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Obama’s Deficit Plan Closer to What CEOs Favor – CNN.com

The deficit and debt are major concerns for swing voters — and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have very different visions of how to deal with it. That’s why it was significant to see 80 CEOs of major American … Continue reading

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October Surprise: Shadowy Conservative Groups Dominate Outside Spending – The Daily Beast

The Super-PAC October Surprise is here with unprecedented negative spending – and an overwhelming advantage for conservative shadow money groups flooding the airwaves against Democratic candidates. Total non-party outside spending is now estimated by the Center for Responsive Politics to … Continue reading

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Deficit-Hawk CEOs Bend Toward Obama – CNN.com

The deficit and debt are major concerns for swing voters — and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have very different visions of how to deal with it. That’s why it was significant to see 80 CEOs of major American … Continue reading

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Ground Game: Obama Campaign Opens Up a Big Lead in Field Offices – The Daily Beast

Beyond the presidential debates, one final factor matters more than all the rest in a close race: ground game. It’s the ability to get your voters to the polls—a way of moving soft support into actual votes. Field operatives have … Continue reading

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Will an Energy Boom Swing Ohio? – The Daily Beast

I spent the weekend in Ohio, and filed this report for CNN on how a natural gas energy boom in the bellwether northeastern region of the state is the final factor for many swing voters in the area. Their votes … Continue reading

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Will Energy Boom Swing the Election? – CNN.com

No Republican has won the White House without Ohio. In these final weeks, the Buckeye State is an intense campaign battleground and northeastern Ohio is the bellwether of this key swing state. For decades, the economic news here has been … Continue reading

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Ohio Oil Boom – OutFront – CNN

The key to winning the election could come down to Ohio. John Avlon reports on the final factors of the election.  

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Foreign Policy Should Take Center Stage – The Daily Beast

It is time for the presidential candidates to say what they see as America’s place in the world. Few aspects of the president’s job have as large an impact on as many people as his role as commander-in-chief, and while … Continue reading

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In Virginia’s Crucial County, Military Cuts Worry Swing Voters – CNN.com

Take it from President Barack Obama — Virginia’s Loudoun County is a must-win swing district in a must-win swing state. “We won last time in Loudoun County, and if we win again, we win Virginia,” Obama declared at a rally … Continue reading

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In 2012 Election, Centrists Move Left As Independents Stay Split – The Daily Beast

Mitt Romney’s debate debut of his new, centrist political persona may be no deeper than an Etch-a-Sketch drawing, but it might prove effective. After all, elections in America are won by the candidate who connects best with centrists and independents, … Continue reading

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Benghazi Backlash, Mideast Implosion, Jobless Numbers: The Real Potential October Surprises – The Daily Beast

October Surprise. It’s defined by Safire’s Political Dictionary as a “last minute disruption before a November election; unexpected political stunt or revelation that could affect an election’s outcome.” America was treated to a lame attempt to manufacture just such a … Continue reading

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Obama’s Stirring U.N. Speech – The Daily Beast

President Obama can be, if anything, overrated as an orator. Some of his heavily hyped speeches—such as his Charlotte convention address—fall flat or fall short. That was not the case with his U.N. address Tuesday. Certainly, the stakes were high—two … Continue reading

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Our Toothless Campaign Finance Watchdogs – The Daily Beast

This is the third and final installment in a series by The Daily Beast, in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics, on the influx of money into the 2012 campaign. To read part one, click here. To read part … Continue reading

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Democrats for Education Reform? Why Policy Fault Lines Are Shifting – The Daily Beast

“On this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.” So said Paul Ryan at the outset of the Chicago’s teacher strike this week. Now in its fourth day, the Chicago strike affects 350,000 kids. It occurred despite … Continue reading

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The Obama Iconography: Only One Candidate in Race Inspires Heartfelt Fandom – The Daily Beast

The two-week convention caravan is now at rest, and Tampa and Charlotte are in the rear-view mirror. So how did the two conventions compare, seen up close and side by side? Well, sometimes stereotypes ring true: Republicans fall in line, … Continue reading

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Obama Needs a Second-Term Agenda in His Democratic Convention Speech – The Daily Beast

President Obama’s blessing is his curse—a soaring speech won’t be good enough Thursday night. Call it the Obama discount or just a credibility gap, but words are cheap where this POTUS is concerned. That’s why he needs to get serious … Continue reading

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Better Off Than When, Exactly? – The Daily Beast

This is literally the most anticipatable question for a presidential re-election—and the fact that Governor Martin O’Malley got caught flat-footed on it is a cause for head-scratching, if not concern, given his otherwise stalwart performance as a Obama surrogate. If … Continue reading

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Many 2008 Conservative Obama Backers, or ObamaCons, Will Stay True – The Daily Beast

Back in 2008, Barack Obama boasted the support of more than 40 prominent Republicans and conservatives, including Colin Powell, Bush press secretary Scott McClellan, and Reagan solicitor general Charles Fried. These “ObamaCons” were offered as a barometer of Obama’s crossover … Continue reading

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Medi-Scare: Now Ryan Budget Has Republicans Fear-Mongering Too – The Daily Beast

Republicans have long complained about Democrats playing the Medi-Scare card—trying to scare senior citizens about the affects of entitlement reform. The most vivid example of this ugly political ploy might have been the 2011 ad showing “Paul Ryan” literally pushing … Continue reading

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Obama’s ‘Romney Hood’ Tactic Reveals His Own Tax Problem – The Daily Beast

“Romney Hood.” As the president introduced that phrase Monday night, we saw the next step in the Obama campaign’s strategy that began with the Bain attacks and followed with the focus on Mitt’s taxes. The goal is now to paint … Continue reading

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