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  • Presidential races are all about momentum. It matters more than anything less money. And, many would argue momentum is even more important than cash in the bank. In Mitt Romney’s case, his strong financial advantage bought him much-needed momentum at the perfect time.

  • 50 Years Later, JFK Speech Part of Culture War Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 3:52 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) addresses the Detroit Economic Club February 16, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

    Rick Santorum touched a nerve when he recently rebuked John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech on separation of church and state.

  • Romney: Raise Medicare Eligibility Age Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 3:34 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney speaks to members of the Detroit Economic Club during a luncheon at Ford Field .

    Days before a pivotal primary, Mitt Romney says he would raise the eligibility age for Medicare as he looks to show he's willing to curtail government benefits in the long run.

  • Obama Confronts Gas Prices, Pitches Energy Policy Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 10:47 AM ET
    President Obama announced a reversal of his administration's health care rule requiring religious employers to provide women free access to contraception.

    President Obama is focusing on  Americans' anxiety over rising gasoline prices, taking credit for rising oil and gas production.

  • Errant Claims on Auto Bailout, Taxes at GOP Debate Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 10:34 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich participate in a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.

    There was something old, something new in the misstatements of the candidates in the Arizona debate, in what was the 20th and possibly final GOP faceoff of the campaign.

  • Obama Seeks Corporate Tax Rate Cut Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 2:50 PM ET
    President Obama's State of the Union Speech

    President  Obama has proposed a lower corporate tax rate and an end to dozens of loopholes he said helps companies move jobs and profits overseas.

  • Tax Code Not Aligned With Basic Principles Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 1:38 PM ET

    With its relatively heavy taxes on labor, light taxes on unearned income and broad ranges of rates within the same income levels, the American tax code violates fundamental principles of income taxation. The New York Times reports.

  • Romney Blasted in Michigan for Opposing Auto Bailout Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 11:50 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally in the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus on February 7, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

    A Democratic leader in Romney's native Michigan says the GOP candidate "stabbed us in the back" for opposing the auto industry rescue package.

  • Surging, but Is Rick Santorum for Real? Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 5:08 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum rallies supporters in Tacoma, Washington.

    Rick Santorum is on a roll, but a month and a half into the primary season, he's underfunded and outmanned and still lacking in organization.

  • Obama Presses Payroll Tax Cut Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 2:18 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech.

    Obama says he's hopeful Congress will renew a 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax and is pressing for extended benefits for millions of  long-term unemployed.

  • Movie spy James Bond uses them. So does Mitt Romney. Now, you, too, can open an off-shore account.

  • Santorum, Romney Reach Out to Conservatives at CPAC Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 3:03 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is joined on stage by his family as he delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC

    Mitt Romney tells conservatives he proved his mettle as Massachusetts governor. Rick Santorum says Romney is so moderate that electing him would be a "hollow victory."

  • Contraceptive Mandate Puts Obama Under Attack Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 10:54 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    The Obama administration's new mandate that religious organizations pay for their workers' birth control has become a bludgeon for Republican culture warriors.

  • Romney Losses Show Conservative Woes Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 5:17 PM ET

    Mitt Romney just can't shake his difficulty attracting conservatives. And that reality is undercutting his effort to cast himself as the inevitable Republican presidential nominee and prolonging a race that each day exposes deep divisions within the party.

  • Santorum: I Won 3 and Raised About $250K Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 4:18 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters as his daughter, Elizabeth (L), and wife, Karen (R), look on February 7, 2012 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri.

    Resurgent Rick Santorum said his sweep of three GOP contests earned his shoestring campaign $250,000 overnight, cash he needs to take his upstart bid for the Republican presidential nomination to Mitt Romney's turf.

  • If The Federal Reserve Is Abolished, What Then? Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 12:42 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Critics of the Federal Reserve won't be satisfied until the agency is shut down for good. But abolishing the Fed only raises the bigger issue: What would—or should—be in its place?

  • Romney Battles Santorum, Paul in Colorado, Minnesota Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 6:42 PM ET
    Mitt Romney | Ron Paul | Rick Santorum

    Mitt Romney battles Rick Santorum and Ron Paul in caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado, hoping to extend his winning streak in the GOP nomination race.

  • In Reversal, Obama Campaign Backs Super PAC Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 11:44 AM ET

    President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is asking top fundraisers to support a Democratic-leaning outside group that is backing his bid for a second term, reversing Obama's opposition to "super" PACs.

  • Romney is Latest in the Oops Club Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 12:16 PM ET
    Vice President Joe Biden, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney's remark that he's not worried about the very poor, the latest gaffe in a campaign rich with blunders, joins a long list of wait-let-me-explain episodes in presidential election history.

  • Big Political Donors and What They Want Friday, 3 Feb 2012 | 4:44 PM ET
    Democrat donkey and republican elephant logos on top of cash.

    The millionaires, billionaires and companies giving big sums to political committees supporting Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama have important business with the next president. Some  are already in trouble with the government. Some are pressing for new laws or regulations that would benefit their interests in energy, mining and high finance.