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The Symbol Mitt Demanded

Aside from breaking tradition by including wife Ann in his Massachusetts gubernatorial portrait, Romney insisted on incorporating the caduceus, which is associated with medicine. Michael Daly talks to the artist about Romney’s proud achievement.
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Proof that Mitt Romney suffers from double Romnesia comes with an easy-to-miss detail that he insisted on in his official portrait from his one term as governor of Massachusetts.At first, the 52- by 37-inch oil painting seems distinct from the portraits of the commonwealth’s other governors, mainly in the inclusion of a picture within a picture of his wife, something not done by any of his 69 predecessors.

Host a Debate? No Way

Most colleges want nothing to do with the presidential face-offs. Miranda Green on why little-known schools keep stepping up—and why Lynn University, hosting Monday’s foreign-policy debate, could benefit.
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The presidential debates are iconic, high-profile events that attract global media attention. So why are only a relative handful of American colleges vying to host them?Most of those that wind up with the honor are hardly household names.

Romney Has Overall Cash Advantage

Thanks to GOP support.
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With a support structure of big donors, Mitt Romney’s campaign along with outside GOP groups hold a $46 million advantage over the president’s reelection campaign. Obama has raised more individually, and set a record for most individual donors, but doesn’t have the money behind him that his Republican contender has.

7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

Rahm Emanuel champions Obama’s Iran record, Newt Gingrich says the White House’s Mideast policy is ‘falling apart,’ Marco Rubio says the campaign gender gap is closing, plus more in our Sunday Talk roundup.

Helene Cooper: Sanctions Brought Iran to the Table‘U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks.’ That was the top story in Sunday’s New York Times, and reporter Helene Cooper sat down on Meet the Press to discuss why Iran has agreed to talk and what the negotiations might mean for the future of the Middle East.

What to Watch For Monday Night

Romney and Obama have each won one debate. Ace debate coach Brett O'Donnell on the keys to victory in the final showdown in Florida.
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While President Obama won the second debate marginally, the victory has meant little change in the polls; it seems the momentum Governor Romney’s first debate performance continues his surge in many public-opinion surveys.  The third debate offers the president one last chance to score a decisive win that could swing the momentum back toward him.

8 Big Newspaper Endorsements

Two weeks out, swing-state papers are jumping into the deadlocked presidential race. See which candidate came out ahead in this weekend’s raft of published editorials.
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With national polls showing a neck-and-neck race for the White House and little reason to suspect that will change before November, Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama are fighting for every vote between now and Election Day.

DIY Swift-Boating

Republican super PACS are amassing a $1 billion war chest to boost Romney. Enter Sen. John Kerry’s daughter Alexandra and a user-generated ad campaign. She tells Judith Grey why it’s time to fight back.
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Many Democrats have found the pecuniary power of Republican Super PACS highly intimidating.Not Alexandra Kerry.Filmmaker, consulting-firm managing director, and the eldest daughter of Massachusetts Senator and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, Alex—as she likes to be called—has taken it upon herself to fight back.

Obama, Romney Tied 47-47

In new WSJ/NBC poll.
Charles Dharapak

This is the 47 percent the Romney camp would prefer you focus on. In a new poll conducted after the second presidential debate, President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney are locked in a dead-even sprint toward Election Day. The nominees are tied at 47 percent each among likely voters in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Campaign Cash Swamps Key States

Obama launches 48-hour offensive.
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Live in a battleground state? Turn off your TV. Free to spend everything they have in the weeks before the election, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are emptying their pockets into hotly contested states like North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida and snatching up ad time.

The Debates’ Missing Piece

Forget Benghazi. With the CIA seeking to increase its drone fleet and Malala fighting for her life, Bruce Riedel says Pakistan is the final debate’s most critical foreign-policy issue.
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The toughest foreign-policy issue our next president will face is Pakistan, the most dangerous country in the world. The battle for the soul of this critical nation is underway; we need to hear at Monday’s debate how President Obama and Governor Romney intend to get the right outcome.

Romney Trails Obama in Cash

President also spent more on ads.
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Well isn’t that ironic. Mitt Romney, known for his enormous personal wealth, is being surpassed in spending and cash intake by President Obama. The Romney campaign finished September with $63.1 million in its main fund to use before Election Day, while Obama is holding around $100 million.

Team Obama Made $126M in Sept.

Makes it the top month for the campaign.
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September was the best month yet for the Obama campaign's fundraising efforts, according to reports released Friday. Not only did the committee bring in $126 million over the course of the month, but the fact that less money was spent ($115.

How Hard Should Obama Punch?

Hit too hard, and he risks turning off independent voters. Too soft, and Romney regains momentum. James Warren reports on Team Obama’s final debate prep.
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Buoyed by a sharply improved second debate performance, President Obama’s basic rhetorical game plan for Monday’s finale remains the same: be energetic, passionate and delineate differences with Mitt Romney.The two sides were huddling Friday with officials of the presidential debate commission in Boca Raton, Fla.

Salt Lake City Tribune Backs Obama

Calls Romney 'shape-shifting.'
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Mitt Romney may be the "Beehive state's favorite adopted son," but even proud parents have to be realistic about their kids. In a blow to Romney, the Salt Lake City Tribune announced their endorsement of President Obama in an editorial Friday, adding that "Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

Obama Did Not Make Up ‘Romnesia’

Some liberal bloggers did.

It must be noted that President Obama perhaps does not deserve the credit given to him for the coinage of the hilarious term “Romnesia,” a condition that causes frequent fact forgetting and drastic opinion changes. Obama’s reference to Romnesia at a Virginia rally Friday was not in fact the first iteration of this term.

Stewart: Florida Does It Again!

On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.

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Map: Election 2012 Results

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