1. STICKS AND STONES

    Presidential Campaign Gets Dirtier

    RENO, NV - JULY 24:  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on July 24, 2012 in Reno, Nevada. Mitt Romney spoke to veterans at the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars before he leaves to London to kick off a six-day foreign trip to England, Israel and Poland.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    Name-calling is reaching new, creative heights in the presidential campaign, with both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney coining new terms to attack their opponent with. On Monday, Obama invented the nickname “Romney Hood,” alleging that Romney plans to tax the poor to help the rich—Robin Hood in reverse. Romney responded Tuesday by coining the term “Obamaloney” in order to accuse the president of making up his facts. It’s the latest case of mudslinging, following a Romney ad attacking Obama’s welfare-reform plan and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unsubstantiated claim that Romney paid no taxes in past years.

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