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Biden A Vital Surrogate For Obama On Campaign Trail

Vice President Joe Biden has been an important surrogate for President Obama this year, as he was four years ago. Biden especially excels at connecting with white, working-class voters — a group with which the president has struggled.
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Chicago Teachers Union Delegates Vote On Contract

The Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates is set to vote on calling off the strike on Tuesday. On Sunday the delegates voted down a proposed contract offer, saying they needed more time to consider it. The surprise rejection revealed divisions within the union that may make it hard to agree on a contract.
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Court Reverses Ruling On Political Donor Disclosure

A federal appeals court threw out a lower-court ruling that would have forced more disclosure of big political donors. It's a relief for the social welfare organizations that account for much of the pro-Romney TV campaign.
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Romney Conflated Different Groups With '47 Percent'

In secretly-recorded comments released Monday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney referred to some 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax, are dependent on the federal government for assistance, and will vote for President Obama no matter what. Something near 47 percent falls in each category, but they are three distinct groups.
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Romney's '47 Percent' Argument Counterproductive

Robert Siegel talks with Jonah Goldberg, National Review contributing editor, about the video released Monday of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking to supporters at a private off-the-record fundraiser. In the video, Romney said nearly half of Americans believe they are victims and dependent on the government. He is not planning to apologize for the comments, but admitted that they were not elegantly stated.
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With Hats And Umbrellas, Senegalese Fill A City Niche

In many cities around the world, certain ethnic groups are often associated with particular occupations. Cheikh Fall, like many other Senegalese immigrants in New York, makes his living as a street vendor. He lives by the motto, "Work like you're never gonna die, and worship like you will die tomorrow."

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