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New Romney Fund Highlights Fundraising Muscle

Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign says a recently formed arm of the organization collected $140 million during a three-month period this spring, mostly from high-end donors. The analogous arm of President Obama's re-election drive took more than a year to raise $185 million.
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Can Science Plant Brain Seeds That Make You Vote?

Politics has been a profession ruled by gut instinct, gurus and polls. But over the past 15 years, the primary method of scientific advance — the randomized controlled study — has been wheedling its way into politics. Bit by bit, it's challenging a lot of the conventional wisdom that dominates current political campaigns.
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Who Is Politician's Shadowy PAC Donor? Her Mom.

There's a political action committee in Washington state that has just one source of funds — the mother of the candidate. Laura Ruderman, who is running in the First Congressional District, says she had no idea her mom was funding the PAC which is planning TV ads attacking her opponent's business record.
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Romney, Obama Question Each Other's Records

President Obama answered questions from voters at a town-hall-style campaign event in Cincinnati on Monday. Meanwhile, his rival Mitt Romney suggested in a Fox News interview that the president's record should be subjected to greater scrutiny. The Romney campaign has spent the past several days responding to conflicting reports about when the former Massachusetts governor left the private equity firm Bain Capital.
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Even Scalia's Dissenting Opinions Get Major Scrutiny

Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in the Arizona immigration case led a noted liberal to call for his resignation, and a fellow conservative jurist likened it to a "campaign speech." But during a quarter century on the high court, the colorful Scalia's writings — even in the minority — have sometimes steered the court.
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Kofi Annan: "Interventions: A Life in War and Peace"

Kofi Annan was the first sub-Saharan African to serve as secretary-general of the United Nations. His thoughts on the U.N.'s successes, missed opportunities and ongoing challenges, and his work trying to broker peace in Syria.

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An Update From The Democratic National Convention

Bill Clinton and others take the stage, and the spotlight’s on the middle class as President Barack Obama prepares to accept the party's nomination for a second term. Diane and her guests discuss the latest from the DNC in Charlotte, N.C.

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