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Obama's Post-Charlotte Bounce May Owe More To TV Ads Than Convention

A group of political scientists counted 40,974 ads on behalf of President Obama versus 17,779 for Mitt Romney during the two weeks of the political conventions.
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Rove's Crossroads GPS Gets Explicit In Anti-Obama Air War

Crossroads GPS, an anti-Obama group co-founded by GOP political strategist Karl Rove, is shifting its ad strategy. It's going from so-called issue ads that purportedly educated voters on why the president was wrong on issues to directly urging for voters to vote against him.
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Romney Criticizes Obama's Response To Libya Attack

In a Rose Garden address Wednesday, President Obama condemned the killing of four American diplomats. But even before that statement, his Republican challenger Mitt Romney held a news conference of his own, in which he accused the administration of trying to appease Islamic extremists.
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Facebook Could Be Powerful Tool In Targeting Voters

A Facebook message, distributed during the 2010 United States congressional elections, influenced the voting behavior of millions of recipients and their friends. New research in the journal Nature highlights the potential of online social networks for shaping real-world behavior on a massive scale. Melissa Block talks to Shankar Vedantam.
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New Politics Emerge In Aurora, Colo., After Shooting

The deadly movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., is starting to play out in two tight congressional races in that battleground state. The shootings left twelve dead and injured 58 more. In the weeks since, the two Democratic candidates running in districts in and around Aurora have called for stricter gun laws. But conservatives have accused them of trying to politicize the tragedy.
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Rahm Emanuel Walking A High Wire With Teachers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is negotiating with striking teachers, who are a key part of his — and the president's — constituency. Meanwhile, he's tasked with raising money for Priorities USA Action, the superPAC supporting President Obama. It seems that this election season, Emanuel has his hands full and his feet on a high wire.
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Maryland Delegate Pushes To Suspend Fracking, Pending Study

With the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing as yet unproven, one Maryland state delegate wants to ban the process until further study can be done.

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