The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee jointly raised $70 million in the third quarter for the president's re-election. The announcement came from President Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina just days ahead of the filing deadline.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took on U.S. trade policy during a speech at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., Thursday. Romney told Microsoft employees he'd push for free trade "everywhere in the world."
President Obama had a rare bipartisan economic success when Congress passed three trade deals this week. But some important parts of Obama's political base are not fans, which could have political consequences for the president.
On Capitol Hill, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has gone silent for the past month. The 12 members have been meeting behind closed doors — sometimes all together, sometimes in smaller groups — to try to hammer out a deal on future budget cuts.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who has surged to the top of some national presidential preference polls, told NPR's Scott Simon that his fundraising has increased 20-fold in the past few weeks, and he is hiring more, much-needed staff.
President Obama had a tough summer in the polls, but not in the fundraising world. His campaign and the Democratic National Committee say they raised $70 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. Meanwhile, former pizza CEO Herman Cain leads the GOP field in the latest polling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Mara Liasson, who analyzes the numbers.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gives him an advantage over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The usual caveats apply: It's still very early in the race and the polls have relatively large margins of error.
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