her role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama , but she believes she did nothing wrong and does not know if the authorities are still investigating, her campaign consultant said Monday. Steve Barkan, a consultant for Solis' Board of Supervisors campaign, said in a statement that she had a “cordial” meeting with the FBI in November 2012 -- some eight months after the fundraiser at La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
NEWS
September 12, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mindful that the president is often a punching bag in the Republican contests, the Obama campaign is keeping score of the CNN/Tea Party debate and trying to hold would-be rivals accountable on key issues. And by their playbook, the GOP candidates lose points no matter whether they stick to their guns or change positions. "At the halfway point, we've got one backtrack and two double-downs," the @BarackObama Twitter account reported to its more than 10 million followers. Rick Perry was branded with a "double down," for instance, for saying Social Security had been called a "Ponzi scheme long before me. " Mitt Romney, long the main target of team Obama, was given a "backtrack" for his counterpunch at Perry on the same program.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
Wall Street is supposed to have lost love for President Obama since his election, but early donations suggest he actually is doing better with the finance industry this time around. Among big fundraisers, Obama's reelection campaign has drawn close to a third of his money from the industry, up from 20% during his 2008 campaign, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. The amount raised so far is more than two-thirds what Wall Street elites helped Obama raise in his entire 2008 campaign.
NEWS
March 8, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
In a campaign thus far dominated by 30-second ads and debate sound bites, President Obama's reelection effort is taking a more expansive approach is it begins making its case to voters in earnest. Obama 2012 on Thursday released a two-minute trailer for what is ultimately set to be a 17-minute documentary that advisors say will "put into perspective" the challenges that the president has faced and the difficult choices he has made in an effort to put the American economy back on track.
NEWS
August 19, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Are all interviews created equal? Amid growing criticism about President Obama's infrequent press conferences, campaign surrogates came out Sunday to defend a recent spate of softball interviews, equating CNN with “Entertainment Tonight” in the process. Central to the complaints about Obama's scheduling has been his reluctance to hold a press conference at the White House since June 8, when his remarks about the private sector “doing fine” set off a flurry of Republican attacks.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The man who managed President Obama's successful reelection campaign said Tuesday that the Chicago-based operation will carry on in some form to advocate the president's second-term agenda, and may even engage in the debate over how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. But before closing up shop in its current form, the analytics-driven Obama for America (OFA) has again turned to its massive online network to determine how best to do that. A survey emailed to supporters asked what kind of activities they'd like to see OFA engage in, including supporting Obama policy offerings and backing individual candidates in future campaigns.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Michael Memoli
It may be Mitt Romney's first full day as the presumptive Republican nominee for president, but Democrats hope the legacy of the hard-edged GOP primary will linger on just a bit longer. The Obama campaign Wednesday morning had ready a best-of highlight reel of Romney statements made as he courted conservative voters, a YouTube video it titled "Memories to last a lifetime. " Among the sound bites recycled were Romney saying, "Corporations are people, my friend," "I like being able to fire people," and, "I was a severely conservative Republican governor.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By David Lauter
How much of a boost did President  Obama's 2012 campaign really get from its much-vaunted mastery of data analysis? A significant amount, but not as much as some people think, according to a new analysis by two leading political scientists. The Obama campaign's data efforts have changed the nature of presidential campaigns, much as the “Moneyball” revolution taught some baseball teams that careful analysis of statistics could lead to a wiser use of resources than just going with the gut instincts of longtime scouts.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Kate Linthicum
President Barack Obama put the klieg light on Hollywood Tuesday, crediting the motion picture and television industry for being an engine of growth and a bright spot in a recovering economy. "Entertainment is one of the bright spots of our economy," Obama told a crowd of nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation SKG. "The gap between what we can do and other countries can do is enormous. That's worth cheering about. " Obama was hosted by DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is one of Obama's biggest contributors and fundraisers.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
A partnership announced Thursday between the data analyzers who found Americans who might be persuaded to vote for President Obama and the ad creators who successfully pushed them to the polls provides a glimpse of the future of political advertising. The partnership of GMMB, Obama's chief ad creator and buyer, and Civis Analytics, a firm formed by the head of the campaign's data analysis operation, puts in place two elements that the Obama campaign used to great effect to propel him to an easy reelection despite a still-sputtering economy in 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama will visit the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation SKG next week during a trip to Los Angeles. Obama will tour the site and make a speech to the company's employees, the White House confirmed Thursday. “On Tuesday, November 26, the president will visit DreamWorks Animation facility in Glendale, California, to deliver remarks on the economy," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "The American motion picture and television industry is a growing industry and continues to create thousands of jobs all across the country.
OPINION
October 1, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, at least one more glass a day. Frankly, I think it's great. Sure, the science behind some of her claims is somewhere between iffy and debatable. If you're not dehydrated, drinking more water won't give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office vaguely claims. But it might take up belly space that otherwise would have gone to grape soda, Red Bull or some other sugary concoction. Team Michelle won't admit this is the real agenda, insisting this is just a healthy, helpful reminder from the first lady.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2013 | By David Lauter
The intense competition of a presidential campaign almost always generates innovation, from the first television ads for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 to Bill Clinton's rapid-response war room in 1992 to George W. Bush's get-out-the-vote drive in 2004. In 2012, the cutting edge involved data. The way the Obama campaign exploited vast amounts of information to guide which doors it knocked on, what voters it targeted and what ads it bought already has entered into election lore. But data also significantly changed the journalism of the 2012 campaign.
NEWS
April 30, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It looks like the Obama campaign may have settled on its slogan for the 2012 election: "Forward. " Four years ago, Barack Obama ran on another one-word slogan, "Change. " Now, as President Obama prepares to hold the first public campaign rallies for his reelection, his team is giving a sense of what his pitch to voters will look like. A seven-minute Web video (watch below) lays out what it says was the precarious state of the nation when Obama took office in 2009 and the steps he took to begin addressing the challenges.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Even though he spoke moments after Mitt Romney had promised a vigorous challenge against him in the fall, President Obama's message was little changed as he appeared at a Colorado university campus Tuesday night. Pressing Congress to act to extend lower rates for some student loan programs, Obama used the issue as another example of the competing visions that will be debated in the fall. "We need to send a message to folks who don't seem to get this, that setting your sights lower -- that's not an education plan.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2013 | By Matea Gold and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Shortly after she launched her signature anti-obesity initiative more than three years ago, Michelle Obama signaled she would take on a contentious issue: advertising for snacks, soft drinks, sugary cereals and fast food aimed at children. She denounced ads that use cartoon characters to push junk food. She bluntly told executives "to step it up" to improve the foods they market to children. And she promoted a White House "action plan" on obesity that praised a federal effort to come up with voluntary marketing guidelines - the most significant attempt in decades to limit ads targeting children.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON--Two architects of President Obama's grass-roots campaign organization are joining forces with the "super PAC" devoted to drafting Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president, a significant practical and symbolic boost for her campaign-in-waiting. Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart say their consulting firm will work with the Ready for Hillary PAC in the effort to round up early support for a 2016 candidacy. The Obama for America alums have extensive contacts with community leaders and experience in building the field operations that helped Obama win the last two presidential elections, as well as defeat Clinton in the 2008 battle for the Democratic nomination.
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