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We now know what Barry Obama and his date looked like at prom in 1979 — and they probably looked better than you. Just compare the Obama crew's not-horrible prom fashion to many politicians' prom photos they might wish hadn't been dug up.
Ann Romney, classy horse lady and wife of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, would kindly appreciate it if you laid off from criticizing her beau, lest you want to "get in the ring" and try running for President yourself.
Romney's take on the 47 percent is is showing up in favorability numbers, the tracking polls are tight, more Wisconsin polls show the state leaning towards Obama, and a poll shows Scott Brown up in what would be a switcheroo for the Massachusetts Senate race. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
President Obama said he's learned some lessons in the White House, and this one is a pretty disappointing lesson: "The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside."
After the Drudge Report posted audio of Obama from 1998, Mitt Romney immediately folded the clip into his first interview about the 47 percent with Fox News and cited it on the campaign trail as "something we've been hearing on the Internet." But the second half of Obama's remarks, in context, doesn't sound very socialist-y at all.
The man who fled the Republican primary race because Michele Bachmann was suddenly winning has left the Romney campaign in the middle of an already bad week: Tim Pawlenty will step down as Mitt Romney's national co-chair to become CEO at one of Wall Street's major lobbying groups.
Mitt Romney's campaign is finally changing its strategy after a flood of free advice following the secret tape of him writing off 47 percent of Americans. Is he going to follow any of it?
The Romney campaign has projected a very finely crafted appearance as a money-making mint that just so happens to also be a Presidential campaign. But the New York Times' Jeremy Peters and Nicholas Confessore report the campaign doesn't have as much to spend as we're led to believe.
Mitt Romney's been having troubles with numbers. He's been ridiculed for being a member of the 1 percent. And he's in trouble for ignoring the '47 percent.' On Wednesday night, he focused on speaking to 'the 100 percent.'
President Obama takes a (possibly) large lead in Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, has a small lead in Virginia, but is tied with Mitt Romney in Colorado. In another poll of 12 swing states, Obama is up by two points. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
President Obama is either crushing Mitt Romney with an 8-point lead nationally, or Romney has just edged Obama for a 1-point lead. No one knows which to believe and even the savviest poll-readers are confused.
James O'Keefe III is feeling some righteous indignation over... well, it's not clear what, exactly. The chief complaint seems to be that there is hidden camera footage in the news, and it isn't his.
Conservatives this morning are harping on a note from Mother Jones that there is an approximately 2-minute gap in their 49-minute video of Romney's now-infamous 47 percent bungle. That, of course, has set off a race to figure out, what could possibly be missing that would change the video's meaning.
When video of Mitt Romney talked about the government-dependent "47 percent" was posted, lots of conservative bloggers rejoiced. Not all Republicans joined in.
There's only one mystery left regarding Romney's "47 percent" debacle: Who filmed it? From what we've heard from James Carter IV, Mother Jones, and the guy who owns that lavish pad where it all went down, here's our best guess: It was the bartender, with the iPhone, at the hedge fund manager's wet bar.
Mitt Romney might have made things too easy for Jon Stewart with the video where he says the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax will vote for Obama.
It's been a 48 hours for the Romney campaign, and the cracks are beginning to show. The New York Times' Michael Barbaro reports aides are starting to lose their cool behind the scenes, and wondering if there's still hope.
David Letterman lucked out. He is the first interview Obama had booked after Mother Jones' wild 47 percent video hit. Sitting with Letterman, he said he doesn't think 47 percent of the country is entitled at all. "There are not a lot of people," who think they're entitled, he said.
In the latest swing state polls, Obama is up by 8 in Virginia and five in Michigan, and Romey leads by 2 in Colorado and 1 in Florida. While in the Massachusetts Senate, Elizabeth Warren keeps her lead. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
The presidential campaign has become a full-fledged class war -- well actually, a war of declaring the other guy a class warrior.
