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August 21, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Ghosts have nothing on some of the ideas that come out of Washington when it comes to rattling chains and knocking pictures off the wall to terrify the common people. Case in point: the privatization of Social Security. One would have thought that this proposal was done in by two major stock market crashes since 2000, not to mention the generally noisome odor arising from almost everything that Wall Street has touched in recent years. Yet ever so stealthily it's creeping back into the public debate via the presidential campaign.
August 20, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
L.A. guitar institution Ry Cooder is set to release his album "Election Special" Tuesday, a handy, nine-track blues-rock guide to this year's presidential election. The subject matter? Republican and Democratic leaders, super-PAC funders and even Seamus, the family dog who rode in a carrier atop presidential candidate Mitt Romney's car. Cooder talks up his mission with Pop & Hiss. What's your goal with this record? Use your mind and think a little. Put the small screen down.
August 5, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The presidential campaigns traded barbs Sunday over Mitt Romney's refusal to release more tax returns and the candidates' competing economic plans. Romney supporters accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of lying when he said an unnamed source had told him that Romney hadn't paid taxes for 10 years. Democrats urged the Romney campaign to release more tax returns to prove how much Romney had paid. Obama campaign strategists and their allies have seized on the tax issue as a way to highlight Romney's wealth and bring attention to some of the former Massachusetts governor's overseas investments.
July 18, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Oh, how quickly we forget. A week's worth of accusations about outsourcing, taxes and cronyism has led to a raft of headlines and cable news segments pondering whether the 2012 campaign has set a new low for negativity. Mitt Romney's campaign has been particularly keen to ask whether the Barack Obama of 2008 would approve of the campaign President Obama is running in 2012. Well, consider where the campaign stood at roughly a similar point four years ago. Sen. John McCain 's campaign launched a bombshell ad likening the Democratic candidate to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, playing up the rock-star treatment Obama had received during a trip overseas while implying that he, like the tabloid favorites, was devoid of substance.
July 16, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Not only is President Obama not apologizing for his campaign attacks on Mitt Romney's leadership at Bain Capital, but congressional Democrats are poised to provide reinforcement by voting later this week on legislation that would end tax breaks for outsourcing. Gutting the tax break and using the money to reward companies who return operations to the U.S. were among the items on Obama's economic "to do" list to Congress. The decision by Democratic leaders in the Senate to take up the bill shows the increased coordination between the White House and the president's allies as they make a concerted push to define the political narrative heading toward November.
July 1, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Both political parties agree that the country's 21.3 million registered Latino voters could make a crucial difference in this year's presidential election. Yet in a race defined by massive spending on television ads, fast-response Internet videos and sophisticated social media efforts, both President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have fallen short thus far when it comes to targeting Latino voters electronically, according to some Spanish-language media experts. Republican candidate Romney trails Obama badly among Latinos, according to polls released last week, and isn't counting on them to propel him to victory.
June 23, 2012 | By Seema Mehta and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
PARK CITY, Utah - It was the kind of image Mitt Romney has sought to blunt during his campaign for president: a prodigious display of wealth. At a private retreat this weekend, major Romney campaign donors quaffed 1927 Port they'd brought in for the occasion, mingled in the lobby of a posh resort called the Chateaux at Silver Lake and watched an aerial display of Olympic ski jumpers. Billed as a "senior leadership retreat," the three-day gathering in Deer Valley was a reward for the wealthy GOP donors who have fueled Romney's fundraising, giving at least $25,000 each or raising at least $100,000 by June 18. Many of the more than 700 who attended had donated much more.
June 10, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
LAS VEGAS - In three days of campaign travel this last week, President Obama spent just two hours on the soil of a battleground state - a small fraction of his time given that voters in those places are expected to decide the election. Instead, Obama rubbed elbows with wealthy donors in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. They hadn't shelled out $20,000 apiece just to cheer and watch him from a distance at a big rally. For years, the complaint in donor-rich states, including New York, Illinois and California, has been that presidential candidates take them for granted and seldom show up to campaign.
June 5, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A generation ago, a mom in tennis shoes made history when her election helped to more than double the ranks of women in theU.S. Senate. This year, she's trying for a similar upset. Washington Sen. Patty Murray's children have grown up and started families of their own since her election to Congress in 1992 - a milestone in American politics that became known as the "Year of the Women" after the number of female senators skyrocketed - to six. Now, as head of the Democratic campaign committee in the Senate, the onetime PTA leader has helped to recruit a potentially record number of female candidates as her party seeks to leverage their traditional advantage among female voters this fall.
May 25, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Before the era of the 24-hour news cycle and weekly televised debates, the predominant and most creative outlet for presidential candidates to communicate their vision was the campaign poster. With "Presidential Campaign Posters" (Quirk Books), the Library of Congress takes a look back at two centuries of memorable election art. The book begins with the 1828 Andrew Jackson / John Quincy Adams race, spanning through 2008's Barack Obama / John McCain battle - including Shepard Fairey's memorable Obama "Hope" poster - and covering every campaign in between.
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