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  • Morici: Taxing the Credibility of Politicians Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Nothing taxes the credibility of politicians like their promises and claims about taxes, and President Obama and Governor Romney top the list for testing the credulity of voters.

  • Will the Presidential Debates Change Your Vote? Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 9:48 AM ET
    Presidential candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy during a televised debate.

    It's the great debate about the debates. President Obama and Mitt Romney are going head to head soon in an attempt to win your vote. But do the faceoffs really matter? Some experts say people are more interested in seeing a train-wreck moment  than in hearing substance.

  • Liking It Or Not, States Prepare for Health Law Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 8:41 AM ET
    American healthcare reform

    Arizona and officials in other Republican-led states are quietly designing an insurance exchange — one of the most essential and controversial requirements of the new health care law, The New York Times reports.

  • Barak Obama, Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney criticized President Obama on Sunday for refusing to meet Israeli Prime  Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during this week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting, accusing the president of distancing the US from an important Middle East ally. The New York Times reports.

  • Paul Ryan

    Rep. Paul Ryan’s selection as Mitt Romney's vice presidential nominee is yielding something the campaign can do without: second-guessing about how Ryan is being used, The New York TImes reports.

  • Obama’s Journey to Tougher Tack on a Rising China Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 12:13 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    In the presidential campaign, China has become a focal point encompassing security and economic concerns, highlighting the nations’ complex relationship, The New York Times reports.

  • Obama Leads Romney in Three More Swing States: Polls Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 6:31 PM ET
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    President Barack Obama holds clear leads over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in three more swing states—Wisconsin, Colorado and Iowa—according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College polls.

  • Where the 47 Percent Live Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 4:58 PM ET
    Total Returns: 10,995,576Returns With Income Tax Liability: 6,760,829Returns With No Income Tax Liability: 4,234,747Nonpayers: 38.5%According to Kasprak, Texas doesn’t rank very high in terms of the factors that contribute to high populations of nonpayers. It is, however, second in the nation in terms of recipients receiving refundable child tax credits.“This indicates a higher-than-normal percentage of low-income people choosing to have children,” he said. “So that is likely a big part of the n

    Mitt Romney said "There are 47 percent of the people who pay no income tax." Who are these people, and why are they exempt? Click to see which states have the highest number of people who pay no federal income tax.

  • Romney, Obama Court Latinos in Crucial Florida Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 4:34 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Stepping up his criticism of Mitt Romney's caught-on-tape moment, President Obama said his Republican rival's comments about voters suggest he doesn't know Americans very well.

  • Congress Stands in Way of Economic Growth: Sen. Gregg Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 4:31 PM ET

    The only thing that stands in the way of a boom in economic growth is fiscal policy, former Senator Judd Gregg said on Thursday.

  • Fact Checking the Mitt Romney Tape and the Reaction Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 8:30 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the American Legion 94th National Convention on August 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination on August 30.

    Going beyond Mitt Romney's reference to 47 percent not paying federal income taxes, we looked at the rest of the secretly recorded video  and found other instances where Romney’s facts do not always add up.

  • Romney's 'Makers' Take Lion’s Share of Tax Breaks Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 5:48 PM ET

    One study has found that the top 1 percent of filers earning over $400,000 raked in about $258 billion in reduced taxes through deductions and exclusions. The top 10 percent of filers took in more than $435 billion in reduced taxes.

  • Romney: I Care About the Poor and Middle Class  Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 4:34 PM ET
    Barak Obama, Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney says he cares about the poor and middle class as he tries to stem criticism over secretly recorded comments that he doesn't worry about the half of the country that doesn't pay federal income taxes.

  • It's 'Frightening' That Romney Is Not Leading Race: Welch Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
    Jack Welch appears on Squawk Box.

    Mitt Romney needs to a lay out a clearer, more encompassing vision of what he will do as president and not get sidetracked by small controversies, businessman and author Jack Welch said.

  • Obama Widens Lead in Polls as Romney Faces Challenges Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 6:30 PM ET
    Barak Obama, Mitt Romney

    President Obama has widened his lead over Mitt Romney, according to the latest NBC/WSJ poll. The results come as Romney struggles to explain remarks deriding Obama supporters in a leaked video.

  • States That Donate the Most to Presidential Campaigns Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 5:04 PM ET
    The states that donate the most money to presidential campaigns are among the largest and most populous in the country. Places like California, Texas and New York have enormous populations that make generous lump sum political donations.Yet when the data is mined to determine which states are the largest donors on a per-household basis, however, the picture changes significantly. On that score, states with small populations and scant Electoral College votes are among the largest donors when the

    The states that donate the most in total to presidential campaigns are the most populous, like California. When the same data is crunched to determine a per-household basis, states with small populations are among the largest donors.

  • US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at Eden Park September 17, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Obama said Monday he liked to 'walk the walk, not just talk the talk' on combating China trade abuses, in a sharp jab at his Republican foe Mitt Romney.

    President Obama appears to be faring well despite obvious economic problems that persist on his watch, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Romney’s Secret Video—Was a Law Broken? Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 1:47 PM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Amid all the discussion about the political impact of the Mitt Romney secret taping story this week is one unanswered question: Did the person who made the tape commit a crime?

  • Poll: Are Many Americans Too Dependent on Government? Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a fundraising event earlier this year that “there are 47 percent who are with him (Obama), who are dependent upon the government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them.”

  • Bob Woodward: Fiscal 'Day of Reckoning' Is Coming Monday, 17 Sep 2012 | 5:11 PM ET
    Bob Woodward

    In an interview about his new book, "The Price of Politics," Bob Woodward says that the hard choices on the economy can be postponed no longer.

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