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The Daily Show' on Obama's gifts' (VIDEO)

Mitt Romney told donors this week that the President Obama won the election by handing out "gifts" to certain parts of the electorate. What were the gifts?On his Comedy Central show Thursday night, Jon Stewart explained.

"How on earth did Mitt Romney find out about the extraordinary bag of gifts that we got?" Stewart asked, beforepullingout a bag with the Obama campaign logo.

Among the items in the bag: A "pinata filled with green cards" and a "contraception variety pack."

Watch the full clip below.

Stephen Colbert: Could the Nor’easter hurt Romneys momentum? (video)

Could Wednesday's nor'easter be hurting Mitt Romney politically? Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert expressed his worry on "The Colbert Report" Thursday night.

"I'm afraid that this new storm could hurt Romney'smomentum," Colbert said. "It could slow him down. I mean, he already lost the election -- that can't help him. But of course Florida is still being counted."

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Stephen Colbert on polling irregularities (video)

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert explained the irregularities he encountered on Election Day during his show Wednesday night.

"First of all, the East Coast got to vote three hours earlier. That can't be fair," Colbert said.

Watch the full clip below.

Vice President Biden hoping for Republican soul-searching

Vice President Biden hoping for Republican soul-searching

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Vice President Biden stokes 2016 speculation with Election Day remarks

Vice President Biden stokes 2016 speculation with Election Day remarks

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Ed Gillespie: The map has expanded

Ed Gillespie: The map has expanded

Mitt Romney's stretch run push in states that have appeared to favor President Obama is a reflection of an expanding electoral map, senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said Sunday.

When you look at where this map has gone, it reflects the -- the change and the direction and the momentum toward Governor Romney," Gillespie said on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos. "And the fact is that a state like Pennsylvania being in play, a poll out today showing Michigan a dead heat, you know, this -- the map has expanded,

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Haley Barbour: Hurricane Sandy broke Romneys momentum

Haley Barbour: Hurricane Sandy broke Romneys momentum

Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Northeast and the attention it received broke [Mitt] Romney's momentum in the campaign last week, former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour (R) said Sunday.

Any day that the news media is not talking about jobs and the economy, taxes and spending, deficit and debt, Obamacare and energy is a good day for Barack Obama, Barbour said on CNN's State Of The Union.

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Mitt Romneys play for Pennsylvania a desperate ploy, David Plouffe says

Mitt Romneys play for Pennsylvania a desperate ploy, David Plouffe says

Mitt Romney's late push to win Pennsylvania is a "desperate ploy," White House senior adviser David Plouffe said Sunday.

"I mean, to win Pennsylvania, Governor Romney would have to win two-thirds of the independents," Plouffe said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." "He's not going to do that anywhere, much less Pennsylvania. So the truth is, they are throwing some ads up and Governor Romney is traveling in the state he's not going to win."

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Jon Stewart: Ohio voters must reconcile role as the precious (VIDEO)

With just four days left until Election Day, both President Obama and Mitt Romney are going all out to win Ohio, where voters have been inundated with a seemingly endless loop of campaign ads and stump speeches for weeks.

On Thursday's "The Daily Show," Comedy Central's Jon Stewart took a closer look at what Ohioans have had to endure the last few weeks.

And as to that famous O-H-I-O chant thecandidates have been folding into their speeches? Stewart wasn't tooimpressed.

"You yell two letters at them, and then they yell two back. And one of them is the same letter," he said.

Take a look at the segment below, in which Stewart says Ohioans "must reconcile their role as this year's the precious":

Why isn’t Oregon a slam dunk for President Obama?

Why isn’t Oregon a slam dunk for President Obama?

In typical discussions about the most competitive swing states in the presidential election, Oregon and its seven electoral votes are almost never part of the conversation. While President Obama is likely to carry the Oregon next week, the state is more competitive than most people probably think. But, why?

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How Hurricane Sandy could test Obamas leadership

How Hurricane Sandy could test Obamas leadership

As President Obama and Mitt Romney approach the final week of the campaign, a severe storm bearing down on the East Coast could test the presidents leadership at a crucial time in his reelection bid and shift national attention toward an unexpected event.

