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Unions have a lot riding on Wisconsin recall election

By Jim Ragsdale, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MILWAUKEE — The recall machinery at the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association was revving up for a final push to evict a governor. A busy…

Ex-mistress Rielle Hunter writes tell-all book about affair with John Edwards

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The trial of John Edwards is over, but the public soon will learn more details about his career-ending affair with Rielle Hunter.…

Romney: California tough for GOP, but can ‘help me’ win

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Mitt Romney, raising money in Riverside on Friday, acknowledged the implausibility in winning California in the general election during his…

For Obama, the campaign is wherever he is

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – CHICAGO — President Barack Obama zipped around his hometown Friday — hitting a string of fundraisers, visiting friends and checking…

Mitt Romney discloses worth up to $250 million

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney shed dozens of stocks and holdings in various foreign companies in the last 10 months, beefing…

Bill Clinton joining Wisconsin recall battle against Scott Walker

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton will stump in Wisconsin on Friday for that state’s Democratic gubernatorial challenger, the latest in a series of high-profile campaign…

Obama, Romney campaigns duel in Massachusetts

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Massachusetts statehouse steps became the stage for some unscripted political theater on Thursday when the campaigns of Mitt Romney and President…

Republicans make new offer in student loan stalemate

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — With a stalemate in Congress threatening a student loan interest-rate increase, congressional Republicans proposed a new way to keep federally subsidized loan…

Romney accuses Obama of ‘crony capitalism’ in secretive Solyndra trip

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – FREMONT, Calif. — Mitt Romney made a secretive trip to the shuttered headquarters of the Solyndra solar-energy company, arguing it was a symbol of…

Retired Justice Stevens: Obama right to criticize court ruling on campaign spending

Retired Justice Stevens: Obama right to criticize court ruling on campaign spending

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ruffled some feathers two years ago when he lambasted the Supreme Court for its Citizens United decision during…

Planned Parenthood endorses Obama, calls Romney ‘wrong for women’

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a $1.4 million ad campaign Wednesday attacking Mitt Romney as “just wrong for women,”…

Branstad names Steve Lukan as Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today named state Rep. Steve Lukan (R-New Vienna) as the new Director of the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy. Lukan replaces Mark Schouten, who…

Grassley: Wind power tax credit renewal unlikely until after election

Grassley: Wind power tax credit renewal unlikely until after election

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – WEST BRANCH — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley told employees at the Acciona Windpower wind turbine plant here that Congress will probably renew a key tax…

Romney clinches GOP nomination, focuses ahead

Romney clinches GOP nomination, focuses ahead

By Paul West and Seema Mehta, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In a footnote to the long and often caustic Republican primary contest, Mitt Romney surpassed the number of delegates…

Romney claims economy recovering ‘in spite of’ Obama

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – CRAIG, Colo. — Campaigning in coal country, Mitt Romney argued Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s administration is hostile to business in general and…

Statement by the Press Secretary on Student Loan Interest Rate Votes in the Senate

From the White House Press Secretary (Jay Carney): With only 37 days left to stop student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1, Senate Republicans still have not proven…

Biden addresses ‘9/11 generation’ of West Point grads

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – Vice President Joe Biden praised the 972 Army cadets who graduated from West Point on Saturday for their decision to join the military,…

Obama, Romney campaigns target young Hispanics with cellphones

Obama, Romney campaigns target young Hispanics with cellphones

By Nicole Goodrich, Medill News Service – WASHINGTON — Hispanic voters are a crucial constituency in the presidential election, but reaching young Hispanics will require new tactics — and some…

A phone(y) issue or does this have a ring of truth?

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — This just in from the technology-and-politics desk: A cell phone user who takes a pollster’s call is more likely to be…

Would Romney really cut spending on ‘Day One’?

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Mitt Romney has a new ad out, touting what he’ll do on his first day as president. “Day One,” the narrator…

For U.S., Egyptian election results are simply ‘flavors of bad’

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The United States has been preparing for varying degrees of anti-Americanism with the election of a new Egyptian president. But that doesn’t…

Biden reflects on tragic accident loss in speech to soldiers’ families

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Speaking to the families of dead soldiers, Vice President Joe Biden on Friday delivered an emotional retelling of his own family tragedy,…

Branstad accepts resignation of Roger Lande

Calls Lande a “great Iowan” who “answers the call to service whenever asked” (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad has accepted the resignation of Roger Lande as the director…

Federal prosecutors who engaged in misconduct in Ted Stevens case are suspended

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog office has concluded that two federal prosecutors acted with reckless misconduct in the botched case against then-Alaska Sen.…

Romney tells Philly teachers that studies show class size does not matter

Romney tells Philly teachers that studies show class size does not matter

By Miriam Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought his plan to improve the American educational system to a West Philadelphia charter school Thursday, and…

Obama calls for keeping production tax credit to save clean-energy jobs

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – NEWTON, Iowa — From a wind-power factory in this battleground state, President Barack Obama urged Congress to extend tax credits he…

Romney, at U.S. Chamber, tees off on Obama, teachers unions

Romney, at U.S. Chamber, tees off on Obama, teachers unions

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Targeting an issue popular with women, a key voter group, Mitt Romney assailed President Barack Obama’s leadership on education Wednesday and blamed…

Obama rebuts GOP charges on U.S. influence

Obama rebuts GOP charges on U.S. influence

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — President Barack Obama pushed back against the idea of U.S. influence being in decline — and against Republican criticism of…

Poll: Rubio would help Romney build lead in Florida

By Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Mitt Romney has crept to a 6-percentage point lead over President Barack Obama in Florida, where a new poll shows a majority of…

Senate debate on the FDA user fees bill

Floor Statement of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Prescription Drug User Fee Act Reauthorization Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Mr. President, today we will be considering a vital piece of legislation that…

Obama could have an in among white evangelicals

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – CINCINNATI — The Rev. Chris Beard is a theological conservative, make no mistake about it. He believes the Bible is the word of…

US envoy to Afghanistan to step down early

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Ryan Crocker, a respected diplomat who came out of retirement to become the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is leaving his post…

Members of Congress are too wordy, study shows

By Dave Helling, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It seems all those whereases and therefores have gone to their heads, or at least to their prose. Folks in Congress…

Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement hasn’t moved the polls

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Almost two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, polls provide some measure of the impact — zero.…

Obama proclaims this week as “National Small Business Week”

Obama proclaims this week as “National Small Business Week”

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For centuries, America’s progress has been driven by pioneers who think big, take risks, and work hard. Where their…

A campaign bombshell

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times – The Supreme Court is about to toss a judicial bomb into the middle of the presidential campaign, and nobody knows what impact it…

Romney, wife contribute $150,000 to his campaign

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Romney campaign added two noteworthy names to the donor rolls this week: Ann and Mitt Romney. The couple donated a combined…

Analysis: Three states stand out in 2012 presidential election

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The presidential candidates have just placed their opening bets, and three states stand out as keys to the 2012 election: Ohio, Virginia…

Once-routine tariff bills now troublesome for Congress

Once-routine tariff bills now troublesome for Congress

By James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — For decades, lawmakers helped home-state manufacturers lower the cost of imported materials by crafting tiny bills that reduced or eliminated tariffs on products…

Planned attack ad on Obama could stall Wrigley Field renovations

By Melissa Harris and Rick Pearson, Los Angeles Times – CHICAGO — The long-shot prospect of taxpayer help to renovate Wrigley Field grew more remote Thursday, upended by revelations that…