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December 26, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Johnathan Franklin has gone through a lot of nicknames. There's "Jet Ski" for his speed in his Pop Warner football days, and "Hollywood" for his season-two gig on the reality show "Baldwin Hills. " The latest handle for the UCLA star is "Mayor," because that's what he wants to be one day - the mayor of Los Angeles. The running back who's broken rushing records when he's on the field has cajoled his teammates into registering to vote when he's in the locker room. He plans to get to his personal goals the way he gets to the goal line: with focus.
December 17, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Call it a tale of two tax times, or, “It was the best of rates, it was the worst of rates.” In Washington, President Obama got a sort of early Christmas gift from Republicans, with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) reportedly offering to raise tax rates on those Americans making more than $1 million a year. Among many Republicans, this probably earns Boehner a new title: traitor. Obama, of course, turned up his nose, because he wants higher tax rates on those making more than $200,000 ($250,000 for couples)
December 7, 2012 | By Melanie Mason and Joseph Tanfani, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama and Mitt Romney shattered spending records during their 2012 campaigns, eclipsing $2 billion in fundraising, the campaigns disclosed Thursday. Obama, who surpassed $1 billion in mid-October, added $111 million to his campaign and affiliated committees in the final 2  1/2 weeks of the campaign. In all, the president raised $1.1 billion for his reelection effort. Romney's final money push in that same period netted him more than $89.5 million - enough to nudge him past the billion-dollar mark as well.
December 6, 2012 | By Melanie Mason and Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney raised more than $85.9 million in the last two weeks of the presidential race, his campaign announced Thursday, detailing the GOP hopeful's final money push in his ultimately unsuccessful bid against President Obama.  “Romney Victory continued its strong fundraising through the final weeks of the campaign,” finance chairman Spencer Zwick said in a statement. “Every dollar we raised was put to use in the effort to elect Mitt Romney. I want to thank all of our donors for their support and in making the Romney fundraising effort the most successful in Republican Party history.
December 3, 2012 | By James Rainey
Online news giant Yahoo! announced its top search terms of 2012 Monday and, no surprise, the 2012 election topped all other topics, including the iPhone 5, which registered the second-most searches; Kim Kardashian, who attracted the third most and swimsuit model Kate Upton, who ranked fourth. Mitt Romney's campaign for president also created three top-searched memes on all of Yahoo! this year, though, as shall be shown, those instances offered proof that a lively presence online is not always a good thing.
November 30, 2012 | By James Rainey
Pre-election survey data that the Romney for President campaign shared with a reporter from the New Republic helps explain the Republicans' excessive optimism prior to the Nov. 6 vote count - but not entirely. Overly rosy polling data from key states like Colorado, New Hampshire and Iowa make it more understandable why Mitt Romney and his aides thought they had a good chance of upsetting President Obama. Yet, as the New Republic's reporting shows, the Romney camp still had to convince itself that late "momentum” (which proved mostly non-existent)
November 30, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Eric Hartsburg, the pro wrestler who got the Mitt Romney logo tattooed on his face for $15,000, has decided to have the tattoo removed. "I had a little change of heart," he said Friday. Hartsburg went on to say that Romney's recent comment that President Obama was re-elected because he gave "gifts" to women, minorities and college students made him change his mind. "I could deal with being a part of a losing campaign, but to still stand behind Gov. Romney with the positions he's taken post-election with the blame game instead," Hartsburg said.
November 29, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has opened up about Romney's loss at the polls, and where he places the blame for the campaign's defeat. Stevens, whose role within the campaign came under increasing scrutiny as the year went on, said in a Washington Post column Wednesday that in spite of Romney's loss, he and his ideals “carried the day.” “On Nov. 6, that wasn't enough to win. But it was enough to make us proud and to build on for the future,” Stevens said.
November 29, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Their relationship seemed doomed from the start. It was mostly a long-distance affair conducted in public exchanges, tempered by occasional awkward gestures of warmth but more often singed by open hostility. It most likely ended, mercifully, Thursday over white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad. President Obama and the vanquished Mitt Romney ate lunch in a private dining room steps from the Oval Office, the seat of power they battled over for months; some might say years.
November 28, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- President Obama and former campaign rival Mitt Romney will meet for a private lunch Thursday at the White House, fulfilling an offer that Obama made after his reelection victory. The White House announced Wednesday morning that Obama and the former Republican presidential nominee will dine at an undisclosed time in the private dining room in the executive mansion. The event will be closed to reporters and photographers. The meeting follows a statement from Obama on election night.
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