Hurricane Sandy, which has already claimed the lives of 29 people in the Caribbean, could make landfall on the East Coast of the United States early next week, giving both candidates an extra variable to consider as the campaign season reaches its climax.

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DSCC slams Mourdocks comments on rape and pregnancy in new TV ad

DSCC slams Mourdocks comments on rape and pregnancy in new TV ad

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* The Democratic super PAC House Majority PAC raised $6.7 millionduringthe first half of October. During the entire month of September, the group raised about $6 million.

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5 things we learned from watching Obama on Leno

President Obama appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Wednesday, where he weighed in on a range of issues both serious and light, from Afghanistan and the economy, to Donald Trump and exercising. Here are five things we observed when watching the interview:

* Obama is funny: This isn’t news, even to casual observers of the president. But it might have been for some undecided voters tuning in. During his tenure in the White House, Obama’s earned praise for delivering his share of punchlines. On Wednesday, he demonstrated once again a knack for good comic timing and a willingness to poke fun at himself.

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Post-ABC tracking poll: Obama wins final debate, Romney changes minds

President Obama scored a modest win in the third presidential debate, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, but it’s Republican Mitt Romney who moved the needle among likely voters — including independents — with his debate performances.

Overall, the contest remains unchanged from Tuesday, with 49 percent of likely voters nationally backing Romney, and 48 percent supporting Obama. But as was the case after the first and second debates, more voters say they have better, not worse, opinions of the former Massachusetts governor when assessing the three debates.

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The Colbert Report examines the undecided voter (VIDEO)

With polls showing a close race for the White House with just 13 days left before Election Day, undecided voters are receiving as much attention as ever this campaign cycle. 

So, just who are these undecided voters who have yet to make up their minds? And what can President Obama and Mitt Romney to woo them? 

The Colbert Report humorously takes a closer look at the “elusive” undecided voter, to better understand what they are thinking.

Third-party presidential candidates rail against Obama and Romney at debate (VIDEO)

CHICAGO — Away from the bright lights and fanfare of the just-completed presidential debates, four third-party White House hopefuls debated Tuesday night, coming from starkly different political perspectives, but uniting in agreement that neither Mitt Romney nor President Obama can solve the nation’s biggest problems.

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Post-ABC tracking poll: Romney 49 percent, Obama 48

The new Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll has 49 percent of likely voters supporting Republican Mitt Romney, and 48 percent President Obama, a seesawing result that shows the continued narrowness of the contest.



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Gary Johnson’s third-party presidential bid: A real factor or just a footnote?

Gary Johnson’s third-party presidential bid: A real factor or just a footnote?

Gary Johnson, the Republican-turned-Libertarian Party presidential candidate, won’t come close to matching the vote totals of President Obama and Mitt Romney next month. Nonetheless, he’s a variable in a handful of battleground states that could determine the outcome of the election. 

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson spoke with The Washington Post’s Brook Silva-Braga and responds to five key debate questions.

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Alfred E. Smith Dinner: The top 10 quips (VIDEO)

Alfred E. Smith Dinner: The top 10 quips (VIDEO)

For months, President Obama and Mitt Romney have been trading attacks on the campaign trail. But on Thursday night, they took a break to exchange a few jokes about themselves and each other at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York.

The Post’s Philip Rucker, Dan Balz and David Nakamura covered the Catholic Archdiocese of New York’s annual charity benefit, which wasn’t short on one-liners. The candidates cracked wise on topics ranging from Obama’s debating skills to Romney’s wealth, and even New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) political ambitions.

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Obama’s youth vote complication

Obama’s youth vote complication

President Obama enjoyed a historic advantage among young voters in 2008, but this year, he isn’t likely to win those voters by as wide a margin. What’s more, young voters’ share of the electorate could drop from where it’s been during the last four presidential elections.

A new Harvard Institute of Politics national poll of 18-to-29-year-olds likeliest to vote shows Obama leading Mitt Romney 55 percent to 36 percent. In 2008, the president won young voters by a whopping 34-point margin — 66 percent to 32 percent — over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). 

