Odd politics as Obama, Christie tour storm damage

Oct. 31, 2012, for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman WASHINGTON — Here’s an image few probably expected to see six days before Election Day: President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a Republican who is one of Mitt Romney’s most vocal supporters — walking together in a show of government unity. […]

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In debates and life, Romney likes the rules

Oct. 22, 2012 for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman WASHINGTON — When it comes to debates, Mitt Romney loves the rules. The eyes of millions of voters upon him, the Republican candidate is quick to poke holes in his rival’s arguments. But he’s just as ready to take the moderator to task when he […]

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Governors put off health care questions until after election

July 15, 2012, for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Millions of uninsured people may have to wait until after Election Day to find out if and how they can get coverage through President Barack Obama’s health care law. More than two weeks after the Supreme Court gave the green light to […]

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Two years after Citizens United, candidates forge path around super PAC spending

Jan. 21, 2012, for The Hill by Josh Lederman It’s been two years since a torrent of unrestrained election spending by outside groups was unleashed by Citizens United, a Supreme Court decision that candidates from both parties say has robbed them of control of their own races. But in one contest – incidentally, the most […]

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Pressure mounting on Romney

Jan. 9, 2012, for The Hill by Josh Lederman MANCHESTER, N.H. — Less than 36 hours separate Mitt Romney from what is supposed to be his campaign coup de grâce: the New Hampshire GOP primary. But with pitfalls presenting themselves in seemingly every direction, the pressure on the front-runner is rapidly intensifying. The former Massachusetts […]

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Romney: Obama doesn’t understand economy, should focus on jobs instead of golf

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lashed out at President Barack Obama’s economic policies Thursday, accusing the president of not understanding the economy and saying Obama is spending time on self-serving pursuits when he should be putting Americans back to work.

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Tech-savvy 23-year-old will run N.J. town

Alex Torpey, 23, plans to solve fiscal and security problems in the northern New Jersey community where he’s been elected village president using the same tools he used to win election: social media, new technology and strategic marketing.

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White House Campaign Stop: Israel

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For Republicans considering taking the presidential plunge, a conspicuous jaunt to the Jewish state boosts foreign policy credentials and appeals to the conservative base in one fell swoop.

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Barbour: Iran biggest threat to global security

HERZLIYA, Israel – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday that Iran is the world’s top threat to peace and stability. A potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Barbour said world leaders should be judged by their success in responding to the threats posed by Iran.

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For gay rights activists, a post-election shift

A record number of openly gay candidates was elected nationwide Tuesday, but the Democratic walloping on Capitol Hill is likely to shift the focus of the gay rights movement from congressional legislation to administrative, judicial, and state and local prospects once the new cast of politicians takes power in January.

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