Political journalists will busy for the next 49 minutes: the full secretly-taped video of Mitt Romney's remarks to donors at a private event in Boca Raton, Florida, on May 17 has been posted to YouTube by Mother Jones.
Jay Carney's previous existence as Washington bureau chief for Time magazine hasn't been much of a problem for him as White House press secretary, but he did get tripped up today by an April 2008 column he wrote about "Barack Obama’s poorly-chosen words about small-town Americans."
As we get closer to November 6 and polls start to look more and more like predictions, new numbers from the ongoing Senate races show the Democrats clinging to their slim majority this fall.
There's a pattern emerging to Mitt Romney's worst gaffes: his biggest political missteps come whenever he repeats something the conservative opinion complex has already repeated endlessly. Instead of being the candidate that conservative bloggers feared as a moderate, he's been exactly the candidate they wanted. And he's losing.
Everyone is still trying to make sense (or in the Democrats' case, make hay with) Mitt Romney's disparging remarks about "the 47 percent," but where did he come with that number and why are these people not paying income taxes?
We now have footage of the foreign policy section of Mitt Romney's secretly-taped remarks at a private fundraiser where he said he said his "job is not to worry about" the 47 percent of Americans he says are voting for President Obama because they're "dependent upon government."
Obama supporters are tripping all over themselves, sputtering out Mitt Romney's "47 percent" line to anyone who will listen. This, they argue, is the real Romney! Heartless conservatives, for their part, are thrilled by this peek at the real Romney. This, they argue, is the real Romney!
Update 10:10 p.m.: Romney made an appearance on Monday night to explain his controversial speech and basically owned it. The candidate said that his calling Americans "victims" was "not elegantly stated" and that he "spoke off the cuff."
Mitt Romney says the 47 percent of people who are for sure voting for President Obama are doing so because they want a government handout, as seen in a video of a private fundraising event posted by Mother Jones' David Corn.
The candidates address their weaknesses. Mitt Romney shows he can get specific and cares about women and babies, President Obama argues we are better off than four years ago, Republicans try to deal with a popular Democrat in a red state, and the financier of an inflammatory anti-Obama ad tries to play it a little nicer.
Mitt Romney did all the things conservatives wanted him to do, and they're still not happy with him, because he hasn't managed to do those things in a way that would put him ahead of President Obama in the polls.
Mitt Romney's speech at the Republican National Convention didn't exactly knock anybody's socks off, and according to a new Politico exposé there's a good reason for that: it was thrown together at the last minute.
Mitt Romney didn't have a packed schedule on Sunday. The only thing he was supposed to attend was a function in Colorado, but a plane crash at the airport he was supposed to land at gave him the day off.
After several days of fierce campaign fighting, blustery press releases and snippy surrogates on cable, the major differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney on foreign policy are ones of personality, not policy — and even the personality differences are probably overstated.
Today, during a taping of Live! with Kelly and Michael, Mitt Romney made an obvious play for a vote. Whose? Snooki's. Why? Snooki is the ultimate swing voter.
Mitt Romney faces a dilemma: How does he make President Obama look like a big fat weenie on foreign policy without sounding like George W. Bush?
Mitt Romney's campaign so thoroughly believes in the power of its no-apologies-for-America foreign policy that it bought an ad on a Twitter hashtag mocking it.
After getting temporarily bumped by CBS, Mitt Romney sat down with George Stephanopoulos to talk about Libya, Egypt, Iran, QE3, the upcoming debates, and food fights with his grandkids.
The conservative backlash to the backlash to Mitt Romney's comments on the attacks on U.S. embassies in Cairo and Benghazi Wednesday goes like this: You media people said you wanted Romney to talk about foreign policy, and now he is. What's the problem?
The timeline of events at the American embassies in Cairo and Benghazi offers insights into two key things: Whether the White House's first response was really to apologize to attackers and how Mitt Romney decided to attack the response.
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