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Presidential Campaigns Zoom In On 'Fertile Crescent' Of Ohio, Pennsylvania

Obama tells supporters in Ohio that he deserves credit for the improving economy and that Romney's tax plan would outsource 800,000 jobs. The GOP candidate is headed to the crucial swing state on Wednesday.
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D.C. Lobbying Disclosures Of Limited Use To Watchdogs

D.C. has released their latest lobbying report, tracking the activities of Wilson Building power brokers. Watchdogs contend that the lists are of limited use because they are released only after the fact.

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Harry Reid Worries About '17 Angry Old White Men' Buying The Nation

Sen. Harry Reid doesn't believe in playing it safe when it comes to his public utterances. On Monday he said the failure to pass new campaign-finance disclosure legislation could lead to "17 angry old white men" owning the country.
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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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