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The second presidential debate, by the numbers

The second presidential debate, by the numbers

The second of three debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney is now history. In a spirited, 90-minute town hall, the candidates clashed over social and economic policy, domestic issues and foreign matters, and even each other’s pension. (Check out the complete transcript here and watch the debate in two minutes below.)

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Obama to Romney: My pension is ‘not as big as yours’ (VIDEO)

Tuesday night’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney took a personal turn when Obama hit Romney over the size of his pension and the Republican counter-punched by charging that Obama’s pension involves overseas investments. 

“Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust. And I understand they do include investments outside the United States, including in — in Chinese companies,” Romney said.

Romney then asked: “Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?”

Obama responded: “I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours so it doesn’t take as long.”

Romney then charged that Obama holds investments in companies based in foreign countries

“Look at your pension,” Romney said. “You also have investments in Chinese companies. You also have investments outside the United States. You also have investments through a Cayman’s trust.”

Obama: Romney’s tax plan is ‘sketchy’ (VIDEO)

President Obama and Mitt Romney sparred over taxes at Tuesday night’s town hall debate, with the president lashing the former governor’s tax plan as “sketchy.”

“Governor Romney was a very successful investor. If somebody came to you, governor, with a plan that said, here, I want to spend $7 or $8 trillion, and then we’re going to pay for it, but we can’t tell you until maybe after the election how we’re going to do it, you wouldn’t have taken such a sketchy deal and neither should you, the American people, because the math doesn’t add up,” said Obama. 

“We haven’t heard from the governor any specifics beyond Big Bird and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in terms of how he pays for that,” Obama also said, referring to Romney’s proposed tax cuts. 

Obama sought to personalize the tax debate at one point, mentioning that Romney paid a 14 percent tax rate in 2011, noting to the audience, “a lot of you are paying much higher.”

Testy exchanges early in Obama-Romney debate (VIDEO)

Things got testy early in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney during an exchange over energy.

“You will get your chance in a moment,” Romney said to Obama, as the two candidates were beginning to talk over one another.

“I’m used to being interrupted,” Obama said later. 

Obama: ‘What Gov. Romney said just isn’t true’ (VIDEO)

President Obama went on offense early on in Tuesday night’s town hall debate, declaring that Mitt Romney’s characterization of the auto bailout wasn’t true.

“And I know he keeps saying, you want to take Detroit bankrupt. Well, the president took Detroit bankrupt. You took General Motors bankrupt. You took Chrysler bankrupt. So when you say that I wanted to take the auto industry bankrupt, you actually did,” Romney said. 

“What Gov. Romney said just isn’t true,” Obama responded. 

The Obama campaign has repeatedly charged that Romney was not truthful in the first debate. 

How the Clintons are doing some heavy lifting for Obama

How the Clintons are doing some heavy lifting for Obama

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told CNN on Monday that she takes “full responsibility” for security issues in Libya leading up to the attack that claimed the lives of four Americans there last month. In doing so, she added to the already considerable impact of the Clinton name on this election. 

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A recent history of second presidential debates (VIDEO)

A recent history of second presidential debates (VIDEO)

All eyes in the political world will be fixed on Hofstra University in New York Tuesday night, where President Obama and Mitt Romney will debate for a second time.

Second presidential debates present unique opportunities. For the candidate coming out of the first debate with momentum (in this case, Romney), it’s a chance for an encore on a national stage. For the candidate who struggled the first time around (Obama), it’s a do-over.

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Rob Portman: Mitt Romney could ‘probably’ win without Ohio, but ‘I wouldn’t want to take the risk’

Mitt Romney does not have to win Ohio to win the presidency, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a top surrogate to the Republican presidential nominee said Sunday morning. 


Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), left, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

“Look, he can probably win the presidency without Ohio, but I wouldn’t want to take the risk,” Portman said on ABC News’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

As Portman noted, no Republican has won the presidency without carrying the state of Ohio, a prize which brings with it 18 electoral votes this year.

“We’re doing great in Ohio. If you look at the average of all the polls, it’s about dead-even in Ohio right now. And importantly, the momentum’s on our side. It’s been terrific,” Portman said.

