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  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    President Obama continues to suffer the effects of economic pessimism in the race for the White House, but maintains a lead amid voters' personal misgivings about challenger Mitt Romney, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Voters give Mitt Romney an edge over President Obama on ideas for lifting the struggling economy. But if you look at economic conditions in  battleground states, that edge may not be as important as it seems.

  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Heavy attack ads are being aired in only parts of the country.

  • Stockton, California

    This inland port on the San Joaquin River recently became the largest city in the country to declare bankruptcy, but evidence of its unraveling has been mounting for years, The New York Times reports.

  • Barack Obama

    President Obama was once the fundraiser-in-chief. Now, he faces the very real threat of being the first president to be outspent by a challenger.

  • Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

    Mitt Romney is demanding that President Obama back away from his persistent attacks on Romney's record at Bain Capital, advising that it would be better "if you spent some time speaking about your record."

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    With nearly two-thirds of the US enduring drought conditions, food prices are expected to jump ahead of the November election. That could add to voter anxieties about the economy, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

    Despite an uncertain future, the talk  in Washington and on the campaign trail has dwelled largely on past battles rather than future challenges.

  • Ben Jealous

    Hours after Mitt Romney was booed at the annual meeting of the NAACP, the civil rights group's leader lashed out at the Republican presidential hopeful, saying "showing up is half the battle."

  • Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses the NAACP National Convention at the Geoerge R. Brown Covention Center at the Geoerge R. Brown Covention Center July 11, 2012.

    Mitt Romney draws jeers from black voters as he criticizes President Barack Obama and pledges to repeal the Democrats' health care overhaul.

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    The debate over balancing taxing and spending has been raging across the country, and no two states have settled it more differently than Maryland and Kansas, the New York Times Reports.

  • House Chamber

    A House vote to fully repeal President Obama’s health care law was supposed to be the coup de grâce for “Obamacare,” a final sweeping away of a law that Republicans thought the Supreme Court would gut and leave for dead, The New York Times reports.

  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    President Obama's campaign and the Democratic party raised $71 million in June, well below the $106 million hauled in by Mitt Romney and GOP.

  • Chicago skyline dusk

    "We absolutely have to look at other ways" to pay for infrastructure, one former state official said. "There's only so much bonding you can do."

  • American healthcare reform

    As the House prepares to vote on Obama's health-care reform this week, critics of the new law are mounting their own challenge to Obama's interpretation of a key provision.

  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney says the June jobs numbers show a new president is needed and "this kick in the gut has got to end." President Barack Obama is blaming Republicans and "the stalemate" in Washington.

  • Rupert Murdoch

    Mr. Murdoch has never been particularly impressed with Mr. Romney, friends and associates of both men say. The two times Mr. Romney visited the editorial board of The Journal, Mr. Murdoch did not work very hard to conceal his lack of excitement. “There was zero enthusiasm, no engagement,” said one Journal staff member who was at the most recent meeting in December the New York Times reports.

  • Police display almost 4,700 kilos of diverse drugs, cocaine and derivatives, seized in the last fifteen days by the Peruvian police drug enforcement agency, in Lima on May 7, 2010. Almost 4,000 kg of cocaine mixed with powdered sulfur, valued in USD 140 million, were seized in a container being shipped to Europe by sea. Drug trafficking in Peru generates revenues of USD 22,000 million (17 percent of the U.S. GDP) each year, representing an increase of between 3,000 and 4,000 million dollars over

    When policy makers in Washington worry about Mexico these days, they think in terms of a handful of numbers: Mexico’s 19,500 hectares devoted to poppy cultivation for heroin; its 17,500 hectares growing cannabis; the 95 percent of American cocaine imports brought by Mexican cartels through Mexico and Central America, the New York Times reports.

  • American healthcare reform

    It looks like a tax, smells like a tax, and the Supreme Court says it must be a tax. But politicians in both parties are squirming over how to define "it."

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    A Democratic super PAC and a major labor union are joining forces and reserving nearly $20 million in ad time for the fall in a bid to topple Republicans from power in the U.S. House.