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Romney Defends Timing Of Bain Tenure; Time Will Tell If It Matters

Mitt Romney made a personal TV news blitz to insist the timing of his tenure at Bain Capital is a nonstory. Ultimately, what might determine its importance in the presidential race is whether it can be explained in the kind of 30-second TV ad that has come to dominate political messaging.
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Immigration Spurs A Rare Split Among Ariz. Mormons

On one side are tough-talking Republican politicians, including Russell Pearce, the former state Senate president who sponsored Arizona's tough immigration law. On the other are the Mormons who helped vote him out of office.
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What's It Mean That Romney Was CEO, Anyway?

Documents suggest Mitt Romney was chief executive at Bain Capital for longer than he has said. That's significant — but only to a point.
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Governors Spar Over Medicaid And Health Exchanges

It's no easy trick for the National Governors Association to get Republican and Democratic chief executives in the same room. After the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act a few weeks ago, it's proving even harder.
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More Women Than Ever At San Diego's Comic-Con

Melissa Block checks in with Nina Gregory about what's hot at this year's Comic-Con, the big annual entertainment convention held in San Diego.
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What's Killing 'King Coal' In West Virginia?

For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent for the month of March. While the decline is partially due to a warmer winter and stricter environmental regulations, the real culprit may be natural gas. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet. As a result, power plants are switching from coal to natural gas and mines in Appalachia are shutting down.
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JPMorgan's Growing Loss Shakes Investor Faith

Traders who made calamitous bets on corporate debt have cost JPMorgan Chase nearly $6 billion so far. The bank announced the losses on Friday but said the firm still managed to earn $5 billion in the second quarter. But the impact of the trading loss goes far beyond the bottom line.
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D.C. Mayor Under Fire For Unreported Campaign Cash

The city of Washington, D.C., has seen plenty of political scandals and this year is no exception. Two city council members have pleaded guilty to fraud, and now D.C. mayor Vincent Grey is under pressure to resign amid charges of corruption.
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Texas Voter ID Law Now In Hands Of Three-Judge Panel

The judges are expected to make a decision by late August, and a lot of people outside Texas are interested in the outcome. A number of states have passed voter ID laws, and several await Justice Department "preclearance." If Texas loses, it will almost certainly appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Struggling Families Lift Themselves Out Of Poverty

An Oakland, Calif., nonprofit group encourages low-income families to figure out for themselves what they need to get ahead, and then helps them achieve their goals. Its pilot program for low-income families is proving to be a promising new approach to an old problem.

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