Romney and President Obama will meet Tuesday night in their second debate. Portman has been playing the role of Obama in Romney’s debate preparation sessions. 

Stephen Colbert: Obama and Romney would govern differently, but ‘I don’t know’ how (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert: Obama and Romney would govern differently, but ‘I don’t know’ how (VIDEO)

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert said the presidential election matters because there is a difference between the way President Obama and Mitt Romney would govern — but it’s not clear what the difference is. 

“I’m not Ralph Nader. You know what I mean? I don’t think that there’s no difference. There is a difference. I don’t know what the difference is, though,” Colbert said in an interview broadcast Sunday morning on NBC News’s “Meet The Press.” 

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David Axelrod: ‘No doubt’ Mitt Romney is ‘working hard to exploit’ Libya attack

David Axelrod: ‘No doubt’ Mitt Romney is ‘working hard to exploit’ Libya attack

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made a concerted effort to exploit the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya for political gain, David Axelrod charged Sunday morning.

There “is no doubt he is working hard to exploit this issue,” Axelrod, a senior campaign adviser to President Obama said of Romney in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

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Report: Feds investigating Jesse Jackson Jr.’s finances

Report: Feds investigating Jesse Jackson Jr.’s finances

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* Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) holds a slight, 42 percent to 39 percent lead over Sen. Dean Heller (R), according to a poll conducted for her Senate campaign by Mark Mellman. The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted Oct. 8-10. 

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NRCC raises $12.4 million in September

NRCC raises $12.4 million in September

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* The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $12.4 million in September and has $29.5 million cash on hand, a committee aide tells The Fix. The committee spent heavily during the month — about $20 million — while it went after more than a dozen Democratic seats and attempted to define Democratic challengers early. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has yet to release its fundraising totals.

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RNC chairman lowers expectations ahead of vice presidential debate

RNC chairman lowers expectations ahead of vice presidential debate

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, sought to lower expectations ahead of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, saying Sunday he expects Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.) to do well, but noting repeatedly that Vice President Biden is a talented debater.

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National Democrats spending money on Arizona Senate race

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* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has made a $526,000 ad buy in the Arizona Senate race for the week of Oct. 2-8. It’s the first independent expenditure the DSCC has made in the contest. The group has so far spent about $500,000 worth of coordinated money with Democratic nominee Richard Carmona. 

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Paul Ryan on debates: ‘I don’t think one event is going to make or break this campaign’

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (Wis.) sought to lower expectations for the first presidential debate, saying Sunday he doesn’t believe a single event will dramatically alter the shape of the campaign. 

“I don’t think one event is going to make or break this campaign,” Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday. 

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What Obama meant by ‘social Darwinism’

In his speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors Tuesday, President Obama called the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”

What does that mean?

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Jeb Bush finds Republican debates ‘a little troubling’

Jeb Bush finds Republican debates ‘a little troubling’

A man whom many Republicans hoped would run for president is worried about the GOP primary field.

“I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that’s kind of where we are,” former Florida governor Jeb Bush said in a Dallas speech Thursday, Fox News reported. “I think it changes when we get to the general election. I hope.”

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Specter scoffs at Santorum's endorsement claim

Former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter said Thursday that Rick Santorum got his facts wrong when he said that he endorsed Specter only after securing a promise that Specter would support GOP Supreme Court nominees.


Arlen Specter (CHARLES DHARAPAK - AP)

At Wednesday night's debate in Arizona, Santorum (as he is often forced to do) defended his 2004 endorsement of Specter. Specter at the time was a moderate Republican facing a conservative primary challenge, and the GOP stood by its incumbent, feeling he had the best chance to win in a nominally blue state.

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Who can beat Obama?

Who can beat Obama?

Last week, we took note of a piece of data from a CNN survey that showed 42 percent of Republicans said Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a better chance of beating President Obama next fall while 26 percent said former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was the stronger of the two choices.

The conclusion? That Romney’s electability argument — the core of his attack against Perry now and going forward — didn’t have the numbers to back it up.

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