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Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The General Election, Say Evangelicals (includes comments from Jim Wallis)
The loudest objections to Mitt Romney's Mormonism have not yet been raised, according to evangelical leaders and conservatives. One month ago, an attack on Romney's faith by a Texas pastor supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry renewed talk that Romney, who was a high-ranking official in the Mormon church from 1981 to 1994, would lose large chunks of the evangelical vote because of his faith.
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Oakland Braces For A 'General Strike'
A week after Oakland police ousted residents of a downtown protest encampment, sparking a clash with demonstrators that turned violent, the city braces on Wednesday for another massive protest that Occupy Oakland calls a general strike.
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Military Blew $1 Trillion On Weapons Since 9/11
A new report shows the U.S. defense establishment is in much better shape than it claims: The DOD has blown roughly $1 trillion on shiny new tanks, ships, and jets since the 9/11 attacks-and it's often done so with dollars that were supposed to be spent on those troops on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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American Voters Like Obama Better This Week, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Cain And Gingrich Up As Romney Stalls And Perry Fades
President Barack Obama's job approval rating is up, from a negative 41 - 55 percent October 5, to a split today with 47 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. The president has leads of 5 to 16 percentage points over likely Republican challengers.
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Obama: I'll Make The Call On Keystone XL Project
President Barack Obama indicated Tuesday he'll be making the final call on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run from Alberta to Texas. In an interview with Omaha, Neb., station KETV, Obama said the State Department - which was expected to make the decision on the pipeline - will instead deliver recommendations to the White House on the proposal.
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Democrats Embrace Populism
Democrats have been rediscovering their inner populist lately. President Obama is calling on the wealthiest Americans to pay their "fair share" in taxes. Elizabeth Warren, campaigning for the Senate in Massachusetts, has become a rising star by bluntly criticizing the business class. And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a petition last month aimed at leveraging the Occupy Wall Street movement against the Republican Party.
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Huntsman Takes On Big Oil