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September 27, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
If, as seems possible, Mitt Romney is not elected U.S. president on Nov. 6, he will not be the first presidential candidate to run on the issue of competence and then lose because he ran an incompetent campaign. He will not even be the first governor of Massachusetts to do so. In 1988, Michael Dukakis, who was ahead in the polls just after the Democratic convention, declared in his acceptance speech: "This election isn't about ideology. It's about competence. " Then he proceeded to blow his large lead and lose to George H.W. Bush, who turned out to be a tougher old bird than anyone suspected.
September 25, 2012 | By Matea Gold and Joseph Tanfani, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - At a July fundraiser in the elegant Mandarin Oriental hotel near Washington's Tidal Basin, President Obama met with some of his most steadfast supporters - two dozen political and business leaders eager to write sizable checks to help keep him in the White House. All were leaders of Native American tribes, who pressed their issues with a president they say is attuned to their needs. Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, told Obama his Oklahoma tribe was owed $50 million for its costs of administering federal health services.
September 24, 2012 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
HBO's "Game Change" won big at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, beating out History's ratings smash - and red-state favorite - "Hatfields & McCoys" to win the oustanding miniseries or movie prize. "Game Change," adapted from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, picked up four prizes overall, including the Emmy for oustanding lead actress, which went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
September 24, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
DES MOINES - A decade ago, strategist Karl Rove launched the Republican Party's 72-hour plan: a massive door-knocking and phone effort in the final three days before the election that helped generate victories in 2002 and 2004. Early voting this year has rendered Rove's idea obsolete. Ballots have landed on kitchen tables in North Carolina, where two-thirds or more of the vote will probably be cast early. In-person voting starts Thursday in Iowa, a swing state where election season has assumed biblical proportions: 40 days and nights leading up to Nov. 6. Before this month is out, 30 states will be voting.
September 16, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Amid the flurry of cash directed at the presidential campaigns as well as congressional races, a new poll reveals that the American people aren't pleased with the vast amount of fundraising now involved in elections. An Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll found that 83% believe there should be at least some limits on the amount of money corporations, unions and other organizations are permitted to contribute to groups seeking to influence the outcome of presidential and congressional races.
September 3, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In 2005, California voters spanked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, rejecting a series of ballot measures he had promoted to change state government and shake up the public education system. A year later, he won reelection in a blowout. No two campaigns are ever alike. Indeed, Schwarzenegger took office under remarkable circumstances - a snap recall election - and may be remembered as much for his shtick (calling balky lawmakers “girlie-men,” for instance) as anything he accomplished in Sacramento.
September 1, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On college football's opening weekend, Mitt Romney took the opportunity to mix in some new sports metaphors with his now-familiar critique of President Obama's record. “We are at a 30-year low in startups and new businesses, and that's where jobs are created,” Romney said at an outdoor plaza overlooking the river in Jacksonville. “He said he'd measure success by whether people were able to find new jobs. We have 23 million Americans out of work, or dropped out of the workforce or can't find full-time work.” “Look, if there's a coach whose record is zero and 23 million, you get rid of him and get someone new,” Romney said to huge cheers.
August 29, 2012 | Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon
It's prime-time TV in Venezuela and the host is saying that opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, whose grandmother was a Holocaust survivor, is a Nazi and Hitler cultist. "You can say what you want about your ancestors, but you are a Nazi," host Miguez Perez says of Capriles, who has Jewish ancestry but is a practicing Roman Catholic. The program is not some renegade gossip show but one earning pride of place on Venezuela's state-owned VTV channel, which is seen as closely reflecting the views of leftist President Hugo Chavez.
August 28, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
AMES, Iowa - President Obama campaigned under a scorching sun Tuesday to rally young voters on a college campus here, but kept an eye on the hurricane swirling toward the Gulf Coast, as did Republicans in Tampa, Fla., who were celebrating the nomination of Mitt Romney. The storm headed toward Louisiana was threatening New Orleans on the eve of the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, keeping the presidential campaigns on the alert for any political fallout. Before leaving on a two-day campus tour to the swing states of Iowa, Colorado and Virginia, the president made an unscheduled statement at the White House, giving a brief update on his administration's preparations and a warning to residents in the path not "to tempt fate" or "dismiss official warnings.
August 22, 2012 | By James Rainey
Rep. Paul D. Ryan has become well tired of The Man (read: the U.S. government) sticking it to the little guy. So no surprise his budding vice presidential campaign liked to crank “We're Not Gonna Take It” at his campaign events. But in a repeat of many campaign moments past, the hard rockers who created the song don't think much of the buttoned-down politician with the conservative social agenda who was trying to get mileage out of it. Twisted Sister asked the Ryan campaign Wednesday to cease and desist playing its fed-up anthem.
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